Meet the 2022 Chili Cook Off Judges!

The teams are doing final preparations until the big competition of the 2022 Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off in Downtown Laurel! Make sure to get your tickets and be ready to taste the best chili in Mississippi on Saturday, February 12th. The chili cook off judges are going to have a tough job of picking a winner.

 

Let’s Meet the Judges!

For the first time EVER, we’re choosing a Chili Cook-Off judge by random draw! All you have to do to enter is become a member of Laurel Main Street. The chance to be a 2022 judge comes along with playing the important role of being a supporter of Downtown Laurel’s bright future. To be entered into the drawing to become the surprise judge, head over to www.laurelmainstreet.com to become a Laurel Main Street member!

 

 

 

 

Elliot Bell is the chef and owner of Bird Dog on Short 7th Avenue here in Laurel, Mississippi, which he runs with his family. He has spent most of the last two decades working in various kitchen roles along highway 30A in Walton County Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirk Durham is the director of Hometown and producer of Ben’s Workshop. He is so excited to call Laurel home – and to be a judge!  In Kirk’s 20+ years in TV, he’s produced cooking shows such as Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and Emeril Lagasse’s Eat the World.  Originally from California, he lives in Laurel with his wife, Christy, and son, Nolan – with a daughter in college in San Diego.

 

 

 

 

 

Jermarcus Ross is the Director of Tumbling at ACE Cheer of Laurel! He’s been serving Laurel as a mentor and leader for years. Recently, he’s been traveling more and experiencing various foods and cultural cuisines. He is super thrilled to see what the Chef’s throw at them. Jermarcus said that he will be sure to help bring energy and excitement to the judges’ panel!

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this event possible!

 

So much hard work goes into this event and it would not be possible without the incredible sponsors by our side! Thank you!

 

Signature Sponsor: Magnolia State Bank

Blazing Sponsors: B Clean, LLC & Jones County Board of Supervisors

Hot Sponsors: Sanderson Farms, The City of Laurel, Jones County Chamber of Commerce, and Southern Beverage Company

Spicy Sponsors: Mississippi Power & Mike Axton

Our Producers: B95 Country/Rock 104, Supertalk Laurel, Studio5fifty, The Laurel Shop, Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar, Jeremy Brooke, United Way of the Pine Belt, The Loft on Central Ave, Dunn Roadbuilders, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and Endom Trailer

 

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Written by Kaitlyn Warden

Kaitlyn Warden, a Jones County resident, recently graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BSBA in Marketing with a certificate in Professional Selling. She also graduated from Pearl River Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in 2020 and is a South Jones High School class of 2018 graduate. Kaitlyn is the Social Media and Website Content Creator for Laurel Main Street. She also works at Elegant Evenings in Downtown Laurel, where she works as a consultant and social media manager. Kaitlyn enjoys being involved in Downtown Laurel and helping grow this amazing community through social networking!