(AP) -- Bob Plager of Littleton,
Colo., has been crowned the top
maker of traditional red chili at the International Chili Society's world
Plager was presented a $25,000 check after
beating out dozens of others Sunday at the ICS signature event in Charleston.
Carrie Lentz Parker of Leesburg, Va.,
finished second and Plager's wife, Kathy, was third. Last year's world
champion, John Jepson of Merced,
Calif., finished fourth.
World champions crowned in other events
earlier included Bob Hall of Taylorville, Ill., in green chili; Jerry Buma of
Northbridge, Mass., in salsa, and Tom Pardikes of Plymouth, Mich., in homestyle
chili. Buma also won the red chili world event in 2007.
The world championships also were held in Charleston in 2009. The
contest heads to Palm Springs,
Calif., next year.