The International Chili Society (ICS) is a non-profit
organization that sanctions chili cookoffs with judging and cooking rules & regulations. These events are world wide and benefit charities
or non-profit organizations. All winners of ICS sanctioned cookoffs
qualify to compete for cash prizes and awards at the World's Championship Chili Cookoff
held each year in October. The ICS is the largest food
contest, festival organization in the world.
The ICS has thousands of members worldwide who cook,
judge and have a good time in helping raise needed funds for worthwhile
charities or non-profit organizations. They are called Chiliheads!
During the 2009 chili year, which ran from Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2009, the ICS cookoffs raised more than $1,110,026.00 for various charities. The ICS sanctioned over 200 cookoffs with over one million people tasting, cooking, judging and having a great time. ICS sanctioned cookoffs include three categories: Red (traditional red chili), Chili Verde (green chili) and Salsa. The ICS annually crowns a World Champion in each category.