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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- A sample of Chili Verde awaits judging during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs held at LSU's Parker Coliseum on Saturday. Both events are sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the cook off is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge and the Knights of Columbus. Proceeds from the event benefit the children at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Grace Walton of Robertson, TX holds a sample tray of her "Walkaway Chili" during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs were held Saturday at LSU's Parker Coliseum.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Cecil Martin tries a sample of Chili Verde during judging at the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs held at LSU's Parker Coliseum on Saturday. Both events are sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the cook off is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge and the Knights of Columbus. Proceeds from the event benefit the children at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tom Calvert of Taylorville, IL prepares a sample of his "Chili Daddy's Homestyle Chili" for cook off attendees Michael, left, and Matt Kukurugya during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs were held Saturday at LSU's Parker Coliseum.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Josh Sibilie tries a sample of Chili Verde during judging at the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs held at LSU's Parker Coliseum on Saturday. Both events are sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the cook off is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge and the Knights of Columbus. Proceeds from the event benefit the children at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Christii Watkins of Gaithersburg, MD serves a sample of her traditional red "Good Times" chili to a cook off attendee during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs were held Saturday at LSU's Parker Coliseum.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tom Calvert 's "Chili Daddy's Homestyle Chili" to a cook off attendee during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs were held Saturday at LSU's Parker Coliseum. Calvert traveled from Taylorsville, IL to compete in the cook off.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mississippi Gang's Helen Lewis of Horn Lake, MS adds green chili peppers to her Chili Verde during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs were held Saturday at LSU's Parker Coliseum.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gary Benfield of Oklahoma City, OK serves John Norris of Lutcher a sample of his "Amorita Chili" during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs were held Saturday at LSU's Parker Coliseum.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gary Benfield of Oklahoma City, OK stirs one of his pots of "Amorita Chili" during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs were held Saturday at LSU's Parker Coliseum.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Melissa Saia and Jimmy Distefano sample homestyle chili made by Cajun Decor's Patrick Schexnaider during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs were held Saturday at LSU's Parker Coliseum.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Don "Big Don" Franks of Abbeville prepares cuts of beef for his chili during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs were held Saturday at LSU's Parker Coliseum.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Margaret and Jim Meyer of Baton Rouge try Reggie Graves' "Tiger Tale" chili during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs were held Saturday at LSU's Parker Coliseum. Graves traveled from Shreveport to participate in the competition.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Winning containers of chili from the Homestyle Chili competition during 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs held at LSU's Parker Coliseum on Saturday. Both events are sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the cook off is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge and the Knights of Columbus. Proceeds from the event benefit the children at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Volunteer Julie Netset of Seymour, IN helps organize samples of Chili Verde for judging during the 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs held at LSU's Parker Coliseum on Saturday. Both events are sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the cook off is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge and the Knights of Columbus. Proceeds from the event benefit the children at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The 2014 Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cook offs were held Saturday at LSU's Parker Coliseum. Both events are sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the cook off is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge and the Knights of Columbus. Proceeds from the event benefit the children at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

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