2014 Fiery Food Challenge Winners

Spicy Food Productions is pleased to welcome back “CaJohn” Hard as the “Senior Product Consultant” in the Fiery Food Challenge for the third year.

CaJohn’s product knowledge takes the FFC to a new level of excellence. CaJohn and the ZestFest team insures all products entered in the Challenge have been placed in the correct category and follow the guidelines of the competition’s rules. CaJohn has won over 400 awards in National, International and Regional competitions; 79 Golden Chiles and over 100 other Fiery Food Challenge. In 2012 he was awarded the Best Overall trophy. We are excited to have him on the Spicy Food Productions team, and look forward to our best FFC ever.

 

Have a question for CaJohn about your product? Email him at cajohn@cajohns.com.
The Fiery Food Challenge kicks off ZestFest 2018 and is the longest running, most prestigious competition of zesty products in the industry.

Produced by Spicy Food Productions and presided over by independent VIP judges, the Fiery Food Challenge runs Tuesday through Thursday, with an Awards Dinner on Friday night.

Winners of the Fiery Food Challenge receive the coveted 2018 Golden Chile Award, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons, 1,000 winner stickers plus additional benefits.

The Fiery Food Challenge is a competition that invites hot, “really hot”, spicy and zesty foods and fiery food-related products to be submitted by those folks vying for the prestigious Golden Chile Award – one of only two “fiery” food awards that stand out in the United States.

The tasting and the judging are “blind” – a number system is used so judges don’t know whose products they’re tasting. To maintain the integrity of the contest, the people who tally the ballots do not know which company whose scores they have. This competition is for professional food products and products must be professionally packaged for resale.

Three days of judging take place. There are two sessions daily so the judges’ mouths do not get burned out at the end of the day! There are some really, really spicy products introduced! The zesty and the fiery are mixed up so there is a variety for those hot-mouthed – or asbestos-mouthed judges!

Judges gather to challenge their senses and evaluate entries in the following categories:

  • Consumer Ready (Open and serve)
  • Cook Off (Used in mixed or cooked application)
  • Marketing (Submitted on art board)
  • Best New Product (New to market after Sept 2009)

The Golden Chile awards are presented on Friday night – and those winners will display their prizes on Saturday and Sunday so ZestFest 2018 attendees can sample the spice and zest that won the Golden Chile!

ZestFest attendees on Saturday can take part in the People’s Preference Awards – by doing their own taste tests and judging the hot, spicy and zesty salsas, sauces, dips, etc., for themselves. Those awards are announced later that day.

For more info on the Fiery Food Challenge, contact Gregory Bagarozy 845 661 3616 gregory@zestfest.net

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Best Overall Product / Best of the Best:

Born to Hula, LLC – Ghost of Ancho

Best Barbecue Sauce

Porky’s Gourmet Foods – Historic Lynchburg Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Best New Product Consumer Ready food

1st Poco Dolce Confections – Spicy Peanut Brittle

2nd The Feisty Parrot LLC – Feisty Parrot Savage Beast

3rd Sadie B Foods, Inc – Jamaican Mango Jerk Sauce

Best New Product Cook-Off

1st SaltWorks, Inc. – Fusion® VenomTM Sea Salt

2nd CattleBoyZ Foods – Chipotle Maple Bacon BBQ Sauce

3rd Twang Partners, LTD – Margaritaville Pina Colada Cocktail Sugar

Barbecue Sauce:  Mild – Consumer Ready

1st Stagecoach Salsa Company – Miss Cynthia’s Not So Spicy Stagestop BBQ Sauce

2nd SuckleBusters Inc. – SuckleBusters Original BBQ Sauce

3rd SuckleBusters Inc. – SuckleBusters Honey BBQ Sauce

Barbecue Sauce:  Medium – Consumer Ready

1st SuckleBusters Inc. – SuckleBusters Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce

2nd SuckleBusters Inc. – SuckleBusters Chipotle BBQ Sauce

3rd Sadie B Foods, Inc – Jerk BBQ Sauce

Barbecue Sauce:  Hot – Consumer Ready

1st Pepper Smack LLC – Pepper Smack PepperQ

2nd Stagecoach Salsa Company – Bubba’s Spicy Stagestop BBQ Sauce

3rd Pepper Palace – Honey Chipotle Rum BBQ

Barbecue Sauce:  X Hot – Consumer Ready

1st Pepper Palace – Black Rock Scorpion BBQ

2nd Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. – Ghost Pepper BBQ Sauce

3rd Grandville’s Gourmet BBQ Sauces – Extra Spicy BBQ Jam

Barbecue Sauce:  Fruit Based – Consumer Ready

1st Race City Sauceworks – Applachian Black Cherry & Moonshine BBQ

2nd Grandville’s Gourmet BBQ Sauces – Pineapple BBQ Jam

3rd Pepper Palace – Cinnamon Apple

Barbecue Sauce: Fruit Based

1st Hoboken Eddie’s – Apple Brandy

2nd Porky’s Gourmet Foods – Apple Cinnamin BBQ Sauce

3rd Pepper Palace – Cinnamon & Apples BBQ

Barbecue Sauce:  Mustard Based – Consumer Ready

1st Croix Valley Foods – Croix Valley Honey Dijon Barbecue ‘N Brat Sauce

2nd SuckleBusters Inc. – SuckleBusters Gold BBQ Sauce

3rd Sam Dog Barbeque – Sam Dog Barbeque “Yellow Dog”

Barbecue Sauce:  Tomato Based – Consumer Ready

1st CattleBoyZ Foods Ltd. – Chipotle Maple Bacon BBQ Sauce

2nd Timothy’s Gourmet House LLC – Tim’s Texas 2 Step BBQ Sauce

3rd Cowboy BBQ – Bourbon Infused Sweet & Smokey Meat Moppin

Barbecue Sauce:  Vinegar Based – Consumer Ready

1st Porky’s Gourmet Foods – Historic Lynchburg Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

2nd Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co. – Woody’s Original Mild Bar-B-Q Sauce

3rd Sucklebusters, Inc. – SuckleBusters Original BBQ Sauce

Barbecue Sauce:  Specialty – Consumer Ready

1st Grandville’s Gourmet BBQ Sauces – Original BBQ Jam

2nd Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. – Korean BBQ Sauce

3rd Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co. – Woody’s Marinade & Baste

Best Condiment

Texas Select Seasonings – Apple Strawberry Habanero

Condiments:  Asian/Stir Fry Sauce – Consumer Ready

1st Quaker Steak & Lube – Thai ‘R’ Cracker

2nd Patter Fam Sauces – Spicy Orange Glaze

3rd Texas Creek Products – Tropical Ghost Hot Sauce Glaze

Condiments:  Horseradish – Consumer Ready

1st Pepper Palace – Nasal Napalm

2nd PuckerButt Pepper Company – Smokin’ Ed’s Smokin Hot

3rd PuckerButt Pepper Company – Jalapeno Horseradish

Condiments:  Jam/Jelly – Consumer Ready

1st Texas Select Seasonings – Apple Strawberry Habanero

2nd Papa Perry’s Pepper Products – Sweet & Spicy Strawberry Sauce

3rd Minnesota Specialty Foods – Mango Habanero Jam (Medium)

Condiments:  Mustard – Consumer Ready

1st Lusty Monk Mustard – Altar Boy

2nd Lusty Monk Mustard – Lusty Monk Original Sin

3rd Diane’s Sweet Heat – I Dare You Stupit Mustard

Condiments: Relish – Consumer Ready

1st Pepper Palace – 99% Jalapeno Relish

2nd Cottage Lane Kitchen – Cape Fear

3rd Cottage Lane Kitchen – Get Me A Switch

Condiments:  Salad Dressing – Consumer Ready

1st Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Lemon Oregano

2nd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Roasted Garlic & Sundried Tomato

3rd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Orange Balsamic

Condiments:  Specialty – Consumer Ready

1st Porky’s Gourmet Foods – Historic Lynchburg Spiced Curry Ketchup

2nd Pepper Palace – Chipotle Ketchup

3rd Pepper Palace – Simply Steak Sauce

Best Hot Sauce

Born to Hula, LLC – Ghost of Ancho

Hot Sauce:  Asian Style – Consumer Ready

1st Scorpion Gourmet Hot Sauce LLC – Scorpion Gourmet Hot

2nd Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Red Label

3rd PuckerButt Pepper Company – Smokin’ Ed’s Pineapple Ginger Sauce

Hot Sauce:  Caribbean Style – Consumer Ready

1st High River Sauces – Tears Of The Sun

2nd Patter Fam Sauces – Jamaican Jerk

3rd Humboldt Hotsauce – Island Style

Hot Sauce:  Louisiana Style – Consumer Ready

1st Pepper Palace – Flavor of New Orleans Hot Sauce

2nd PuckerButt Pepper Company – Edible Lava

3rd Frankie V’s Kitchen – Frankie V’s Orange Label

Hot Sauce:  Cayenne – Consumer Ready

1st Pepper Palace – Horseradish Oyster Hot Sauce

2nd Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co. – Woody’s Hickory Hot Bar-B-Q Sauce

3rd Race City Sauceworks – Carolina Cayenne

Hot Sauce:  Chipotle – Consumer Ready

1st High River Sauces – Hellacious

2nd Race City Sauceworks – Carolina Reserve

3rd Pepper Palace – Chipotle Bourbon Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce:  Fruit Based – Consumer Ready

1st Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Pineapple Orange Hot Sauce With Mango

2nd Born to Hula, LLC – Smokin’ Pineapple

3rd Jungle Heat – Mango Heat

Hot Sauce: Habanero – Consumer Ready

1st Fat Cat Gourmet Foods – Mexican-Style Habanero

2nd The Karma Sauce Company – Cherry Bomb Hot Sauce

3rd El Verraco Hot Sauce – Cinco Sauce

Hot Sauce:  Ultra Hot – Consumer Ready

1st High River Sauces – Rogue

2nd The Feisty Parrot LLC – Feisty Parrot Savage Beast

3rd PuckerButt Pepper Company – Carolina Reaper Sauce

Hot Sauce:  Jalapeno – Consumer Ready

1st Pepper Palace – Tequilapeno Hot Sauce

2nd MMXI – Thick and Spicy Hot Sauce

3rd Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Purple Label

Hot Sauce:  Pepper Blend – Consumer Ready

1st Born to Hula, LLC – Ghost of Ancho

2nd Jungle Heat – Scorpion Sting

3rd Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Black Label

Hot Sauce: Mild – Consumer Ready

1st Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Purple Label

2nd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Pineapple Orange Hot Sauce With Mango

3rd Fat Cat Gourmet Foods – Surprisingly Mild Guajillo Ghost

Hot Sauce:  Medium – Consumer Ready

1st Red Canyon Spice – Raptor Original

2nd Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Orange Label

3rd El Verraco Hot Sauce – Cinco Sauce

Hot Sauce:  Hot – Consumer Ready

1st The Karma Sauce Company – Cherry Bomb Hot Sauce

2nd Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Pink Label

3rd Scotty O’Hotty Gourmet – Premium Habanero Sauce

Hot Sauce:  X Hot – Consumer Ready

1st Race City Sauceworks – Born to Hula Habanero Ancho Chili

2nd Texas Creek Products – Texas Creek Ghost Fire Hot Sauce

3rd High Rivers Sauces – Rogue – Blood Orange, Scorpion, Ghost, Serrano

Hot Sauce: X-Hot

1st Hound Comics – 98 Octane Ghost Pepper Reserve

2nd Fat Cat Gourmet Foods – Chairman Meow’s Revenge

3rd Patter Fam Sauces – Holy Ghost Revival

Best Fresh Salsa

Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh gourmet Jack’s Special Hot

Fresh Salsa: Mild – Consumer Ready

1st Cita’s Salsa – Garden Green

2nd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Fire Roasted Vegetable

3rd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Jack’s Special Mild

Fresh Salsa: Medium – Consumer Ready

1st Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Jack’s Special Medium

2nd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Fire Roasted Vegetable Medium

3rd Ana’s Foods – Ana’s Restaurant Style Salsa

Fresh Salsa: Hot – Consumer Ready

1st Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh gourmet Jack’s Special Hot

2nd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Screamin’ Hot

3rd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Jack’s Jamaican Hot

Fresh Salsa: Fruit – Consumer Ready

1st Cita’s Salsa – Mango-Pina

2nd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Mango Habanero with Ginger & Honey

3rd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Mango Peach

Fresh Salsa: Specialty – Consumer Ready

1st Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Tomatillo Salsa

2nd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Nino’s Black Bean & Corn Salsa Medium

3rd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Five Pepper Salsa

Best Salsa

Texas Select Seasonings – Southwest Poblano

Salsa: Mild – Consumer Ready

1st Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Black & White Bean Salsa

2nd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Lime Mango Salsa

3rd Texas Brew Salsa – Honey Roasted Chipotle No Heat Mild

Salsa: Medium – Consumer Ready

1st Texas Select Seasonings – Southwest Poblano

2nd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Jalapeno Salsa Fresca

3rd If You Dare Foods – Flicker of Fire

Salsa: Hot – Consumer Ready

1st Sweet Slap’n Salsa Co. LLC – Hot Peach Salsa

2nd Jalsa Foods – Jalsa

3rd Little Diablo Salsa – Little Diablo Hot Salsa

Salsa: X Hot – Consumer Ready

1st La Familia Salsa Co LLC – XX Red Scorpion

2nd If You Dare Foods – Fire in the Hole

3rd PuckerButt Pepper Company – Linda’s Stupit PMS

Salsa: Bean & Corn – Consumer Ready

1st Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Black & White Bean Salsa

2nd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Spicy Chipotle Pepper & Smoked Corn Salsa

3rd Sweet Slap’n Salsa Co. LLC – Medium Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Salsa: Chipotle – Consumer Ready

1st Little Diablo Salsa – Little Diablo Medium Chipotle

2nd Stagecoach Salsa Company – Smoke & Fire

3rd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Spicy Chipotle Pepper & Smoked Corn Salsa

Salsa: Fruit – Consumer Ready

1st Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Peach Salsa

2nd Sweet Slap’n Salsa Co. LLC – Strawberry Salsa

3rd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Fiery Cranberry Habanero

Salsa: Exotic Blend – Consumer Ready

1st Texas Select Seasonings – Wild Bill’s Ghost Pepper Salsa

2nd Little Diablo Salsa – Little Diablo Mild Garlic

3rd Little Diablo Salsa – Little Diablo Mild Artichoke

Salsa: Verde/Tomatillo – Consumer Ready

1st Silverleaf International – Ghost Pepper Salsa Verde

2nd Texas Select Seasonings – Tomatillo Avocado

3rd Xochitl, Inc. – Salsa Xochitl Asada Verde

Best Snack

Pam’s Market Popcorn – Naughty Nice Sweet Potato Spice Popcorn

Snack: Cheese – Consumer Ready

1st Cabot Creamery Cooperative – Cabbot Habanero Chedder

2nd Cabot Creamery Cooperative – Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese

3rd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Artichoke Spinach 4 Cheese

Snack: Chips – Consumer Ready

1st Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

2nd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Original Tortilla Chips

3rd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Sesame Tortilla Chips

Snack: Jerky – Consumer Ready

1st The Jerky Connection – Lizard Wizard

2nd Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire – Dawghouse Jerky-Fiery Beef

3rd Devil’s Breath Chile Company – Werewolf Jerky

Snack: Pickles – Consumer Ready

1st Pepper Palace – Habanero Chunk Pickles

2nd Pepper Palace – Pineapple Bread & Butter Pickles

3rd Pepper Palace – Horseradish Pickles

Snack: Pickled Other – Consumer Ready

1st Smokin Texas Gourmet – L’il Gems Candied Jalapenos

2nd Silverleaf International – Marinated Garlic with Ghost Peppers

3rd La Familia Salsa Co LLC – Candied Jalapenos

Snack: Prepared Dip – Consumer Ready

1st Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – Spicy Black Bean Dip with Lime

2nd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Cream Cheese and Salsa

3rd Garden Fresh Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Gourmet Guacamole Mild

Snack: Salty Snack – Consumer Ready

1st Pam’s Market Popcorn – Naughty Nice Sweet Potato Spice Popcorn

2nd Deano’s Jalapenos – All Natural White Cheddar Jalapeno Chips

3rd Xochitl, Inc. – Xochitl Papitas Salt & Vinegar Kettle Style

Best Zesty Sweets

Texas Toffee / PepperSmack – Texas Ghost Pecan Toffee

Zesty Sweets: Candy/Chocolate -Consumer Ready

1st Texas Toffee / PepperSmack – Texas Ghost Pecan Toffee

2nd Texas Toffee / PepperSmack – Texas Scorpion Pecan Toffee

3rd Poco Dolce Confections – Super Chile Toffee Squares

Best Cook Off

All Spice Cafe – Cayenne Habanero XXX

Cook-Off Food: Chile Con Carne

1st Texas Select Seasonings – Ghost Dust XXHot Chili Seasoning

2nd Pepper Palace – Chili Starter

3rd Pecos Red Products – Pecos Red Chili Mix

Cook-Off Food: Dry Seasoning/Rub

1st Cowboy BBQ – Salty Bronc Seasoning

2nd Crawfish Connection – Mike’s Mojo Seasoning Craw Boil

3rd Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire – Habanero

Cook-Off Food: Table Seasoning

1st Chipotle Texas – Sabroso Blends Chipotle Pizza Topper

2nd SaltWorks, Inc. – Hellfire® Smoked Habanero Sea Salt

3rd Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co. – Woody’s Bar-B-Q Dry Rub & Seasoning

Cook-Off Food: Asian Seasoning or Marinade

1st Sean’s booYah! – Sean’s booYah! Bali

2nd Pepper Palace – Sweet But Sassy

3rd Sean’s booYah! – Sean’s booYah! Buffayaki

Cook-Off Food: Latin Seasoning or Marinade

1st Ana’s Foods – Ana’s Chorizo Seasoning Mix

2nd Sean’s booYah! – Sean’s booYah! Stinky Bee

3rd Sean’s booYah! – Sean’s booYah! Christmas Island Hot

Cook-Off Food: Wing Sauce Mild/Medium

1st Sean’s booYah! – Sean’s booYah! Stinky Bee

2nd Sean’s booYah! – Sean’s booYah! Buffayaki

3rd Sean’s booYah! – Sean’s booYah! Sorta Hot

Cook-Off Food: Wing Sauce Hot/X Hot

1st All Spice Cafe – Cayenne Habanero XXX

2nd Sean’s booYah! – Sean’s booYah! The Hammer

3rd Sean’s booYah! – Sean’s booYah! Bali

Cook-Off Beverage: Bloody Mary Mix

1st Hankerings LLC – Salvy Sousa – Salvy Sousa Bloody Bull Bloody Mary Mix

2nd Bloody Revolution – Bloody Revolution “Smoked Habanero”

3rd Walker Feed Co. – Bloody Mary Mix

Cook-Off Beverage: Other Beverage/Cocktail Mix

1st Race City Sauceworks – Owem G. Williker’s Salted Caramel & Milk Chocolate Elixic

2nd Smokin Texas Gourmet – Votew All Natural Beverage Mix

3rd Pepper Palace – Spice Energy Drink

Cook-Off Specialty

1st The Spice Boys – Ragin Cajun

2nd Patter Fam Sauces – Arrabiata Sauce

3rd Sean’s booYah! – Sean’s Booyah Bali

Marketing: Label

1st My Chihuahua Bites Salsa – My Chihuahua Bites Salsa Blanco Party Dip

2nd My Chihuahua Bites Salsa – My Chihuahua Bites Salsa Hot

3rd High River Sauces – Grapes Of Wrath

Marketing: Logo

1st High River Sauces – High River Sauces

2nd The Feisty Parrot LLC – Feisty Parrot

3rd My Chihuahua Bites Salsa – My Chihuahua Bites Salsa

Marketing: Product Packaging

1st Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. – The Reserve Pack

2nd Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC – The Salsa Sampler

3rd Jalapeno Jeaven – Jalapeno Grill Rack