Winners of annual Chili Cookoff announced

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BEAVER TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Wednesday night, the annual Chili Cookoff made its comeback and the results are in.

Tuesday afternoon, First News senior reporter Gerry Ricciutti dropped off two big pots of his homemade chili to compete with a dozen other celebrity chefs.

The event ran from 6-8 p.m. at Avion on the Water in Beaver Township.

More than a dozen celebrity chefs spooned out their chili for votes. Ricciutti won Favorite Celebrity Chili.

The other winners were Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene for Hottest Chili, County Engineer Pat Ginnetti for Most Original Chili and Mahoning County Auditor Ralph Meachum for Favorite Political Chili. The Best of Chili award went to County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti, which might have something to do with the tasty hot sauce he offers up with it.

The cookoff supports the Boardman Optimist Club, which then invests in local activities for kids.

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