Chili Connoissuers?

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Chili Festival participants (Isabelle Dietz)

By Isabelle Dietz

Do people attending Chili Fest really have discerning enough palates to judge chili?  To get to the bottom of this, we decided to see what people thought about their own abilities to objectively determine how good the chili really it.  To figure this out, we asked:

Do you consider yourself a chili connoisseur?

“I would not consider myself a connoisseur, but I would consider myself an enthusiast. I do not know enough about chili to consider myself a connoisseur, but I really enjoy eating chili.  If they had a J Term class about chili, I’d definitely take the J Term class.” – Henry Thomson ’17

“Not really, we make it in our slow cooker sometimes…we usually use ground turkey and different kinds of beans, peppers, we like it spicy.” – April Thompson of Essex

“Yes, I do.” – Kyler Blodgett ’17

“Now I am!” – Kelly Galyean of Burlington

“Yes, I do consider myself a connoisseur because I was on the distance track team that won the Chili Fest last year.” – David Russell ’15

“No, but I’m a connoisseur in the making.” – Jeremy Stratton-Smith ’17

“No” – Max Goodfellow, age 6.5 of New Haven

“No, not at all…not really. I don’t hate it [chili], but I’m not a chili connoisseur.” – Alanna Merchant, University of Vermont ’15, from Acton, MA

“No, but I know that my parent’s chili is really good.  It’s the perfect amount of spicy, salty, and sweet.” – Haley Tetreault ’17

“No, I’m just from Texas.” – Lee Garcia Jimenez