50 years after his death Wick Fowler still casts a long shadow over the world of Texas chili. Continue Reading
Hope y’all can come out.
Sun, Nov 14, 2021,
5:30 PM CST
Tamale House East
1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
It’s the Mardi Gras of west Texas. The Frank X. Tolbert, Wick Fowler Terlingua, Texas, Chili Cook Off is in its 54th year and we could not be more excited to make the 1000 mile-plus journey to the Chihuahuan Desert for the shootout.
We’ve been deep in the Texas chili scene for 25 years and will be throwing our own version of the Terlingua Chili party soon.
Scrumptious Chef 13th Terlingua Chili Pop Up
Sunday November 14th
“It’s the first time the judges have shown good taste!” bellowed Wick Fowler upon being declared the World Champion of Chili at the big Terlingua shootout in November of 1970. Continue Reading
I’m not sure what connection Myrtle Beach has to the world of competitive chili.
My father was a firefighter and a chili cook of uncommon valor and I know that men in that field take their chili very seriously. A gang of burly, hairy men sitting around a firehouse watching boxing on TV and cooking mammoth kettles of chili has long been a trope of American life.
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At the dawn of the roaring twenties, Wick and his group of playmates contented themselves the way many small-town Texas boys did. When they weren’t in school they spent their days fishing, playing marbles and hunting small game. Victoria, where Wick grew up, had less than 6,000 residents. Continue Reading
There will never be another man like Wick.
“The Great Chili Confrontation” was born on the 21st of October, 1967 when a few hundred chili fanatics met on the proving grounds of Terlingua, Texas to settle who the greatest chili cook of the day was.
Wick Fowler strode into battle vs northern humorist H.Allen Smith.
The Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated were on hand to cover the affair.
The shootout ended in a draw but Fowler would finally taste victory in 1970. The greatest chili cook of a generation could finally wear the crown.
Just a year and a half later Wick Fowler passed away at age 63.
His legacy is enormous and you can walk into any grocery store in the US today and pick up a packet of his Wick Fowler’s 2-Alarm Chili Kit.
It will fully-power that big cook pot that lives on the back of your range.