Our winners: Tammy and Greg CoswayThe 1st annual Seaside Rotary Cook-Off is in the books and we have a winner! Taking home the title “The Best Chili in Playa del Carmen 2017” are Greg Cosway and his wife Tammy. Greg and Tammy are originally from Toronto and have been visiting the Riviera Maya since 1994. They now live here full time with their two girls, Kylie-Rose and Jazlyn. Greg and Tammy went home with a nice trophy and bragging rights but generously donating the 100USD in prize money back to the club.

This cook-off, the first of its kind for Seaside Rotary, was undeniably a success. There were 6 very competitive chili chefs participating this year, Miguel Herrera, Matt Weatherbee, Lou Hernandez, Steve Thomas, Patrick Grenville-Morris and our winners Tammy and Greg Cosway.

I think everyone was surprised by the number of people in attendance. For a first-year event, we had an amazing response from the community. At times the line for tasters/judges stretched nearly out to the beach! The demand was so unexpected that most of our chefs ran out of chili within he first hour and a half. Still, everyone who came to taste had a great time and enjoyed the special Happy Hour pricing offered by our wonderful hosts JJ and Kim at Wah Wah Beach Bar. We are looking forward to an even bigger event next year, opening up the cook-off for even more local home cooks and professional chefs to go head to head for the title!

A special thank you to Seaside Rotarian, Allan Lockhart for spear-heading this fun event and everyone on the organizing committee for all their hard work. Thank you to all our fantastic and talented chili chefs and thank you to everyone who came out to support Seaside Rotary! For more information about the Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside, its projects and initiatives in the community visit www.playaseasiderotary.org.

Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside is Playa del Carmen’s newest Rotary Club and welcomes both men and women. Chartered by Rotary International in September 2012, “Seaside” is an English-speaking Club with 23 members representing Europe, North and South America each dedicated to upholding the Rotary ideal of “Service Over Self”.

Rotary International is the world’s oldest and largest non-profit service organization, with 34,000 Rotary Clubs and 1,200,000 Rotarians in over 220 countries. The Rotary Foundation supports grass roots level community projects sponsored by local clubs around the world and, since 1985, has led the effort to eradicate Polio. To date, there are less than 200 newly diagnosed cases in only 3 endemic counties worldwide.


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