“People who love to eat are always the best people.”– Julia Child
“We got married in a fever hotter than a pepper sprout.” – June Carter Cash
Annette Daly, and her husband John are fiercely committed to guiding chili heads to having a spicy life filled with more great friends, winning chili recipes, and raising lots of money for charities.
If you are looking for a proven mentor who can guide you in cutting your learning curve in half by learning insider secrets and increasing your odds of winning chili cook offs, then you’ve come to the right place.
With over six years of experience cooking with other amazing chili cooks with similar worries and concerns and collaborating with them to achieve remarkable success, my mission and commitment is to help chili cooks who are passionate about raising money for charity to be incredibly successful while enjoying meeting like minded people and making new friends.
My path to become the Hot Pepper Queen became clear many years ago in Scottsville, VA when John and I were on the support team for friend’s who competed on a regular basis. They always had elaborate themes like, “The Big Chili Diner” and “The Church of the Holy Habanero.” We would help them set up their booths, play different rolls in the showmanship competition, and serve the chili. I have always loved camping and the outdoors, and at this cook off we traditionally camped in tents and enjoyed friends around a roaring fire. At one point our best chili buddies took a sabbatical and John and I missed participating in the cook off. That’s when we decided to light our fires, develop our recipe, and “Smokin’ Gun Chili” was born.
Fellow spicy chefs say remarkable things about the impact chili cook offs have had on their lives and their business success.
Larry Walton: “In 2006 my wife and I was going through empty nest syndrome and did not have any hobbies that we did together. A friend Randy Duke asked me to judge a chili cook off in Valley Mills Tx. After tasting the chili I told myself I could do this. My first cook off was 2007 in Axtel Tx and placed 10th and was hooked. After a year of cooking my wife got in on the fun of cooking. In 2011 was the first time we qualified for Terlingua and that year I won. We have made so many friends that makes you feel like family. Since 2011 I place 6th 2012 and my wife Grace has place 4th 2013 and 9th 2014 [in CASI TICC]. I also won the Texas Men’s State 2015. I have and will continue to cook in all 3 Chili org.”
Donna Smithers Foley: “I met my husband, the love of my life- cooking chili.”
Skip Cooley: “I won the ICS [championship] cook off and ended up working full time, traveling across the western U.S. promoting STAGG CHILI at every major event, including Super Bowl XXX, Rose Parade, Long Beach Grand Prix & on & on.”
Mark Bass: “My first cookoff was in 1996, so I have cooked a while. Chili was a huge part of my life and I cooked both in ICS and CASI. I enjoyed being part of a group that was dedicated to helping others. For me the inability to cook chili has had a huge affect on me. After heart surgery I ended up semi retiring and began fulltiming in an RV. Eventually I ended up in South Texas working as security on oil wells and facilities. Because of the demands of the job I cannot get away to cook anymore. I am an Old 320 member and hardly a weekend goes by that I don’t think of my chili family. I miss them all and hope to eventually hit the trail again some day. The moral of this story is; if you have the wherewithal to travel the chili trail and cook treasure the moments you have. They could be gone someday.”
Similar benefits await when you decide to invite me to serve in the powerful ways that I can support your success.
What lights me up about this work is knowing that I am helping people all over the United States by raising money for charity while having a ton of fun cooking with friends and making new friends. We really are a chili family who care deeply about each other. We share the emotions of each other’s successes and heartbreaks.
“Cumin” have fun and learn from award winning chili heads how to make a pot of chili that will have the judges calling your name for 1ST PLACE! I will share tips with you about how to get ready for a cook off, tips for cooking your recipe on the big day, and tips on winning showmanship and “people’s choice” awards. I will share ideas on how to raise money for your charity event and how to get the health dept. to give you the big “O.K.”
You can feel confident engaging me to guide you and your organization to solve any confusion or problems with your event. Over the years, John and my expertise has been honored with remarkable and notable accolades. We’ve won many “Best Booth” awards, “Showmanship” awards, as well as “Best Server”, and “People’s Choice.” In 2009, it was our very first ICS chili cook off and we won “Rookie of the Year” and third place over all. Check out our awards here.
We have delighted audiences of every size with our insights and inspiration.
My perspectives have been featured many times in print and T.V. Here are a couple links to news stories:
This is a link to a video clip of me on TV 19 at the Greene County, VA chili cook off singing a song my chilihead friend wrote, “Holy Habenero.”
Here is a link to an article written about us in the Fluvanna Review newspaper after we returned from our chili trail trip in the RV.
Three things about me and my experience that might surprise and delight you:
• I took a year sabbatical and traveled the USA in a 5th wheel RV with my husband and dog.
• I walked in the 39 mile AVON walk in 2015 to crush breast cancer.
• My pet name for my husband is Johnny Angel and we’ve been married for 24 years. I’m super lucky to have him.
If you would like to stay in touch and be a part of the Chili Head Community and learn more great tips, then start by signing up for “ 10 CHILI HEAD GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON.”
It would be my pleasure to guide you to achieve the results you desire or the spicy life you imagine in our mentorship program together. Let’s continue the conversation in the manner that suits you best.
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My phone number is: 434-962-2095