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Cafe Brazil Crowned Chili Champion For the Fourth Time

It isn't a fluke, the team at the Berkeley restaurant really makes the best chili.

On Sunday October 25, Cafe Brazil did it again — it won the 5th Annual Chili Cook Off organized by Joy Wine and Spirits. This is the fourth time in the event's five year history that the Berkeley restaurant was named top chili champion in the Judges' Choice. And make no mistake: The People's Choice went to the same family-owned restaurant.

A popular neighborhood event, the cook off attracted several contestants in the amateur category and no less than 17 restaurants in the pro section, which was judged by Acorn chef Amos Watts, Zagat editor Lori Midson, and Eater editor Andra Zeppelin. Among the eateries that brought their A chili game are Fruition (who came in second), Table 6 (who came in third), Mizuna, Gozo, Blackbird, and Atticus.

The event benefits Senior Housing Options, a charitable organization that serves low and moderate income elderly and adults with physical and mental disabilities.