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Local Photographer Takes Top Honors at International Chili Championship

Dallas – Dallas photographer TJ Friedel cooked up a top ten spot at the 53rd Annual Terlingua International Chili Championship, held Nov. 2.

Friedel has competed at Terlingua for the past thirteen years and says the contest is “widely known to be the most competitive chili cook off in world.” Friedel placed with showmanship awards in 2011 and 2012, but was determined to nab a win in chili competition.  

“I changed my chili name to Double Exposure a couple of years ago with the intention of winning my own chili trophy,” she said. The nod to her photography roots must have been a lucky shot. She was thrilled when her name was announced in the top ten, which automatically qualifies her to compete in 2020.

Friedel also took home top honors in the Small Show Competition with team member Susan Spencer of Irving. The first place award joins her other achievements as a CASI Chili Cook. CASI, the Chili Appreciation Society International, sponsors the annual chili competition, which attracts cooks from around the world.