ICS Cook Rules

Registration Prior to Cookoff

All ICS cooks must register here: http://chilicookoff.com/tulsa no later that August 1, 2019.  Any cook registering after that date will not be accepted.


Day of Cookoff Check-in

Check-in the day of the cookoff will be between 7:00a and 10:00a.  All ICS cooks must check in at the official check-in table during that time period.  Any cooks that have not registered prior to 10:00a will not be allowed to participate.  There will be no exceptions.


Event Schedule

A schedule for the day’s events including cooks’ meetings, turn-in times, judging and the announcement of winners has been developed and we will do our very best to adhere to the times shown.  Click here to access the official schedule:

Cook’s Event Schedule


ICS Official Rules

The winners of each ICS category will qualify to advance to the World Championship Chili Cookoff sanctioned by The International Chili Society.  All ICS cooks entered in this cookoff are required to follow the rules set forth by ICS. 

ICS Official Rules


Public Taster Samples.

Taster kits will be sold to the public to help raise money for our charities.  ICS cooks will be required to provide a minimum of 2 gallons of chili in addition to what they are preparing for competition entries to give away as public taster samples.   Public taster chili must contain beans.  This chili may be prepared on site the day of the cookoff or off site prior to the cookoff and reheated for the public.  Cookoff staff will come to each ICS cooks tent to verify they have the required amount of taster sample chili.  Any cook that does not have the required amount (minimum of 2 gallons) will be disqualified from the competition and will not be eligible for any prize money or awards.


Overall People’s Choice Award

All ICS cooks will be eligible for the People’s Choice Chili awards based on their public taster samples given away.  The winner will be selected by the public using tickets or tokens issued to them with their taster kits. They will be instructed to give their token to the chili cook or team they feel is the best.  Each team or cook will be given a receptacle to collect the tokens from the public.  The receptacles will be gathered, and the tokens counted to determine the winner.