Rick is the long-time editor of New Hampshire Magazine. He also edits the NH Pulp Fiction series of
paperback books featuring short stories in classic pulp genres, all set in the Granite State.
He resides in Concord with his wife, daughter and flock of suburban chickens. Although he is a
writer and commentator on a variety of topics, he usually keeps food opinions to himself since
he's the primary cook of his household, but he looks forward to this opportunity to compare
varieties of chili against his own "formidable" recipes. Raised in the South, he learned to
cook from his Louisiana parents who were both adept in the kitchen and unafraid of experimentation,
so he hopes to be both surprised and enlightened by the offerings of this year's contestants.
Adam Parker is the corporate chef overseeing all five restaurants in the franchise:
Fratello's Italian Grille (Manchester, Nashua and Laconia) and The Homestead
Restaurant & Tavern (Merrimack and Newfound Lake) wears many hats. An average
day could include anything from kitchen prep and working with a new staff member
to corporate meetings and charity events. A Nashua native, Parker earned his
bachelor's degree and pastry certification at the Culinary Institute of America
before working at the Sagamore Resort in upstate New York, the Waldorf Astoria
in Boca Raton, Fla., and New Hampshire's Mountain View Grand and Indian Head
Resort. He's focused on getting people excited about food, often gathering
the kitchen staff together to talk about new ideas and develop techniques.
Matt Ingersoll joined the staff of the Hippo Press, New Hampshire's largest
weekly print publication, in June 2016 as a writer and editor in various roles.
He exclusively covers the food beat for the paper, travelling to restaurants
and writing about food festivals all over southern New Hampshire as your
source for all things delicious in the state. Matt currently lives in
Manchester and always looks forward to the opportunity to get people excited
about locally made food from conversations with and obtaining recipes from
chefs. He has also recently taken up an interest in food photography,
contributing several photos that have graced the covers of recent issues of the Hippo.
This video was created in 2011 and refers to the 2011 Chili Fest.
Watch for our 2020 Chili Fest next August and
join your neighbors and friends in this annual family
friendly event at Pats Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, NH
Admission: Adults, $12.00; children 10 and under, $6.00; infants/toddlers free; Hours: Noon - 4:30 PM
Proceeds from the annual Chili Fest
support local, national and international projects sponsored
by the Henniker Rotary Club and Rotary International.