Chefs, start your propane.

Chefs, start your propane.

Houston's medical community gathers for another cook-off.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

The Houston Area Translational Research Consortium.

Peach moonshine

Peach moonshine

HATRC's secret ingredient in the Hurricanes.

All smiles

All smiles

(From left to right) Bryan Haardt of Decisio; Lindsay Deneault, Rice MBA student; and Gray Hancock, also of Decisio.

Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

Teams created booths with themes.

Drink-tech

Drink-tech

Will Clifton of Enventure shows off his bicycle-powered blender for banana daiquiris.

Stirring the pot

Stirring the pot

Jeff Larson of Texas BioAlliance readies his chili.

Out of this world

Out of this world

CitareTX Investment Partners created an alien theme for its booth.

The Watcher

The Watcher

The team had a few extra-terrestrial friends visiting.

BRAAAIINNSS!!

BRAAAIINNSS!!

Texas Heart Institute's secret ingredient?

Chillin'

Chillin'

HATRC's David Schubert enjoys the afternoon.

Touch o' Vegas

Touch o' Vegas

Teams built elaborate sets at their booths.

Road trip

Road trip

Cyberonics went for a biker theme.

Judgment Day

Judgment Day

I judged chili competing in the "traditional" category.

Mise en place

Mise en place

The 12 contestants spanned the range of flavor and consistency.

Heating up

Heating up

Some attendees bellied up for a jalapeño-eating contest. The winner is at the left; he ate nine medium-sized peppers.

Winner

Winner

Jeff Larson shows off his certificate for 3rd place in the non-traditional chili category.

Victory

Victory

OrthoAccel claims the trophy.

Jammin'

Jammin'

David Carter of Capital Royalty (right) plays with Annika Chambers and the House Rules.

BioHouston hosted its 11th annual Chili Cookoff Friday, bringing together the city’s life science and biotech communities for some culinary innovation.

Twenty-two teams set up tents at the Bayou City Events Center with decor that featured the 1970s, Alice in Wonderland, Margaritaville, and alien and zombie worlds. A DJ mixed tunes in between sets of the Annika Chambers and the House Rules (including David Carter of Capital Royalty playing guitar), and attendees tried their luck at contests for both jalapeño-eating and hula-hooping.

As per tradition, the Texas Heart Institute performed a dance routine. In previous years, the team has shimmied to the theme from Peanuts—”Good Grief. Don’t Have a Coronary, Charlie Brown”— and “Stayin’ Alive” from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. This year—to go along with the zombie theme—their team chose a combo of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Beat it.”

Here is the full list of winners for this year’s cook-off:

Traditional
1. Lonza Houston
2. Bellicum Pharmacuticals
3. Cyberonics, Cyber Bikers

Non-Traditional
1. OrthoAccel Technologies, The Accelerators
2. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals
3. Texas BioAlliance, Cowboys on Vacation

Spicy
1. VWR International, Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Texas Heart Institute, “Heart Disease is no Thriller. THI Can Beat It, Just Beat It.”
3. Boulware and Valoir

Grand Champion: OrthoAccel Technologies, The Accelerators

Most Unique Team/Booth: CitareTX Investment Partners, “Take Me To Your Chili”

Best Booth: Texas Heart Institute, “Heart Disease is no Thriller. THI Can Beat It, Just Beat It.”

Best-Dressed Team: Texas Heart Institute

Angela Shah is the editor of Xconomy Texas. She can be reached at ashah@xconomy.com or (214) 793-5763.