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Let the eating begin.

Let the eating begin.

BioHouston recently held its 12th annual Chili Cook-off.

J&J Innovation

J&J Innovation

Featured a football theme.

The team, along with TMC,

The team, along with TMC,

sported personalized jerseys with their favorite players.

Hot.

Hot.

Each team picks out a theme to go with its booth.

Texas Heart Institute

Texas Heart Institute

went for a French brasserie this year.

Pirates

Pirates

The booty of choice this year was chili.

Judges table.

Judges table.

This is serious business.

After the tasting

After the tasting

All smiles among the judges (which included myself).

Jammin'

Jammin'

Billy Cohn at Texas Heart and David Carter at CRG play for the crowd.

All smiles

All smiles

The threat of rain didn't dampen spirits.

TMCx for the win.

TMCx for the win.

The accelerator's startups were featured on the gridiron.

Biohazard

Biohazard

Some of the chili was really hot.

Xconomy Texas — 

[Updated 5/4/15 5:08 pm. See below.The sky threatened thunderstorms but the only jolt came from the spices at BioHouston’s latest annual chili cookoff.

Houston’s biotech and life sciences community gathered for the 12th time not only to make chili and share drinks but show off their creative sides, with booths and costumes that included Parisian chefs, pirates, flaming (devil) tutus, and a Houston Texans tailgate.

Like last year, David Carter of CPG entertained the crowd with his guitar and he was joined on stage by Billy Cohn at Texas Heart Institute who jammed on his trombone (while wearing scrubs). The THI team, as is their custom, had prepared a dance routine—this year it was a baguette-holding dance to “Alouette.”

Oh, and there was chili—lots of it. We judges had quite a few offerings tickling our taste buds. This year, I judged the non-traditional category, some of which featured additions like cinnamon or corn. (Brave stuff considering this is Texas.)

[List of winners updated.] Here is the complete list of winners:

Traditional Chili
1st – Boulware & Valoir
2nd – Lonza Houston
3rd – Aviara Pharmaceuticals

Non-Traditional Chili
1st – UH Society for Biological Engineering
2nd – Texas Heart Institute “Mobile Chili Brasserie”
3rd – Strategia

Spicy Chili
1st – JLabs “The Teams of JLabs
2nd – IBTS Toxic Chili Team
3rd – BCM Tropical Medicine “TropMed Like It’s Hot!”

Best Themed Booth
1st – Cyberonics “Tu-Tu Hot Chili”
2nd – Texas Heart Institute “Mobile Chili Brasserie”
3rd – TMCx