Can you take the heat? Chefs sought for Redwood City salsa competition

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The deadline is Aug. 31, or when spaces fill up, for amateur and professional salsa chefs who want to compete in the Salsa Tasting & Competition in Redwood City.

The competition will take place at the 11th annual Redwood City Salsa Festival set for Sept. 29 from noon to 8 p.m., a family friendly event that features live music, activities and salsa throughout the city’s downtown.

Teams make a minimum of 10 gallons of salsa for the competition.

“The festival goers will be able to purchase a tasting kit in order to cast their vote for the “people’s choice award” organizers said. “A qualified panel of judges will judge entries equally based on the following criteria: aroma, consistency, color, appropriate heat level, taste, and after-taste. This panel will also judge each team booth for Best Decorated.”

First place winner for the People’s Choice Award get $750, while second place is $500 and third $300. You’ll get $400 for winning the any of these three awards: Best Hot Salsa, Best Mild Salsa and Best Decorated Booth.

For more information, contact Albert Romero at

To enter the competition, these three forms must be submitted: Contest ApplicationHealth Department Form, and Food & Safety Quiz.