THE Kings Arms Chilli Cook-off in All Cannings was hotly contested again last weekend when over 100 people visited the pub for the yearly competition and raised over £200 for charity.

Chefs and tasters of all ages visited the village pub on Saturday 1st July to sample seasoned concoctions in a number of classes. Cooks competed in categories including the best overall chilli, the most unusual, the hottest, best vegetarian and a children’s competition.

Organiser and landlady at the pub, Virginia Long said, “We had a really good day again this year and the weather was perfect. There were about 15 people who brought food and lots more came to taste and vote for their favourites.

“It’s a fun summer day out for all the family and it’s all in the name of charity. Most of our chefs are regular visitors – we’ve gathered a bit of a cult following – but it’s always great to see new faces, too.

“There were people of all ages competing – I think the youngest was five and the oldest about 70. We had a real range of entries, too: there were chilli meringues and cakes as well as the classic con carne!”

Visitors to the cook-off paid £2.50 to taste all the entries and then voted for the winners. £211.50 in proceeds from the day was donated towards the pub’s Rock Against Cancer fund, for which it holds an annual concert.