Ladle in Hand, Chowder Chief Roy Churns a Championship-worthy Chili

By Quarry Hill | Feb 05, 2013
Courtesy of: West Bay Rotary Quarry Hill and Knox Center Executive Chef John Roy (center) serves his award-winning chowder at the 2006 West Bay Rotary Chili & Chowder Challenge.

CAMDEN, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 – Hundreds of cherry-cheeked chili chuggers are chomping at their soup spoons for this weekend’s West Bay Rotary Chili Challenge, and Executive Chef John Roy of Quarry Hill in Camden and the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland says he’s chipper about his chili’s chances.

“I’ll be entering my own version of a turkey chili with black beans, sour cream, and tomatillo salsa, plus a secret ingredient,” says Roy. “I’m optimistic that it’ll hit the right note for folks who love a good chili—spicy, but not too spicy.”

This year’s edition of the popular chill-chaser, heretofore known as the Chili & Chowder Challenge, is set for Saturday, February 9, at the Camden Snow Bowl, from 11 am to 1:30 pm. In 2013, the winter challenge, held in conjunction with the U.S. National Toboggan Championships, February 8–10 at the Snow Bowl, is for chili choosing only; a separate competition, chockfull of the area’s choicest chowders, is slated for late summer. Roy already has a chokehold on the title of chowder chair, having chipped in the first-place recipe four times in six years.

Per tradition, the top three chilis will be chosen by the tasting public and hold bragging rights for the year. Proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofits and other charitable causes.

Quarry Hill and the Knox Center for Long Term Care are members of the Pen Bay Healthcare family of services, which also includes Pen Bay Medical Center and Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice. Through these organizations, and with a staff of more than 100 outstanding physicians and more than 1,500 healthcare professionals, we are able to provide the people of Midcoast Maine with a continuum of both routine and specialty patient-centered medical services.

To learn more about Quarry Hill, call 230-6116, or visit or For more about the Knox Center for Long Term Care, call 594-6800, or visit

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.