This Year's Hot Shots
Ninth Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Contest Results
The list of winners in the 1999 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Contest came flying off the fax machine to reveal that this is yet another stellar year in the history of the competition. For the first time, seven of the nine winning places in the Individual Category were filled by women from Austin, with only local stalwarts chef John Randall and hot sauce entrepreneur J.P. Hayes preventing an all-girl sweep! The Restaurant Category attracted lots of new blood, with strong showings from the Central Market Westgate Cafe (two awards) and Ay Chiwawa, while Botanita's returned to the winner's circle after a hiatus of several years. The hot and hungry masses who braved the sweltering heat to sample salsa and pick the People's Choice Awards were partial to brand-new flavors such as Texas Lava Unlimited, flavorful vegetable dips from Classy Delites, and annual favorites from Austin Spice Company, Austin Kitchens, and Aztexas Pepper Company. Many of these winners can be found on grocery store shelves and restaurant tables all over Austin. Go check them out! Virginia B. Wood
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