Hot Sauce Festival

23rd Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival Contest Winners – 2013

Individual Category

Red Sauce
1st Place: Cyrus Sanchez
2nd Place: Kim Johnson
3rd Place: Mandie Martinez
Honorable Mention: Charlie Brown, Mike McFadyen, Tyler Ruse, Tony Padilla, Rusty Ward, Andria Millie, Brenda Barrientes
Green Sauce
1st Place: Dan Cook
2nd Place: Bud Spaar
3rd Place: Sal Solano
Honorable Mention: Justin & Griff Smith, Tyler Ruse, Shelley Michie, Sista Salsa
Special Variety
1st Place: Vanessa Brightman
2nd Place: David Weaver
3rd Place: Vanessa Brightman
Honorable Mention: Winda Bright, Craig Isaacs, Marlo Cooper

Restaurant Category

Red Sauce
1st Place: Naanfull
2nd Place: Freedmen's
3rd Place: Sazón
Honorable Mention: Habanero Mexican Cafe, Curra’s, Mighty Bird, Santa Rita, Chucho’s Mexican Restaurant, El Nuevo Mexico Restaurant, Rincon
Green Sauce
1st Place: El Chile Cafe y Cantina
2nd Place: Chucho's Mexican Restaurant
3rd Place: Mijos Tex-Mex & Cantina
Honorable Mention: Rincon, Freedman's, Tacodeli, El Nuevo Mexican Restaurant, Sazón
Special Variety
1st Place: Torchy's Tacos
2nd Place: Tacodeli
3rd Place: Curra's Grill
Honorable Mention: Mi Casita, Sazón

Commercial Bottlers People's Choice

Red Sauce
1st Place: Mom's Family Kitchen
2nd Place: Two Hot Mamas' Mambo Combo
3rd Place: Mikey V's Foods – Original
Green Sauce
1st Place: Two Hot Mamas' Roasted Almond Chimichurri with Mint
2nd Place: Two Hot Mamas' Chile Verde
3rd Place: Tears of Joy Sauces – Texas Cactus
Special Variety
1st Place: Two Hot Mamas' Creamy Cilantro Dip
2nd Place: Yellowbird's Yellowbird Sauce
3rd Place: Kala's Kuisine – Ledho Achar
Pepper Sauce
1st Place: Aztexan – Habanero Supreme
2nd Place: Mikey V's Foods – Sweet Ghost Pepper
3rd Place: Tears of Joy Sauces – Sword's Tears of Fire

Commercial Bottlers Judged by Celebrity Judges

Red Sauce
1st Place: Kevin Billings – High Octane Sauce Company
2nd Place: Frank Valdez – Frankie V's Kitchen
3rd Place: Kala Uprety – Kala's Kuisine
Honorable Mention: Hot Line Pepper Products, Mom’s Family Kitchen, Big Daddy’s Hot Sauces, Frankie V's Kitchen, Wolf Quality Foods
Green Sauce
1st Place: Victor Valdez – Becerra's Tex Mex Salsas & Sauces
2nd Place: Jorge Rojo – Ro-Ho Sauces
3rd Place: Kevin Billings – High Octane Sauce Company
Honorable Mention: Frankie V’s Kitchen
Special Variety
1st Place: Michael Valencia – Mikey V's Foods
2nd Place: George Milton – Yellowbird Sauce
3rd Place: JP Hayes – Sgt. Pepper's Hot Sauce
Pepper Sauce
1st Place: Trevi & Becky Biles – Big Daddy's Hot Sauces
2nd Place: Frank Valdez – Frankie V's Kitchen
3rd Place: JP Hayes – Sgt. Pepper's Hot Sauce