LA CRESCENTA — Finding the perfect mouthwatering chili recipe can be a lengthy quest for some home cooks.
But North Hollywood resident Shawn Harris, 39, didn't have to look long for his Texas Chili Con Carne, which took home the top prize at Saturday's inaugural La Crescenta Library Chili Cook Off. He won a $25 Trader Joe's gift card and crown made by the library's staff.
Harris learned the chili recipe while living in Texas nearly 20 years ago.
"I was a teenager when I got it and having been cooking it ever since," he said. "Everybody has been saying it is good."
Harris joined the cook-off after his fiancee's daughter, who volunteers at the library, urged him to partake in the contest.
Harris' dish was one of 11 entries at the cook-off, which event organizers said was created to attract more residents into the library.
"We always try to have more events here at the library to draw more people in," said Chase McMunn, the adult services librarian. "We think of ourselves as a community resource, so we try to select different types of programming that lots of people find interesting."