CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Maureen Barrett likes to keep her competition close.
She and her husband Scott competed side-by-side at The World's Championship Chili Cook-off at Magic Island in Charleston on Saturday.
The Chicago couple has been married for nearly 30 years, and cooking chili for 16 of them.
"We have completely different recipes and different styles of cooking but we both focus on studying our spices and using the right peppers," Maureen said.
"She's a little more precise than I am," Scott said.
"He just throws it all in there," Maureen said.
Maureen was named the world champ in 2009 for her red chili recipe. That's when she changed her name from "Maureen's almost famous chili" to "Maureen's now famous chili."
"If Scott ever tries to tweak my recipe, I can always remind him that I'm the world champ," she said.
"She's still talking about it," Scott said as he laughed and shook his head.
Hundreds of chili chefs from all over filled Magic Island over the weekend to compete for the $25,000 grand prize for the best red chili, which will be announced Sunday.
This is the second time the worldwide competition, hosted by the International Chili Society, has been held in Charleston, and will head to Palm Springs, Calif. next year.
"We love it here on the riverfront. We've made great friends," said George Lott, who made the trip from Peublo, Colo. "We've been cooking with a lot of these people for years and years."