Hot time in celeb contest

features- Poster for the 2009 Celebrity Chili Cook-off to benefit the Charleston Animal Society

What do politicians and television and radio personalities know about making a good pot of chili?

They like to be in the limelight and they like to be winners. That's more than enough fuel for the fiery food fight coming up at the 10th annual Celebrity Chili Cook-Off on Dec. 5 at the Charleston Maritime Center.

The cook-off that benefits the Charleston Animal Society always delivers a raucous, fun-filled afternoon, and this year should be no different.

Past "Best in Show" winners WCBD-TV2 anchormen Brad Franko and Brendan Clark will try to regain their title against the likes of S.C. House Rep. Tim Scott, and Charleston County Council members Colleen Condon and Elliott Summey.

They'll be joined by newcomers Laura Lee and Heather from radio station 98X, local radio star and three-time winner, TJ Phillips and his crew Ric Rush and Gary Griffin from the morning show WEZL-FM.

Four-time "Best of Show" titleholder Tanya Brown from 95SX's "Two Girls and a Guy" will return, as will Cpl. Paul Brouthers from the S.C. Highway Patrol; meteorologist Dave Williams and his sous chef Erin Colgan, anchor from WCIV-TV Channel 4; and WCSC-TV Channel 5 reporter Tracey Amick.

Charleston County Solicitor

Scarlett Wilson wants to convince the "jury" that she deserves a repeat of the "People's Choice" award.

Celebrity judges include renowned chef Frank Lee from Slightly North of Broad restaurant and cookbook author and cooking show celebrity chef Bob Waggoner.

The cook-off will be 1-5 p.m. at the Maritime Center, 10 Wharf St. The event includes chili sampling dished out by all the contestants, oysters, hot dogs, beer and wine, music and a Kids Fun Zone. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 10 and up. Kids under 10 are admitted free.

Purchase tickets in advance at charlestonanimalsociety.org; at the shelter, 2455 Remount Road; or call 329-1546. Tickets also will be on sale at the door.