Judgment day for chili chefs

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Linda Hamilton, star of the films “The Terminator ” and “Terminator II: Judgment Day,” will pick the first-prize winner of a 2000 Porsche Boxster at the 19th annual Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off and Carnival this weekend.

The Porsche is one of two raffle prizes that can be won, at $100 a ticket, as well as grand prizes of up to $1000 for the cook-off contest.

The two-and-a-half day event, at Civic Center and Webb Way, begins Friday with a carnival, and continues Saturday with “Malibu Family Day,” with food vendors selling corn on the cob, lemonade, pizza, smoothies and apelskiver, a specialty item from Solvang, as well as three chili booths run by Our Lady of Malibu, the Malibu Presbyterian Church and Step Up On 2nd Street, a group that feeds the homeless.

While chowing down, visitors can watch performances from “home grown talent,” said Nidra Maus, a Kiwanis member.

Malibu Ballet by the Sea, the Malibu High School cheerleaders, Joey Escobar and Ebony and Ivory, are a few of the groups slated to perform Saturday.

Live bands such as Backbone, Bonsai Tribe and Radio Iching will perform later in the day.

A kids section, with sack races, pony rides, arts and crafts, a dunk tank and many other activities will keep children busy, with free admission to many of the events.

Sunday is the official Chili Cook-Off contest, with 40 chefs, part of an international chili society, competing for prizes ranging from $300 to $1000 and local restaurants in the People’s Choice contest competing for $100, $200 and $300 prizes.

The chefs must prepare the chili on site, in a certain time frame and with no beans.

Chili without beans?

That’s right, said Maus.

“It’s real Texas style chili,” explained Maus, “with meat, peppers, tomatoes and, some claim, rattlesnake.”

Judges for the contest are comprised of chili society members plus celebrities.

People’s Choice winners win by collecting the most tickets from tasters.

Winners for the chili contests will be announced around 5 p.m. and the raffle prizes around 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The carnival is open all three days until 10 p.m.