Sunday marked the annual return of the Brooklyn Chili Takedown, which happened this year at the Bell House in Gowanus. Matt Timms, originator of the Takedowns series of food cook-offs that now includes bacon, cookies, mac & cheese, ice cream, and more, has seen his idea spread to other U.S. cities, but the Brooklyn Chili Takedown is the original. This year, it featured 30 chefs who stirred savory crocks that drew inspiration from everything from Star Trek to wasabi peas, from hot dogs to peanut butter, and even the Smoke Monster from Lost.
Photos by Bradley Hawks An array of chili recipes judged at Sunday's Brooklyn Chili Takedown at the Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn). See our full gallery from the 2014 Brooklyn Chili Takedown