I had little experience with Chili, becuase it's not exactly a common dish around here, so, surprised by the variety, and most were quite nice, and despite exhaustive warnings by the cooks, none was unedibly spicy (the dreaded Zombie Chili which promised to melt my mouth? Kinda sweet and bland.)
Favourite? Lafitte's revenge, which really was a sort of bean-free bourguignon. Also, the smoked veggie chili was quite awesome. And the cookies were killers!
Next year, my wife is talking about cooking for it. I have had her chili, and I trust she can do better than 80% of the contestants this year. Plus I get to beta test her recipes, so win/win for me.