Winners were selected by an expert jury made up of four members: - Douglas Davidson, U. Special Envoy;- Agate Lūse, Chair of the Board of Restaurant Viesistaba Vintage;- Karlis Roberts Celms, a celebrity chef; Owner of the restaurant Tvaiks and Chef at Cultural/catering space "371";- Ilze Jurkāne, Culinary expert.
Judging was done anonymously by evaluating each chili by aroma, appearance, taste and aftertaste.
With its location beside the Gulf of Riga, the city has direct access to about 300 kms of shoreline.
Latvians are usually happy to help visitors with street directions or to dispense advice on places to visit outside Riga.
Picking forest mushrooms and berries is somewhat akin to a national sport, next to basketball and ice hockey.
When the weekend arrives and the weather permits, locals will head in droves to seaside resorts like nearby Jurmala - long a popular spot among the Russian elite.
Visitors will be suitably charmed by Old Town's cobblestone streets and buildings that date back 800 years.
Latvians are reputed to be introverts by nature and nature-lovers at heart - which is particularly useful considering over 40 per cent of the country is covered by pine and birch forests and pristine national parks.14 teams – all time record number – competed for the main prize:- Amateur Chefs: Ieva Keviešena and Daiga Lazdiņa with A charity raffle in benefit of RMHC Latvija’s Care Mobile was held during the event.Over 400 LVL of proceeds raised will allow many children in Latvia to receive free healthcare services.SKA team, represented by Matīss Kukainis, Ieva Azanda, Dzintars Zonenbergs, Līva Kalniņa and Laura Vinberga, Daniels Vīksna, Kaspars Frīdenbergs-Ansbergs, Tatjana Čaika, Jurgita Spīgulis and Edvards Gaigals from Law Firm Spigulis, Kukainis & Azanda made their at the 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off.In addition, SKACHILLES won People’s Choice Award determined by the public vote.Those interested in bone-chilling temperatures and activities such as ice fishing are advised to visit during winter.