Show 130, July 11, 2015: Chef Marlene Moore, Temptations Food Court, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula

Marlene MooreChef Marlene Moore of the Temptations Food Court at Pechanga Resort & Casino is no stranger to the show. At the recent Pechanga Microbrew Festival and Chili Cookoff on June 6th she wowed the crowd with her creation and unseated two-time Chili Champ, Chef Damian Stanley the Executive Sous Chef at the Pechanga Resort.

A new chili champion has been crowned by the people at the annual Pechanga Microbrew Festival and Chili Cookoff at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Temptations Food Court chef, Marlene Moore, tantalized the sold-out crowd with her original creation of Temptation” Hearty Southern Style Chili. She edged out seven other Pechanga chefs’ chili varieties which included Texas style chili with a trio of meat, steak chili mac, and black bean chili con carne, with poblano rajas, crispy pork and shishito peppers.

Chef Marlene’s winning chili recipe is now posted on our Website. Go to the “Blog” file tab and then click on “Recipes.”

Southwest Syle Chili Recipe by Marlene Moore of Temptation Food Court at Pechanga Casino ResortWith 219 votes out of a total of 914 from Microbrew Festival attendees, Chef Moore, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, unseated Chef Damian Stanley who had held the chili throne for two years.

Now in its seventh year, 1,695 people came to enjoy brews, chili and music at the 2015 Festival, making it the most well-attended to date. Proceeds from the event benefited Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley.

Chef Marlene joins us to stir the slow-simmering chili pot.

Show 124, May 30, 2015: Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Executive Sous Chef, Damian Stanley

Danian StanleyWe’re previewing the 7th Annual Pechanga Microbrew Festival and Chili Cookoff.

On June 6th microbreweries, craft beer makers and brew pubs from throughout Southern California and beyond will descend on Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula for the 7th Annual Pechanga Microbrew Festival and Chili Cookoff from 1 to 5:00 p.m. in the Pechanga Grand Ballroom.

Microbrew Festival tickets are $50.00. Guests receive a two ounce souvenir glass to sample unlimited beer tastings. Designated driver tickets are available for $30.00. Both ticket levels let attendees taste all chili and other gourmet food samples, take in live music by two bands including iconic bassist Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats, and an extensive silent auction. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. For tickets or more information, visit or call 877.711.2946.

In addition to the craft beer samples the talented Pechanga chefs are preparing eight varieties of their crowd-pleasing, house-made chili for all the guests to enjoy. The chefs are all competing for the coveted fan favorite award.

Damian Stanley the Executive Sous Chef at the Pechanga Resort & Casino is our guest providing all the tasty and thirst-satisfying details.

He’ll also talk about his own signature recipe for Black Bean Chili con Carne, Poblano Rajas with crispy pork and Shishito peppers. He’s the esteemed defending Pechanga Chili Cookoff champ.

Chef Damien has graciously shared his award-winning chili recipe with us. It’s posted on the SoCal Restaurant Show’s website.

Black Bean Chili Con Carne, Poblano Rajas with Crispy Pork and Shishito Peppers

Pechanga Chili CookoffUmi Sushi & Oyster Bar at Pechanga Casino & Resort
Chef Damian Stanley’s Chili Recipe (makes 6 servings)

Carnitas prepared 1lb (cooked pork shoulder)
Ground beef 1lb
Onions diced ½ yellow onion
Garlic minced fresh 1 tbsp
Bay Leaves 2 ea
Cumin Ground 1 tsp
Chili powder 2 tbsp
Aji Panca Paste (optional) 1 tbsp
Tabasco Sauce (to taste)
Worchestshire Sauce (1 dash)
Stewed tomatoes (3) 14.5 ounce cans​
1 Roasted Poblano pepper cut into strips
Shishito Peppers (no stem)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Green or Red Bell Pepper diced 1 ea
Beans (Ranch Style) Pinto (2) 15 ounce cans
Beans Black Beans (1) 15 ounce can
Chicken Base 2 tsp
Sapporo Beer (1 can)
Vegetable oil 2 tbsp
Water 1 cup

Brown the meat in the oil. Add the onions, black pepper, and bay leaves until onions are soft. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer, approx. 45min. Add the beans with liquid last, so that the beans do not overcook. Adjust seasoning, serve hot.