Nunn but the best: Kids rule chili cook-off

The Spice Boys winning salsa team of, from left, J.G. Carver, Scott Abercrombie and Greg Machamer. Photo available for purchase

The Spice Boys winning salsa team of, from left, J.G. Carver, Scott Abercrombie and Greg Machamer.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 09:55 AM.

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Saturday’s 31st annual St. George Island Regional Charity Chili Cook-off had the makings of a colossal disappointment for the Nunn family of Fort Pierce.

The family patriarch, Paul Nunn, hoped to repeat his win at last year’s 2013 Gulf Coast regional, a victory that earned him a berth in the October 2013 world chili championship in Palm Springs, California, where he captured the $2,500 runner-up trophy, the best finish of any St. George Island winner in the three decades of the cook-off.

With three generations of his family in tow in a vacation rental on the island, the retired building contractor was all set to showcase his talents and take a shot at repeating his 2013 win.

But on the eve of the competition, respiratory distress sent him for observation at Weems Memorial Hospital.

With his wife, Theresa, at his bedside, Nunn was forced to scratch from the field. His eldest son, Jeff, who had gotten the family started on the chili circuit nearly 25 years ago, stepped in to anchor one of the three Nunn Better teams that would compete.

There was Nunn Better Too, led by son Tim, a sheriff’s deputy in Baker County, and his wife Donna.



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