The UK's Best Chilli Competition

Terms and Conditions

1. Entry is open to all residents of the UK aged 18 or over, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, except BBC employees, their close relatives and anyone connected with the competition. This competition is aimed at amateurs so recipes submitted by professional cooks, chefs, food manufacturers or restaurateurs will not be considered.

2. Entrants are asked to send in the following by email to

  • a picture of the chilli and the entrant or separate pictures of the chilli and entrant,
  • a short description of why the chilli in the picture deserves to be called the ‘UK’s Best’, and
  • the all-important recipe used to make the dish in the submitted picture.

Please acknowledge any inspiration or use of another’s published recipe in the description. Failure to do so can result in disqualification.

3. Entries will only be accepted between the times and dates listed above. All entrants must supply their name and a telephone number.

4. Illegible entries, incomplete entries or those received outside the entry window will not be considered.

5. A panel consisting of members of the production team and a home economist will judge the entries using the following criteria:

  • Originality,
  • Taste (perceived from the recipe and description for the first round and actual taste during the cook-off), and
  • Presentation.

6. The production team will contact the top 4 entrants and conduct a short interview. The team will assess their enthusiasm for cooking, their passion for the dish and checking eligibility and availability. The top 3 will be chosen as finalists and be invited to make the dish at the ONE Show Kitchen (filmed in Hensol) on the date listed above. If the entrant cannot attend the cook-off on that date or the ONE Show studio on the date listed above, they will not progress further in the competition, and the production team will move onto the next best entrant.

7. If an entrant is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made the BBC reserves the right to not progress that entrant further in the competition and move onto the next best entrant.

8. The 3 dishes made in the ONE Show Kitchen will be judged by home economist Angela Gray and food critic Jay Rayner using the criteria listed above, who will select the winning dish. The BBC will provide reasonable travel expenses to the 3 selected entrants asked to attend the ONE Show Kitchen. No other costs or expenses will be coved by the BBC.

9. The prize will consist of the Best Chilli Trophy. The winner may be asked to visit The ONE Show Studios to receive the trophy on air. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered by the BBC if the winner is invited to London. For the avoidance of doubt no other expenses will be covered.

10. The BBC's decision as to the winner is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into.

11. Entrants must agree to take part in any post-competition publicity.

12. The BBC will only use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition. We will not publish your personal information or share it with anyone not connected with this competition. Entry via email will be saved to a secure file; and we will destroy all entrant personal data six months after the closing date of the competition. Winner's competition details may be retained for as long as needed. Please visit the BBC's Privacy & Cookies Policy ( for more information.

13. The BBC reserves the right to: (i) amend these terms and conditions and vary the competition rules including but not limited to opening and closing times; (ii) disqualify any entrant who breaches the rules or has acted fraudulently in any way; and; (iii) cancel the competition, at any stage, if in its opinion it is deemed necessary or if circumstances arise outside its control.

14. The BBC, their sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, system, network or service provider or otherwise which may result in any entry not being properly logged.

15. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.

16. The competition is run by the BBC. The applicable law is that of England and Wales.

17. The BBC’s code of conduct for competitions applies. You can read more about it at