Shuttle Delivery vs 3rd Annual Route 66 Chili Cook Off



Recently Shuttle Delivery was invited to the Annual Route 66 Chili Cook Off. This was the 3rd Annual Route 66 Chili Cook Off: Sponsored by Berentzen. They have had more participants and attendees every year since its launch in 2013. 1st place chili takes around 350,000, 2nd 150,000, 3rd a bottle of Berentzen liqueur. Cook-off participants donate 60,000 won for the pot, which allows the winners to receive their compensation after the competition from that pot. Tickets were 25,000 won for attendees. Route 66 limits the amount of tickets sold at around 60 – 70 attendees so it’s best to move fast on buying tickets in order to get a spot. Tickets for the Cook Off sold out in less than 24 hours this year.



Most people have such an endearing affection for Chili, which is why the amount of enthusiasm has increased exponentially since the launch of the Route 66 Chili Cook Off. There are so many kinds of chili with varieties that vary depending on the make, and spice levels. There are meat only versions, as well as veggie, and vegan among others. The Cook Off participants just bring their best chili with enough for attendees to sample and Route 66 provides the bowls, onions, cheese, and sour cream.


Route 66’s intent was to find the best chili makers in Seoul to make some of their favorite batches and see who would reign supreme. All while giving the attendees a chance to gather in one place to peruse the different styles and enjoy a few bowls of some mighty fine chili.


Last year’s 2015 Chili Cook Off, Route 66 hosted 12 different varieties from 12 different participants, and this year there were 12 participants again but more attendees. 2016 saw many types of chilis; there was lamb, vegan, a bacon chipotle, a pulled pork chili, a super spicy chili, a meat combo chili, and others. The winner for the 2016 3rd Annual Route 66 Chili Cook Off: Sponsored by Berentzen was Chuck Chun from Cali Kitchen, with his very nice Braised Short Rib Chili! Shuttle Delivery came up a little short this year but still winning 3rd place. Ryan Philips was representing Shuttle Delivery for this event; and for our first outing, we had to be proud of the results of at least placing 3rd out of 12 participants.  But rest assured that Mr. Philips guarantees he won’t be satisfied with 3rd for next year and wants to win it all next year.


Ryan Phillips has taken on a great Kitchen Consulting position with Shuttle Delivery recently and he has been very integral for Shuttle Delivery’s future plans for ready-made microwaveable premium delivered meals. Shuttle Delivery and Ryan are working out the kinks of this project to hopefully launch it full-scale sometime soon.  Maybe his delightful chili will be one of the offerings he provides customers with once those ready-made microwaveable meals are available for delivery. He has proven to be a very capable and exciting chef with a ton of energy. We believe with the help of Ryan Philips, Shuttle Delivery will continue to innovate how Seoul residents enjoy their meals.


Getting a Job at Shuttle

Here at Shuttle Delivery, we get tons of questions from our users, like “What’s your favorite restaurant?” and “How many new neighborhoods will you guys provide coverage for this year?” and of course “Are you an app or are you actually a highly intelligent robot army of delivery ajjushis!?” But the question we get asked the most is, “How can I work for you?” Well first, we suggest you live in either the Itaewon Area or the Gangnam area of Seoul. Oh, and put in an application right here. Then, we suggest you read this list! It’s chocked full of pretty much everything you need to know in order to absolutely crush a highly coveted interview with Shuttle Delivery.

1. Dress Appropriately

Like most job interviews, first impressions are everything. If you walk into your interview dressed as a Sriracha Bottle, you’ve already taken the right step.


2. Be Ready For Anything

Working at Shuttle Delivery means being prepared for anything and everything. Can you handle the pressure cooker? Constantly looking over your shoulder for potential kimchi slaps just right around the corner! Can you perfectly stack a BLT under pressure, all while Kim Jong Un may or may not have his finger on the button…?

Oh, also, you should probably bring a copy of your resume and have some follow up questions ready for us, blah, blah, blah.

Bonus tip: You might enter a epic battle of Oregon Trail with Dear Leader, so freshen up your DOS skills.

3. Be On Time

We know this seems pretty obvious, but you should always show up at least 10 minutes before your scheduled interview. In fact, a recent study showed if you show up 17 minutes early, your chances of being hired go up by 33.7%. That study was conducted by a pizza school box… a pizza school box that’s always on time. We’ll let that sink in.


4. Provide Examples

While we think your Master’s Degree in Instagram is impressive, we want to get to know the real you.

How many times have you went to costco just to get the pizza and nearly finished it all on the way home?

Tell us about the time you were confident enough to order 3 sets of ttukbokki, 2 orders of Sundae and one order of mandoo at the good food stall; all while simultaneously figuring out the exact number of seconds needed to run and catch that next train on your subway stop!

If your example happens to be winning at the eternal Russian Roulette sink game of Korean bathrooms, that’ll work too.

5. Bring Snacks

Look, interviews can be a long and strenuous process. With all the waiting, hand-shaking, nodding while smiling, eye-contacting, tie wearing, lipstick applying, and question answering,  it truly can be hard to focus. For you, and for us. Scientists (Somewhere) have proven that people think better on their feet when they are not thinking about other things like eating. Snacks can help! But be warned, this interview will end quite abruptly for you, if you don’t bring enough for us too !

(P.S. we really like these!)

6. Be Well-Equipped

As we’ve mentioned, here at Shuttle Delivery you need to be prepared for anything. Will your interview be in the bowels of the Shuttle Compound with rocket ships taking off mere meters away from us? Or will it be in an air-conditioned room on a comfy couch on the 6th floor? Most likely it’ll be the latter, but you never know. Bring nunchucks (preferably boot-leg replicas from the Chuck Norris classic, “Side-Kicks”). Bring 1980’s replica papa smurf doll you found in a happy meal. Bring a paper mache soju bottle pinata.  Bring a poorly dubbed dvd copy of the 2007 Korean big budget production “D-Wars”. We could go on. But seriously bring tacos.

Seriously, don’t forget the tacos!

7. Food Puns! Food Puns!! Food Puns!!!

If we didn’t mention this yet then let us make this abundantly clear! This job can be rough on a rainy, snowy, icy day outside delivering happiness to our wonderful and thankful customers and sometimes all you have in life is a good pun. We love our puns because it helps us switch gears a bit and refresh from the daily grind.  One day two of our co-founders spent entirely too much time to come up with the puns shown on our Shuttle Kitchen menu page.  Those puns don’t write themselves so get prepared to have a little fun and write some awesome puns!  Sorry, but no matter what anyone says, puns are important.

Said no one ever! Puns are life.

8. Be Yourself

And by being yourself, we really mean be a cat. Seriously, are you a cat reading this article? Because if you are, welcome to Shuttle Delivery. We’re happy to have you on the team.

So let’s recap:

  1. Dress Appropriately.
  2. Be Prepared.
  3. Be on Time.
  4. Provide Examples.
  5. Bring Snacks (important).
  6. Be well Equipped.
  7. Make a Pun.
  8. Ignore 1-7 and just be a cat


Now you have all the knowledge and tips necessary to ace your interview with Shuttle Delivery. So what are you waiting for? Work for us already!

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