The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Hall of Fame ballot for the Class of 2017. With almost 800 nomination ballots voted on from the Selection Committee, the Hall was able to determine the Top 10 people for the final ballot.
This year the Hall will induct 3 people to the Class of 2017 on April 22nd at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo‘s main stage. The Class of 2017 will receive a distinctive Red Jacket, Hall of Fame Ring and will be enshrined with legendary of honors into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame.
- Alvin Baumer – Crystal Hot Sauce: Started in 1923, Crystal has become a Louisiana institution and is one of the fastest growing condiment manufacturers in the country with over 4.5 million gallons of hot sauce each year.
- B.F. Trappey – Trappey’s Hot Sauce was founded in 1898 in New Iberia, LA. Trappey’s was later purchased by B&G Foods in 1997.
- Buddy Taylor – Gator Hammock Hot Sauce started in 1989. Buddy has created a full line of sauces that have won numerous awards within the fiery foods industry. With over 25 years in the business his sauces are available nationwide.
- Craig Migawa – Pepper Palace was founded in 1989. Today Pepper Palace has over 30 locations in Canada and the United States.
- David Ashley – Mad Dog: Owner of Ashley Foods. David has been creating hot sauce for well over 20 plus years and was one of the first to sell extract sauces with his 357 Mad Dog Hot Sauce.
- Dave Lutes – Hot Shots Distribution: Founder of Hot Shots Distribution. One of the original hot sauce distributors and one of the biggest. Still operating for almost 20 years.
- Jose-Luis Saavedra, Sr. – Tapatio Salsa Picante Hot Sauce: Started in 1971 in Vernon, CA. Celebrating 45 years of making in 2016 it has now grown into one of the biggest family owned hot sauce companies in the country. It’s a sauce that’s…very saucy!
- Luther Hearn – Peppers.com – Luther has built one of the biggest distributors in the United States that specializes in Hot Sauce, BBQ Sauce and Salsa. Peppers.com was one of the original websites to sell hot sauce and related products.
- Si Brown – Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce: Founded in New Iberia, Louisiana in 1928. The brand now features the word, “Original” in its name along with the famous Red Dot. The hot sauce is known for being full of flavor without an overwhelming amount of heat.
- Wilber Scoville – was an American pharmacist best known for his creation of the “Scoville Organoleptic Test”, now standardized as the Scoville scale. He devised the test and scale in 1912 while working at the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company to measure pungency, “spiciness” or “heat”, of various chili peppers.
How You Can Vote
To be eligible for the voting process, you must have operated within the fiery foods industry for a minimum of 3 years. Voters also known at the Selection Committee must consist of hot sauce companies, retailers, distributors, exporters, chile pepper growers, media and restaurateurs who specialize if spicy foods and hot sauce.
Download the final ballot with the names of the top 10 nomination votes from people in the hot sauce industry:
1. Right click on the link above and save to your computer.
2. Fill out all fields electronically and select the five nominees you feel most deserve to be in the third year class of the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame
3. Email ballot to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is decided by you the people!!! THANK YOU FOR VOTING!!!! Please send back to by March 15, 2017.