Chef’s Recipes: Kevin Thiele’s Award-Winning Chili Recipe

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Chef Kevin Thiele is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University. He started working as a line cook at Hotel Viking’s One Bellevue in 2004. His talent, hard work, and passion for cooking moved him up the kitchen ladder in less than three years. He is now the Executive Chef, responsible for creating ingenious menus for One Bellevue and in-room dining. He also supervises the culinary team for weddings, corporate gatherings and social events at Hotel Viking.


Started from the bottom, now he’s on top. Meet Chef Kevin Theile, the executive chef of Hotel Viking

In his four years in culinary school, he managed a student dining facility at Brown University. His college internship took place at the famous Great Southern Hotel in County Kerry Ireland where he was a rotational chef. He was also schooled in Koblenz, Germany for wine certification. Prior to that, he was sous chef at Fahrenheit Bar but, is also very dedicated to New England regional specialties and knows how privileged he is to have access to local fish, clams, scallops, lobster and produce on a seasonal basis.

A participant in Newport’s numerous events, Thiele won 1st Place in the 2007 Newport Festival’s Chili Cook-Off. We’re very lucky that Chef Kevin was generous enough to share with us his award-winning chili recipe.



This award-winning chili recipe by Chef Kevin surely won our hearts too!

Viking’s Award Winning Chili

4 pounds Pancetta
1 pound Bacon
1 each Onion
5 cloves Garlic
10 pounds Sweet Italian Sausage
10 pounds Ground Beef
1 can Crushed Tomatoes
2 cans Chili Sauce
1 can Chipotle Peppers
1/4 cup Worcestershire
2 cups Chili Powder
2 cups Ground Cumin
1/2 can Black Beans
1/2 can Red Kidney Beans
1/2 can White Kidney Beans


1. Render Bacon and Pancetta, add onions and garlic, sauté until translucent
2. Add Sausage, Pork and Beef Cook through and drain out half the fat
3. Add Tomatoes, Chili Sauce and bring to a simmer
4. Add rest of ingredients and cook for 1.5 hours stirring constantly.

Hotel Viking is located at 1 Bellevue Ave, Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Hours of Operation

Daily 7:00am to 11:00am
Daily 11:00am to 4:00pm
Afternoon Tea
Daily 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Daily 5:00pm to 10:00pm

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