Feast Your Eyes on This: Round 1 Contestant Videos

Okay folks time to put up or shut up. We have the Round 1 contestant videos from our 8 spicy chefs up for you to view. Our judges will evaluate all the video based on 3 criteria- visual pleasing, creativity, and sticking with the rules of the challenge. You will see that most of these chefs are not video editing experts. This being their first round, I want my judges to be lenient on their video efforts. I know quite a few of them had some issues, and I do not want to be as strict with that part of the judging since it should not be a factor. The judges have to decide a winner and a loser for each round, and as you will see the decision will not be easy.

Round 1, I gave them 3 ingredients they had to use- hearts of palm, artichoke hearts and Rose wine, plus they also had to add just 2 of the following 7 aphrodisiac food- Oysters, asparagus, strawberries, chocolate, honey, bananas, and figs. They churned out 7 amazing looking meals. There was a conflict about whether it was to be one dish or a complete meal, and I said afterward that it could be either. So we will not hold anyone accountable for just making 1 dish, since that is all they believed they were suppose to make with our challenge.

Our judges for this round:
Debby Hartinger from our sponsor Jungle Jim’s International Market and their Weekend of Fire Show in Oct 1-2, 2011
Tracey Carter from JACS Tailgaters representing our other sponsor, the NOLA Hot Sauce & Gourmet Foods Show
CaJohn Hard from CaJohn’s Fiery Foods
Firehead Thomas Gately our very own Chilehead Expert Reviewer
Plus, yours truly, Buddah

We will have a poll for our viewers to vote on tomorrow morning, so come by and voice your opinion. All these videos are 5 minute abridged versions of their recipes, and many of them will be posting their full length versions on their websites. The winning video will be posted on ILIS once a decision has been made, so you can see how the food was made from start to finish. Enjoy!

Johnny from Heartbreaking Dawns

Clement from Cajun Heat

Scott from MN Specialty Foods & Judo Joel’s

Sam from Zane & Zack’s World Famous Honey Co.

Rick from Dragonfire Hot Sauce

Butch from Zydeco Hot Sauce

Jay from Jake Calvert’s

Bill from Buddha Bill’s

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53 thoughts on “Feast Your Eyes on This: Round 1 Contestant Videos

  • February 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Please excuse my vid, it took forever to get it that far then right at the end it just cuts off when converted to WMV from AVI. It got corrupted somewhere. Ran out of time and couldn’t do it all over again.


  • February 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm


  • February 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    As soon as I saw those two from the CIA, I pulled my hard drive and smashed it on the ground. THEY WONT TAKE ME! Then I remembered the Culinary Institute of America. Dang it. I love pizza without sauce too. I thought everyone did a great job on the videos, but I would have liked for everyone to present the finished dish pics magazine style on the end of the videos like Buddah Bill did. Ricks video lost sound halfway through and came back on when he was eating. Still a good looking dish though. Good luck to everyone.

  • February 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Round one is tough. Now, everybody has seen each other’s ideas of what this is all about, and they will learn from it. I wish nobody had to be eliminated after round one, I’d like to see everybody get a second shot. Chefs, I fell it is important to show a nice shot of your finished product that will look appetising to me, but also, I need some idea of what you are doing with the ingredients, not just a list and a picture….I’m already looking forward to next week’s videos…. :love:

  • February 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Oh my god someone help Firehead he fell……. Are you ok?

    Got through about 1/2 of them……. Great job, I love sauce on Pizza and that looked good, your reduction and honey could be considered a sauce.

    It’s must be hard to fit all of it in 5 minutes I’m sure that is why some items where left out (Detail) What to add what not to.

    Made me want to eat.

  • February 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I think the hardest part for them was definitely not the cooking and prep work, but was the video editing. They all need some work, and serious fixing to keep advancing. Sooner or later it will be the actual video not the cooking that will take them out. Remember it is “Feast Your Eyes on This”, and if you can’t see it, then there is a problem. I do wish I hand some of those delicious meals at the local drive thru. :hungry: The one dish I was surprised that I would want to try, was Clement’s grilled artichokes. I never seen them before, and I certainly would like to try them sometime.

  • February 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    One note on Clement’s video. Because he uses music, YouTube for some licensing agreement does not allow the video to be seen on cell phones, ipads, and in Germany. Don’t ask me, I do not understand it myself. 😐

  • February 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I am definitely guilty of having editing problems however, this is my first video EVER!.lol I think I have finally figured it out.I am glad I wasnt the only one.Are we able to post our whole vid on facebook? Some of these dishes just get way out of the range. There were some great chefs on here! :_toastbeer: :chef:

  • February 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I hear ya Jay! my first one was 4.98 gb. It was trying to take 12 hours to upload.lol

  • February 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Okay here is my opinion. Everyone makes it to second round. Obviously some of you have issues with lighting and you cameras. You need to work this out. Do a vid of your kids, your dog anything and then watch it and make adjustments. Then do your video for this challenge. I have done videos of my kids in the past and used auto feature on my camera and never had a grainy dark video ever. Feast your eyes remember. I want to see the food clear like it’s in front of me. Johnny and Sam I could not see your food. I knew it was there. Look at Clements video. Thats how clear it needs to be. Practice on anything with your camera or borrow a better camera until it comes out that clear. Get more lighting. If I cannot see clarity then how can I Feast my eyes?? Also look at Clement doing nice shot of food at end ie. Final presentation. Johnny you did a few closeup shots which was good. Jay and Dragonfire had Vid issues. Work them out doing video of something else. Again get a friend who is good with their camera and make a practice vid. Some of you did not show how your food came together. This is where Johnny, Sam, Dragonfire and Butch did well. I knew how it came together. Clement gave ingredients across screen. Not enough. Bill had everything done. How do I know if Bill bought something out of a box and nuked it? I don’t. So I have to hear ingredients and hear and see how it comes together. Add creativity to an extent. Then I want a clear video. I want to see it. Then a final presentation of it. Then people eating it and describing flavor. Sorry if I am being blunt here. Thats why I say let this be a pre-lim round and everyone learn from comments. Nobody should be dropped this round. Then next round if your sound goes out, if I cant see the food and you dont show me how you do it I say bye bye and see you next year. Everyone had good stuff. I encourage everyone to make comments and don’t worry about hurting feelings. Even if someone here is your friend tell them like it is. That will give them the best chance to do well in round two! :winner:

  • February 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Please post your recipe anywhere you wish Bill.

  • February 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Well said Jim, thank you. I encourage others to state their opinions like some of the others.

  • February 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Buddah you don’t let me state my true opinion? 😯

  • February 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I just thought that the judges would have access to the whole vid under there discretion as a resource. That being said, all you would need to see is the presentation side in the short clip. it draw peoples interest. Five minutes is just a highlight reel of the hard work that these guys put in. Great Job! Cant wait til the next round.

  • February 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I definitely will try to get better at the editing, tax return = new toys.. this was my first video editing experience,. took me twice as long to figure out how to edit the video than it took me to cook.. lol, but it was a fun experience and cant wait to do it again..

  • February 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Hey most of us do something other than make videos for a living, with that being said, I suck at video’s! LOL, I’m working on it though! I enjoyed Clements “Puddle of Mud” song background & the other contestants had some really interesting dish’s! May the best man win!

  • February 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    HMMM! I gotta say, direct quotes from Buddah “follow the rules to a T or you’ll be eliminated”, “your dish”. Dish as defined in culinary terms would be a single plate or single entree. When asked about that after his video “the rules have been laid out gentleman”. That being said, nice work everyone.

  • February 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Hey not really concerned with pro editing. Just clear well lighted videos so I can Feast my Eyes. Is that so much to ask. Damitt I wanted to see a nice close-up of your pizza Sam!! Don’t let me down buddy!

  • February 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    SOO,true Jim! I think all of your criticisms were right on. If I make it through this round I will improve next time. Fo sho!

  • February 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I also said several times that it was a spicy meal. So not all the rules were followed. I rewatched the video and the only time I said the word “dish” was at the beginning of the video and not when I stated the challenge. I did say the word “meal”, and I am sure a dictionary can be looked for that too. As I have stated, I told the judges to not penalize anyone on the number of dishes in this round. I will be clearer in the next challenge. If you have questions that will be the time to address them.

  • February 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    lol As if I could stop that. 😆

  • February 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Rick turn the camera so the video isn’t vertical. That would be number 1 for you. Next thing, you HAVE to get someone to sample your cuisine. That is needed in every challenge, so we know the food is being finished and not incomplete because of time.

  • February 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    That will not be the case. The 5 minute video is all they will be using to judge with. You will need to show the ingredients, some prep work, and tell us what you are doing with the ingredients. Show as much detail as you can in the steps you take to get to the finished product. It is a recipe you are sharing, and you want people to not only drool over it, but possibly want to make it themselves.

  • February 13, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    As a born and raised NYer, I want sauce on my pizza, anything else is some form of hippie flatbread. Traditional pizza needs tomato sauce and cheese. I am just saying.

  • February 14, 2011 at 1:01 am

    NOPE! Not even close. I however followed the rules that you layed out. I challenge you to prove that shallots, garlic, and black pepper are not spicy. You said “dish”! At 4:45 you said if your gonna make a good meal for the Mr. or Mrs., however the challenge was dish, which is part of a meal, good or not. DETAILS!

  • February 14, 2011 at 1:04 am

    1:30 “they will be judged on following the rules, the visually pleasing aspect of their dish, and creativity”

  • February 14, 2011 at 7:28 am

    LOL…typing too fast.

  • February 14, 2011 at 7:54 am

    will do, looking into getting some new software and a camcorder with my check from uncle sam…. hope to have a much better vid all around for the next one…

  • February 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

    White pizza (pizza bianca) omits the tomato sauce, often substituting pesto or dairy products such as sour cream. Most commonly, especially on the East coast of the United States, the toppings consist only of mozzarella and ricotta cheese drizzled with olive oil and spices like fresh basil and garlic. In Rome, the term pizza bianca refers to a type of bread topped with olive oil, salt and, occasionally, rosemary sprigs. It is also a Roman style to bottom the white pizza with figs, the result being known as pizza e fichi (pizza with figs);

  • February 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I have a sad announcement to make regarding our judge and our friend Tracey Carter from JACs Tailgaters. After a long battle over the past year, Tracey’s Father passed away yesterday. I having lost my Dad recently know how hard of a thing it is for the whole Carter family and I wish them our deepest sympathies in their time of grief.

    For as long as it takes Tracey will be replaced as our contest judge by guest judges. This round our reviewer Steve Smith from http://WWW.2hot2eat.com will step in this week. Thanks Steve.

  • February 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Our condolences to Tracey and his family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • February 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Butch, we really liked your heart shaped tomatoes!

  • February 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Out of all the video’s, I enjoyed Johnny’s and I find that I would LOVE to try Johnny’s dishes… mmmmmm!

  • February 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Yeah, it wasn’t a fun weekend, 12 hours of dealing with corrupted vids is not my idea of fun. It sure was fun cooking and eating it though!!!

  • February 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Yes,,,those were definately a killer touch!

  • February 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm


    Can you make it possible to view the results without voting? I’m just curious…

  • February 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I never put up a poll before and the view results feature doesn’t seem to be working. Sorry.

  • February 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Your Sooner you always want eat. Lol

  • February 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Leroy stay off Brett’s puter

  • February 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I think Blane should be ban. Haha this not who think it is lol

  • February 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    How much do our vote count. Just checking some folks have a edge.

  • February 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Nice job everyone. Now I’m going to go eat a cow. Blane you want some cow.

  • February 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Votes do not count. Just public opinion.

  • February 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I can only see the results and cannot put my vote in??? I thought voting was still open.

  • February 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Once a vote is registered it shows the results, and you can not vote again. It is still open until the 20th when we announce the winner. The voting has absolutely no barring on who wins though, it is just a popularity contest.

  • February 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm


    Okay folks. I had to make another switch of judges in order to process my Round 1 results video in time. I did not hear back from Steve Smith in time, so I asked the one person in the world I could rely on to step into Tracey’s chair for me, my Mom. Yes folks, I am bringing in my Mama to judge you spicy culinary whizzes. Thanks Ma for helping out at the last minute!

    Results are now in and the video announcement will be unveiled this Sunday, February 20th at 6:00pm. Along with the results, we also have the Round 2 rules and regulations. So set your calendars, adjust your time pieces and get the coupons ready for your shopping spree.
    :bike: :racecar: :plane: :_ride:

  • February 17, 2011 at 10:28 am

    :racecar: i haven’t voted yet.

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