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
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