I have a few HUGE announcements to make before the judges begin their video evaluations. First off, as you know we need to eliminate 2 of the contestants with this round. The job just got a tad easier, Jay Calvert has bowed out of the competition. We hate to lose anyone, but he is working too many hours, and can’t fit the contest into his busy schedule. I do hope that none of our other competitors will do the same, and fight for the bitter end to stay alive in this contest. Sorry we lost you Jay.
The next big announcement I think will make this contest more rewarding for our spicy chefs. We have 2 new sponsors signed on for the cooking challenge. Jim Duffy from www.superhotchiles.com is offering big prizes to the 2nd and 3rd place finishers of the contest. $100 is going to the runner up, and $50 is going to the 3rd place finisher. Awesome! Thanks Jim, and also welcome to the judging table as a permanent part of our panel. We also have a pledge from Chad Lowcock of the award winning spicy product company, Race City Sauce Works to sponsor 2 future rounds, including the upcoming 3rd round. He will give a $50 gift card to the winner of each of those rounds. More on that when Round 3 is announced. Thanks a lot Chad for that great contribution to our cooking contest. He will also be added as a guest judge for those sponsored rounds. We hope that we will be able to add other sponsors for future rounds as the contest continues.
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
Tracy 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
Jim Duffy from www.superhotchiles.com, newest Sponsor and all around pepper seed expert
Johnny from Heartbreaking Dawns
Sam from Zane & Zack’s World Famous Honey Co.
Rick from Dragonfire Hot Sauce
Clement from Cajun Heat
Bill from Buddha Bill’s
Butch from Zydeco Hot Sauce