Feast Your Eyes on This- Round 3 Contestant Videos

Round 3 is sponsored by the award winning fiery product company, Race City Sauce Works. They are giving the prize of $50 Visa Gift Card to this week’s winning spicy recipe video. Look for their upcoming very limited edition fiery product sets to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. Both the Pandora Box and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will be available this summer, so keep an eye out for these special spicy collectibles.

We are now down to 6 spicy competitors. The recipe videos that appear are in the order they are received. Johnny from Heartbreaking Dawns has won the last 2 rounds. Can he be stopped? Can someone else take home the Round 3 $50 prize from Race City Sauce Works? Only time will tell, as our judges have their work cutout for them.

We do have a violation within the framework of our rules by 2 of the contestants- Bill and Scott. Bill was 30 minutes late in submitting his video, and Scott was over an hour late in submitting his. Despite their internet problems, I have alerted the judges to dock them points respectively to their lateness. The judges have 3 ways to grade these videos- Visually Pleasing, Creativity, and Following the Rules. So in accordance with the rules, they will lose points in the rules category. I hate to do this, but I can not allow this type of rules violation to continue in this competition.

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
Chad Lowcock from Race City Sauce Works and www.vintagesauces.com is our special guest judge for this round. We thank him for sponsoring this week’s prize.

March 13th- Round 3 submissions (due by 7pm est)
March 20th- Winner & Loser Round 3, Round 4 Challenge
March 26th- Round 4 submissions
April 3rd- Winner & Loser Round 4, Round 5 Challenge
April 9th- Round 5 submissions
April 17th- Final 3 announced, Round 6 Challenge
April 23rd- Round 6 submissions
May 1st- Final 2 announced with Final Challenge (Round 7)
May 7th- Final Round Submissions
May 15th- Winner Announced


Johnny from Heartbreaking Dawns

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

Clement from Cajun Heat

Butch from Zydeco Hot Sauce

Bill from Buddha Bill’s

Scott from MN Specialty Foods & Judo Joel’s

Round 1: #8 Onion Rings vs #9 Crab Cakes

  • #9 Crab Cakes (61%, 19 Votes)
  • #8 Onion Rings (39%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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70 thoughts on “Feast Your Eyes on This- Round 3 Contestant Videos

  • March 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    oh man Jim, if it’s required, then there goes my strategy of making sure I employed heat in an effort to appeal to the judges,,,just kidding! Whatever the rules are, I’m here to abide by them. 😆 you said “not in black and white or written in blood”…well we already had the “black and white” challenge, is this a hint that the next one is the blood sausage…or a decadent carnivore plate….i’m not hunting down my ingredients, Sam’s the hunter 😈

  • March 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    This is not really about the “spicy” thing. This is about Buddah questioning my integrity as a judge, and not only on this thread. Therefore, it is best that I step down. Good luck to everyone. I must say, I was enjoying this very much.

  • March 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I am sorry Thomas that I treated you that way. I wish you had talked with me about it, but I am afraid I ruined our friendship, which hurts the most. I respect your decision, but I rather you stay. 🙁

  • March 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I blame this all on Race City Works’ Pandora’s Box…Did you know what you were starting Chad? lol

  • March 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Don’t go Brutha!

    I’ve had it out with Al MANY times. Let this pass. Maybe let a round pass and come back, but you should just stick with it. This contest is the beginning of something huge. You love food, you love to cook, you are knowledgable in cooking technique, this is really your forte. Not suckin’ up, just sayin.

    Can I get a witness?

  • March 15, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    LOL, this was one area that was left to definition, and we could all ASSuME we were right in our interpretation since it wasn’t defined in the rules as a specific quality. I have no problem in following the rules to a “T”, if I mess up, shame on me. But if we’re losing points due a different interpretation of the same rule that was not clarified, then I too would have a problem. Write it in stone, then write what you wrote meant! LOL. Firehead Thomas you are a wise and valuable contributor to this site, please don’t go anywhere, it just wouldn’t be the same without you!

  • March 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I was pointing out the definition of “Spicy” as far as the type of Kumquat I used, it was the elongated sour kumquat (think “Warheads” type of sour) that I was using. Horseradish, ginger, or garlic? IDK, but if that’s what y’all want………

  • March 16, 2011 at 12:35 am

    WOW! Drama here too!

  • March 16, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I agree with you……….. Peace out……..LOL

    I disagree with Jim Duffy sayin: Al puts a lot of time into running this contest so he sets the guidelines. If someone does not like it them make up your own contest and put all the work into it on your own time.

    Al did set the Guidelines Firehead is following, changing the rules in the middle of the contest is wrong and to say if you don’t like it start your own contest? I don’t care who you are, that is a comment I would expect from my 5 year old……..

  • March 16, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Just going to be upfront with you Butch. Someone not using spicy heat in all their dishes was not a major thing for me. But Al repeated at beginning of Round two that dishes were to be Spicy. He wanted to see that. So my Interpretation is this was a Spicy Food challenge. Everyone here knows that. Now this Contest had certain criteria or rules to follow. Not following these or doing poorly made me give a lower score. So making a dish or dessert with heat was not listed in guidelines. But it was the theme of the entire contest and did not have to be listed. So as a judge if I had two people really close I would have to look at something like this as a tiebreaker or maybe video quality or something else. So let me say here and now I as a judge look at this as defined as a Spicy Food Challenge. So if one of you is close to someone else in my scoring and you don’t use heat I will favor the other contestant. This is my perrogative as a judge. If you want every single thing written up in a long document sorry. This is a Spicy Food Challenge. We are all chile heads here. And I do not interpret spicy as zesty, tangy, floral etc. So please do not throw Culinary Dictionary terms at me. Spicy means heat. I won’t debate this anymore. It is up to you as contestants to use everything possible to gain points. Not debate it after round is over. If you are not clear on something then ask at beginning of challenge round. Not hammer Al after round or make comments to Al about others videos. That is the judges job. Your job is do your best. All of you did so great a job that I had to stay up past midnight Sunday because I had to see videos twice! So I am doing my best to judge fairly. Best of luck to all of you!

  • March 16, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Al, you forgot the one at the top of the page that only says feast your eyes………Just sayin

  • March 16, 2011 at 2:42 am

    As far as I am concerned, you all had spicy foods. Now let’s move on.


  • March 16, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Here’s a intersesting story about heat/spicy, when I was at zestfest in 2008 CaJohn brought over a Orange Habanero and wanted me to eat the whole pepper in one bite, he knew I would because I had eaten tablespoons of his Black Mamba earlier in the day,(I know Habanero is not a Extreme peper) anyway Bwana Bret was there and he encouraged me to do it, John said don’t worry trust me. Well I bit it to the steam chewed it for awhile waiting for the heat to build which never came. The Orange Hab was a new breed produced to deliver zero heat, nada, nothing, zippo, wow what an experience to eat a super hot pepper with no heat…….

    So my point is it appeared to have heat should have been super spicy but in the end was no hotter than a head of lettuce.

    My point is even though the product had zero heat or spice does it still belong in the I love it spicy world?

  • March 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Believe me, ButchT knows what spicy/hot is…I know from this from first hand experience…

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  • March 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    LOL CaJohn, the pods weren’t really that hot, I’m just trying to establish “criteria” for future rounds if I were to be lucky enough to make it past this one.

  • March 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    :_thumbsup: I”ll witness Sam.Firehead and Buddah need to go get a :_toastbeer: and mend things :_drinkbeer: .

  • March 19, 2011 at 8:19 am

    All contestants, please check out your inbox for some important news regarding Round 4. :chef:

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