Feast Your Eyes on This- Round 6 Contestant Videos

Well as much as I would like to say everything is going as planned, I got this email from Scott last night,


I’m sorry to say this, but I cannot continue participating in the ILIS
competition. It’s been a blast, an honest to god blast, truly fun as all hell,
but after some things that happened this week, I can’t continue.

I’m truly sorry about this, and wish Johnny and Clement the best.

Keep it spicy, bro’!

I tried to reach out for an answer to this puzzle, and through text message Scott told me he had a lot of equipment failures and in the end couldn’t put anything acceptable on video in time. So I guess Scott throwing in the towel will be the elimination for the week. Sorry folks, but it is out of my hands. I wish Scott the best, but the show must go on. He is the winner of the 3rd place prize of $90. $50 from Jim Duffy of Refining Fire Chiles and $40 from Tracy Carter of JACS Tailgaters. Congrats to Scott for making it this far. We still have 2 $50 gift card prizes to give out to this rounds winner courtesy of Firehead Thomas who created this tough fishy challenge and our sponsor for this round…

Race City Sauce Works.

Thanks to both Firehead Thomas and his lovely wife Annabelle for their generous donation, and we wish them our best in their relocation to Louisiana. Again a huge thank you to Chad Lowcock who will once again be our guest judge. Please check out Chad’s Race City Sauce Works award winning company, and sample some of their new creations, including one of my new favorites, ZEN. Thanks Chad for supporting this contest in 2 of our 7 rounds.

Firehead Thomas’ challenge was to use specified fish in a main course and also as either a soup, salad or appetizer. Plus, our competitors had to create a spicy dessert out of some form of seafood. Johnny had won the round before, and got to choose the cooking style in which the fish were to be presented for all the competitors. Johnny chose Asian/South Pacific, then he delegated Clement with Meditterean/Middle Eastern and Scott with the Hispanic/Latin/Mexican theme. They had to chose 2 of the 6 fish in each of the 2 fish dishes:

The judges have 2 videos to watch to pick a winner, but it won’t be easy.
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 and sponsor for this round
Jim Duffy from www.superhotchiles.com, Sponsor and all around chile pepper seed expert
Chad Lowcock from Race City Sauce Works, Sponsor for this round.

April 23rd- Round 6 submissions
May 1st- Final 2 announced with Final Challenge (Round 7)
May 7th- Final Round Submissions
May 8th- Videos are posted late because of Mother’s Day
May 15th- Winner Announced

If you wish to watch the previous contestant videos here they are:
Round 1: CLICK ME
Round 2: CLICK ME
Round 3: CLICK ME
Round 4: CLICK ME
Round 5: CLICK ME


Johnny from Heartbreaking Dawns

Clement from Cajun Heat

Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1 – #3 Chili vs #14 Clam Chowder

  • #3 Chili (62%, 23 Votes)
  • #14 Clam Chowder (38%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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24 thoughts on “Feast Your Eyes on This- Round 6 Contestant Videos

  • April 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Ah, Looks like this round is the “Battle of the Sea Bass”….I am sorry to hear about Scott (Scott you did an awesome job throughout) However I am glad that even with his withdraw we will still have another final round, Looks like it’s me and you Clement. Well done on this one, You nailed the mediteranean theme!!

  • April 24, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Would my final contestants be up to move up the dates of the final round? I could post the results and final challenge by midweek, and have you finish by midweek next week. I know both contestants will be in Richmond this week, so probably would want to keep schedule. No pressure in your decision to do it either way. I am just offering the option.

  • April 24, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Being its the final and most anticipated I would leave the due date the same but post the challenge earlier. A few extra days for over the top creativity?

  • April 24, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I will try to put it together before the trip to Richmond, so I can get some smack talk on video at the gathering. :_toastbeer:

  • April 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks Clement, your whole meal was killer too. I think it’s funny we both did whole Bass. I had no idea at all about the dessert and then I saw the Jellyfish when i was trying to track down the purple yams. The place i found it in had full tanks of live bullfrogs, even turtles…and it wasn’t a pet shop!

  • April 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Sounds like an Asian market considering the style you chose…lol

    See ya at Gunther’s!

  • April 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Scott, sorry about the difficulties. I’ve contemplated using my shotgun a few times on my windows based POS! As soon as I get the cash I’m going MAC!

  • April 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Scott, Thanks for your great performances, you have been great in this competition! It’s a real shame things went wrong at this juncture. Keep up the great cookin’ and I hope we will here from you again soon.

  • April 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    WOW! great job from both of you! Haven’t done my (non-important) voting yet, I’ll have to watch the vids again, that’s how good they are.

    Sorry to hear about Scott’s early exit, but wish him and their biz the best.

  • April 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    You ready to complete in the next Feast Your Eyes on This, SalsaLady? I think we need a lady to show the guys how it gets done. :chef:

  • April 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Does cross dressing count? I did wear Danielle’s robe!

  • April 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Scott, I was so sorry to hear that you had to pull out of the contest. Thanks for being a part of it, I really enjoyed your videos.

  • April 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    It’s a shame Scott could not continue. I liked his style and delivery, and was consistently in my top 2 throughout this competition.

    Wow, this is a tough one to call. Ok, I’ve made my decision. 😀

  • April 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Nice job guys!

  • April 25, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks for the invite, Buddah,
    and I think I can join the next competition! (next year? Or Sooner??? Maybe a booth at ZESTFEST?!?!???) [where’s the “pray” smilie?] 🙂

    I did consider entering this competition, but could not commit to attending the shows.

    Next time~

  • April 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Being loyal to my present sponsorship would probably not include Zestfest. I also have an issue in making an event in January because of the weather risk. If I have a sponsor, I would also like to support their show by my attendance. If the people at Zestfest would like to add in their free booth, it would be special, but the same would apply if you won. You would have to agree to attend all the events. Otherwise their prize isn’t cashed in and promoted at the show(s).

  • April 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I gotta say that both videos were good and both the menus interesting and alluring. However, Johnny wins for innovative, crazy good ideas! Jellyfish Jelly Dessert? Really? Wild and Wonderful! Both appetizers and main courses had my mouth watering in delight…
    It’s a very close call… both menu’s and executions were right on but I’m leaning towards… Johnny! Great job Guys!

  • April 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Too bad our votes don’t count, like on Dancing With the Stars and American Idol, they count the judges and the public votes.

  • April 27, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I couldn’t make it like that because it would be a popularity contest. Who could get the most people to vote for you through Twitter and Facebook. I saw it happen on another contest on another website and it wasn’t fair. I would love to be able to do that and control it some how, but there is no way.

  • April 27, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Both guys handled this challenge quite well…too bad it can’t be “a tie”!!

  • April 27, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    great job guys!!

    I think those of us with a culinary back ground should have a go at this… too see how we match up. great job again fellas!

  • April 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I totally agree. It would all boil down to who’s a better marketer. Michele Northrup of Intensity Academy is someone who is excellent at this on the internet. She’s good at rallying up her troops (aka fans) and easily wins polls whenever IA is presented as a choice.

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