Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge 2012- Round 1 Contestant Videos

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This week’s challenge revolves around Comfort Food. Thanks to Adam Fehr of Endorphin Farms for their contribution to the Tropical Condiment Challenge which was our pre-contest challenge. We had each of our competitors create a spicy condiment using a tropical fruit. We then had it shipped to 3 of our judging panel for taste testing, micro-analysis, and wall stickability. Prior to this judging we had them send me a list of their favorite comfort foods in order of what they preferred to cook with. We took the results from our special condiment judging panel and in order of finish we matched them up with their comfort food list. This is what they will be cooking in their videos:

1- Maria- Ribs
2- Chris- Pizza
3- Shauna- Chili
4- Rob- Meatballs & Spaghetti
5- Jeff- Chicken Wings
6- Chip- Steak
7- Steve- Burgers

With all the recipes, we ask our contestants to be creative and make each dish spicy in nature. The 1st place prizes are free booths at the Houston Hot Sauce Show & the NOLA Hot Sauce & Gourmet Show. We also have $100 from Race City Sauce Works for the runner-up, and every round has a $50 money card to the winning recipe video.

CaJohn Hard
Carol Borge
Chad Lowcock
Adam Fehr
Scott Roberts
Firehead Thomas
and Special Guest Judge…
Clement Bourg
www.Cajun Heat.com

Judges please take note that 2 videos(Maria & Rob) were submitted late, so they will be penalized in your scoring under the rules criteria. Anyone over the 5 minute mark should also be penalized, so keep that in mind when scoring as well. Let us now take a look at the videos. They are posted in order of receipt.

Shauna Jellsey of TATS Sauces & Marinades: CHILI

Chris Bintz of Wicked Cactus Sauces: PIZZA

Chip Welsh of Red Lion Spicy Foods: STEAK

Jeff Porter of the Chile Spot: CHICKEN WINGS

Steve Zielinski of Crazy Steve’s Pickles & Salsa: BURGER

Maria Villafrade of Dragonfire Sauces: RIBS

Rob Holdaway of Sticky Brand Sauces: MEATBALLS & SPAGHETTI

Feast Your Eyes Challenge Calendar: (All Videos will be posted at 9am est.)
March 7- 1st Challenge
March 10- Midnight is the deadline for the 1st challenge
March 11- All Contestant Videos are posted
March 14- 2nd Challenge
March 17- Midnight Deadline for 2nd challenge
March 18- All Contestant Videos are posted
March 21- 3rd Challenge
March 24- Midnight Deadline for 3rd Challenge
March 25- All Contestant Videos are posted
March 28- 4th Challenge
March 31- Midnight Deadline for 4th Challenge
April 1- All Contestant Videos are posted
April 4- 5th Challenge
April 7- Midnight Deadline for 5th Challenge
April 8- All Contestant Videos are posted
April 11- 6th Challenge
April 14- Midnight Deadline for 6th Challenge
April 15- All Contestant Videos are posted
April 18- 7th and Final Round
April 21- Midnight Deadline for 7th Challenge
April 22- Finalist Videos are posted
April 25- Winner is announced!

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21 thoughts on “Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge 2012- Round 1 Contestant Videos

  • March 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I feel so bad for Maria because of all the editing problems they had in putting together their video. The ribs looked great if that is any consolation. Other than that, great recipe videos guys. I am glad I wasn’t hungry when I watched it or I might have licked the dust off of my computer screen by accident.

  • March 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Sorry for the editing on our part, imovie just did not want to cooperate with us, however we did learn a lot about our new camera after shooting this video… we hope everyone enjoys what they were able to get out of our video.. aslo awesome job by all contestants your videos looked great!

  • March 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Windows movie maker is the easiest to use

  • March 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Overall a great job!

    A few pointers if you care to listen.

    GET A TRIPOD! A smooth steady video will eventually mean the difference. You can pick one up for around $20.

    Lighting makes a difference. If you can’t add lighting to your room (spot lights) then play around with the lighting features in your editing program. It won’t be as good, but it’ll be better then nothing.

    Try and minimize background noise. I know this can be tough, I’ve had my fair share as well, but if you have a quiet studio your voice will project better. Also use subtitles when you’re unable to speak or have to edit out a segment where you were speaking.

    Editing is a bitch! If you video/cook with editing in mind, it will make a difference. What I mean by this is, if you’re going to name each ingredient, then do so purposefully and pause between each one so you can then edit out those seconds you don’t need, so on…

    Finally, try and have fun. It will/does show!

    potato, potato, potato, potato, potato….

  • March 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    It is, but windows crashes too often. If you have a mac take the time to learn the software. It will make a difference!

    I bought my make because of last years contest and all the problems I had with windows crashing. As the contest progresses and you have more and more video to edit, the bigger the pain windows becomes!

  • March 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I gotta say, I think all the contestants are great.

    This is not an easy thing. I had a great time doing this though! I have to agree with Clement, a tripod works wonders. I had to be camera person & chef, (as well as director, gaffer…(what is a gaffer anyway?), & chief dish washer).

    And planning out what you look to have your final video discuss before you shoot.

    The hardest part for me was to get it down to five minutes. My original video was 10 minutes long, so I had to go in and edit it with a chain saw, not a scalpel.

    And again, Cajun Heat Clement is right with having fun with it! This is a great promo for all of us & our companies, so let’s show the fans we can have fun with ourselves!

    Again, congrats to all the contestants!!

  • March 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    That was fun and lots of learning going on… Thanks for tips and keep them coming!!!

    Lots of good stuff already… I’m traveling all week again this week too.

    Hello Friday Night!!!


  • March 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Great efforts from everyone! Some really good-looking food in these. 🙂

  • March 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    thats why i invested in a mac, but i never ever had an issue until recently.. i was in shock with all the crashing with imovie even with rebooting several times… will be upgrading the O/S on tuesday cant wait to play around with all the new features… and finally getting use of icloud..

  • March 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    i agree with you Steve, its really hard to edit what your cooking, so much going on that you want to show..

  • March 12, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Having alot of fun. wish I had more time in the video. mine was 25 mintutes long hard to cut.

  • March 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

    WOW! Everything looked so good! We are really excited to be part of this competition and get to know the other competitors through their cooking – 3 of us are from PA right – good representation for the commonwealth! Our observations so far as a competitor; the cooking is the easy part (and the fun part) while the editing is a drag, I also had problems and serious challenges with 5 min limit. Chris-that pizza looked amazing even if Buddah doesn’t like Chicago style! Chip-love your choice of cooks beverage (enjoyed one of the same off camera myself!), Maria-sorry you had vid problems but I was inspired to lay down while watching it. Hope everyone enjoyed the wings!

  • March 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Shauna rocks!!!! Her stuff is the bomb.

  • March 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Man alive, all those dishes looked great. The pizza and the wings were my favorite. Had to go for the wings because of the addition of the salad. Great job by everyone.

  • March 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Jeff- Thanks and the wings looked great. The Nugget Nectar is one of my favorites. Good lick to you the rest of the way.


  • March 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Good lick…hehehe

  • March 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I’d say thanks for the good lick and same to you but…..what would Jackie Gleason say?

  • March 13, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Man, Being a judge has got to be tough! So many good recipes and your food looked amazing!!!! Good sound and light do make a big difference from the viewer’s perspective!! Chris’s pizza looked just like the pizza I had at Lou Malnati’s in Chicago a couple weeks ago! And Venison tenderloin burgers!!!! OMG!!! and the flavor profile of the meatballs and sauce! just sayin…… I could go on and on about everyone!

  • March 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Great job on the videos everybody!

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