THE CONTESTANTS – 2013 Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge

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Yes we are back for our 3rd go around in this spicy cooking contest. We have 8 new spicy product makers raring to go and show us their fiery talents in the kitchen. We have more sponsorship than we have had in the previous 2 years with a value of over $3000! Can I get a woo-hoo?! So what exactly is this Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge(FYEOT)? Every Wednesday starting March 6th at 9am est, and all the way through April 17th, we will be giving a spicy challenge to our contestants. We will post their cooking videos Sunday mornings at 9am est as well. Our special judges will send me their results and we will reward a sponsored $50 prize to the winner of that round on the next Wednesday announcement video and a special bonus for the next challenge as well. The worst video result will get booted out of the contest. We will announce the winner on April 17th and we will laud them with much fanfare and prizes.

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2013 Fiery Foods Weekend – Volcanic Peppers’ Husker Balls from Hell

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Popcorn Balls from Hell to be exact. This was a very very spicy popcorn ball eating competition. To see it is to believe it. It just goes to show you that you can make anything into a spicy eating competition. Thanks to Tim Bader of Volcanic Peppers for allowing us to co-sponsor this crazy eating contest.

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2013 Fiery Foods Weekend – Race City Sauce Work’s Schweaty SamBalls Spicy Meatball Eating Contest


Now that is a spicy meatball! Created by Chad Lowcock of Race City Sauce Works, Chad hoped to make a tasty, fiery and very messy challenge that people watching would not soon forget. I for one enjoyed both watching it and the flavor of the samball marinara he created for the meatball. It was flat out pleasing to my taste buds. I had 1 meatball and it was HUGE. It must have been very hard to eat 2 of those bad boys, plus a spicy yeast roll added for sopping up the sauce from the plate. Do check out the event…

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2013 Fiery Foods Weekend – HeartBreaking Dawns’ Scorn Bread Challenge


This is the 3rd Annual Scorn Bread Challenge. See how the Machine took the title in a very close battle in the world’s spiciest corn bread contest live from Columbus, Ohio’s North Market.

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Are you a good cook? Feast Your Eyes on This Season 3 is looking for U!

It is time to toss your hat into the ring if you are a spicy product maker who is looking to get their name out there and get some cool prizes along the way. Carol Borge, the promoter for the Houston Hot Sauce Festival is coming back again with a free booth and we are promising you much more in prizes than that. If you think you are good enough of a spicy cook and not camera shy in sharing your recipe expertise, then this challenge is for you. The contest will kick off the 1st Wednesday after the Fiery Food Show, March 6, 2013. It will run 6 weeks and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 17th, days before the NYC Fiery Food Show.

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The Great Spicy Chicken Salad Challenge

Who can turn some chicken into something extraordinary? Chicken Salad is pretty much a leftover meal that we often overlook. If you go into some gourmet delis you can find some top notch chicken salads that will completely wow you. I have made some slight spicy variations over the years, and have not reached Nirvana yet. So I am going to sponsor the very 1st Spicy Chicken Salad Challenge at the Annual Fiery Food Show at the North Market in Columbus, Ohio for President’s Day Weekend. The kick here is that it will not be an amateur contest, it will be for the Vendors only who attend the show to sell their goods. These culinary whizs do not get to compete too often against each other outside of the ILIS Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge, which will be back for another year on March 6th, 2013 (FREE PLUG). Send me an email for contestant info if interested. Only 8-10 spots open.

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2012 Weekend of Fire – Feast of Fire Challenge

I have had some editing issues as of late, so this video was not edited at all, so it is what it is. The Feast of Fire match was supposedly the fiery battle of the Weekend of Fire event. I think it missed wide left, but the idea was solid. With some tweaking, I think this might be an event worth doing each and every year. As I stated in my show wrap-up last week, if you put someone like Johnny McLaughlin of Heartbreaking Dawns and/or Chad Lowcock of Race City Sauce Works as the creators of this 4 course hellish meal, then I think we will have the fiery challenge of the year. Their creativity and cooking acumen within our spicy community is right up there with the best. No one would be better than CaJohn, but the month plus of events is probably more than he would want to deal with. Imagine what 4 course meal they could cook up for the 10 brave volunteers. Perhaps we add someone else in the mix and let them each present 1 of the 4 courses.

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2012 Weekend of Fire: HBD’s Brownie Brawl Buster

Yes, the pic is one of Johnny’s evil brownies. Actually it is the final round’s brownie with ILoveItSpicing and topped off with the new ghost scorpion chile pepper. This was by far the hottest Brownie Brawl Buster we have ever done. You will see how many contestants are in the final round 3 at the end. All the others dropped by the wayside. Johnny describes the contest up in your face style at the beginning of the video, then decides to up the heat on round 2’s brownies with a little Cauterizer. At the end of the video I stay on the 2nd place guy as he looks like he is about to lose it on camera, so I do not get the winner, but the pics at the end of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place guys are all there for you to see.

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2012 Houston Hot Sauce Festival – Special Award Presentations

We finally got to give Shauna our award for winning the 2012 Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge as she was at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival to collect a couple of her prizes. One being a free booth at the festival, and the other our ginormous award. Next year she will be able to collect her free both at the NOLA Hot Sauce Show now renamed as Chile Pepper Extravaganza! Pictured with Shauna above is the man behind the show and Chile Pepper Magazine, Sir McMillan. On Shauna’s other side is show promoter extraordinaire for this Houston spicy festival, Carol Bourge. Congrats to Shauna once again for her victory.

Along with Shauna’s award presentation, I also awarded 2 more people for a Lenny Award for Contributions in the Chile Community. Last year I awarded the very 1st special awards to CaJohn Hard and Bwana Bret Vitek. For those of you that do not know, the Lenny is named after my dearly departed Dad, Leonard “Lenny” Goldenberg who passed away 12/19/10. To honor him and all the selfless things he did for others, I named the award for him. Lenny Awards are also given out in December for best spicy products of the year. So, who received the next 2 Contribution Lenny Awards? You will have to watch and find out. I will say they are more than deserving and have given much to make this chile community better. Without their contributions, our community would not be the same.

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2012 Houston Hot Sauce Festival Salsa Winners

We sponsored a salsa contest with 58 salsas submitted to us to raise money for the Snowdrop Foundation, a charity that supports and does research for Children’s Cancer. At the Houston Hot Sauce Festival we judged and then announced the winner at the dinner after the 1st day of the festival. Check out the winners as I announce them. Congrats again to all the winners and a big thank you to all the companies that sent in their product to help us help raise money for the Snowdrop Foundation.

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2012 Houston Hot Sauce Festival

There are so many things happening at this show, and I will create a diary for you of everything that goes on and try to bring you the information first hand from my point of view. It might not be the most timely of updates, but I will cover it to the max as I experience it and bring it back to you here. I am heavy involved in the show with our 1st salsa contest, info below. I plan on taking on all challenges for the Intensity Academy Lick-a-thon. Yes, Vic and I will once again lock lollies in this very extreme heated battle. I will have a very special challenge to offer all the contestants prior to the event. No one knows about this, not even Intensity Academy, so stay tuned for more about this. I will also be visiting all the vendors and getting some pics of their booths and show off some show swag at the same time. It is going to be a blast, and I am so siked about going. Check out all the fun and all the attending vendors below.

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Salsa Contest: Last Call

This contest is to raise money for Snowdrop Foundation which helps with Children’s Cancer Research and support. If you did not know about this salsa contest we are sponsoring for the Houston Hot Sauce Show, then you have a few days to get your product out. The deadline for receipt is September 1st if you are not vending at the Houston Hot Sauce Show. If you are vending at the show you still need to inform me exactly what your entries will be. I opened up the contest to not only award the best salsa, but also award the best fruit-based salsa. If you have a fruit-based salsa, it will not be in the best salsa category, so we can make 2 competitive contests we can award prizes for.

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