There is an old saying, about eating with your eyes. That is what we are about to do through this cooking contest, and we are just a week away from kicking off what we believe to be the first online video spicy cooking challenge. If not, then it is quite different than you will ever see anywhere else. Let me explain what Feast Your Eyes on This Cooking Challenge is going to be about. We have 8 contestants that will battle there way through several rounds of competition. Each round our spicy food contestants will get a challenge. Within the rules of that round’s challenge they might get certain ingredients to work with, a certain cooking method to use or perhaps a theme to follow. No matter what challenge we give, there will always be a choice the contestants will have to make. It could be that choice that makes or breaks them. The contestants will then have to create a video showing their cooking chops and demonstrate that the rules of that round’s challenge is being met. They will have several days to send the video to us, so we can share the videos with you.
The next step will be down by our judges. Our judges will be made up of sponsors, a renown hot sauce maker, and some ILIS staff. We might have a guest judge as well from time to time. Since there will be a lot of watching involved- 5 minute videos each in the beginning- the judges will also have a few days to send their favorite and least favorite video results to me. The judges will base their votes on 3 criteria- creativity, visually pleasing and following the challenge. Once I can tabulate all the votes, I will announce a winner and a loser for that round. The winner will get an advantage going into the next round, and the loser will be eliminated from the competition.
We will continue round by round until there is an overall winner. The winner of the Feast Your Eyes on This Cooking Challenge will get a free vendor’s booth at the Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire Show in Fairfield, Ohio on October 1-2, 2011. They will be highlighted at the show for their cooking achievements as well. The winner will also get $200 off a vendor’s booth at the NOLA Hot Sauce & Gourmet Food Show in New Orleans on July 16-17, 2011. They will also get 3 free submissions into the Fleur de Lis Awards and have an on stage product demo for the NOLA Show. Along with being crowned the Feast Your Eyes on This Cooking Challenge Champ, (what a mouthful), they will also get a trophy from us at ILoveItSpicy.com.
We will kickoff the challenge off as soon as the Super Bowl is over. I will post a video announcing the first challenge and we will then follow the schedule below. In the meantime, I give you our 8 contestants. They were told to make a video 3 minutes or less telling you all a little about themselves, their company and why they wanted to be a part of this. They all did their own thing, and as you will see some of them have video editing skills and some do not. Unfortunately this is not about video editing, it is about cooking. Please do not hold that against them. Let us meet our 8 combatants.
Jay Calvert from Jake Albert’s Specialty Foods
Sam McCanless of Zane & Zack’s World Famous Honey Co.
Johnny McLaughlin of Heartbreaking Dawns
Clement Bourg of Cajun Heat
Bill Lawrence of Buddha Bill’s
Butch Taylor of Zydeco Hot Sauce
Rick Villafrede of Dragonfire Hot Sauce
Scott Walter of MN Specialty Foods & Judo Joel’s
Feb 6- Round 1 Challenge
Feb 12- Videos will need to be submitted by midnight
Feb 20- Round 1 Winner & Loser Announced, Round 2 Challenge
Feb 26- Round 2 submissions
March 4-6 Fiery Food Show
March 7th- Winner & Loser Round 2, Round 3 Challenge
March 13th- Round 3 submissions
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