I would like to thank all the talented spicy product makers for competing in our first ever cooking contest. A big thanks for putting your best foot forward and dealing with all the flaws of making videos and cooking under pressure. I know how much time and money for food you put into each round. It was fun to watch, and often at times your mouth-watering meals inspired us to try your recipes. You gave it your all, and I so much appreciate that. I hope all the time we put into these challenges was worth it to you in the end for your websites. Feel free to use any of your videos embed codes for that purpose. A tremendous thanks and congrats to both Johnny of Heartbreaking Dawns and Clement of Cajun Heat to reach this point. You guys were big time cooks and entertained with your talented takes on spicy food.
A huge thanks to all of my sponsors. To Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire Show and NOLA Hot Sauce & Gourmet Food Show, who had my back from the beginning when I first proposed the idea. Specifically to Debby Hartinger and Tracy Carter who made it possible. Without you both, this contest would never have seen the light of day. You both got me the approval from your respective shows to get the awesome prizes that we are about to reward. Then Tracy, you took some more money out of your pocket and added to the 2nd and 3rd place prizes. You didn’t have to do it, but this is why you have so many friends, your kind heart. You deserve the world my friend, thanks. Please check out his company, JACS Tailgaters for awesome award winning spicy products.
Also, to Jim Duffy of Refining Fire Chiles for jumping up to recognize that these competitors needed a 2nd and 3rd place prize, and stepping up to the plate and delivering one. I thank you so much, and I am glad we have become close friends over the past 6+ months. Your friendship has meant a lot. Even if I have to get a hearing aid now. lol
Then to our other weekly sponsors. To Chad Lowcock of Race City Sauce Works who gave us 2 sponsored prize rounds, I thank you so much. To Adam Fehr of Endorphin Farms and Doug Spiros of PeppersandMore.com who both gave their support, I really appreciate your sponsorships gentlemen, thank you. It means a lot when you get support like these guys gave me.
Also, to CaJohn who not only gave his time and his celebrity, but his sage advice and wisdom to me behind the scenes whenever I asked or didn’t ask for that matter. I listened, learned and grew from his teachings and experience. He truly is a friend that I can count on, and knows what to say to me when I need the encouragement. Thank you John.
Also a big thanks to Firehead Thomas who not only gave time in a very busy relocation period in his life, but also donated $50 to the winner of the 6th Round. Thanks Thomas and the lovely Annabelle for their thoughtful addition to the contest.
To all those that came by and watched, voted and/or commented, I appreciate your presence. Thank you for your support, and I hope you will continue to come back here and see what we have to offer. You will see some new reviewers, new style of salsa reviews and a battle arena that will pit two products against one another, all coming sooner or later. We will see if there is interest in having another Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge. We will try and make it bigger and better next go around. We will be filming at shows like NOLA and Weekend of Fire, and we will show you behind the scenes what you might be missing. We will bring you cooking demos, recipes and the return of the Spicy Minute. So keep your eyes peeled, and add our RSS feed to stay in touch with the latest on ILIS.
Now to the winner. Drum roll please…