Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge 2012: Round 2

Round 1 is over, and we are on our way to Round 2. We would like to thank Clement Bourg of www.CajunHeat.com for their sponsorship of Round 1. Check the best of Cajun fiery products, and enter the coupon code: ILIS at checkout for 25% off of your purchase. Now in Round 2, we have Chad Lowcock back again with this round’s sponsorship for his company Race City Sauce Works. Click on the banner below to see their new website design. If you type in the coupon code: FEAST25 at checkout you will get 25% off of your purchase. Check out their award winning selections including their Apocalypse Sauce Line including their new 13th Moon spicy chocolate drink.

Intro Videos can be seen HERE
Maria Villafrade of Dragonfire Sauces
Chris Bintz of Wicked Cactus Sauces
Shauna Jellsey of TATS Sauces & Marinades
Rob Holdaway of Sticky Brand Sauces
Jeff Porter of the Chile Spot
Chip Welsh of Red Lion Spicy Foods
Steve Zielinski of Crazy Steve’s Pickles & Salsa

Round 1: Comfort Food Battle Videos

The video will dissect Round 1, announce the winner and loser, as well as the challenge for Round 2. The contest revolves around our sponsors so please bear with my commercials in the video and show them your support. Thank you.

19 thoughts on “Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge 2012: Round 2

  • March 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Congrats to everyone going on to the next round! Potato, Potato, Potato …..

  • March 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Looking forward to the next batch of videos. It would have been a shame to see Maria or Rob get voted “off the island” because of video issues. Hopefully they’ll come back strong and become solid contenders.

  • March 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I promise the next video will be shorter! I need a time restriction too.

    This round is a 6 minute round, make sure it is not 6:01.

  • March 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Hala-peeno, hala-peeno, hala-peeno…..

    Note to the contestants – last year we learned that the first challenge video is a “test” run to what you are really capable of accomplishing in this competition. That being said, I tried not to focus too much on the video itself in this round and concentrate more on the CREATIVITY of your recipes. Now you have seen what the others are doing!(At least from my perspective), I want to see tighter videos from now on, and recipes that go a little further “outside the box”. Good first run, go for it….

  • March 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    So you want to see something off the wall… like a potato in it?!

  • March 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I can not agree more with Thomas. This is not a video contest, but a COOKING contest. Does it help that the video is clean, absolutely. but I want to see some cooking, not just a the raw product and then boom someone tasting it.

    Here is where I am coming from; almost 20 years as a chef, certified as both an exec and personal chef and just shy of culinary educator, so I am looking for the small stuff. I want to see some imagination and recipe development. I know the time line is tight at times with the video, but you all are creators of great products, to do that, you had to have passion and creativity. Use that same fire to wow us until we are numb with joy.

    food looked great at the end last round, but lets see how it got there! Good Luck !!!

  • March 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    It’s what you do with the potato…potato…potato…if you make seasoned fries, I won’t be impressed.

  • March 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Chad, you make me numb with joy…lol

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  • March 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Congrats to the Round 1 finishers! And to the winners! Looking forward to experiencing your culinary creativity in round 2! Glad I’m not a judge! So many good choices! Let the Potato wars begin!

  • March 14, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    whoa! I posted a comment and it disappeared!! to recap: Congrats to all on your round 1 videos! Can’t wait for the Potato wars!

  • March 15, 2012 at 2:17 am

    For whatever reason, YouTube had listed a couple as being 5:01, even though when I ran the videos it ran and then stopped right at 5:00. It’s those extra tenths of a second. 😉

  • March 15, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Yep. But tweaks need to made sometimes with lighting and editing so that the dishes are VISUALLY APPEALING as well. It’s “feats your eyes on this”…so I want to see some food that makes my stomach growl and my mouth salivate, as well as being creative. A darkly-lit video, or choppy or annoying editing most likely won’t accomplish that.

  • March 15, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I know that no one expects anyone to be a master video producer, so if all else fails, just go with no-frills editing and smooth transitions, IMO.

  • March 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Bingo Scott! Simple video & Awesome food!!

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