Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge 2013- Round 6 (THE FINALS)

Round 6 The Finals

We enter forth onto the final combat kitchen arena with our 3 remaining contestants. Who will it be? You must watch the video below and find out. The last challenge lay within as well. It is 15 minutes of video footage that stands between them and the finishing line. How they go about their recipes and convey it, is everything in this last stage of the spicy cooking challenge. They are all guaranteed to get at least $100 just by making it this far. That is not their goal though. They want the brass ring. We wish them luck, and hope they make it very tough on our judges. We even brought back our friend, CaJohn Hard to judge the final round as he has done over the last 2 years.

The overall winner of Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge will receive free vendor booths from both the Houston Hot Sauce Festival & Zestfest Midwest. Plus, Chile Pepper Magazine will give an advertising package valued at over $2000. Cash prizes will also be awarded by Endorphin Farms & Refining Fire Chiles. Together, 1st place will receive an additional $300, the runner-up $150, and 3rd place $100. Plus, on top of all that good stuff, they will get one big ass trophy from yours truly. I thank all our great sponsors for their contributions to this spicy cooking challenge. Without them we would have no contest.


Sam Peters of Patter Fam Sauces
Jennifer Reynolds of Sauce Goddess
Mike Isenberg of Wicked Cactus Sauces
Kevin Billings of High Octane Sauce Company
Intro Videos can be seen HERE

Our talented Judges:
Carol Borge
Greg Bagarozy
Sir McMillan
Scott Roberts
Firehead Thomas
Guest Judge:
CaJohn Hard


Feast Your Eyes Challenge Calendar: (All Videos will be posted at 9am est.)
February 27 Contestant Intro Videos were released LINK
March 6- 1st Challenge LINK
March 9- Midnight is the deadline for the 1st challenge
March 10- All Contestant Videos are posted LINK
March 13- 2nd Challenge LINK
March 16- Midnight Deadline for 2nd challenge
March 17- All Contestant Videos are posted LINK
March 20- 3rd Challenge LINK
March 23- Midnight Deadline for 3rd Challenge
March 24- All Contestant Videos are posted LINK
March 27- 4th Challenge LINK
March 30- Midnight Deadline for 4th Challenge
March 31- All Contestant Videos are posted LINK
April 3- 5th Challenge LINK
April 6- Midnight Deadline for 5th Challenge
April 7- All Contestant Videos are posted LINK
April 10- 6th & Final Challenge
April 13- Midnight Deadline for Final Challenge
April 14- Finalist Videos are posted
April 17- Winner is announced!

18 thoughts on “Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge 2013- Round 6 (THE FINALS)

  • April 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Congratulations Mike. Your food was something we all could make at home. It looked delicious and flavorful yet uncomplicated. Can’t wait till next round to see what you come up with.

  • April 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Sam, I hope you continue producing “The Pastor’s Pantry”, I will watch!

  • April 10, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Sam it was an honor and a privilege to work with you! Not bad for our first cooking show ever!! Maybe next year….Bwahahahaha!!!

  • April 10, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Sorry to see you go Sam. This was a tough round to judge… So many great sammiches. I had to go back 3 times to separate everyone out. Congrats to Mike!!!!


  • April 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Sad to see you go Sam and Congrats to everyone who made it to the final round.

  • April 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Sad to see you go, Sam. Yes, please continue the Pastor’s Pantry! You were born to host a video show like that! 😉

  • April 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I am disappointed, at the very least, to see Sam get eliminated. In order to judge a contest like this fairly, the judges must give an objective analysis, not a subjective opinion or personal preference judgment. I just don’t see where that happened based on posts in the previous comments section. In your own words… this contest was about being visually pleasing, creative, and following the rules. I wasn’t aware that creativity came with limitations based upon the judge’s palette. Since this only appears to be a personal opinion competition where public views/votes are not taken into consideration… my personal OPINION is that the most marketable, visually pleasing, creative, rule follower in this competition just got eliminated. In the future, hopefully this competition will become fairer and more objective as there are people (potentially in the food industry) watching this competition outside of the Chilehead community. Good luck to you Sam in your future endeavors and good luck to the final 3 contestants moving forward.

  • April 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm


    I am with you on this. It stunned me to see Sam eliminated, but that said, we have several authorities in this industry judging this competition. I can’t risk the integrity of this competition in leading the judges one way or another with their voting. I tell them the ground rules and they judge it from that. I am disappointed that they couldn’t see the daring and creativeness of Sam’s Veggie/Tofu wrap. He had guts to take that on and show spicy food can also be healthy. Unfortunately the judges wanted meat and they voted appropriately. Sam deserves to move on, but the judges have spoken. If you have ever watched a judged reality show, then you know they don’t always get it right to the audience’s despair. In closing, I am very confident that our remaining 3 contestants will really bring their best in this last round and bring you something to be proud of.

    We wish Sam and his Patter Fam Sauces the very best of luck in everything they do. Thank you for being a part of our contest this year.

  • April 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Thanks Maria! All of the videos will be posted in their entirety on Patter Fam’s Youtube channel. There was a ton we had to cut to make the time requirement of this “contest”. Be sure to check them out! Next Week we’re doing a special on Green Olives, Bleu Cheese, and Tofu!

  • April 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I don’t know you, but I sure appreciate your kind words and support. While I’m disappointed in the outcome, I’m proud of the work we put in and the following we created. Great things will come our way I’m sure. I’ve always tried to run our business and our life based on Proverbs 3:6 – It’s the best business plan I know. Thank you again for your encouragement. Keep sharing the Gospel of Good Taste.

  • April 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

    If it was all about production, Sam would blow the competition out of the water, including all of the contestants over the last 3 years. I didn’t have Sam last this round, but a couple of things that lowered his score a bit in this round for me, was just “doctoring up” already made Italian Sausage, rather than making it from scratch, and the use of a pre-fab sauce on the meat sammich…it was just too simple. The tofu/veggie thing didn’t bother me, in fact I wanted a bite. It is a shame, since Sam was pretty much #1 or #2 in all of the other rounds this year…maybe Buddah should implement a “One Time Save” for himself, like they do in American Idol for future contests.

  • April 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

    That “Pre-Fabbed” sauce is the Winner of two scovie and two gold chili awards. You can get some at patterfamsauces.com. It’ll help you “doctor up” your palette.

  • April 11, 2013 at 10:23 am

    No doubt, but anyone can open a jar and pour it on a sammich, show me how to make it…we all know how good the Patter Fam line is…excellent products!

  • April 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    That is really a good idea Tom. It is too bad the rule wasn’t thought of before this year started.

  • April 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I told all the contestants that they were free to pimp their products. I understand the “simplicity” of the sandwich, but did you see that bread? This was a sandwich and wrap round and Sam was the only one to make both bread and tortilla, and that makes up at least 1/2 the dish. Doesn’t making your own ciabatta negate the making of fresh sausage?

  • April 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I said he wasn’t last.

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