Ultimate Recipe Showdown

Food Network is putting cooks all over the US to the test to find the Ultimate Recipe in six different categories: Chicken, Burgers, Comfort Foods, Cakes, Pasta and Cookies.

The show, which will be hosted by Marc Summers and Guy Fieri will pit nine finalists in each category against each other in a head-to-head showdown. Like the other Food Network Challenges, the contestants will have to prepare their meals under the hot lights and in front of a live audience with the clock ticking. The prize? $25,000 and bragging rights!

The Ultimate Recipe Showdown starts on February 17 with chicken as the theme! Here’s an advance look at the competitors and the dishes they’ll be serving up.

COMPETITORS:

Chicken (Fried)

Michelle Anderson
Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Tenders with Cucumber Slaw
Occupation: Local Food Column Writer
Hometown: Eagle, Idaho

Jenni Deylius
Recipe: Where’s the Beach? Chicken Katsu
Occupation: Satellite Systems Engineer
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Eboni Williams
Recipe: Chicken Wings w/ Pomegranate & Mango BBQ Sauce
Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom/Writer
Hometown: Damascus, Md.

Chicken (Soups/Stews)

Lauren Wyler
Recipe: Chicken Tasso & Andouille Gumbo
Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom
Hometown: San Marcos, Calif.

Rita Linda
Recipe: Rita’s Family Matzo Ball Noodle Soup
Occupation: Operates an online clock business
Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.

Miriam Chaiken
Recipe: African Ground Nut Stew
Occupation: Anthropologist
Hometown: Penn Run, Pa.

Chicken (Whole)

Amparo Alam
Recipe: Roasted Chicken with Yucca Root
Occupation: Works in bakery
Hometown: Syracuse, Utah

Steven Payne
Recipe: St. Nino’s Chicken
Occupation: Student
Hometown: College Station, Texas

Catherine Wilkinson
Recipe: Roasted Pineapple Chicken with Cilantro Cream Sauce
Occupation: Assists husband with his business
Hometown: Dewey, Ariz.

Wow, that last one sounds like a winner to me.