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.
Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Tenders with Cucumber Slaw
Occupation: Local Food Column Writer
Hometown: Eagle, Idaho
Recipe: Where’s the Beach? Chicken Katsu
Occupation: Satellite Systems Engineer
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Recipe: Chicken Wings w/ Pomegranate & Mango BBQ Sauce
Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom/Writer
Hometown: Damascus, Md.
Recipe: Chicken Tasso & Andouille Gumbo
Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom
Hometown: San Marcos, Calif.
Recipe: Rita’s Family Matzo Ball Noodle Soup
Occupation: Operates an online clock business
Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.
Recipe: African Ground Nut Stew
Hometown: Penn Run, Pa.
Recipe: Roasted Chicken with Yucca Root
Occupation: Works in bakery
Hometown: Syracuse, Utah
Recipe: St. Nino’s Chicken
Hometown: College Station, Texas
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.