HERE’S THE SCOOP: The competition launched back in April, and contestants had until May 3rd to submit their recipes. On June 7th, 18 semi-finalists competed in Sizzle Showdowns at six locations across the country, judged by Macy’s Culinary Council Chefs, including Cat Cora and Stephanie Izard. The winner of each semi-final showdown gets to compete in the finale in New York City on June 28th, and the finale winner gets $10,000 plus a trip to New York City to watch the 2015 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. Awesome, right?
At the competition, I was shocked by the contestants’ calm demeanor onstage. I expected a mad dash, but each contestant confidently worked through their recipes and finished early, submitting their final plates to Chef Cat Cora for judging.
The competing recipes were:
- Sherri’s Grilled Thai Lamb Loin Chops
- Josee’s Shrimp & Apricot Stuffed Grilled Pork Tenderloin
- Andre’s Steak & Potato Sliders with Basil Gorgonzola Cream
Sherri’s Thai Lamb Chops were the big winner– for the flavor and the overall cohesiveness of the dish (she actually prepared a 3-component plate). The crowd didn’t get to try the contestant submissions, BUT we did get cookbooks featuring their recipes AND we sampled Cat Cora’s Chimichurri ‘Cued Chicken.
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