CommercialAppeal.com lists "Gail Churinetz, who teaches pizza classes at Viking Cooking School and was featured in a home chef profile in The Commercial Appeal, has made the first cut for Food Network's The Ultimate Recipe Showdown. If she's selected, she'll compete against other cooks on the show hosted by Guy Fieri. Weekly winners receive $25,000."
And several sources (not sure which was the originator) recently wrote that "Greg Fontenot of Woodlands, Tex., has a winning streak going. Besides being chosen as a Top Tomato 2009 finalist for this recipe, the 48-year-old scientist has a fairly impressive track record of competitive cooking conquests over the past eight years, including his pending status to appear on Food Network's Ultimate Recipe Showdown. The gingerbread and banana napoleon recipe he submitted for that one sounds first-rate."
Were I to make a conjecture, I'd expect Ultimate Recipe Showdown Season 3 to tape in New York City sometime in late September, 2009.
Dates are September 22 - 30, 2009 blog post
You can watch the previous two seasons of Ultimate Recipe Showdown on FanCast.
Some of the most popular recipes from the show are:
Battered Chicken Wings with Pomegranate and Mango Barbecue Sauce
St. Nino's Chicken
African Ground Nut Stew
Kickin' Chipotle Fried Chicken Tenders with Cool Cucumber Slaw
These and the winning recipes from Season 2 and more are listed on the show's index page.
The Guy Fieri - TGI Friday's connection
Guy Fieri interview on Ultimate Recipe Showdown
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