I just caught this season's first Ultimate Recipe Showdown on the Food Network. It is VASTLY better than the show was last year. Whereas last year there was inane banter between two hosts, this year has Guy Fieri is the only host, and he's perfect for the role. Not only does he have a fun personality, he also probably helped the contestants feel at ease. Last year's show featured 12 cooks, where this year's features only four. That makes you "get to know" the contestants, which makes the show more interesting and dramatic.
The episode running this week is Comfort Foods, and I "know" two of the four contestants. By "know," I mean I've conversed with them online, so I haven't actually met them. One is Michaela Rosenthal, who's a force to be reckoned with in the world of cooking contests. The other is Emily -- oh gosh, I forgot her last name -- but she's known for her blog, Sugar Plum.
I'm not going to tell you who won, but I thought both ladies made food that looked delectable.
Maybe this show will motivate me to develop some more contest-worthy recipes. I hope so!
Congrats to Michaela and Emily. I'll be interested to see who else pops up in future episodes!