|Perfect 3 Host, Kelsey Nixon, and Me on Set|
|The winning dish|
You can likely imagine the sheer thrill I experienced upon receiving the news. I was so honored and excited and couldn't wait to spread the news far and wide, but it would be a while yet (now to be exact) until I was able to scream my delight into the blog and social media sphere. My competition had included the likes of professional, seasoned chefs and food authorities, so this was no small feat in my eyes. And I know that the support of the many who took the time to vote for me/my recipe in the final days of the competition surely played a part in my win. So to you--each and every one of you--I say THANK YOU!! Your support has meant so much to me, truly.
If you'll indulge me, I'll give a bit of background on the contest, before I came knocking for votes. It all started with me entering my recipe into the contest. A few weeks or so later, I received a notice that my recipe had been selected as a finalist. There were three of us, however, so more work remained. I then had to create and submit a short video of me demonstrating my recipe. Once my video was done and submitted, I then realized I needed to solicit some votes! So I hit my loyal networks and asked for support--which I obviously got. In the end, everything came together to make mine the winning recipe. Glory to God!
Now onto the prize...(my favorite part!)
The grand prize for each winner was to be flown to NYC to film a webisode of our recipe at the Food Network/Cooking Channel studios with Kelsey Nixon, the host of the soon-to-premier The Perfect 3 Cooking Channel television series. Can you say, Awe-mazing?! If you asked me what my dream prize would be, I couldn't have planned it any better. NYC, Food Network/Cooking Channel and me. It doesn't get any better! And the Cooking Channel team made it the dream experience I was expecting. From the time I arrived in NYC--car awaiting at the airport of course :)--until I returned home three days later, it was one of the grandest, most special experiences I have ever had the privilege of enjoying.
My three day, expense-paid trip included a stay in the fabulous Meat Packing District--home to Chelsea Market--which is home to the Food Network/Cooking Channel. Sweet, huh?
My shoot was perfectly arranged for late afternoon of Day 2 of my visit. I arrived to the studios and took that step I had always wanted to take--into the doors of the Food Network studios. After being greeted by my guide and right-hand woman so-to-speak, I was given the privilege of touring the studio, including a stop by the Food Network kitchens, themselves, where chefs were making my recipe in preparation for my shoot! Check out some photo highlights from that grand day below.
|Home of the Food Network/Cooking Channel|
|The Next Food Network/Cooking Channel Star...|
|Meeting the chefs who were preparing my recipe; we're holding the marinated steak!|
|One Happy Girl!|
After the shoot, I grabbed an ice cream cone and took a stroll at the beautiful High Line Park to watch the sunset and take it all in.
So I'll keep you posted on when it's finally available to watch. Late summer is my likely guess. But, I'll let you know, don't worry. In the interim, you can check out The Perfect 3 television series for yummy inspiration.
Finally, you have to make the recipe and let me know what you think. P.S. If you love steak and bold, delicious flavors, you'll LOVE these tacos!
I think success is sweetest when shared, so thank you for allowing me to share this very special honor with you.