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Four home cooks are looking for the sweet taste of victory as they compete for $25,000.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Guy Fieri
Judges Katherine Alford
Rosemary Ellis
Michael Psilakis
Creators/EP Jim Berger
Art Edwards
Joseph Levy
Packager High Noon Entertainment for Food Network
Origins Food Network Studios, New York City
Web www.foodnetwork.com/urs
Airs 9p Sun, Food
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Hot & Spicy
March 28

Hope you brought you milk, because the following Showdown is about to be a hot one! Over 10,000 recipes were submitted, and now the eight hottest and spiciest will go head to head to head to head against each other for 25 Gs, 5 Gs in Food Network gear from Kohl's, and the title of URS Hot & Spicy Champion!

Tonight's cooks!

Tina Washburn
San Diego
marketing consultant
Ken Hulme
Venice, FL
technical writer
Richard Moore
Lilburn, GA
student & Navy vet
Julie Merriman
culinary school grad


Tina: Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup
Ken: Spice Island Salad
Richard: Blazing Buffalo Bites
Julie: Chipotle Rubbed Steak Tacos Mole

You know the rules... one hour to cook, best score has the advantage going into the speed round. Ready? Aim? FIRE!

And once again, if you want to try out these recipes, foodnetwork.com/URS... hit up the website and get in the kitchen!

The big challenge is pulling the depth of flavors into their dishes. Julie is currently cooking for a job. Literally. She's hoping that her appearance will parlay into some employment back home.

Richard, on the other hand, could have made his own Buffalo sauce. He didn't. He ended up going with a popular brand. Chef Psilakis is going to eat him alive.

At the 10-minute mark, Thalia's oil isn't hot enough, and the empanadas are starting to open. She tries to start over... but it's nigh impossible at the moment.

Tina is taking up a challenge of making healthy food. Usually her soup is made with coconut milk. This week, it's almond milk. AND.... she's getting married three days after this drops. Good luck, Tina.

And Ken... is wearing a kilt, like many battle-bound Scots before him.

Twenty minutes, and the dishes have to come together. Five minutes... and they're just coming together. Richard finishes early. Tina is also done. Ken... getting a little apprehensive. Julie's not yet finished... This may cost her.

And... STOP! All the dishes are plated. Let's FACE THE JUDGES... Remember, it's 50 on taste, 25 on originality, 15 on appearance, and 10 on ease. Highest score wins.

First is Tina. Katherine likes that the heat grows with the dish. Michael likes that the dish evolves. Rosemary... thinks that the chicken is dry.

Ken's dish is ambitious. The fish is perfect. The flavors come together with the sambal sauce. It's sophisticated, but it doesn't look so. "Less is a heck of a lot more."

Richard's wonton bites are next. The dish is creative. But why did he use bottled sauce rather than his own? "We don't want to see somebody else's anything on this plate." This is a competition, Richard. You have to sell yourself.

Finally, here come Julie's tacos. A lot of depth in the mole. The coffee marries with the meat very well. The steak goes a little over, but overall, it's a smart dish.

Tina: 95
Ken: 90
Richard: 85
Julie: 96

That gives Julie the advantage going into the...


The cooks will have 30 minutes to cook...

Tina: Tentacle Tacos with Jicama Slaw
Ken: Spicy Shrimp & Pork Meatballs
Richard: A Horse Rode In On a Turkey Quesadilla
Julie: Fiery Summer Bruschetta

Again, the score to beat is a 96.

Tina is using a pre-cooked octopus, which could get rubbery if it is cooked again. Julie has 28 ingredients including maple syrup, sauce, and bacon. That's an ingredient a minute. Ken has to cook everything at the same time, though all of the ingredients in his balls will cook differently. The trick is to even out the ratio ingredients with the cooking time. And Julie's bacon is burning... or IS IT? Turns out it's just perfect. Meanwhile, Tina is having a time with her jicama.

Time to bring it all together. Richard has horseradish cheese, while his tortillas are not browning. That'd be because you're using the small burners, sir. Better hustle. Same with Tina. Hurry hurry hurry...

PLATES DOWN! Time to judge.

Tina's tacos are incomplete. A lot of the herbs are missing.

Ken's meatballs are a bit on a spicy side... which is good in this context. A little salt would've made a world of difference.

Richard's quesadilla has a surprise element. They're nice and browned... but they could've done with a little less of the cheese, losing the vegetables in the process.

Julie's bruschetta is all raves, but 28 ingredients? Whoa.

Remember, the only number that matters is 96. This is for $30,000 in cash and prizes...

Julie: 94
Richard: 89 - ELIMINATED

That leaves Julie's 96 and Ken's meatballs.... It's either her or him. Ken needs to best a 96 from the Signature Round to win.

Ken's score is...


95! JULIE WINS $25,000 CASH MONEY and the title of the Queen of URS Hot & Spicy. A little mole goes a long way.

Another four chefs and another eight recipes fight it out next time. Don't watch hungry.

To watch this episode in its entirety, or to check out recipes from tonight's "Ultimate Recipe Showdown", go to www.foodnetwork.com/urs.