That was me breathing a sigh of relief now that the show has aired.
As many of you already know, I was chosen to be a finalist on Recipe to Riches Season 2! I wrote about my journey up until the point of being able to announce it to the public, here.
At that time, they had just announced when the show was airing and the names of the contestants and their recipes. Although I was able to tell you all about my experience with auditions and then filming, I still couldn’t divulge any information about the outcome of the show, which was the most stressful part!
Every time I would think about watching the show I would get butterflies and get all crazy and jittery! Then I would think about how I was going to need about 6 or 15 glasses of wine and maybe to have someone physically restrain me, just to get through watching the show.
I hope that I am not alone in feeling this way, but I absolutely hate seeing or hearing myself on TV. The filming was honestly not bad at all, considering I’m totally that person that acts like a total goof on camera, but then gets incredibly embarrassed later when I have to see it played back.
When I initially was able to announce I would be on the show, everyone wanted to have a big viewing party and invite every person I know, which I agreed to at first and then got super shy and decided I just wanted to have a small intimate gathering. I invited a few of my good friends as well as my aunt and of course, my parents and sister. My little sister Jessi had to watch in Victoria with her roommates since she is currently away at University.
My Mom made Pioneer Woman’s Lemon Chicken Pasta which is my absolute fave, and then we drank wine and it was time to watch the show.
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I really enjoyed watching the auditions since I felt like it was such a blur that I don’t remember anything I did or said. Luckily I acted like an excited yet normal human being, which I was pleased with.
It was also cool to see my competitors auditions as well to see how the judges reacted to trying their desserts for the first time. I may be biased but I think that my dish got the best reaction from the judges. They loved it! Tony had to calm the ladies down which was hilarious.
Then they showed our bios and I thought mine was really funny because we had no furniture. Mr.Delish also made a cameo in that part which was awesome!
Just a side note, when they filmed that segment where we are eating at the table, we had just eaten lunch, and I made that green curry seafood dish as more of a prop. I guess I didn’t realize we would actually be eating a lot of it. Anyways, it ended up being SUPER spicy and we had to continually eat it for probably 10 or 15 minutes for them to get the shots they needed. Mr. Delish and I were both laughing so hard because our mouths were on fire!
Then we did the scary part, the batch up challenge. I die, seriously. That thing made me sooo gosh darn nervous it was ridiculous. Walking into any kitchen that you are not used to is hard enough, never mind a commercial kitchen that has equipment that I’ve never used before.
It probably didn’t help that I have a psychotic, irrational fear of burning myself and the kitchen didn’t have oven mitts. Yes, I know, real chef’s use towels but I am not a real chef and I need the MITTS.
I also will just have you know that usually one batch of this recipe makes 6 servings in about one hour. I had to make 200 servings in 3 hours. The math doesn’t add up folks.
Okay the time, or lack thereof, killed my performance in the batch up challenge. I was sure I was going home after that. I really didn’t want to go home but I thought there was no way that I would be staying.
To my surprise, they eliminated Cherilynn instead! I could not believe it. Poor Cherilynn, she was such a sweetheart and she did so well. I guess her recipe wasn’t what they were looking for.
Once I came to, it was time for the Marketing challenge. NOW that was where I was going to win it all back folks. I am very interested in marketing and promotions and I was excited to hear what the experts had to say about my product and what kind of ideas they had for me. The company I worked with was AMAZING to say the least. They were all so enthusiastic and excited to help me market my product. We ended up incorporating my blog name to come up with the name “Delish de Creme.” They also helped me come up with a pretty pink Parisian themed logo, I loved it!
We also had to brainstorm ideas for the Event and we continued with the Parisien Garden theme. As you all know by now, I also agreed to dress up as Marie Antoinette. HELLO. Let’s go back to where I said I end up acting like a goof on camera, and then regret it later. Ya, perfect example.
How did you all like my Marie Antoinette Getup?
I thought it was fun and set me apart from Jay’s rocker style.
Oh, and that HAIR. My goodness. That took forever for the stylist to do but I just sat and watched in amazement as she teased and tousled it into the Marie Antoinette style. Yes that was my real hair, not a wig.
Anyways, when the event rolled around, I had to take control and make sure all of those culinary arts students were giving me the good marks that I needed. In the end I think that really made the difference in the scores I had at the end.
Lastly, we had to stand in front of the judges and hear our fate. I didn’t know what to think and I really had no idea what was going to happen. The only thing I was thinking when I was standing up there, was how amazing the experience was and no matter what happened I was going to stay positive and keep a smile on my face.
When they announced that Jay was the winner, I was disappointed but I was very happy for him. Although the show was not just about the money, I know that Jay and his family really could have used that $25,000. It made me feel happy for him.
My family and friends watching the show with me were super supportive and they really enjoyed watching the episode with me. Afterwards, the outpouring of wonderfully positive comments were sent to my Facebook, Twitter and email. I am still so overwhelmed at the support that I received before, during and after the show aired. I tried my best to respond back to every comment and message I received so if you haven’t heard back please resend it so I can write you back!
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I wanted to show you some photos that my friend Lani took, of the gang watching the episode. She got some really great shots!
Before I finish this lonnnngggg long post, I wanted to ask you guys some questions! Feel free to leave answers to one or more in the comments below:
1. Did you watch Season 1 of Recipe to Riches? And what did you think?
2. What is your favorite category?
3. Who did you think was going to win my episode and why?
4. Do you think I should dress like Marie Antoinette more often?
5. Why did the camera make me look like I was 7000 lbs during the interviews?
Hah ok well the last two were for fun, but if you have any insight into my double chins, I’d love to hear it.
Thank you all again for watching and reading!!