Season 12 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 29, 2012 on Food Network

Episode Recap

Jay Lippin is the executive chef at Southern Hospitality BBQ in New York, New York.
Richard Park is the chef and entrepreneur of Cat Heads BBQ in San Francisco, California.
Melissa Cookston is a professional barbecue competitor from Nesbit, Mississippi.
Sean Brasel is the executive chef at Meat Market in Miami, Florida.
Appetizer Baskets:
Sweet Tea Vodka
Asian Steamed Buns
Baby Romanesco
Extra-Firm Tofu
Chef Jay - Grilled Romanesco with Tofu Tomato Sauce 
Chef Richard - Grilled Tofu Bao with Grilled Romanesco
Chef Melissa - Open-Face BBQ Tofu Sandwich
Chef Sean - Curry-Smoked Tofu with Romanesco Two Ways 
Chef Sean Brasel was chopped after the Appetizer round.
The judges noted his treatment of the tofu.
Entrée Baskets:
Wagyu Rib-Eye Steaks
Baby Corn
Coleslaw Dressing 
Chef Richard - Grilled Rib-Eye with Watermelon Rind Pickle
Chef Melissa - BBQ Rib-Eye with Watermelon & Corn Salsa
Chef Jay - Espresso-Rubbed Rib-Eye with Salad
Chef Melissa Cookston was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges explained that her meat was raw.
Dessert Baskets:
Stout Beer
Empanada Wrappers
Marshmallow Spread 
Chef Jay - Whoopie Pie with Peach & Stout Ice Cream
Chef Richard - Grilled Biscuit with Peaches & Ice Cream
Chef Richard Park was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges described the flaws in his Entrée and Dessert as the basis of their decision.
Chef Jay Lippin won the $10,000 prize.