Cindy Reed Wilkins, founder of Cin Chili & Company, is the manufacturer of a line of products that included award winning chili seasoning mixes, hot sauces, BBQ sauce, rubs/seasonings, and pickles.Cindy is the only back-to-back winner of the CASI International Chili Championship. After years of deliberation, her company was formed in 2005, when Cindy decided to share her award winning recipe with the rest of the world. She has won numerous awards for her products and was featured on a “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”; “The Chili Challenge”; on the Food Network. Her products are distributed and sold around the country and internationally in specialty food venues. cooking started out as a hobby and was a family affair; she comes from a pedigree of champions as her mother is a World Champion, too. Several other family members have been up on the winning stage, as well; thus the nickname, The “Chili Dynasty”! Who would have thought that her passion for chili would become her business and that she could get up each and every day and tell the success story of Cin Chili & Company. Who doesn’t love a “good bowl of red”!
Intensity Academy has created a
Spicy Buzz within the Fiery Food industry. Winning over 50 awards in such a
short period of time has really set this company on fire! Their line has
evolved into a variety of all natural, tea infused marinades, ketchups, dipping
sauces & hot sauces. The concept for the
first sauce was inspired up from a school project. While working in
the garden at her sons’ school, Founder, Michele Northrup, wanted to promote
the yield from the garden. "The vegetable of the week was carrots. We all
brought a basket of them home to experiment. I thought the natural sweetness of
the carrots would balance the heat of the peppers. I made a few varieties of a
carrot based hot sauce. The feedback from the students, staff, friends &
family was amazing! I went to the local grocery store looking up & down the
shelves & saw there was not anything similar to this sauce. I really jumped
right into it without looking back. I figured WORST-case scenario everyone I
knew would get hot sauce for Christmas! Now, 5 years later, I am so
grateful for this Saucy Life." Michele has been featured in Southern
Living Magazine, on Yahoo! TV & was named Tampa Bay Business Woman of the
Year in Manufacturing.
With over 20 years grocery retail and management experience, Vic recently made the decision to follow his what some people describe as an obsession for hot and fiery food and attended culinary school. In pursuing his dream and in honing his culinary skills Vic runs the Staff Dining kitchen at the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale Arizona.
John Hard – CaJohn’s –– The, without doubt, the most award winning sauce developer in the history of this vertically themed industry – a covet mentor of anyone wishing to get into the industry – Additionally, he has a significant plant developed and catering to continued sauce development and bottler for many of the Hot Sauce companies … a solid and super personality … has appeared on many of The Food Network shows!
High River Sauces was started by music industry veteran, food junkie and Heavy Metal Cookbook author Steve Seabury. His cookbook titled Mosh Potatoes (Simon & Schuster) is a collection of recipes from the biggest bands in Hard Rock & Heavy Metal. While putting together the cookbook, Seabury found that his passion for food was shared by many of his favorite icons. He wanted to bring his shared passion of food and music to the masses. High River Sauces has been formed out of this passion. High River Sauces will provide the music and food fanatic with artisan sauces made from the best organic ingredients for that ultimate culinary experience. Each bottle of sauce will be cranked up to 11 to give your taste buds that true Rock & Roll Explosion.
– Owner/Chef - The Praline Connection – New Orleans, one of the finest place to get the very best in Soul Food in all of New Orleans – plus his Pralines are historically well know throughout the U.S. … infamous for his grilled livers always featured when he appears as a Celebrity Chef … he has non-stop stores
Keith Jenkins, Frog-Bone Cajun Sauces was raised on the north shore of New Orleans in Madisonville, Louisiana where their source for seafood came from lakes, bayous and rivers. As a kid, he and his grandfather would stay on his houseboat on the Tchefuncte River and catch a mess of catfish, clean them and have a good ole' fish fry with family and friends. In 2010, Keith moved to Tyler Texas and opened a seafood restaurant called "Cajun Bayou Seafood". Due to the frequent requests for his sauces and recipes, he made the decision to start his own line of gourmet sauces. With spices from Louisiana and Texas he created Frog-Bone Cajun Sauces. In 2013, Keith moved back to Madisonville to share his sauces with his home state. He now travels all over the country to share his products.
- Heartbreaking Dawns is the Hudson Valley, NY and Tri-State
Area’s premier producer of all-natural artisan sauces and spice blends. The company is independently owned and
operated by husband and wife team Chef Johnny and Nicole McLaughlin. The formation of the company began by
transforming items from their garden into delicious sauces, putting those
sauces into bottles, and adding eye-catching labels. While bringing the sauces to family and
friends houses for BBQ’s during the summer of 2008, a friend suggested taking
the sauces to a local festival and selling them to the public. Johnny and Nicole were thrilled by the
response they had received at that first festival and went home, made more
sauce, and signed up for more festivals.
They had no idea that in a short time, those exciting creations would
become some of the most talked about and sought after products on the
market. The company invaded living rooms
all over the country with Chef Johnny’s 2012 appearance on Food Networks hit
show “Chopped." They continued the year with a handful of national
promotions, a full schedule of events, demos and appearances. Through hard work and dedication
Heartbreaking Dawns is reaching a new demographic of people. Most recently,
Heartbreaking Dawns appeared on the Premier Episode of CNBC's New Hit Show
CROWD RULES! Not only did the company win, but won the hearts of the audience
with a victorious landslide in every round of voting!
of Grinders Signature Hot Sauces believes there is a common thread between art, food and music, they cross all
cultural boundaries. This vision is why he opened Grinders, Grinders West and
CrossroadsKC at Grinders music venue in the Heart of the Crossroads Arts
District of Kansas City, Missouri.
Grinders has been an accumulation of STRETCH’s travels and life
experiences -- a food-art-music-fusion inspired by places like punk club CBGBs,
Maxs Kansas City, night clubs, and classic dive joints with quality food and a
fun atmosphere. A great experience at a great price whether you’re an artist,
government official, lawyer, a musician, or a clown. Grinders has gained
world-wide notoriety thanks to the hit shows Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,
Guys Big Bite & Food Paradise. STRETCH has since toured twice with
Guy Fieri on his national Foodapalooza Roadshow and the South Beach Wine and
Food Festival, showcasing his custom 25-gallon monster margarita machine.
STRETCH, along with many other celebrity chefs, travels with the Messlords,
cooking and entertaining for the military around the world. In addition to public art and food, STRETCH has expanded his creative
career to television, which has included direct participation in Discovery
Channel’s, Monster House as well as working with ABC’s Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition for five episodes. Currently, STRETCH is filming television shows
for the SPIKE channel, Discovery Channel & Animal Planet as well as
participating in renovations on episodes of Bar Rescue, BBQ Pitmasters, and numerous local TV & radio