WINNER!: Gail Churinetz lives in Germantown, Tenn., and teaches cooking, fitness and high-performance driving classes. In her spare time, she plays tennis and gardens. Her unique signature dish, Crawfish and Andouille Sausage Pizza, was inspired by her husband.
Speed-round dish: Lobster in Puttanesca Sauce
Riccardo Costa of Harlem, N.Y., works as a writer, filmmaker and teacher. The Italian-born home cook pours his passion for life into his food and based his signature dish, Escaped Birds, on his grandmother's traditional Bolognese cuisine.
Signature dish: Escaped Birds
Speed-round dish: Renaissance Crostini
Emily Hobbs, of Ozark, Mo., has devoted her entire life to food. While saving money to attend culinary school in New York City, she constantly develops recipes and maintains a food blog. She competed on season two of Ultimate Recipe Showdown and hopes to wow the judges with her signature dish, Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese.
Signature dish: Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
Speed-round dish: Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Hazelnut Frico
Kimberly Zeidner, of Boca Raton, Fla., works as a corporate sales analyst who's famous among her family and friends for inventive recipes. Nicknamed the "Hot Cookie Girl" in college, Kimberly thinks her Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte will surely be a crowd-pleaser.
Signature dish: Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte
Speed-round dish: Triple Threat Chili
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