WINNER! Cory Anthony builds custom homes and lives in the small town of Ponder, Texas. Cory opened a restaurant at the age of 21 and enjoys good old Texas cooking. He plans to wow the judges and his neighbors with his Texas-inspired signature dish, Catfish Tacos.
Speed-round dish: Texas Won Tons
Mark Johnson works as efficiency engineer and lives on Merritt Island, Fla. He enjoys fishing, sailing and surfing when he's not working. As a side business, he and his wife sell stained glass. Mark hopes to leave an impression on the judges with his signature dish, Mango Pork Tenderloin.
Speed-round dish: Faux She-Crab Soup
Debbie Martin owns an art gallery in the small town of Meridian, Miss. As an active member of her community, Debbie has raised thousands of dollars for neglected children. She hopes to make her hometown proud with her signature dish, Crawfish Beignets with Spicy Remoulade.
Signature dish: Crawfish Beignets with Spicy Remoulade
Speed-round dish: Fried Green Tomato and Crab Salad with Sumac Vinaigrette
Brigitte Nguyen, of Lexington, Ky., attended culinary school to follow her dream of working in culinary media. Brigitte competed in season two of Ultimate Recipe Showdown and hopes to wow the judges with her signature dish, Bluegrass Burgers.
Speed-round dish: Kentucky Hot Brown