An executive chef from Colorado, Lenny filmed the pilot Cowboy Up, which highlighted his culinary point of view as "the gourmet cowboy." After seeing that tape, fans wanted more, as they awarded him the most votes and ultimately the title of Food Network Star.
After strutting his stuff on the premiere party red carpet, Lenny delivered a wow-worthy performance that Bob said left him "intrigued," and added, "I don't know what's character and what's real." Turns out, Lenny maintained his authentic cowboy perspective throughout the competition.
All of the finalists were given journals to use during their runs in the competition, and Lenny filled his with inspirational words, thoughts on mentor feedback and ideas for challenge dishes. Here he detailed the steps needed to execute his Episode 1 party bite, fried lobster atop toast.
"Live entertainment is not a problem with me. I do it every single night at the ranch, sometimes even twice on Sunday," Lenny explained before the finalists' first-ever live demonstration at Knott's Berry Farm. Although Lenny accidently cooked the fish he wanted to demo, Bobby admitted, "The fish tacos are very tasty."
"Here I got nothing around me except green blankness, so I'm ramping up a little bit," Lenny said of his very expressive hot sauce commercial on a greenscreen set. Although his product was "delicious," according to Bobby, the mentors were disappointed that Lenny didn't incorporate his challenge location of The Great Wall of Challenge into the commercial.
It didn't take long for Lenny to make an impression in Las Vegas. After he wowed at the pool party with the most fan tokens — and a belly flop — Alton said to him, "Your lamb burger was perfectly handled. It was a winner dish. I got nothing to say to you other than you're pretty much the guy to beat here now."
In what would be the final-four contestants' last challenge, they had to film promos for their would-be Food Network shows, and Lenny wasted no time in showcasing Cowboy Up. He struggled to articulate his thoughts, however, and needed several attempts to fully communicate his ideas.