Judges' 5 Top Tips for Succeeding on Cooks vs. Cons Save Collection Share Learn what the judges think competitors ought to do to perform well in battle. 1 / 7 Photo: Anders Krusberg © Richard Blais' Tips 1. Practice timing; actually cook within the 30-minute frame. 2. Practice lying — or acting like a chef. 3. Watch plenty of me on Food Network. 4. See above. 5. Cook dishes you are familiar with!