Episode 1: If I were a recipe | Season 1 | The Great American Recipe

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During the first week of The Great American Recipe, ten talented home cooks from across the United States gather in a barn in Virginia to share their most memorable recipes. Home cooks compete for a chance to win the title of “The Great American Recipe” and have one of their recipes featured on the cover of The Great American Recipe cookbook.

During this first week, the cooks began with a 60-minute challenge to prepare a dish that “define who they are”. In the second round, the cooks have 90 minutes to cook a dish that represents the region where they live. After a tasting from the judges and an emotional elimination, the remaining nine nine cooks begin their second week of competition.

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Meet the host and the judges

Alejandra RamosAlejandra Ramos

Alejandra Ramos is the host of The Great American Recipe. She is a TV host, TODAY Show food & lifestyle contributor, trained chef, and food writer known for her creative recipes and entertaining ideas that are playful, improvisational, and always that bit more. READ MORE

Chef Tiffany DerryTiffany Derry

Tiffany Derry is a judge on The Great American Recipe. The Texas native is the founder of Tiffany Derry Concepts and co-founder of T2D Concepts, the Texas hotel group behind Roots Chicken Shak, Roots Southern Table and the Shef Tiffany spice and clothing line. READ MORE

Chef Lea CohenLea Cohen

Leah Cohen is a judge on The Great American Recipe. Leah is the chef and owner of the famous New York restaurant Pig & Khao on the Lower East Side. A 2013 StarChefs Rising Stars Award recipient, Leah’s Filipino upbringing and annual expeditions to the region are reflected in her culinary philosophy, which stays true to authentic Southeast Asian flavors while incorporating classic Western techniques. . READ MORE

Chief Graham ElliotGraham Elliot

Graham Elliot is a judge on The Great American Recipe. A self-described “navy kid,” he traveled the world and all 50 states, sparking an intense interest in food that led him to attend Johnson & Wales University. READ MORE

Meet the competitors

Michael M. Tomlin