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Kitchen Challenge

The results are in! Chef Josie Le Balch of Josie Restaurant in Los Angeles wowed the panel of judges with her blueberry barbeque glazed beef short ribs in the savory category, and pastry chef Roxana Jullapat swept the sweet category with a trifecta of goodness: blueberry meringues with blueberry ice cream and blueberry compote. These dishes can inspire your creations, too. Home versions of the recipes will be posted later this spring. To watch the mouthwatering highlights video, visit our homepage.


Team 1

Pastry chef Roxana Jullapat

Roxana Jullapat has baked at acclaimed restaurants including Campanile, Bastide, Lucques, A.O.C., Clarklewis and Cook’s County. Her strongest suit is working with seasonal fruits and alternative grains.

“Sous chef” for the day, blogger Lynn Chen

Lynn is a performer who founded The Actor’s Diet blog, which covers everything from L.A. restaurant reviews, to fashion and beauty tips, sprinkled in with recipes, pictures of her dog and life on set.

Team 2

Pastry chef Valerie Gordon

Valerie Confections has become recognized as one of the top artisan chocolatiers in the country, known for its modern interpretation of classic chocolates and confections, elegantly packaged for gifting.

“Sous chef” for the day, blogger Chrystal Baker

Chrystal and her college friend Amir realized they shared a love for cooking. Their blog DuoDishes was born as an avenue to play around with food, new ingredients and showcase a bit of creativity.


Team 1

Chef Josie Le Balch

The alluringly uncomplicated menu at Josie’s eponymous Santa Monica restaurant is a reflection of her healthy approach to eating as well as her flair for flavor-rich combinations.

“Sous chef” for the day, Alison Sweeney

Actress, author and TV host Alison Sweeney loves showing her kids how fun healthy cooking can be, and will be playing a baker in her upcoming TV movie Murder She Baked.

Team 2

Chef Daniel Mattern

Daniel has showcased his farm-to-table aesthetic at A.O.C., Axe, Ammo and Cook’s County. He values the relationships he has cultivated over the years with the local farmers who he proudly calls his friends.

“Sous chef” for the day, blogger Stacey Sun

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stacey developed a passion for all things culinary, including restaurants, cooking and food-focused traveling. She currently oversees the dineLA program for L.A. Tourism.