Yes, I’m Silvia Martinez, a Contestant on The Great American Recipe. Yay!

I’m thrilled to announce that yes, I’m Silvia Martinez, a contestant on “The Great American Recipe,” a new uplifting cooking competition from PBS. Today I’m going to share a few details about my adventure, and how you can watch the show.

Silvia Martinez contestant on The Great American Recipe

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What is The Great American Recipe

The Great American Recipe is an eight-part cooking competition celebrating the multiculturalism that makes American food so unique.

The show blends food, family, and fun, lifting up the extraordinary variety of tastes and traditions found across the U.S. while capturing the roots of America’s diverse cuisine.?

Each episode of the series showcases two of each contestant’s beloved signature dishes and the family stories behind them.

Where to Watch The Great American Recipe

There are various ways to watch it.

  1. On TV, either with an antenna or through cable television. Please check your local PBS station listings for times and dates.
  2. Streaming on PBS.org
  3. Streaming on the PBS Video App

The show premiered Friday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. Central, and 9 p.m. PT and continues on Fridays through the finale on August 12, 2022. 

Chef Tiffany Derry, Chef Alejandra Ramos, Chef Graham Elliot and Chef Leah Cohen, host and judges of the Great American Recipe, sitting on a table
Chef Tiffany Derry, Chef Alejandra Ramos, Chef Graham Elliot and Chef Leah Cohen, host and judges. The Great American Recipe. Photo courtesy @PBS

Contestants, Host and Judges

Chef Alejandra Ramos hosts and the panel of judges includes renowned Chefs Tiffany Derry, Leah Cohen and Graham Elliot.

One of the things that makes this show great is the stories and passion each contestant brings to the table. I feel so honored to call them my friends:

Bambi Daniels (Winston-Salem, NC), Brian Leigh (Bowling Green, KY), Christina McAlvey (Portland, OR), Dan Rinaldi (Providence, RI), Foo Nguyen (Orange County, CA), Irma Cadiz (New York, NY), Nikki Tomaino-Allemand (Boise, Idaho), Robin Daumit (Annapolis, MD), Tony Scherber (Minneapolis, MN) with me, Silvia Martinez (San Luis Obispo, CA). (See selfie below)

For full bios and more details please visit the official website.

The ten contestants of The Great American Recipe, Brian, Tony, Robin, Bambi, Christina, Irma, Foo, Dan, Silvia and Nikki
From left to right. Top row, Brian, Tony, Robin, Bambi. Middle row, Christina and Irma. Bottom row, Foo, Dan, Silvia, and Nikki.

Fun Facts

To avoid spoilers, this section will be updated as the show progresses.

The Great American Recipe was filmed in September of 2021 in Virginia.

The other 9 contestants and I arrived a few days before the first day of taping.

The first contestant I met was Foo. We were on the same plane (without knowing it) and we shared a car from the airport to the hotel. We talked a lot on that ride and we have been close friends since.

We had to go through covid testing every morning before arriving at the set and we had to wear masks while not filming.

We, the contestants, stayed at a hotel about 45 minutes away from the set, and we were not allowed to leave the hotel grounds. The production team, the host and the judges were in different hotels as well.

The Great American Recipe Host and Judges. Chef Alejandra Ramos is holding a recipe card with the name of the show

List of Episodes

Episode 1 “If I Were A Recipe”

The ten home cooks’ first challenge is to create a 60-minute dish that “defines who they are.” In the second round, the cooks have to prepare a 90-minute dish that represents the region where they live. (Friday, June 24th, 2022)

I created Red Chilaquiles with Eggs for the first challenge and Tri-Tip tacos with my avocado salsa for the second challenge.

red chilaquiles with a sunny side egg on top

Episode 2 “The Daily Dish”

In the first round, the home cooks prepare their most beloved dish in a pinch recipe using their pantry staples. In the second round of the competition, the cooks have 90 minutes to make their most crowd-pleasing recipe. (Friday, July 1st, 2022)

I created Choriqueso with Handmade Flour Tortillas for the first round and chicken tostadas with red salsa for the second round.

Tostada de pollo con frijoles, aguacate, verduras queso y crema

Episode 3 “Love Language”

The remaining eight cooks share favorite comfort foods and a dish inspired by a loved one. From first-date cuisine to sentimental recipes passed down through generations, love is definitely in the air. (Friday, July 8th, 2022.

It was a big day for me with 2 top recipes. I created Mexican mantecadas with whipped cream and lime atole for the first challenge, and albondigas in chipotle sauce with white rice for the second challenge.

Mexican mantecadas with red wrapers

I will add more episode descriptions as the show continues, please come back and let us know your opinion.

Stream The Great American Recipe (Season 1) episodes here.

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