Chefs at Home Culinary Challenge

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This Week: Cindy & Eric prepare a holiday meal using the GE Café Series Advantium & Double Oven
Three dynamic L.A. chefs use a suite of GE Café™ appliances to create signature dishes, with the hopes of winning cash prizes up to $1,000, plus their own GE Advantium® oven.

Watch the chefs, alongside Home Wizards personalities Cindy Dole and Eric Stromer, prepare their meals in Cindy’s personal kitchen and learn tips for using those same appliances in their own homes. Cindy and Eric will help the chefs prepare their meals, and then judge the creations based on taste, presentation and creativity.

Meet the Competition

In order to show a variety of cooking options and styles, the chosen chefs come from three different culinary backgrounds: Italian, Asian Fusion and American.
  • Chef Roxanne Candelaria

    Chef Roxanne Candelaria


    As Roxanne grew older, her love and passion for cooking began to grow. She graduated from culinary school in 2005 and has been employed at some of the finest restaurants in the country. Enjoy Roxanne’s menu at Porta Via Italian Foods in Pasadena, Calif.

  • Chef Pierre Lucente

    Chef Pierre Lucente

    Asian Fusion

    To Pierre, food is art. In high school, he sold his pastries and boxed lunches to classmates and teachers although he didn’t begin his culinary career until 2009. He specializes in Asian fusion and Italian-Asian fusion. Sample Pierre’s art at Modern Eats in Silverlake.

  • Chef Lalo Sanchez

    Chef Lalo Sanchez


    Lalo developed his skills alongside Chef Hugo Molina, who was named one of the top 25 chefs in the world. He now owns the motto “not chef inspired but ingredient driven” at Crossings in South Pasadena where he is the executive chef.

Go Behind the Camera

Explore our behind the scenes photos of filming and cooking to see what goes into making one of these chef challenges happen!

Explore Behind the Scenes: Cooking with the Chefs

What are the chefs cooking with?

Restaurant-Inspired Appliances

Each of the chefs will cook their meals using GE’s restaurant-inspired Café Series, which includes details designed to help meals become masterpieces. With inspired aesthetics and impressive power that mimic great restaurants, these appliances are a perfect fit for users who love to live in the kitchen.

Learn more about GE Café Series Appliances

Cindy Dole and Eric Stromer

Cindy Dole and Eric Stromer

Home Wizards Hosts and Experts

Cindy Dole and Eric Stromer are two of the most familiar and respected names in home improvement media. As experts and coaches on all things home, Cindy and Eric bring a refreshing, approachable, and fun, male-female perspective to all they do. Whether it’s decorating, gardening and entertaining, or DIY projects, repairs, remodels and everything in between, Cindy and Eric bring their playful chemistry and hands-on expertise to engage and inspire audiences on any topic tied to the home or family.

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