When I met and interviewed Matthew Ratliff in August, he was doing a demonstration for the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation.
His Aunt April Howell lives in Columbus and she called Jamie Keating at the RiverMill Event Centre to see if he wanted Matthew to do a demo. Jamie called John Chapiewsky, who's the president of the local chefs' association and together, they set up the demo.
It's amazing what that man can do with a simple ingredient like sugar.
Matthew won that first "Food Network Challenge," where he made a green alien and received $10,000. It was his first time on the network. He told me that he had taped an episode of "Food Network Challenge" back in May that would be aired in October.
Of course, I forgot all about it until I was watching the show last night. When I saw Matthew's face, I yelled at my mother that that's the guy I met who made the amazing sugar creation.
The challenge was to make "Flying Sugar." The four chefs had to make flying machines out of the sugar and then have an engine attached to actually make them move.
Matthew and his partner, Chad Durkin, made this space ship that flew a zip line. Nothing broke.
The other three contestants were Steven Weiss, Rebecca Millican and a woman named Louise. I can't seem to remember her last name and I can't find it online, either.
Matthew won another $10,000 this time.
The episode will be repeated at 8 p.m. Tuesday, 3 p.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m Saturday.
If you like to watching people make amazing-looking creations, then you'll love this episode.