Lazarus Lynch out-cooked three other Web Stars cooking talents to move on to the next round of Food Network's "Chopped" competition.
The three-round competition saw him offer eggs with Japanese mayonnaise and blood sausage patty, duck breast with a Thai iced tea curry sauce, and mango mochi panna cotta with quince and dragon fruit sauce for dessert.
Under "Chopped" rules, cooks get four mystery ingredients and a few minutes to create an appetizer, then an entree, and finally a dessert. One contestant is "chopped" after each round.
The Buffalo State College graduate was chosen as a contestant on the strength of his YouTube channel, "Son of a Southern Chef." If he wins the April 25 finale, $50,000 will go to 4-H, his chosen charity.
"Competing on 'Chopped' definitely is a gymnasium for every chef, and I think every chef should experience this, because it is the ultimate culinary workout," Lynch said in a post-contest interview. "Seriously. All of my culinary juices were flowing."
See the rest of Lynch's interview here.