This year we’ve cooked up a special reveal for our 2016 Key Ingredient Cook-Off event—literally.

Pancake artist Dancakes used his batter wizardry to create a doughy representation of each of the four secret ingredients. Watch him whip up the first of four key ingredients that will be used at the cook-off.

While you’re at it, buy tickets to this year’s #KICO! Sixteen of Chicago’s best chefs are creating dishes around the theme South of the Border. You’ll have the chance to taste all of them and vote on your favorite.