The Next Food Network Star

May 30, 2008 | By | COMMENTS

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I feel like i’ve done a decent job of keeping church and state separate here on my blog; now that I work for Food Network, you don’t see me blatantly promoting its shows, do you? I’m not writing love letters to Sandra Lee am I? No, no, no: the two things are very separate. Only now, I’d like to offer you three reasons to watch the premier of Next Food Network Star Season 4 this Sunday night at 10:

1. I interviewed the entire cast when they arrived their very first day and interviewed each of them as they got kicked off, so I can answer all of your questions as the show progresses; (you can see my interviews with all the cast members here);

2. After each episode, we’re going to post a “viewing party” on The FN Dish where you get to hear my immediate reaction as well as that of my co-host and friend, Food Network’s newest star, Sunny Anderson. (Sunny, by the way, has a really fun blog–check it out here.)

3. At the end of every episode, you’ll see a commercial on-air featuring me in a blue sweater. Isn’t that reason enough? You can be sitting there with your friends and family and say, “Hey, I know that guy!” or, at the very least, “Hey! I read his blog!”

Enjoy the weekend and see you guys on-air this Sunday night!

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  • http://rainydaysandsundays-c.blogspot.com/ Clare

    I hate to say it, but does anyone even care about the Next Food Network Star anymore? The only person who has gone anywhere is Guy. Whatever happened to last season’s winner, Amy? Her show lasted for a disco minute then it and she was gone forever. And Dan and Steve fizzled out as well. Much like the Best New Artist Grammy award, winning this seems to be the kiss of death.

    All that said, I enjoy your FN Dish and look forward to more episodes.

  • tim

    I hate to say it but I agree with Clare. Who wants to watch a bunch of Rachel Ray wannabees? Its just not interesting television nor has it really have anything to do with food. The food network is becoming to food as mtv has become to music. Irrelevant.

  • Sienka

    I’d prefer to watch you interview Guy Fieri… when do we get to see him on the FN Dish?

  • http://baltimoresnacker.blogspot.com John

    Agreed: Apart from the sometimes-obnoxious Guy Fieri (not in a mean way, just in an “Oh, they invited THAT guy to the party” kind of way), TNFNS really, sadly, is irrelevant (I was right about Finley, who’s left the network according to Food Network Addict: she stinks). I often think of it and Top Chef together but of course the two are very different dishes. But the contestants can get so mean with each other on TC that it’s funny. I’ve been live-blogging it the last few months (like some political bloggers have done with the presidential debates) and found it much funnier – in a Mystery Science Theater 3000 kind of way – than I ever realized. Maybe I could’ve tolerated Season 3 had I done this! I may do blow-by-blows while I watch TNFNS but I haven’t decided yet.

    Honestly, I didn’t even realize that there was another one coming up so soon! But I’m happy about the FN Dish: one of our fellow bloggers has hit the big time, yay bloggers woohoo! Actually, hasn’t Adam really made it bigger than most of the winners of TNFNS? Think about it.

  • vwc

    I miss the old Food Network shows. FN has become all about glitz, glamour and shock value and has very little to do with real cooking anymore. I say bring Cooking Live with Sara back! Those were the days!

  • Markbb

    I’m with the other commentors on the revelance of the next food network star….they’re on for maybe 3 shows and gone and the really really bad like the Neelys and Paulas Party continue on YUCK thats why I watch very limited food T.V. anymore, use to be on all the time in my house, but not no more….

  • http://thefoodgeek.com Brian J. Geiger

    I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: The biggest problem with the next food network star is they seem to insist on hamstringing the contestants with the “live” food show format. I don’t know if it’s changed this year, because I’ve lost interest, but why does Food Network insist on making their shows single-take, three camera, pour-and-stir shows?

    Let the contestants stretch a bit. Let them make a new show format. Let them try to take the network somewhere new, rather than forcing the same old thing. What works on Food Network? Alton Brown. His travel show has a different format, and of course there’s good eats, which would never have made it on The Next Food Network Star.

  • zeep

    Top Chef bests The Next Food Network Star by miles in my book, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t have my DVR programmed to tape each and every last upcoming episode of TNFNS… Something about the combo of cooking and reality tv drama really appeals to my senses for some reason – lord help me! Yeah, I dig Hell’s Kitchen as well… it’s a guilty pleasure.

    Adam, I look forward to checking out your commentary on the show – I trust you have been allowed (and hopefully encouraged) to totally speak your mind, regardless of any consequences from official channels.

  • Zelda

    **gasp** I LOVE The next Food Network Star!

    Love it!

    Yes I care!

    Now – I will NEVER watch Amy’s show – the previous winner who got back in after Jag told a huge lie….. ugggh! She was voted off for a reason. Rory should have won by default.

    AND – what did the person who just missed competing by one think! Oh – like y’all didn’t already talk about that.

    I’ll be watching and checking out your interviews!

  • http://aspoonfulofsucre.blogspot.com Cecilia

    I have never watched an episode of The Next Food Network Star, and I didn’t have any interest in it until you posted the video links. I watched your interview with Shane, and I was hooked. I spent a good portion of this afternoon going through the contestant profiles, audition videos, and interviews. Can you believe that I already have some favorites? I might not watch much Food Network programs save for Alton Brown, but I’m looking forward to this show’s premiere. I’m really curious about the show’s format.

    You did a great job with the interviews, and thank you for posting the links to them.

  • http://www.franticfoodie.blogspot.com frantic foodie

    Good job, Adam

  • http://www.boscoethecookiedoctor.com Mark Boxshus

    Adam

    I’d love to know whatever happened to Rory from last season. After Amy and the FN mutually decided to “retire” her show, I thought it would have been a smart and logical move to replace this vacancy with Rory and all of her bubbly enthusiasm. After all, she did compete, as oppossed to some of the new FN stars, and was the runner up. In my opinion, the FN missed a phenomenal opportunity by not “bringing her back.” This Texas spitfire certainly had the talent, personality and zest that viewers are looking for.

    Mark

  • Stouffer Grace

    Rory sucked. That was the second reality show she was on. She just kinda drifts from reality show to reality show, trying to find a way to keep her 15 minutes going.

    The Next Food Network Star is a bore. Seeing the stuff they make and comparing it to Top Chef is laughable. I know you’re on the FN payroll now, Adam, but can you look at this show without laughing?

  • http://www.annienewman.typepad.com Annie

    For me, TNFNS has the fascination of the horrible, plus the joy of seing the FN “family” out of their usual roles. Tonight’s ep featured Masuharo Morimoto and Sandra Lee at the same judging table: oh really? think they bring different standards to the show? Slightly? Anyway, I’m covering it week by week, so do check out Annie’s New York Eats and see what you think. Click on my name, below, to get there…

  • http://www.annienewman.typepad.com Annie

    For me, TNFNS has the fascination of the horrible, plus the joy of seing the FN “family” out of their usual roles. Tonight’s ep featured Masuharo Morimoto and Sandra Lee at the same judging table: oh really? think they bring different standards to the show? Slightly? Anyway, I’m covering it week by week, so do check out Annie’s New York Eats and see what you think. Click on my name, below, to get there…

  • http://www.pegasusnews.com TG

    in dallas, we care about this season’s “next food network star” because lisa is a hometown girl. so is casey thompson (from Top Chef) who shares some comments about the premiere

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14357995131662848398 DocChuck

    As Texans, born and bred, my wife (much younger than me, should that excite you) were humiliated to see that “woman” with the severe hairdo and cumbersome sunglasses claim to be a Texan on this show. Perhaps “Lisa” (not her “real” name, I suspect) lives in Dallas, but she is no Texan! No self-respecting woman from the South would dress, look or act the way she did. And my wife agrees with me, by the way.

    Lisa is crying for help. I have a PhD in psychology, so this is abundantly clear to me.

  • http://www.spicedish.typepad.com EB

    I used to like the show until it tried to become Top Chef Part Deux… which is isn’t. It holds zero interest for me now. Zero.

  • Clement

    I think it’s inevitable that TNFNS and TC are compared, but still important to remember that the two competitions have apparently and unmistakably different aims. TC has professional cooks and chefs, usually culled from well-known, mid- to high-end restaurants; TNFNS has a significant number of amateur cooks, caterers, skilled home cooks, hospital cooks, etc. So there is already an enormous difference between the contestants on both shows in terms of cooking experience and more importantly, profession. Also, the goal of TC is a certain kind of culinary exposure and money (which can be thought of as seed money for a restaurant, e.g., Harold); the goal of TNFNS is a trial non-prime-time television show, as far as I can tell. The fact that they adopt similar competitive formats and challenges and because Bobby Flay or Masaharu Morimoto are respected enough chef/restaurateurs who would easily serve as judges on TC (as they do on TNFNS) should never obscure the very basic difference between the two shows. As that Tuschman fellow reiterated in the first episode of this season’s competition, he assumes the finalists can cook (more on this below…I wouldn’t assume that) and the only thing he’s interested in is whether a contestant has a marketable angle (point of view, I believe they call it on TNFNS) and charisma to merit a show.

    So I think discussions of TNFNS on Adam’s great blog would be much more interesting if TC was not invoked like a tic at every turn.

    As far as Mr. Tuschman assuming that the finalists can cook… I am very skeptical. I would not assume that. In 30 minutes, Nipa couldn’t even make a proper Indian potato dish! She served fried potatoes with curry powder — not a single other vegetable in sight, not even a sprig of cilantro. But I think the application videos (on TNFNS site) of the contestants are far worse. Jeffrey claims to be classically trained but he makes a dilapidated/ripped/gross and way too browned/burnt version of an omelette. Aaron, if I’m not mistaken, also makes an omelette but keeps it flat until he rolls a frozen burrito inside it. SO you see, we’re taking apples and oranges in discussing TC and TNFNS, and to think otherwise to be delusional. I think TNFNS can be appreciated along its own stated goals.

  • wilsan

    I can’t remember a person who was on this show, except the guy with the blonde spiked hair. In my opinion this network now leaves much to be desired. They should rename the whole netword to “The Rachel Ray Network”. It seems as if she’s on at least ten times a day. I guess I’m in the minority, but no longer watch it very much.

  • Bert

    In terms of food creds … I can only speak to Aaron since I know him. This guy has a large client following in the south jersey / philadelphia food scene. Alot of executive chef experience in small and medium sized restaurants and his salmon sandwich seemed to take top honors in the first show.

    He has a huge personality that was definitely muted during the first episode — I hope he lets it flow during the next couple of episodes …. i’m telling u … don’t sleep on this guy…. huge potential.

  • http://tapurl.com Erv

    It seems to be a common theme here: TNFNS is more about developing a personality that can do Iron chef competitions then about cooking. Unfortunately we forget that the hour of Iron Chef time is to create just one plating. They get some extra time to do the rest of the plating after the siren blows. The Food Network star-to-be doesn’t get that luxury, nor until the end of the season do they get to show any skill (See the upcoming episode where they’re cooking on a train!?!)

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11500312/

    Also, what happened to last season’s Food Network star? Answer: she took the money and ran… to France. She won, did a season and turned down the option for the second season. Finley said that she wanted more time with her family. So she took her cash that she earned and bought a summer home in France.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_nf/article/0,2495,FOOD_20096_5840178,00.html

  • http://natnibbles.blogspot.com Natalie

    I think The Next Food Network Star is a great show! But what happened to the last winner, Amy? Is her show gone?

    P.S. I’ll write a love letter to Sandra Lee…. I met her at the Pillsbury Bake-Off. She was SOOOO Nice. She seemed so genuinely happy to be there and she did a great job hosting it.

  • Robin Bayley

    Hasn’t the winner already been determined and we’re just watching re-runs of sorts? What does it matter that they are conducting a vote on their web site?

  • Paelos

    Nipa should be gone by now. The fact that she’s still around screams that FN wants an Indian show in the format, but she’s horrid. Walking out on the critics? Making a simple two ingredient rub when asked to identify herself? She’s a joke, but she’ll probably win because the producers want her in there so very badly.

    Aaron’s gonna get screwed, despite the fact he’s head and shoulders better than the rest. Too bad they already have two black FN stars in shows in his format. Kiss him goodbye soon.

  • Stargrave

    For the love of god, will someone just tell Lisa to stop squinting her eyes all the time!!!

  • connie

    I didn’t like the Food network star from last year. I know you love Guy, but I hate his hair. I would watch him if his hair is normal, but it looks awful. The only one I would watch from this year’s show is the blond. She seems to have the best personality. But then again, I hate the Neely’s. I think I have only watched like five minutes of them with their giant family in on the cooking. Gag. My favorite shows are Tyler and Alton and Cooks Tour, I love those shows.

  • John

    Yep, the neely’s can take a hike down the road. SHE is A N N O Y I N G in fact HIDEOUSLY ANNOYING with her chicken dances and yapping. I seriously can’t believe #1 the show is on and #2 that they gave em a new show. She’s irritating and he’s just a bowl of polenta. A yes man if you will.

    Amy, well…. she’s a nice girl.

    Aaron, Shane and Kelsey will be top 3. Lisa will probably drop out at the 4th spot but might ace out one of the guys into the top 3. IF that happens, it’s gonna be Shane takin a walk.

    Now wadn’t Michael Symon a runner up? and he’s an IRON CHEF! Pretty sure on that one.

    Anyway, Neely’s S U C K and go Aaron, Shane or Kelsey!

  • Liz

    I have to say I am disappointed in TNFNS. I think they need to get a reality check. The Bob Tuschman is an idiot. He has no clue on what people want to see. Why do all these producers think they know what the public wants to see? They need to get rid of him. If you want to know what people want to see on TV try asking the loyal viewers. Most of the viewers are not the 20′s-30′s age group, they would rather party.

    I do agree the Neely’s show stinks, and should be removed. I am sick and tired of seeing her act like a fool. He is a puppet and she pulls the strings. I bet if they had not gotten on TFN with help from Paula Dean and her producer, and had to go through the TNFNS show they might not have made it.

    Another gripe is this new show with Ann Burrell – where did they find her–at a biker bar. She is obnoxious and my husband and I could not stand her. She is loud, her hands are flying all over and since when does a chef on TV talk about food and call it “crap” and “crud” as she did on her first show. Please take her off now!!!!!

    We have watched the Food Network for years and now we are not so happy with the show. I really like Tyler Florence, Robert Irvine, and Bobby Flay. As much as I like Paula Dean, I am getting tired of her trying to pimp her family on the show. Her new show is lacking, instead of bringing on celebrate guests like Katie Joel, why not bring on some of the viewers to show their favorite dishes. This would be more interesting. Sometimes viewers don’t want to see the Dean family all the time and then they created shows for her sons, next Michael will have his own show and her brother will have his own show.

    I also like Guy Fieri and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

    One of the shows we miss is Top Five hosted by Bobby Rivers. I wish you would bring that one back with new episodes.

    We will probably continue to watch the FN, but probably be pickier on what we watch. I beg of you please take off Ann Burrell. She is like a bull in a china shop….

    Why not let the TV audience have vote that really counts for TNFNS after the comments are made by the judges on the taste, texture, and presentation of the food. The TV audience would be voting on their presence, how they communicated and presentation. Since it is the audience that watch the show – they might as well have a say on what they like about TNFNS

  • Noel

    I am joining the chorus of people who are disappointed in The Next Food Network Star, but for some reasons that haven’t been mentioned yet.

    1. The original concept for the show is good, but the competitions are generally inane and have litle to do with being either a chef or a television personality. During the last episode I switched off the set when, for the umpteenth time, one of the judges/guest FN stars said, “In order to be a FN star, you have to …”

    For example: The contestants were asked to make a dish and then explain it on camera. The twist? They were asked to explain another contestant’s dish, which they could not even taste until the camera was rolling. This was described as a skill one needs “to be a FN star”? Bull.

    How do you think Bobby Flay or Cat Cora would react if after cooking on Iron Chef, the Chairman turned to them and said, “Now chef, I want you to present the other chef’s food to the judges, and you can’t taste the dish until it is on their plates, and I want you to sell it to them and the audience so that they can imagine the tastes in their mouths, and oh, please add some personality and a personal story that relates to the food, and make sure you demonstate your culinary knowledge in the process. Okay, you’re on and you only have one take!”

    How fast would Flay or Cora walk off the stage screaming expletives? Of course they would, and they should, because the test is absolutely ridiculous and has nothing to do with being a Food Network Star. And the Food Network Stars who introduce these competitions on TNFNS should be embarrassed to be participating in this sham.

    Could the producers develop tests that would actually be entertaining and relevant to testing the knowledge and skills needed to be a Food Network Star? Of course, but they are more interested in finding situations to make the contestants look foolish, and themselves look knowledgeable and compassionate (is that a tear in Susie’s eye?) than they are in actually testing the contestants skills.

    2. Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson — two examples of what is wrong with the Food Network and TNFNS in particular.

    These poor contestants are put through the wringer and then have to face these judges who give them advice on how to be television stars.

    Of course the contestants only get one take during the competitions. How many takes do you think Susie and Bob get when they deliver their lines during the elimination interviews? When they stumble over words, or get a name wrong, I’m sure the camera stops rolling and they get a retake. Let them do an entire show, one take, with all of their mistakes on view, and then we’ll sit a panel of t.v. reviewers down and let them critique Bob’s and Susie’s performances. Chances are, they wouldn’t make the cut as the judges for the show under those circumstances.

    Which is the point — the way the competitions are conducted has very little to do with actual t.v. production, and the people who are designing the competitions know that.

    The bottomline is that TNFNS is to television as professional wrestiling is to professional sports, ie., only vauguely related.

    I wish the FN would make the effort (such as they do on Top Chef and, to a lesser extent, what they did with “Then Next Iron Chef,” which included competitions that were more realistic) to produce TNFNS with greater substance and professionalism.

    As it is now, it is unwatchable, which means the FN people on the show, including the FN stars who make appearences, aren’t ready to be Food Network Stars.

  • Patricia Baranek-Weber

    THANK YOU Noel for writing EXACTLY what is wrong with TNFNS.

    What an embarrassment and insult TNFNS is to such PAST greats on television as Julia Child, and Two Fat Ladies.

    I have been a personal chef for 20 years. My mother was a chef and the first thing she taught me was a deep respect for preparing food slowly and lovingly. When I watch the show I actually get physically ill at times when I see the LAME challenges and the disrespectful way food is PREPARED AND PRESENTED!

    TNFNS is another reality show GONE BAD!

  • Patricia Baranek-Weber

    THANK YOU Noel for writing EXACTLY what is wrong with TNFNS.

    What an embarrassment and insult TNFNS is to such PAST greats on television as Julia Child, and Two Fat Ladies.

    I have been a personal chef for 20 years. My mother was a chef and the first thing she taught me was a deep respect for preparing food slowly and lovingly. When I watch the show I actually get physically ill at times when I see the LAME challenges and the disrespectful way food is PREPARED AND PRESENTED!

    TNFNS is another reality show GONE BAD!

  • Judy Wilson

    I agree someone should have told Lisa to stop squinting, she has no eyes when she does so. I too am tired of too much Paula Deen (and I’m from Savannah) she’s getting too loud, needs taming back a little. I do not like the Neeleys either, whimpiness at it’s finest and not much substance. Don’t know what made the producers think they would make good tv.

    I like the idea of just getting ordinary people on a show to cook (sorta like Bobby Flay is trying to do with the grilling aspect)or like the contestants in the Pillsbury Cook-off.

    FN needs to go bak to more substance and not so much show time.

  • Erin

    AHAHHA- I personally like Food Network and TNFNS- But I have to agree- Lisa- stop squinting! I don;t care for her at all and I hope she doesn’t win…

    When it comes to the Neely’s, it’s OK- but I wouldn’t watch it more then a few times.

    Paula is cute, but sometimes too loud. Oh well, she’s just having fun.

    Racheal Ray can be too annoying…

    Sandra Lee? How about Sandrrrrrra Lee… hearing her talk is a chore to pass those “R”s.

    Barefoot Contessa is so annoying too…let’s all cook for Michael and have parties in my garden! LOL

    I watch Food Network all the time, and rarely change the channel. I obviously have my favs- TNFNS is always fun, Guy is great to watch, love Good Eats, and Iron Chef America (does anyone else laugh at the Chairman??)

    How does everyone feel about the new Iron Chef replacing Robert Irvine on Dinner Impossible?

    I heard on the radio 2 months ago that Robert Irvine had lied on his resume and about cooking for the Queen of England, so they got rid of him.

    I think the New guy wastes too much time during the obtaining of ingredients- but he’s still fun to watch

  • diane

    TNFNS poses the question what has happened to the FN? there used to be a wonderful variety of chefs/cooks to present their “culinary point of view”. (and if i hear that one more time i think i’m going to scream!)

    bring back the likes of nigella lawson, jamie oliver, and others with class and style who aren’t so sickeningly phoney. (or at the very least give them better time slots)

    rachel ray tops the list of most annoying people i can think of on this planet, sandra lee (or should i say dee?), paula deen, and retire emeril already. in order to be culinarily relevant they should try to keep up with what’s really going on in the culinary world. what about sustainable food? farm to table cooking? not everyone who watches the FN is a stay at home mom with 2.5 kids and needs to make meals in a hurry.

    you would think with all of the money behind the network they could come up with better ideas for shows. and how come some of the new hosts didn’t have to go through the same rigors as TNFNS contestants to get their jobs? maybe they should have…

  • Bryan

    I feel bad for Rory ! She should have gotten her own show! I just saw her competing for best chef of the west in Houston, which she won, she was on stage and was so entertaining she blew away the other chefs. Do you think they are not letting the public vote cause of last season and what happened with the voting system not working on Rory’s end? They should still give her a show, I’m not kidding she was really good in Houston last month.

    I have also been to her restaurant Boot Hill in vega texas and the food, atmosphere, everything is just simpley great!

  • jan ensminger

    Lisa should not be the next star for food network as she is arrogant, and not in tune to the real American people. She portrays herself as better than everyone,very uppity and snotty attitude.

  • Judy

    Actually I like Lisa. She knows what she is doing and knows her food. Adam is fun to watch, he reminds me of Graham Kerr in the old days.

    After last week when all three were kept I think it is going to be Aaron hands down, he did not do a good job with the buffet.

    Now I feel cheated I feel they had Aaron in mind to be the “Star” from the start!!!

  • Amy

    I like Lisa too. I don’t understand all the hate for her – especially from the other guy on the FN dish viewing party. She seems to have more experience and brings something new to the table.

    I like Aaron too – he has a pleasing personality. And I feel like he is going to win purely on the basis of that. This situation absolutely underlines what is wrong with TFN these days.

    TFN is more about personalities than the food. Which explains why Paula Deen and her sons are all over the channel while Ming Tsai and Sara Moulton are kicked off. How many ways of making chicken parmesan do we need?

  • Robert M. Yee

    All of the contestants on this seasons nfnstar are so-so. I thought aaron was the best of the bunch until he botched up last really bad. I don’t know what he was trying to accomplish with his stupid presentation after Lisa terrific singing presentation. I would never watch Lisa if she won, like I never thought Amy could actually host a show on her own. The Only reason she won because the veiwers voted for her instead of Rory who did not come accross too well like Lisa garza. Maybe Lisa should wear glasses so don’t squint so much. Shane and Kelsy were too young and inexperient to show their expertise in any type of cooking. Adam has improved tremendously as the weeks went on.

    I’m glad nipa got booted off early, I think she overstayed her visit too long. Bob and Suzie should have kicked her off when she lost her head in front of the camera with her primadonna atitude.

  • Robert M. Yee

    All of the contestants on this seasons nfnstar are so-so. I thought aaron was the best of the bunch until he botched up last really bad. I don’t know what he was trying to accomplish with his stupid presentation after Lisa terrific singing presentation. I would never watch Lisa if she won, like I never thought Amy could actually host a show on her own. The Only reason she won because the veiwers voted for her instead of Rory who did not come accross too well like Lisa garza. Maybe Lisa should wear glasses so don’t squint so much. Shane and Kelsy were too young and inexperienced to show their expertise in any type of cooking. Adam has improved tremendously as the weeks went on.

    I’m glad nipa got booted off early, I think she overstayed her visit too long. Bob and Suzie should have kicked her off when she lost her head in front of the camera with her primadonna atitude.

  • Robert M. Yee

    All of the contestants on this seasons nfnstar are so-so. I thought aaron was the best of the bunch until he botched up last really bad. I don’t know what he was trying to accomplish with his stupid presentation after Lisa terrific singing presentation. I would never watch Lisa if she won, like I never thought Amy could actually host a show on her own. The Only reason she won because the veiwers voted for her instead of Rory who did not come accross too well like Lisa garza. Maybe Lisa should wear glasses so don’t squint so much. Shane and Kelsy were too young and inexperienced to show their expertise in any type of cooking. Adam has improved tremendously as the weeks went on.

    I’m glad nipa got booted off early, I think she overstayed her visit too long. Bob and Suzie should have kicked her off when she lost her head in front of the camera with her primadonna atitude.

  • Robert M. Yee

    All of the contestants on this seasons nfnstar are so-so. I thought aaron was the best of the bunch until he botched up last really bad. I don’t know what he was trying to accomplish with his stupid presentation after Lisa terrific singing presentation. I would never watch Lisa if she won, like I never thought Amy could actually host a show on her own. The Only reason she won because the veiwers voted for her instead of Rory who did not come accross too well like Lisa garza. Maybe Lisa should wear glasses so don’t squint so much. Shane and Kelsy were too young and inexperienced to show their expertise in any type of cooking. Adam has improved tremendously as the weeks went on.

    I’m glad nipa got booted off early, I think she overstayed her visit too long. Bob and Suzie should have kicked her off when she lost her head in front of the camera with her primadonna atitude.

  • Robert M. Yee

    All of the contestants on this seasons nfnstar are so-so. I thought aaron was the best of the bunch until he botched up last week really bad. I don’t know what he was trying to accomplish with his stupid presentation after Lisa terrific singing presentation. I would never watch Lisa if she won, like I never thought Amy could actually host a show on her own. The Only reason she won because the veiwers voted for her instead of Rory who did not come accross too well like Lisa garza. Maybe Lisa should wear glasses so don’t squint so much. Shane and Kelsy were too young and inexperienced to show their expertise in any type of cooking. Adam has improved tremendously as the weeks went on.

    I’m glad nipa got booted off early, I think she overstayed her visit too long. Bob and Suzie should have kicked her off when she lost her head in front of the camera with her primadonna atitude.

  • Robert M. Yee

    All of the contestants on this seasons nfnstar are so-so. I thought aaron was the best of the bunch until he botched up last week really bad. I don’t know what he was trying to accomplish with his stupid presentation after Lisa terrific singing presentation. I would never watch Lisa if she won, like I never thought Amy could actually host a show on her own. The Only reason she won because the veiwers voted for her instead of Rory who did not come accross too well like Lisa garza. Maybe Lisa should wear glasses so she don’t squint so much. Shane and Kelsy were too young and inexperienced to show their expertise in any type of cooking. Adam has improved tremendously as the weeks went on.

    I’m glad nipa got booted off early, I think she overstayed her visit too long. Bob and Suzie should have kicked her off when she lost her head in front of the camera with her primadonna atitude.

  • ellyn

    I knew Aaron was to win from the start, there are hardly any black chefs on TV at all and the public is looking for his type of cooking. He won on this criteria only. His diction is awful. Lisa’s type of show is a dime a dozen, so many female chef programs! Adam on the other hand… was entertaining and improved each week. I would definetly have watched him on TV!!!

  • ellyn

    I knew Aaron was to win from the start, there are hardly any black chefs on TV at all and the public is looking for his type of cooking. He won on this criteria only. His diction is awful. Lisa’s type of show is a dime a dozen, so many female chef programs! Adam on the other hand… was entertaining and improved each week. I would definetly have watched him on TV!!!

  • erin

    I’ve only recently started watching FN, including TNFNS, and have decided to tune in elsewhere because not one show is, in my opinion, in touch with the new ideas out there, i.e., of preparing foods that are actually good for our health. I’d love to see some programming that actually teaches people about the benefits of organic, local ingredients, even totally vegetarian if not vegan or some raw. Gasp. What would the sponsors say.

  • Pat

    Just saw the finale and was pleased to see a down to earth guy win — I hope he does well! I never watched the series and haven’t since Guy Fieri won. I like Guy’s show (DD&D) but really think anyone with a fun personality can do the show? I love Alton Brown and some of the challenges… but gotta confess I don’t watch Food Network anymore. None of the shows appeal to me like the old shows.

    One show seems appealing and I’d like to watch: Chef Jeff and his work with inner city kids? I’m just kind of tired of the “foodie” vibe and hawking of mass merchandise by superstar chefs. With the way the economy is going it is a bit tacky to be talking about gourmet food. I’d love to learn cooking delicioso on a budget. (LOL) It is kinda overkill, ya know? Do we really need the Rachel Rays, Paula Deen sauces, magazines, Emeril cookware, etc? Are we that vain?

    Lately, I love watching documentaries, the Travel Channel’s Anthony B and Samantha Brown shows. I’m just not that interested in what FN is trying to do at the moment. I’d love to see the winner of the NFNStar succeed — seems like everyone else who won (except for Guy) does have the “kiss of death”? Eeep.

  • mary ann

    I do hope AAron is a big success with his show. I am looking forward to his premier.I too would like to see more variety in programming but I do watch FN on a daily basis. Paula, Rachael, Sandra, Tyler, and the Barefoot Contessa are favorites – just wish there were less reruns and more originals.

  • mary ann

    I do hope AAron is a big success with his show. I am looking forward to his premier.I too would like to see more variety in programming but I do watch FN on a daily basis. Paula, Rachael, Sandra, Tyler, and the Barefoot Contessa are favorites – just wish there were less reruns and more originals.

  • Tracy

    I totally agree about having a “green” show. Lisa actually pitched that as one of her pilot ideas and I thought sure Gordon would love it but no can do. Unbelievable.

  • Tracy

    I totally agree about having a “green” show. Lisa actually pitched that as one of her pilot ideas and I thought sure Gordon would love it but no can do. Unbelievable.

  • http://shelly janice

    I was very disappointed with the winner of the food network star. Absolutely the worst possible choice. I cannot understand his words and it is a poor example for children to listen to him talk. Poor grammar and diction.

    I do agree that he was chosen to add another black person to the food network. The Neely’s are sooooooo annoying. Too much SUGAR!!!!! I do not think I will ever watch this competition again.Definitely fixed!!!!!!!! shelly

  • Pat

    I thought some of the judges comments were pretty “mean” especially Paula D. I thought so last year also about her but wasn’t quite sure. It was hard to miss this year. She commented to Lisa that she did not care for her macaroni and cheese. Then added “in fact I hated it”. Very uncalled for. Behind that big ‘ol southern smile is a very unpleasant female who does not cook particularly well. I’ve tried some of her recipes and they were not too good. RR needs to stop drinking coffee! She is way over the top. I don’t think any of the current FNStars would have won a place on TV back in the day

  • Brad

    I went online to Google and typed in “Neely’s suck”, which is what led me here. I’ve never been a huge blogger but I do like good TV as much as the next couch potato…

    Please, for the love of everything that is good in cooking and in humanity, banish that show! It has without a doubt the most annoying personality that I have seen. Just as was said in a previous post she is indeed hideously annoying and he is a puppet. If you even care about what else is on the show it’s hard to take it in because of them trying to be the main course instead of the side dish that they should be.

    Mrs. Neely, please get a new personality — yours has been duplicated so many times and has no originality nor is even slightly interesting, just annoying!

  • lee

    its very unsanitary for aaron macargo to use his bare hands to prep food.i dont even thank he washes his hands after using the rest room.i would,nt eat anything that guy cooks.also that fat funny looking looking dude guy on big bites is full of himself he has a big mouth and a very big ego,also he cant cook.its time to get rid of those guys and have some very good chefs on your show.for what i see now your network show is a joke.

  • Linda

    I used to love Paula Deen, but now she is really into herself. Paula’s Party is all about flirting and sexual inuendos (come on Paula, an older proper southern belle should know better.) And what about her dud speechless husband Michael and her two sons which she is continually forcing on us. I saw her at a food expo in Cleveland and all she did was stand-up comedy. She played with food more than cooking with it. Someone threw a stick of her favorite ingrediant, butter, onstage and she laughingly picked it up and took a big bite out of it. I thought I would gag. Rachael Ray has also become annoying with her cutesy little catch phrases like yummo and delish. She is such a poor listener to her guests on her show – always interrupting them with HER stories. Give me a good old fashioned how-to cooking show not another celebrity entertainment/talk show!

  • jan

    paula needs to stop eating off of her hands and spoons and then put them back into the food. that is what you call double dipping!!!!! who wants her germs ?!? very unsanitary!!! Rachel ray’s laugh gets on my nerves!! her recipes are not what the everyday person would eat!

  • Bob Gilpin

    The show tonight 1/06/09 at 10:00 PM had a sandwhich of Pastrami topped with sawtayed onions and apples.

    Sounds terrific to me. Have you run up against it?

    Bob Gilpin