Behind The Scenes of “The Next Food Network Star” Finale

The manufactured excitement of a reality show finale is both exhilarating and depressing. Exhilarating because, in the world of this show, one person will rise above the rest and have themselves declared the winner. Depressing because, in a few hours, the whole set will be swept away, memories of all the other contestants will vanish, and the winner will have a few weeks to sink or swim and if they sink, they’ll vanish too.

Mostly, I was exhilarated to be there behind the scenes of “The Next Food Network Star” finale. The atmosphere was both tense and spirited; family members nervously awaited the results. I met Adam’s parents, who reminded me much of mine; I met Aaron’s wife and sister (who you see in the video) and I met Lisa’s husband and son. Barbara Fairchild from Bon Apetit was there, as was a large cluster of Food Network executives standing anxiously behind a large black curtain. It was there, in fact, that I finally met the president of the Food Network herself, Brooke Johnson, who, after being introduced to me, said–with a tiny bit of threat in her voice: “You’re not going to blog about this, are you?”

She meant that I wouldn’t reveal the winner on my blog before the winner was revealed on-air. (Maybe she should’ve gotten that message through to her own web team!)

The depressing part came in the green room, where the eliminated contestants clustered around sad platters of cupcakes and supermarket fruit. What becomes of an eliminated reality show star? Each had a plan of action–Kevin has a cookbook and a radio show; Shane may join the peace corps; Corey has her stand-up–while others, like Kelsey, truly seemed wounded. In fact, later, when they were lined up to go on camera one last time, many in the group were consoling Kelsey because she was having a really hard time of it. Maybe because she’s friends with my friend Kirk’s sister, my heart went out to her. But something tells me she’s going to be ok.

When the big moment came, and Aaron won, you could tell his was the best story: his wife and sister were ecstatic, as were the executives. Aaron himself was deliriously happy–look how happy he is to greet me!–and yet it’s a testament to the soul-crushing power of TV production that just a few weeks later, on the set of his new show, Aaron was so much less jolly, so much less jovial. It’s like a kid with a brand new toy the day he gets the toy and then seeing him with it a few weeks later:

Still, I think Aaron was the right pick. I haven’t seen his new show yet, but there’s something about him that’s instantly likable, instantly relatable. Plus his food always looks fantastic. So congrats to Aaron and all the other finalists; it was fun to meet you all.

And what about you, readers? Did you think Aaron was the right pick? Who did you think would go all the way?

63 comments

  1. I thought that the concept behind Adam’s final presentation was an interesting format and something that I haven’t seen on the Food Network before. He was relaxed on television and I want that chicken recipe. Since I have a LOT of recipes, he put it over to me in such a way that I wanted to try it. I hope that FN will take another look at both his idea and using him in the future, maybe as a guest somewhere.

  2. I thought that the concept behind Adam’s final presentation was an interesting format and something that I haven’t seen on the Food Network before. He was relaxed on television and I want that chicken recipe. Since I have a LOT of recipes, he put it over to me in such a way that I wanted to try it. I hope that FN will take another look at both his idea and using him in the future, maybe as a guest somewhere.

  3. I was dismayed that Lisa did not win. I think she has the food knowledge that would make a Food Network star last beyond 6 episodes, and an interesting element that would make more cosmopolitan viewers want to watch the network. Horrible hosts like the Neelys and Sunny Anderson are unintelligible and cannot stand on their own in their expertise.

  4. Whether I think that Aaron was the right pick or not, it seems to me that the selection committee had made their minds up weeks ago — regardless of how poorly he did on the various challenges, he kept getting bumped along.

    Personally, I would far rather have seen Adam make it through; giving that TFN keeps canceling the kind of shows that I used to tune in for, I guess that I’m not surprised. They’ll have an easier time packaging Aaron, I guess. They need another big cuddly Ewok to blurt out catchphrases now that Emeril has moved along to other networks…

  5. I hoped that Lisa would win. She is much more interesting and more layered that Aaron seems to be – but I wish him luck!

    Had I not already seen the spoiler – I would have known that Adam did not win when they promo’d Ask Aida – similar concept to his pilot so I knew that was not going to happen. FN does not seem to be able to get their act together on this one!

  6. I hoped that Lisa would win. She is much more interesting and more layered that Aaron seems to be – but I wish him luck!

    Had I not already seen the spoiler – I would have known that Adam did not win when they promo’d Ask Aida – similar concept to his pilot so I knew that was not going to happen. FN does not seem to be able to get their act together on this one!

  7. I completely agree with LL and BgP. I didn’t see the spoiler so I watched the episode last night, hoping either Lisa or Adam would win. Aaron’s food never seemed that creative to me, and I never felt like I was learning anything from watching him.

    I was so mad when they promo’d Ask Aida! What were they thinking?!? It was almost immediately after Adam pitched the idea. Tactful…

  8. I thought Lisa had it at first – she was so polished, so interesting and so engaging. But when Susie and Bob said they needed someone who could start tomorrow, I knew she was out, because she has so many other irons in the fire. She was just TOO good, but she will no doubt go on to have great success in all her other endeavors and maybe get picked up by another network…?

    Then I thought Adam had it; he’s someone I’d like to hang out with, no one on Food Network is as funny as him, and I loved his idea. I wonder if he came up with it before Ask Aida, and if not I hope he is getting some sort of compensation for the idea. Again: he’s hilarious and maybe he’s just TOO good also.

    Maybe I just liked Aaron’s food combination the least. I wish him the best but he didn’t seem as interesting as the other 2 at all.

  9. I agree that Aaron was probably the best choice. His food was consistently appealing, and he also had such a compelling background. I found myself rooting for him even when I would have rather watched a show with Lisa. I just felt that she could have offered something unique to the Food Network by addressing a part of the audience that gets ignored in programming decisions.

    Adam, too, would have been interesting. Even though his food wasn’t that interesting, I liked his presence. He was awfully cute, too…

  10. I agree that Aaron was probably the best choice. His food was consistently appealing, and he also had such a compelling background. I found myself rooting for him even when I would have rather watched a show with Lisa. I just felt that she could have offered something unique to the Food Network by addressing a part of the audience that gets ignored in programming decisions.

    Adam, too, would have been interesting. Even though his food wasn’t that interesting, I liked his presence. He was awfully cute, too…

  11. I agree that Aaron was probably the best choice. His food was consistently appealing, and he also had such a compelling background. I found myself rooting for him even when I would have rather watched a show with Lisa. I just felt that she could have offered something unique to the Food Network by addressing a part of the audience that gets ignored in programming decisions.

    Adam, too, would have been interesting. Even though his food wasn’t that interesting, I liked his presence. He was awfully cute, too…

  12. I always thought Aaron was going to win. I am a pretty avid watcher of FN, and honestly, neither Lisa nor Adam are distinctive enough to hold down a show and draw viewers on FN. Really, there are a million shows with cute girls who have one gimmick like Partly Homemade or whatever that show is. Adam is cute, but he can only do barbecue or sides-if it isn’t being smoked, he doesn’t do a good job. Do you remember the Vegas throwdown when Aaron spaced on the chicken parm, and he had 10 minutes to make it, and he did and he won? That guy has serious cooking chops.

    However, that said, I eat more like Lisa and would probably prefer her cooking. However, they weren’t auditioning to be my private chef, they were auditioning to be the next Food Network star. Aaron is a better addition to their stable, and I wish him alot of success.

  13. I was disappointed Lisa did not win. Aaron seems like a wonderful person but certainly not with as much of a point of view developed finally as Lisa with Beautiful Basics nor as much humor as Adam. I think I would have enjoyed Lisa’s concept and the addition of some elegant style to the network finally. A little bummed…

  14. I was disappointed Lisa did not win. Aaron seems like a wonderful person but certainly not with as much of a point of view developed finally as Lisa with Beautiful Basics nor as much humor as Adam. I think I would have enjoyed Lisa’s concept and the addition of some elegant style to the network finally. A little bummed…

  15. Very telling that Aaron says he would not want Lisa to guest on his show b/c she might show him up. When even the “Next Food Network Star” fears Lisa, can you truly say she would not have been a better choice?

  16. let me just say WHAT JUST HAPPENED! Aaron was ok. But omg Lisa was the clear winner. Adam was a joy to watch. I am very dissapointed in Bobby because I feel he was behind Lisa but, caved in.

    Julia

  17. I was rooting for Adam from the very beginning.

    My fear is that Aaron will be like the woman from season three. Was it Amy? She was entirely forgettable after she won.

    I think Adam could have been a great asset to the Food Network. He still could be, right?

  18. We was robbed! I agree with some of the comments. Aaron was forced on us. I would have been happy with either Lisa or Adam. Aaron was so uncomfortable in front of the camera at every instance. He was not personable. Lisa and Adam had personality in droves, not so Aaron. I personally feel Adam would have been a better TV host over Lisa, but Aaron, come on! I hope Lisa and Adam have a chance to shine elsewhere or in the future on the Food Network. I will not watch The Next Food Network Star next year. I strongly feel it was rigged for Aaron to win.

  19. I wanted Aaron or Adam to win. Lisa’s concept and presentation just seemed so boring and I would not want to go to her kitchen – Adam was so fun and funny and people like to have fun in their kitchens – cooking with a crowd around – I’d go to Adam’s house any day and watch him cook. Same feeling comes across with Aaron…I would be very happy to hang out in his kitchen and see that HUGE smile of his. I hope his show takes off.

  20. First time EVER that I have picked a competetive reality winner in the first episode!

    I love Aaron and think if he gets his voice out of the back of his throat, he will be a household name before long.

  21. I knew they would pick him. He has no personality skills and very limited use of the English language. He will end up where most of the other picks have gone – away! Guy has been the real only success. Your criteria for potential candidates should be examined because each year I think they are getting worse. Very dissapointed with the judges maybe they need some revamping because they keep picking awful cooks.

  22. First time EVER that I have picked a competetive reality winner in the first episode!

    I love Aaron and think if he gets his voice out of the back of his throat, he will be a household name before long.

  23. Another question — listening to the selection committee rave about how any of the three of the finalists would be fantastic additions to the roster, why would they then NOT offer shows to Lisa or Adam? (Either that was bogus reality show talk, or the rules of their bogus reality competition are more important than airing good shows. Or maybe both!)

    …and as far as being able to start tomorrow with completely polished presence — go dig up tapes from TFN’s early days. I remember watching Emeril in the first week that TFN was on the air, hosting “How to Boil Water” and asking how they could put someone that awkward in front of a camera on the air. He got better.

  24. I wanted Aaron or Adam to win. Lisa’s concept and presentation just seemed so boring and I would not want to go to her kitchen – Adam was so fun and funny and people like to have fun in their kitchens – cooking with a crowd around – I’d go to Adam’s house any day and watch him cook. Same feeling comes across with Aaron…I would be very happy to hang out in his kitchen and see that HUGE smile of his. I hope his show takes off.

  25. Carolyn: You said: “He has no personality skills and very limited use of the English language.” Harsh. Wolfgang Puck? – now he started with limited use of the English language – Aaron speaks for many more Americans than you obviously know about.

  26. Sam: What country is Wolfgang Puck from? His TV followers are very few and far between.

  27. I think Lisa was probably the most skilled and best all around star package of the three, but I think she’s too similar to the last winner, Amy Finley. Sad to say, the t.v. business is a lot like writing novels, it’s not as much how well you write as how different your idea/presentation is. I will watch Aaron’s show because he’s enthusiastic and down to earth. I’d love to be invited to his house for dinner. They make those poor stars do things that NONE of the original stars had to do.

  28. None of these people will be a star on the FN. Let’s face it: this show has nothing to do with finding TNFNS; it’s about getting good ratings for this show. The only “star” to come out of this show is Guy Fieri, and his success has nothing do do with cooking.

    That said, I would have chosen Adam because his concept was different (except apparently it was the same concept that the FN is about to launch with not-Adam). If they are just going to air a show with someone cooking some food, why not get a real chef?

  29. Wolfgang Puck is from Austria, and he has a great command of the English language. He speaks with an accent, but he still speaks English just fine.

    He has plenty of TV followers, despite not being aired often.

  30. I think the judges and selection committees have gotten it all wrong. The only one of the first three seasons winners to have made a splash is Guy Fiore. Why? PERSONALITY! BIG personality. He has been able to go beyond just doing a cooking show. I hope that Aaron will be able to transcend just the show because, if not, he will go the way of the other winners….oblivion.

  31. I think Lisa should have won. She clearly had knowledge far and above her other competitors. I think she was also more driven and would have made her show a success. Hopefully we will see her move on to something else.

  32. I’ve never watched NFNS before this year. My daughter and I enjoyed watching together. I love the food network because I don’t have to worry about the content. Thank you food network.

    I was very sad that Aaron won. I thought his 4 minute video was lack luster. I liked Aaron thoughout the entire season. I picked up on the fact that all the contestants loved Aaron. His personality was encouraging, a true friend and real. If that was the criteria I would have picked Aaron too.

    I Lisa was very competitive beyond belief. I think that her focus on winning kept her from enjoying the journey. With that said, I believe Lisa would throw every ounce of her energy to presenting a weekly show to make it the best she could put out. I think that her glamour would draw viewers that maybe don’t watch now.

    Adam was cool too, but I don’t know that he was ready for the big time. Why did the restaurant go under. One failure doesn’t have to become two, but…….

    I still have to say Lisa was the one.

  33. I was really disappointed with Food Network this time…wrong wrong wrong. Lisa was the one with the food knowledge and was interesting to watch!! Aaron was just like any other Joe you pull off the streets!!! Plus…I can’t consciously watch anyone who would leave their family right after a child ran away – and hadn’t been found by the time he left for the show (remember Aaron mentioned this in an early episode – and they never referred to it again!!). So much for a “family channel”. Not to worry – Aaron will be cancelled after 6 episodes. Lisa, however, would have been around for awhile. I hope another network picks her show up!!! Maybe she can hop to the Fine Living Network with Emeril!!

  34. I was totally dissapointed. For weeks this guy messed up but all of a sudden he is the winner.Suprise Suprise. Arron cooked a steak with big bananns and wins the show. I could bearly understand what he was saying. I don’t know if anyone is aware but the whole country needs to be dieting and this guy is Big Daddy. I will never watch this again and probably not Bobby either. What were the judges hinking?

  35. Godamnit! They’re not done airing this in Canada yet! And I’ve been holding out hope for Kelsey! Oh well. I like Aaron better than Lisa, so this isn’t a complete travesty.

  36. Godamnit! They’re not done airing this in Canada yet! And I’ve been holding out hope for Kelsey! Oh well. I like Aaron better than Lisa, so this isn’t a complete travesty.

  37. Godamnit! They’re not done airing this in Canada yet! And I’ve been holding out hope for Kelsey! Oh well. I like Aaron better than Lisa, so this isn’t a complete travesty.

  38. Sorry for the multiple posts. I’m having sever interweb troubles at the moment.

  39. I was very disappointed that Lisa lost. Of the three finalists she kept me watching. Her complexity is refreshing. Lisa has oodles of talent and much to offer a viewer that is interested in up-to-date, interesting, and upscale menus, and the fashion to go along with it. Her simple sophistication would be a nice balance to many other shows on FN. Her personal struggles seem a step in her growth, and that with coaching she could be on a par with a Nigella or Giada. I have loads of respect for someone who has accomplished what she has so far, looks so great doing it, and has a unique personality. I wish her the best.

  40. About 4 weeks ago I thought it would be Kelsey because she is young and energetic. I could see the Food Network making her into the next Dave Lieberman type…a young cook teaching younger people (college age to 30) about how to start cooking. I would wager this isn’t the last you will see of Kelsey on the Food Network.

    Honestly I thought it would come down to Adam and Aaron because the food network isn’t about who is the best cook (remember, this isn’t Top Chef) its about who can dumb down food preparation in an interesting manner that appeals to the lowest common denominator. I’ll probably watch Aaron’s show a few times because he is likable but I doubt I will learn anything from his show.

    Lisa was never going to win even though she really should have. The Food Network is going away from shows that have more technically challenging food (like Sara’s Secrets or Molto Mario) and going to fast, easy, and cheap recipes. If she had a show I would be recording every one. Bass with savory sabayon and leeks? Count me in!

  41. Lisa, Lisa, Lisa!! I would love to see some upscale cooking. Doesn’t food network see the trend that is happening all over the internet with bloggers? We want fine dining, upscale recipes and fancier ingredients than a lot of the food network shows are currently providing! I’m sad at the path they have recently taken. I find myself turning the channel- a lot! A year ago I would just have left it on all day and night.

  42. Lisa, Lisa, Lisa!! I would love to see some upscale cooking. Doesn’t food network see the trend that is happening all over the internet with bloggers? We want fine dining, upscale recipes and fancier ingredients than a lot of the food network shows are currently providing! I’m sad at the path they have recently taken. I find myself turning the channel- a lot! A year ago I would just have left it on all day and night.

  43. Lisa, Lisa, Lisa!! I would love to see some upscale cooking. Doesn’t food network see the trend that is happening all over the internet with bloggers? We want fine dining, upscale recipes and fancier ingredients than a lot of the food network shows are currently providing! I’m sad at the path they have recently taken. I find myself turning the channel- a lot! A year ago I would just have left it on all day and night.

  44. The FN has dummed down so much of their programming, I can hardly find shows I really enjoy watching. Adam had good personality but his food was super limited – he would not have been my choice. I was shocked he made it to the finals. Lisa was the one I would actually watch to see what she had up her sleeve – I think she could have morphed her show from one concept to another, keeping it interesting. Aaron seems like a great person but would I tune in to watch his show? We’ll have to see! The jury is out.

  45. Well the judges made a complete blunder of this show. Aron was forced on us by a selection process that I call trickery. Aron was forced on us by the judges and I assume that they will regret their selection in the future. Aron screwed up so may times but the kept on overlooking this even in Vegas he sucked his food was lousy and he just sucked. I feel that there was an air if Bias in there selection process maybe even a bit well I wont go there but I do feel that all the judges in this process need to answer to the nation how they screwed up a show that suppose to be unbiased and selected on there values and talent. All they did was kiss all over him no matter what he did and how bad he was. Bobby I had a lot of respect but after this shoe forget it to me he lost all value to me. He might be a Iron Chef but I think the Iron Skillet fell on his head.

  46. Aron was the the wrong choice He will not make it and I feel that the Judges where biased in there selection. In Vegas and other episodes he just totally messed up and they just kept on passing him along what I meant is kissing his rear. No matter how bad he was he was destined to be the next food network star by selection from the fist day it showed, that is why I feel the air smells fishy in that network and bet if someone dug deeper they would find the source of the smell.He will not make it I could not even watch his show and will not and I will boycott it because he was just wrong. He is a true family man yea and I am king of England.So Bobby hope ya sleep good at night and have dream of a bad selection and biased process, and to the other Judges you need to find a job that your good at.

  47. Judges have one question what the heck where thinking……..;. Are you sure you where seeing black and white or what.Aron was lousy he messed up so much but you all 3 had a bullseye on his rear and just enjoyed kissing it. He will not last and it will be all your fault. Judges do us a favor and stick to judging kiddies games you might be =good at that because you suck at cooking shows, Bobby you might me a iron chef but think the iron skillet fell on your head. You three judges where very biased in your selection and that has no place in this country

    so do us a favor quit doing it, because you did not select him on his ability to cook hint hint hint.

  48. I was really disappointed that Lisa didn’t win. I figured it was between her and Adam but was surprised when it turned out to be Aaron. I’m guessing he has the best “story” but had no screen presence whatsoever nor any distinctive style that stood out. Adam was genuinely funny and entertaining, and Lisa has a wealth of knowledge on cooking, entertaining and personal style. While it’s true that all three need the guidance of a good producer, I just feel that Lisa and Adam could have both gone on to extended careers on the Food Network, whereas Aaron will likely end up like last year’s winner….whats-her-name-again? See? I’ve already forgotten.

  49. I for sure thought Lisa had it in the bag. Maybe she wasn’t the most relatable but she is the most intriguing person to watch!

  50. It seemed to me as if Bobby Flay chose his winner long ago.

    I didn’t get anything Aaron. I was never inspired to try anything he presented. He hardly ever discussed techniques. He wasn’t interesting or engaging. And he didn’t have the expertise of other Food Network Star contestants.

    I don’t tune in to Food Network to learn about “compelling background”s.

    Aaron’s speech is HORRIBLE. He mumbles.

    Tune in to Aaron’s show????….don’t think so.

  51. I am so disappointed that Aaron won. I was a huge Kelsey fan. I loved her energy and could see a long career for her over the years. After her elimination, I was rooting for Lisa. At first, I didn’t like Lisa. But as the weeks went on, I saw her grow and saw more of her personality emerge. I really liked her style. She had so much to teach us. The food she made looked delicious. Her pilot was amazing. My husband and I immediately said – we want to make that! Same with her cassoulet. We never said that about any of Aaron’s meals. His food never appealed to me. It’s just not how I cook. Also, he was unbarable to watch on screen. Vegas anyone? But, not just then, almost any time he had to do a screen shot, he was so uncomfortable. I never understood why the judges thought he had such a great personality. I didn’t get that from him. He mumbles when he talks and often used incorrect grammar.

    I believe the FN was really wrong in their selection. They picked someone with a similar show as several of the ones they already have. They picked the weakest of the three.

  52. I am so disappointed that Aaron won. I was a huge Kelsey fan. I loved her energy and could see a long career for her over the years. After her elimination, I was rooting for Lisa. At first, I didn’t like Lisa. But as the weeks went on, I saw her grow and saw more of her personality emerge. I really liked her style. She had so much to teach us. The food she made looked delicious. Her pilot was amazing. My husband and I immediately said – we want to make that! Same with her cassoulet. We never said that about any of Aaron’s meals. His food never appealed to me. It’s just not how I cook. Also, he was unbarable to watch on screen. Vegas anyone? But, not just then, almost any time he had to do a screen shot, he was so uncomfortable. I never understood why the judges thought he had such a great personality. I didn’t get that from him. He mumbles when he talks and often used incorrect grammar.

    I believe the FN was really wrong in their selection. They picked someone with a similar show as several of the ones they already have. They picked the weakest of the three.

  53. I am so disappointed that Aaron won. I was a huge Kelsey fan. I loved her energy and could see a long career for her over the years. After her elimination, I was rooting for Lisa. At first, I didn’t like Lisa. But as the weeks went on, I saw her grow and saw more of her personality emerge. I really liked her style. She had so much to teach us. The food she made looked delicious. Her pilot was amazing. My husband and I immediately said – we want to make that! Same with her cassoulet. We never said that about any of Aaron’s meals. His food never appealed to me. It’s just not how I cook. Also, he was unbarable to watch on screen. Vegas anyone? But, not just then, almost any time he had to do a screen shot, he was so uncomfortable. I never understood why the judges thought he had such a great personality. I didn’t get that from him. He mumbles when he talks and often used incorrect grammar.

    I believe the FN was really wrong in their selection. They picked someone with a similar show as several of the ones they already have. They picked the weakest of the three.

  54. Of all of the contestants, I found Aaron to be the most likable. However, I would have much rather watched Lisa’s show.

    All in all, the Food Network seems bent upon attuning its shows away from foodies and more towards mid-western, middle-brow cuisine.

    I wish that they would give Sara Moulton back her show, find a fantastic indian chef to do a show about indian cuisine, create a show around fine dining and dinner parties, or add shows about chinese, thai, basque and vietnamese cuisine! Or what about showing old Juila Child shows?

    Currently, the Food Network seems far more interested in exploring the history of the cheesy poof, encouraging Sandra Lee’s strange efforts in cooking with corn-nuts and Pilsbury cooking competitions. Fine Living channel anyone?

  55. Bro, you always have so many comments that I can’t possibly read through them all… so if I repeat something that was already said I hope you’ll forgive me.

    First, I enjoyed watching FN Star, and my husband was rooting for Aaron from the start. He was very pleased the romulan didn’t win. However I felt any of the final three would have made excellent show hosts. I was also a Kelsey fan, though she (and Shane as well) could use some more life experience to be a star that someone over-30 would enjoy watching.

    Clearly the FN also liked Adam’s show idea, because I see previews for Ask Ieta are strangely similar to it. I think Adam would have made a very entertaining show, and I hope either FN or another network picks him up at some point.

  56. I really thought you guys were going to nominate Lisa because she know all the food encyclopedia and knows how to dress too, but a little over dressed for a cooking show,I like her style of fashion and she proably has modeling expertise too. “A bit over dressed for cooking”

    I think you guys did a great job in selecting Aaron He needed this if for only to show that son of his a different way of life.

    Go Aaron GO!

  57. I really thought you guys were going to nominate Lisa because she know all the food encyclopedia and knows how to dress too, but a little over dressed for a cooking show,I like her style of fashion and she proably has modeling expertise too. “A bit over dressed for cooking”

    I think you guys did a great job in selecting Aaron He needed this if for only to show that son of his a different way of life.

    Go Aaron GO!

  58. I really thought you guys were going to nominate Lisa because she know all the food encyclopedia and knows how to dress too, but a little over dressed for a cooking show,I like her style of fashion and she proably has modeling expertise too. “A bit over dressed for cooking”

    I think you guys did a great job in selecting Aaron He needed this if for only to show that son of his a different way of life.

    Go Aaron GO!

  59. I really thought you guys were going to nominate Lisa because she know all the food encyclopedia and knows how to dress too, but a little over dressed for a cooking show,I like her style of fashion and she proably has modeling expertise too. “A bit over dressed for cooking”

    I think you guys did a great job in selecting Aaron He needed this if for only to show that son of his a different way of life.

    Go Aaron GO!

  60. CONGRATS BIG DADDY, cant wait to see your show next week and loved your recipe from the last episode. But was also wondering if all the recipes from the final episode have been posted anywhere. The fish that Lisa fixed looked interesting and would like to try it. I think all 3 were winners and any choice would have been a hard one to make. It could even go back to the final 5, all of them were winners in one way or anouther and will probably see them in anouther day showing off some wonderful recipes. GREAT SELECTION FN. Cant wait till the next season, keep up the great work.

  61. Congratulations Aaron!!

    Just watched an episode of “Down Home With The Neelys”, where Aaron was the guest cook and he held his own, plus I am going to try all the recipes from that show. Plus, I love “Down Home With The Neelys”, “Cooking for real” and “30 Minute Meals”.

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