Sunday, June 3, 2007

Food Network Star contestants - part II

7. Josh Garcia is a chef and an ex-Marine from North Carolina. He grew up in the Bronx and learned to cook by feeding his brothers and sisters while his Mom worked. JAG (his nickname) wants to show the world that there is more to Latin cuisine than beans and rice. He is different from anyone that I’ve seen on Food Network with the exception of Guy Fieri.
My opinion – 2 ½ stars

8. Tommy Grella lives just outside Boston with his wife and two children. He is a financial planner and has no formal cooking training. He just loves to cook. His motto is “Grella Size It”. Tommy does everything over the top. He also likes a good cigar. He just seems lovable.
My opinion – 2 ½ stars

9. Rory Schepisi is from Texas. She is in the process of opening her own restaurant. She attended culinary school and considers cooking to be an art. She just follows her heart.
My opinion – 2 stars

10. Nikki Shaw is from Oakland, California. She lives there with her husband (former NBA player Brian Shaw) and their three children. She believes in major flavor in her food and adds a pinch of brown sugar to everything. She has a passion for food and parties.
My opinion – 2 stars

11. Andrien Sharp lives in Jackson, Michigan with his wife and three children. He used to work for a domestic uniform company, but had to quit to appear on Food Network. They may regret that decision. Andrien has also hosted a television show “Home for Dinner” for 3 years. The show is a 30 minute program that features a local person shopping for ingredients at Krogers, then preparing and cooking the recipes. He likes to incorporate music and food together. His specialty is comfort food with a Southwest flavor.
My opinion – 3 stars

The show premiers tonight at 9:00. Now that you have had a look at the contestants, let me know what you think of them. Recently, I read this comment on a food blog and I just love it.

“Everyone is entitled to my opinion.”

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