Monday, July 23, 2007

Next Food Network Star Finale

Yay! Amy Won!

All the suspense is over until next year. It was nice to see all the contestants together again. Patrick and his wife had a baby boy! Congratulations! It was great to see Tommy and Paul again. I heard a rumor that Food Network is planning a show with two L.A. based caterers. I know that is where Paul is from. My little mind put these two facts together and maybe... I think it would be a great show. Adrien looked a little rough last night. Jag showed up last night looking pretty calm. I don't like the things that Jag did, but it had to take a lot of intestional fortitude to make an appearance. Nikki seemed a little more laid back.

It was interesting to see the videos of Amy's and Rory's home life. I didn't realize that Amy's kids were so young. She looks like she is a great Mom. It's nice that she has her family close by. Rory looks like she has found her niche. She is from New Jersey. She entered a contest and came in as the runner up. The premise of the contest was to take the contestants and drop them in a small town and see who was most popular. After the contest was over, Rory stayed in Vega, Texas. She seems very comfortable there. Good luck, Rory, with your new restaurant and life in general.

"The Gourmet Next Door" will air this fall. Best of luck, Amy!!!

Even though ten of the contestants will not be the Next Food Network Star, this had to be a great adventure for all of them.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Next Food Network Star Finale

Tonight is the night!

I really, really hope that Amy wins. I have nothing against Rory, I just do not want to watch ‘Real Food for Real People’. Didn’t the Beef Council already use that tag line? So much for original thought. Speaking of original thought, Jag had a lot of original thoughts, unfortunately, they just did not line up with the truth. Well folks, another in the long list of Jag stories. Apparently when Jag was caught, he thought if he told the “Air Force Times” that he was a finalist and would tell who the other finalist was that they would go easy on him and forget about his background. Surprisingly, the “Air Force Times” thought it was a lie.

Jag, I felt a little sorry for you previously. Having to give up something that apparently meant a great deal to you because you decided to exaggerate a few details. You just changed the endings – you were in the Marines and you did go to Culinary School. Because of Privacy laws, the Marines can tell us that you did not go to Afghanistan, but not why you left the service eight months early as a private (or was it corporal?) The Culinary School can tell us that you enrolled for classes, but not whether you showed up for those classes. Somehow, I have the feeling that Jag would not know the truth if it bit him in the butt.

Anthony Bourdain had a few comments on Jag. “JAG can't be allowed win. His alleged problems remembering whether or not he's a war hero--or whether he graduated from culinary school could be...controversial. In a bad way. He comes off as an unstable fantasist--already referring to himself in the third person (which is NEVER a good sign). And his overloading of the grill with chicken parts--causing (surprise!) smoke and flame--was something any backyard griller knows to avoid.”

I have seen a few polls that put Amy in the lead. I sure hope so. We’ll just have to watch tonight to find out.

Thank you for voting for Amy!

The Food Network has another reality show ready. The premise sounds good.
Who Will Be The Next Iron Chef.? More details later.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Vote for Amy!

Vote for Amy! Vote for Amy! Vote for Amy!

Don't worry this site is totally subjective and everyone is entitled to my opinion.

I have to admit that I was very upset with Food Network last night. Amy was not my favorite from the beginning. But she kept showing the judges that she could handle herself and she could cook. But apparently the judges were not interested in those qualities. Oh, I forgot, if you can cook (Michael Salmon), you are asked to leave. Maybe the main ingredient is personality. No, that can't be right, Paul (after he calmed down) was asked to leave. What are you looking for Food Network?

One theme that I picked up on was "dummie down". Apparently, the Food Network does not think highly of it's viewers. Amy gives the network a chance to explore new areas. Italian cooking is featured, why not French cooking? Some people want to watch basic cooking shows, or quick and easy shows, or Southern shows, or semi-homemade shows. But it would be nice to also feature a program that showed a few new skills and recipes without being 'fancy-smancy'.

Jag, we knew it was coming and I think that the reason that Food Network played the situation the way that they did, was to show that when they found out about the discrepancies in your resume, they dealt with it. Their honesty and intregrity were preserved. You could either withdraw semi-graciously or they would denounce you.
Take your choice, but you are leaving.

I do feel a little bit sorry for Jag. You could tell that he really wanted this. He built himself up to be someone that he wasn't, so that he had a better chance to be on the show. We have all exaggerated our qualities at some point in time, but we have not been forced to apologize to the whole world. Hopefully, the people who love him will be there for him.

Monday, July 9, 2007

"Next Food Network Star" - now there are three

After last week's disasters, some of the contestants stepped up to the plate this week. Amy did a nice presentation of her skills. The judges really liked her dishes and she took her commentary seriously. I like the title for her show, 'The Gourmet Next Door'. Most cooks would like to consider themselves to be gourmets, and this program would show them how. Nice job, Amy.

Jag finally took the advice of the judges, but took it too far. He lessened the number of ingredients in his dishes and the results were bland. I really thought that he was going home last night. But his plea seemed very genuine. He talked about his love of food passionately. Bobby Flay described his plea as either totally genuine or worthy of an Academy Award. I know that it did not help that his sous-chef was Columbe. SomeONE out there must like her, but it sure isn't me. Maybe, that's why Jag's food was so bland.

Rory was doing all right until her commentary, which she used as a joke. The Food Network does not joke. Alton Brown quizzed the contestants on their commentary and unnerved everyone. I think I will get some of those Plum tomatoes grown in Plumy. Thanks for the heads up, Paul.

Speaking of Paul. I'm sorry to see him go. A lot of people thought that he could take this contest. Perhaps, Paul's biggest mistake was admitting that teaching was not one of his strong points. Bob Tushmann reminded Paul that teaching is what the Food Network is all about, and that it was a little late in the day to get started on that skill. Paul commented on the pleas entered by Jag and himself. Paul said that his seemed like 'he phoned his in' compared to Jag's.

Jag seems to really love food, which I think is great for a Food Network host. Amy also seems to love food, but not as much. Jag was so disappointed in his work, because he really loves the show "Iron Chef". Since the formet was Iron Chef like, he totally obsessed on winning that challenge. His dream turned into a nightmare.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Here's Your Next Food Network Star Application

You will notice this in the application. Apparently JAG did not get this copy. I heard a RUMOR (this is a rumor only), they have filmed addtional scenes after they thought they were ready for the 2 finalists. So, my guess is that JAG made it to the final two.I acknowledge that all the information provided on this questionnaire is true and accurate, and any false or misleading information submitted herein is grounds for my immediate elimination from consideration.

PLEASE READ THE PRECEDING RULES/ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS BEFORE COMPLETING THIS APPLICATION. The Rules/Eligibility Requirements contain important instructions regarding the videotape/DVD/DV, photographs, and other items, which must accompany any submitted participant applications, as well as submission guidelines for your application package. Please remember that any answer is subject to verification.
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I acknowledge that all the information provided on this questionnaire is true and accurate, and any false or misleading information submitted herein is grounds for my immediate elimination from consideration. This questionnaire and any other material submitted by me, including, but not limited to, pictures, film and videotapes, becomes the property of Food Network, shall not be returned and may be used in any manner in all media, worldwide, in perpetuity. I further understand that by submitting this questionnaire, Food Network has no obligation to accept me and my selection and participation in “The Next Food Network Star” is in no way guaranteed, as it is merely for the purpose of evaluating potential participants.
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The Next Food Network Star will be back for a new season in 2008. Do you have what it takes to be a TV star and host your own show? This is what we are looking for: - Cooking know-how: You can be self-taught or professionally trained or somewhere in between, but you should know the basics. - Personality that pops: Let yourself shine and show us who you really are. Don't be shy. We are all about personality - show us yours! - Teaching skills: Bring the world of food and cooking to life in your very own passionate and unique way. Completed *online submissions or printed submissions with VHS, DVD or DV must be postmarked by July 30, 2007. *This is only a preliminary application. All candidates selected as finalists will be asked to complete an official application. Before applying, please read the rules and eligibility requirements. There are two ways to apply for Season 4 of The Next Food Network Star: OPTION 1Mail us your preliminary application and videotape, DVD or DV. Read frequently asked questions about The Next Food Network Star. OPTION 2Upload your audition video to Food Network's MySpace page, and fill out the form below. You do not need to download the preliminary application if you choose this format, but a link to your video on MySpace is required. Submissions without a video link will not be considered. Applicants using this option do not need to send us a videotape, DVD or DV. We do not share personal identifying information with any third party without your permission. For more information, please read our Privacy Policy.

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

A Comedy of Errors

The "Next Food Network Star" where are you? This turned into a battle of the nerves. Alton Brown commented, "Let's send them all home and start over". He might have a point. There was no shining personality tonight. This will not be a long post, there is so little to talk about. I can understand Amy being torn between her family and her big chance to success; but, the time and place were wrong. This would have better been dealt with a long telephone conversation with her husband, not the judges.

Adrien, you showed such promise in the beginning. You seemed to lose more and more momentum with each episode. It's surprising the differences of perception that people have. Most of us could see you fading. You, on the other hand, really seemed surprised that you were sent home. You kept bringing up the fact that you quit your job to be on the show. The Food Network does not owe you anything because of this. This was your choice.

Sorry, none of you got my vote tonight.

What's next on "Next Food Network Star"?

What's next on "Next Food Network Star"?
It's Alton Brown's turn to be the judge. This will be the first full demo for the contestants. What is your least favorite ingredient to cook with? In this episode we find out about the least favorite ingredients of the contestants. Just so that they wouldn't make me cook a squid. It would be hard to cook if you couldn't stand to even touch it.

The four finalists become Iron Chefs. In two competitions, each of the four finalists will complete three dishes. There is just one catch, they each have a surprise sous chef: an eliminated finalist. This should be fun!

Watch tonight. See if your least favorite ingredient makes the list.

Do you have what it takes to be the "Next Food Network Star"?

They're getting ready for next year. Are you ready?

For the next few days, we are going to review the application process for becoming a contestant on "Next Food Network Star". Let's start with their Q & A segment.

The Next Food Network Star
Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Anyone, 18 years or older, professional or non-professional cook, who currently does not already have, nor is committed to for the future, a national television show, nor is a political candidate, is eligible to apply. Please refer to the official rules for further clarification.

OK, I am definitely over 18. I am not committed to a national TV show. And I did not get my petition to run for President in on time, so I'm all clear on each of these.

What comprises a completed application?
Option 1:
· A 3-minute VHS tape, DVD or DV
· Your completed and signed participation application and release waiver
Option 2:
· A 3-minute video uploaded to
· A completed submission form sent via email

Option 2 sounds a whole lot easier. This is also the perfect excuse. I don't understand why they didn't select me. You know, I have been having some computer problems lately, I bet they didn't receive my application.

What should I submit on my VHS tape, DVD, DV or MySpace video?

State your name and show us your personality by telling us a little about yourself. Explain why you should have your own show on Food Network and demonstrate how you cook by making your signature dish. Please do not include music, logos or brand names. Your VHS tape, DVD, DV, MySpace video cannot exceed 3 minutes. Please label it with your name and phone number.

Three minutes!!! State your name, OK that part was easy. Personality. What personality? My life history, starting from day one, this may take longer than 3 minutes. Day One, I was born to cook! Day Two, decided that Similac or Enfamil should not be my signature dish. Day Three,...
Why should I have my own show on Food Network? Because I'm DAMN GOOD! That's why.
Make my signature dish in under 3 minutes. I know; I'll make the dish and then use fast, fast forward on the camcorder.

Can I send in my signed application and VHS tape, DVD or DV separately?

No, you should send them in together.

No comment.

Can I submit more than one completed application?

No, only one per applicant is allowed.

Sorry folks, this is not a random drawing. Someone has to watch all these videos. After watching the same video for the fourteenth time, they're going to drop you, just out of spite.

When is the deadline?

Completed applications and VHS tapes, DVDs and DVs must be received by July 30,2007

Can I hand-deliver applications and VHS tapes, DVDs and DVs to a Food Network office?

No, they must go directly to the P.O. Box listed on the application.

Can my VHS tape, DVD or DV be returned to me?

All materials become property of Food Network and cannot be returned.

If I am considered as a finalist, how will I be notified?

You will be officially notified by phone and mail directly. Please do not call Food Network as the receptionist will not be able to provide you any information.

The receptionist also has the power to burn your video after the 10th call.

If selected, what dates will I be required to be in New York City?

Late January to early February 2008 (although exact dates are still TBD)

If selected, do I have to pay for my visits to New York City for the production?


Thank goodness for that!

All previous contestants have one word of advice - Have fun! I guess a nervous breakdown could be fun, depends on how you look at it.