Monday, May 28
Ha. I'm a pessimist when it comes to this show, but I think I'll still give it a chance this time around, seeing how I've given chances to Shear Genius, Top Design, Dancing with the Stars, etc. Ummm... my standards have gotten low, okay? :-)
I'm glad that this season will have events taking place outside of the Food Network kitchens from time to time. With competition from other food-related reality shows, the network had to step it up a notch. I hope it does well for the show.
As far as the contestants go, I guess we shall see. All of them have video profiles up and MySpace pages, which is a new feature this season.
The first video I watched was for Viven:
Viven is latina AND used to be a model. Two points for her, or as my high school Spanish teacher would say, "puntas."
The Food Network loves models. Or at least they love the idea of them and would love to hire some if given the chance.
You knew that Ellie Krieger used to model for Wilhemina, right?
Viven has some busty-bust pictures up on her MySpace, which may even give Giada some competition.
Janice Dickinson may be a few years older than Viven, but I fear she might evoke a similar look once given some white eyeshadow and a low-cut dress.
The other video I watched was Paul's:
Paul is also a caterer, which technically should work to his advantage-- considering season one's winners, The Hearty Boys, were caterers, as well.
However, many folks I've heard from consider the Hearty Boys' time slot (something like 8 a.m. on Sundays) to be an indicator of their success... or lack there of. I'm not sure I totally believe that, but they certainly don't get as much airtime as Guy FIERI (who has as of late started pronouncing his last name like he's Giada).
Paul kind of seems like he could be Dave Lieberman's older cousin. He's got the solid polo shirt down and the tossled brown hair.
However, in his video he says the name of his show would be "Chef Paul's Simply Fabulous Party Food."
His mantra is "keep it simple, but make it fabulous."
Umm... I think Ina already took that mantra, Paul. Try another one.
And Semi-homemade is taken, too.
While Paul definitely seems fun, I'm not sure if the Food Network and its viewers are really ready for someone so fabulous quite yet.
People who watched season 2 and can remember runner-up Reggie can back me up. People loved him throughout the season, but weren't quite willing to give him the go-ahead with his own show. Instead, some dude with tats and guys playin' pool behind him has TWO shows on the network. Hmm...
I'm not sayin' it's right... just true.
Did you have a fun holiday? I was in NYC which was great. Didn't see any celebs or go to any Food Network star's restaurants, though. Maybe next time.