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Sunday, June 3

Let's finish the meeting...

Okay, gotta bang through these since the premiere is tonight. And boy am I... excited?

But before I begin, I keep hearing them say this is the "biggest prize in television." Hmm... really? A 6-episode deal? Last time I checked Howie Mendel was giving out a million for just guessing numbers.


Tommy Grella is large, promotes huge portion sizes, and smokes cigars. Really fits in nicely with the whole "Health Recipes" thing the network is trying out right now. Just don't see a show happening here.


On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is Colombe, an exercise instructor (she does some exciting backbends in her video) and personal chef who enjoys organic ingredients. I think the food network could do an organic show (it's SOMEthing that hasn't been done). Colombe looks surprisingly unhealthy in her video and pics, though. Is she tired?


Patrick is an executive sous chef and obviously knows his way around a kitchen. His "thing" is using "seasonal, fresh ingredients." Hmm... a good tip to live by, but you're going to have to give us more than that if you want to last in this competition.


Umm...Rory's tagline on her MySpace page is "blue-collar cuisine" but she looks like she has some tricks only a business-minded professional would know. Ehhh... I could go either way at this point.


Adrien, Adrien, Adrien... a Tyler Florence/Dave Lieberman combo of sorts he is. Adrien already hosts a cooking show on a local channel, but is ready to take that to the next level. He wants to create a show that combines music and food which he says, "Hitting on the differences of food and music in different cultures would be highly entertaining. You could hit this from so many angles."

Hit away, Adrien.

And finally,


I liked Nikki a lot from her video. She's got a little sass in her-- something the Food Net probably needs at this point. Not to mention the fact that we could use a few more "women of color" cooking shows.

Nikki's kind of food is the kind that has "flavor." Hmm... I was under the impression that all food had some sort of flavor, but she didn't really go into that.

One of the ways she achieves "flavor" is by adding a pinch of brown sugar to everything she makes. I think that's great. Orange juice with brown sugar? Sure. Can't go wrong with that.

Also, she's not afraid to dress up a bit.

You aren't going to see Nikki in some freakin' Crocs! She bends down to open that steaming oven with her pink suit and matching boots without missing a step. Step back, Emeril!

Phew! That's it. The two-hour premiere is tonight at 9pm/8c. Check it.

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At 6/03/2007 4:11 PM , Anonymous Conrad5 said...

Anyone who looks like Halle Berry, and knows hot to cook, is all right by me. One minor thing: Its Gregor Mendel, and Howie Mandel. Different breeding stock.

At 6/03/2007 7:49 PM , Blogger JordanBaker said...

Colombe looks and sounds just like the younger sister of a guy I dated in high school.

At 6/04/2007 9:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colombe was a bit wishy-washy and passive agressive. Let's hope she gets the boot early on in the show - she almost did last night for being a rotten team leader.

At 6/04/2007 12:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

JAG needs to 'jag' off. When he entered the house, he looked like a vagrant. My husband (currently serving his 14th yr in the Army) and I had to scoff at him wearing his Marine fatigue jacket TWO YEARS after he left the service. "Jag it up"? Sorry, only Emeril can get away with that and even his shctick is old now. PLEASE DIE

Who was the cocky fool that said, "How hard can it be?" in regards to working with fondant?

I really like Patrick, Colombe and Paul right now.

At 6/04/2007 12:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The catering challenge was a bit too off for Next Food Network Star... it's something they consistently do on Top Chef, so this just felt cheap. Also, I'm sorry, but a Food Network Star NEVER needs to do things like budget out a giant catering order, figure out how to prepare it, and lead a team to create it. That crap about Colombe not being able to command a group of people translating to her not being able to "command" a camera is just beyond stupid. Nice try Bobby Flay, but no.

Also, love for Paul and his fabulousness and two grooms on the cake :-) Amy's cake? Soooo boring, I would be embarrassed to have that at my wedding.

At 6/04/2007 12:46 PM , Anonymous Sue said...

I can't bring myself to watch that show again. I'll depend on you for recaps..

PS Is it my imagination or did you change your header? It looks great.

At 6/04/2007 12:57 PM , Blogger jacob said...

conrad: ahhh, thank you.

jordanbaker: i hope he looked a little bit more alive than her sister.

sassy: I didn't think I'd like JAG based on his video, but he was okay so far (I don't know anything about military rules, though) and the judges seemed to like his food. didn't patrick get the boot?

anon: good point. although since robert irvine's show is marginally successful, who says they won't give the NFNS a similar-type show!

sue: i'll try to get recaps up for you promptly. i was pleasantly surprised by the first episode, so i think i'll stick around for a little bit

and, yes, the header is part of a larger design change that should come about shortly. matt from Matt is Lost in TV designed it for me!

At 6/04/2007 4:41 PM , Blogger Madeline said...

Love you fancy new header!

At 6/04/2007 8:25 PM , Blogger jacob said...

thanks! i'm hoping to have the rest of the re-design up one of these days.

At 6/05/2007 11:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy seems the most organized. Colombe is apparently out of her element. Maybe she should go to Discovery Health channel to host a yoga and food show(they hired the 4th place finisher of TNFNS2, Nathan Lyon, to host "A Lyon in the Kitchen," right?). Tommy reminds me of one of Emeril's more rotund assistants(I forget the name...is it Sal who also owns a restaurant?...also Lenny Clarke, Denis Leary's friend and co-star on "Rescue Me," but that's beside the point). Nikki should wear a pantsuit or shirt and slacks. A skirt just isn't going to cut it, unless she's serving only(she should also work on balancing trays with top-heavy desserts...look what happened to Bobby Flay). And Robert Irvine, in the grand tradition of Gordon Ramsay, is the perfect drill instructor to direct the troops as at the wedding reception. Patrick and Vivien were the most colorless, and Rory's teeth aren't that big! (For that matter, neither are Giada deLaurentiis'. She just seems she has more of them.) The backstabbing regards vegans, etc., was totally unnecessary and unsportsmanlike.


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