Sunday, June 3
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.
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.