Monday, July 2
Alton Brown helped out the contestants as best he could this week in their on-camera demos.
His reactions (and crazy spikey hair) were more entertaining than the contestants, though. Sadly.
Adrien, Amy, Rory, JAG and Paul all had to use their least favorite ingredient in a dish that glorified said ingredient-- goat cheese for Rory, Lima beans for Paul. Sounds simple, right?
Not when you're crying at the dinner table over whether or not you even want to compete.
This episode focused heavily on Amy's self-doubt, even hinting at a request to go home in the judging room.
Now, regular viewers of reality TV competitions know of this common trick editors employ-- what I like to call the "heavy focus on one certain contestant's foibles with the intention of making it obvious they'll be kicked off only to, SURPRISE, not kick him off at the end" tactic.
Perhaps someone at Food Network's been watching America's Next Top Model???
I wasn't sure if TNFNS was that advanced, though. Amy's crying and saying she didn't want the job as a FN host seemed like she'd OBVIOUSLY get the boot, right?
Well, after much turmoil, we return from break only to find out Amy WOULD like to stay another week. Oh the agony. Just decide already.
I'm beginning to worry that JAG really will be in the final two and that producers and execs are hoping he wins. Just based on his track record, he doesn't seem like the easiest guy to work with.
Adrien was sent home last night, despite having the highest number of MySpace friends. I still think his charm and previous experience as a cooking show host will work in his favor, just maybe not on the Food Network.
With the choices narrowed down to a Latinoish Guy Fieri (JAG), Southern Blonde Giada (Rory), Robin Miller mom (Amy), and third Hearty Boy (Paul), I honestly don't know who'll win at this point. Sigh.
I can't believe it's already July. Where is the summer going?
Anyhow, Mike's 1 year birthday post over at TV Food Fan (congrats!) reminded me of my OWN birthday over here.
June 27, 2006 was my first official post. It took me a little bit after that to get into my groove, but I think I've comfortably found my niche. I'm so glad there's other fans out there who care (almost) as much as me:-)
It's been a fun year watching my favorite Food Network stars and their off-screen activities. Many really have become known for "way more than cooking."
Let me know what you think about the blog. I always appreciate the comments and e-mails (firstname.lastname@example.org).