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Wednesday, April 30

A "Star" Returns... For Season 4

The season four cast of The Next Food Network Star was announced several weeks ago, but I didn't post anything about it, figuring a list of names and ages probably wouldn't excite you all that much, would it?

But NOW we have much more info... and pictures... and even video. So get excited.

Finalists (l to r): Nipa Bhatt, Shane Lyons, Adam Gertler, Lisa Garza, Aaron McCargo Jr., Jennifer Cochrane, Kevin Roberts, Kelsey Nixon, Jeffrey Vaden and Cory Kahaney.

Here's the promo video (did anyone else see it last night?):

I'm not so sure what to think of the club music used in this promo (which sounds eerily similar to Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You"), but once again I'm probably only one who cares.

But maybe I'm not. The music is almost screaming out pay attention! Forget about that competing show, which just so happens to be casting for season five right now!

Food Network is counting on even higher ratings this year, so hopefully these folks will get you to watch:

Nipa, 35 (Victoria, MN) is a marketing manager by day and cooking enthusiast by night. Nipa is the former owner of the Gypsy Curry House and has taught a variety of cooking classes. This married mother of two thinks everyone should cook with a fearless attitude. Her versatile background has allowed her to grow up in both India and the United States and bring both worldly tastes to the table.

Jennifer, 32 (Woonsocket, RI) is a self-taught chef who started playing in the kitchen at the age of seven. Currently, Jennifer is the Executive Chef at Geppetto’s and Briggs Corner restaurants and is the proud mom to her 3-year-old daughter. Jennifer hopes her cooking can show people how to discover the basic ingredients behind some of the greatest flavors.

Lisa, 32, (Dallas, TX) brings her own sense of style and elegance to the kitchen. Voted in 2006 by The Dallas Morning News as one of Dallas’s “5 To Watch – Chefs,” Lisa is the co-owner and special event planner of Suze Restaurant & Catering. This former beauty queen designs her own line of chic kitchen aprons and brings glamour to the gourmet scene.

Adam, 30 (Philadelphia, PA) is an actor and server who has made the kitchen his stage! Adam is the former owner of The Smoked Joint – a BBQ joint he ran with his brother that brought ‘the barbeque experience’ to Philly. Currently starting up a catering company, he constantly searches for new ways to bring easy, approachable meals to the table with a side of fun.

Cory, 45 (New York, NY) is a New York City native that is no stranger to the spotlight. Cory has previously been featured on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. When it comes to cooking though, Cory is serious about great food. She considers her style MAMMA cooking – grounded in the classics of Mediterranean, Austrian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Asia.

Shane, 20 (Colorado Springs, CO) shows the kitchen holds no boundaries when it comes to age. As a former child star and professional actor, Shane was part of the hit Nickelodeon show, ALL THAT and won a Kids Choice Award with the cast in 2004. At 20, Shane runs his own catering service, Experience Dining, in Los Angeles and still dabbles in acting. Shane is also a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America.

Aaron, 36 (Camden, NJ) is a family man who loves all things buttered and barbequed. Aaron got his start cooking in a local hospital at 13 and is the Executive Catering Chef for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Married with three kids, Aaron brings an easygoing presence to the kitchen with his warm smile and passion for down to earth cooking.

Kelsey, 23 (North Ogden, UT) happily dubs herself as the ‘Mini Martha Stewart.’ This bubbly, blonde dynamo has brought her unique cooking style to her eager peers at the local college cable station as the former host and star of “Kelsey’s Kitchen.” Turning the kitchen into a classroom, Kelsey currently teaches culinary classes covering everything from seafood to cupcakes and freelances in the food department for The Salt Lake Tribune.

Kevin, 39 (San Diego, CA) is widely known as “The Food Dude.” As the Executive Chef of East Village Tavern & Bowl, Kevin is immersed in the San Diego food scene. Kevin writes cookbooks and is the food contributor for a local radio show. This martial arts expert thinks all flavors should pack a mighty punch!

Jeffrey, 43 (White Plains, NY) is 6’5’’ and brings a tall order to the kitchen. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, he has owned his own restaurant, catering business and was even a TV intern at one time. Although Jeffrey has a BA in Political Science and English from Howard University, he says he couldn’t pass up the way cooking channels the creative side of the brain.

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At 4/30/2008 12:01 PM , Blogger roopa said...

Hooray for there being an Indian woman on the show!

At 4/30/2008 3:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting, seems like this group has more "professional" creds in terms of being in the food business than the last couple of series.

At 4/30/2008 9:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Piece of crap show needs to go to the BONE*YARD where it belongs.....
its a joke
it's filler
it's boring
the only "star" that was made that has ANY kind of success with a show is Guy....where are the other winners??
And the 2 gay guys that won they put on at 7:30 AM on Sundays or whatever.....SOOOOOOOOOOOOO B A D with a capital B.
all righty then......NFNS??

At 5/01/2008 8:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This makes me soooo upset! They make a whole show out of the search and then when they pick the winner, they get weaned off the network.

Where the hell is Amy Finley?!


At 5/02/2008 11:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy Finley may have won the people's vote on NFNS3, but she apparently lost it where it counted in the end - the Nielsen vote and the vote of the advertisers looking for the 18-34 male demographic.

If a new show can't attract the advertisers who pay FNs bills, it gets dropped. See 2 Dudes Catering for another example.

At 5/04/2008 3:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 dude catering?? how many more crap shows can FN think up?? Most of them are all the same concept ( traveling to eat...ooohhhhhh!!) , with different people doing the same stuff, who already have 5 other shows anyway....Paulas Party? How about Paula's Embarrassing Breakdown? Food Network has almost completely LOST their Vision and sight of what most people that originally loved the network watched it for....its all parodies now. They need to clean house, get RID of Bob Tushie-Man and hire some folks that know tv and the market.
They need to get some 2's back....2 hot tamales.....2 fat ladies..... anything but more paula or rachael....

At 5/05/2008 7:23 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

The Next Food Network Star started out on a decent premise...ordinary people that could cook, aspiring to be a star. Now, there really isn't anything worth watching. Really, who wants to see a group like this "compete"? Where's the appeal to the at home gourmets, who watch? When I saw Cory Kahaney was a finalist I decided that the shows producers (and "selection" committee) had taken leave of their senses. Why doesn't she get a sponsor and just do her own show "What's Cory Doing to be on TV this season?" She doesn't have that "fresh new face" since you find her on Comedy Central reruns. And really, do you believe she cooks? And, oh, look--the kid from Nick Networks "All That" has grown up and needs another gig. I wonder how all those Food Network groupies who sent in their homemade tapes feel now that they see who Food Network "really" wants. Executive chefs, gourmet chef/kitchenware designer ex-beauty queen, CIA graduates; sure mom of three from Podunk USA, send us your happy homemaker, I can be a star video..of course you have a chance to be the next Food Network Star. Sure,that will happen about as quick as Spam becomes the next "secret ingredient" on Iron Chef. Please, just the Pepto.

At 5/05/2008 9:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are nuts if they think I want to watch any of these people in a cooking show. What they have already is bad enough. Curious that they are now taking the decision out of the hands of the viewer since viewers voted for Amy over that charismaless blonde from NJ/Texas that Bob and Suzy loved.

At 5/07/2008 4:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I guess I'll be the only one watching this show. I was addicted to it last season and I love that FN put the contestants in the commercials so you already kind of recognize them. And I already have a favorite.

And I bet these contestants' backgrounds were triple-checked this time. ;)


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