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Wednesday, June 25

Nipa Bhatt: Bye Bye

I really thought pouty-faced Nipa Bhatt might be able to squeeze through another week or so on The Next Food Network Star since I think she provides way more TV drama than Jennifer, but I guess that wasn't in the squid... errr, cards.

And so -- along with Cory, Kevin, and Jeffrey -- Nipa became the latest finalist to be eliminated this past Sunday.

I have a feeling Nipa's application for the show included a reference to "having no idea how to handle squid" or any seafood, for that matter.

Note to potential reality show contestants: Expect everything you list on your application in the "I hate the following...," "I know nothing about...," "I will instantly die if I come into contact with..." categories to show up in some way during the show.

I loved the look on a very nicely done-up Tyler Florence's face when Nipa said to "take the eye off" from the squid.

I kinda liked her Bollywood dance lesson, but the Coast Guard men weren't feeling it. It was a rare, almost happy looking moment for Nipa.

So Nipa's gone. Let's be honest: I don't think she could handle a show of her own. I'm not saying there couldn't be an Indian-focused cooking show on the network--there could. I just don't think Nipa could be its host.

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At 6/25/2008 10:54 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

I just don't understand why she wouldn't at least have learned how to filet a fish before coming on this show. I would be trying to learn as much beforehand as possible!

At 6/25/2008 2:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really hope someone with more culinary knowledge can put across her point of view. I would love to see an Indian food show on the network, but you're right, Nipa just wouldn't cut it.

At 6/25/2008 4:52 PM , Blogger Sunshine said...

Nipa. Again, totally weak.

I'm amazed she lasted this long. She may be able to rock out some awesome Indian cuisine at home but she clearly doesn't have much knowledge beyond that.

And for personality??? As each week's episode aired, she was less and less tolerable. I was developing an aversion to her screen time altogether, there was nothing appealing about her at all. She seemed like a pouty, whiney, clueless, vapid waste of time.

See ya later, Nipa!!!

At 6/25/2008 5:00 PM , Blogger Jaime said...

I was not sad to see Nipa go, she was arrogant and came off slightly bitchy. I agree an Indian food cooking show could be great, Nipa just didn't have the cooking knowledge or personality to be on tv.

At 6/25/2008 5:15 PM , Blogger Gregory said...

I even think he show concept was too narrow...She does Indian but had no clue about seafood. Not a good start. And then she is serving really spicy things at a brunch, when you might not expect that?
I just don't see that being a show for a year or more. International fusion, yes, but just Indian, and so far not innovative Indian, I just don't see it taking off.
What they could use is someone who does an array of international dishes - like the show Melting Pot from several years ago - and not French cuisine, we've seen that, how about Brazilian, Cambodian, Ukranian, some Indian, some Thai etc...

At 6/25/2008 8:32 PM , Blogger Alex Lopez said...

I would love to have an ethic cooking show on Food Network. I enjoy teaching Mexican, Moroccan, Greek, Caribbean, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. I enjoy bold flavors with spice! Now that Nipa is gone they can fill the void with yours truly..The Food Diva!

At 6/26/2008 2:10 PM , Anonymous Tony :) said...

I agree that with each passing week Nipa got less and less tolerable, and she came off as arrogant too. When Tyler asked her if she thought she looked like she knew what she was doing, can you believe she said yes?

It would be cool if Food Network did a show with Indian cuisine. You think Padma's available?

At 6/26/2008 4:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't like Nipa's attitude. I'm sure I've had better Curry at the place downtown at 4 AM that was shut down for all those health violations than anything the Bombay Bitch-ay could make in the FN kitchen. Also, what's up with that jennifer chick??? is she a child-woman or what? Note to Jen: If you want to be seen as an adult 1. Lose the pig tails and 2. Don't ever cook mac n cheese!!! I hate to say it but watching her apologize week after week gives me a sort of sick thrill. All the Tuschinator and Susie "Flog ya soon" have to do is stare at her for 4 seconds without speaking and she starts with the wimpering and excuse making.

At 6/27/2008 5:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bye Nipa.

I actually liked Kelsey this week.

At 6/27/2008 5:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How on EARTH did that Nipa make it to the final cut in the first place? OMG! She was awful and thought she was good. That was the funny part. Good to have confidence I suppose.
I am sure she cooks well enough at home and does great Indian Cuisine but that ain't hosting a TV show.
Thank God they finally gave her the boot.
Sorry I am late posting. I only watched it on DVR this morning.

At 6/27/2008 5:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS and Kelsey ROCKED. She just may win this sucker.

At 6/27/2008 9:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the second "dancing" scene for Nipa (look at the train wreck scene where everyone else is trying to get things done and she's dancing around).

I hate that we won't get to learn how to make Indian food any time soon, but am glad that she won't be teaching it.

At 6/28/2008 10:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm all for being proud of one's heritage and all that, but Nipa totally ran the "I'm Indian and I cook Indian food" thing into the ground. I'm glad to see her gone.

Once Lisa's eliminated, this season will become a lot more tolerable.

At 7/08/2008 7:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Indian, and I was glad to see her go!! I can't believe that there are no other Indians out there that have been to culinary school or have more extensive expericence with other cusines. She was a joke, and made Indians look bad.

At 7/19/2008 12:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I am an Indian too and feel sad that I didn't get the chance she got. I have been cooking Indian food since I was 12 yrs. Now, after having a daughter with a distinctive American palette I am diving into the world of creating a Fusion Indian set of dishes to suit her palette while using all the traditional flavors of India. I am going to start my own blog soon. Hope people give me some encouragement. Eventually, maybe even root for me to get on TV! Smiles,

At 7/25/2008 12:31 AM , Blogger Vivian said...

I love Indian food and would love to learn from a Indian food cooking show on HGTV. But.... Nipa she has no personality, no cooking skills and seems to be very arrogant- that is why she got eliminated,she can't take constructive criticism. I agree with some of the other posts-how did she even get on the show? I have seen hicks in the local diner that have WAY more personality that her. Do better next time Food Network and give someone that deserves it a chance to be the Next Food Network Star.

At 7/25/2008 12:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, nipa suxxx!

At 7/28/2008 3:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What bewildered me is Nipa did not know anything about fish, when Indian food from Bengal is full of fish food. She did not have much variety in her dishes - two of the them consisted of potato dishes.

In her favor, if you don't have the spices necessary to make Indian food, it's very hard to make anything India. Indian food is not about curry powder, and the FNetwork judges and stars clearly did not seem to know much about Indian food - Did Sandra Lee say she didn't even like it?

As for the comment about how can you have a year long show on Indian cooking, this person clearly doesn't know the 100s of Indian dishes out there.

I look forward to an Indian FNetwork start

At 7/30/2008 5:04 AM , Anonymous Homecooked said...

I wish there was someone else representing Indian food instead of Nipa. She was very stuck in the mud types and was not very inclusive of the American pallette. If you are having a show on food network you need to take into consideration the American tastebuds because Indian food can be spicy. To give her credit, the fishes that you get in America are quite different than the ones we get in India. In India seafood is the staple in the coastal areas mainly Bengal and Goa, so if you are going to cook Indian food you need to know the basics of American fish. I would have forgiven her for this episode but the other episodes were just as mediocre!


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