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Saturday, August 2


Well, she may have lost to Aaron McCargo Jr. for the title of the next Food Network star, but Lisa Garza is a winner here at Food Network Addict!

Take a look at this list of the top 10 keywords people searched for when landing at this blog:

Strange how no one is searching for "Aaron McCargo Jr."

Even last season's "winner" Amy Finley (well, her show "The Gourmet Next Door") was in my top 10... twice!

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At 8/03/2008 1:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't have to look for Aaron, he is on all the major search boards and in all the headlines.

Can pickup a paper or wait for his show and learn all we need to know.

At 8/03/2008 1:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

if lisa doesn't come out with a show/website/something to keep her fans posted, i'm going to cry.

At 8/03/2008 3:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm...to the first anonymous poster here, what paper are you referring to? His win certainly didn't make my local paper..and judging by a search at Google News, it barely made any papers at all. (I checked a minute ago and only about 30 results came up that pertained to the finale or his upcoming show...and a good number of those were from either reality tv show "news" pages or were website only content for media outlets.) Not knocking Aaron in that regard; the same would have been true if Lisa or Adam had won as well. Just pointing out that most folks can most certainly not merely pick up a paper and "learn all we need to know," unless all most folks need to know about Aaron's show is nothing. It also bears noting that Lisa and Adam and all the other NFNS finalists are just as much on all the major search boards as Aaron so I'm not sure what you even mean by that, unless you have some evidence that more folks are searching for Aaron on the major search engines than Lisa...which I don't think you could as I also don't think it's true. I rather suspect that the results displayed here are probably indicative of the trend on the major search engines as well. If anyone has a way of investigating that, please do.

At 8/03/2008 7:46 AM , Anonymous Gerri said...

No offense to Aaron but what was FN thinking. I have watched every season of the show and I think they screwed up on this one. Lisa was the clear winner from my standpoint.

I also noticed that they had Aaron up as the winner on the site before the show even aired. I did not like the fact that the people didn't get a vote. Very disppointed all the way around.

At 8/03/2008 8:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aaron was on the Neely's yesterday, if they aren't looking to reach a specific demographic, if his win wasn't partly racially motivated to draw in a new sector (and it is good to expand to new markets), then why was he on the Neely's?

So is everyone still convinced his win wasn't about brining in black tv viewers? If that was the case, why not just give him a show sins NFNS and let the true talent of it all win? (IMO..Kelsey or Adam in terms of the complete package). It's fine to bring in new viewers of all walks of life, of all races, but do it honestly and don't act like we're a bunch of stupid sheeple!

The previews of his show lead me to believe that it's going to be good and that he WILL go beyond the original 6 episodes.

At 8/03/2008 9:27 AM , Anonymous Robert said...

Woohoo... Bobby Deen is #4!

(Oops - sorry... I'll go back to my closet now.)

At 8/03/2008 11:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So is everyone still convinced his win wasn't about brining in black tv viewers? If that was the case, why not just give him a show sins NFNS and let the true talent of it all win?"

Man. If that's how you feel, then giving him his own show (independent of TNFNS) clearly wouldn't have made any difference. You'd still believe it was affirmative action, and just his prescence would offend you. Jeezlouise....why is it so difficult to give McCargo's cooking show the benefit of the doubt? I've read comments like these about a dozen times now: he was carried by the judges, his foodfare is common and not that sophisticated, he doesn't speak real English, etc.- and people always insist they're not thinking racist. Don't worry- maybe next season they'll only have white contestants, then there won'r be any chance of it appearing fixed.

At 8/03/2008 12:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should re-read the comment in its entirety. I believe, based on the previews, his shows is going to be quite good and go past the 6 episodes. BUT I do believe his race largely influenced the decision to pick him as NFNS winner.

At 8/03/2008 2:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you search for Aaron McCargo Jr or Adam Gertler on Google, FNAddict isn't in the first page of results - so that would account for less people getting to this site thru those keywords.

Type in Lisa Garza and this site is the 3rd result. That makes a huge difference.

Look at the # of fans each has on facebook for maybe a better idea of popularity.

At 8/03/2008 2:11 PM , Blogger jacob said...

I wasn't trying to make any scientific judgment on popularity. I've written a lot more posts that are exclusively about Lisa than I have with Aaron, so it's natural she'd show up more often.

At 8/03/2008 2:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Actually that is how I found your site - and I love it!

At 8/03/2008 2:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man. If that's how you feel, then giving him his own show (independent of TNFNS) clearly wouldn't have made any difference. You'd still believe it was affirmative action, and just his prescence would offend you. Jeezlouise....why is it so difficult to give McCargo's cooking show the benefit of the doubt? I've read comments like these about a dozen times now: he was carried by the judges, his foodfare is common and not that sophisticated, he doesn't speak real English, etc.- and people always insist they're not thinking racist. Don't worry- maybe next season they'll only have white contestants, then there won'r be any chance of it appearing fixed.

The only one turning things into an "affirmative action" or "white contestants only" stance is *YOU*.

Saying that FN is trying to draw in a larger black demographic is NOT equivalent to saying they are practicing affirmative action and to compare that (trying to draw a black demographic) to someone wanting only white contestants is just inflamatory.

So, Jesse Sharkton, get off of your soap box and stop race baiting people. When someone says, "FN had quotas to fill, why do they bother have non-white contestants", then your little sermon tirade would be warranted and fitting.

Aaron's show was enjoyable. I've been planning to make a salad with chicken tenders, now I believe I'll try his method for the tenders.

At 8/03/2008 3:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lisa has alot of hit's?

I'm not surprised at the interest, it's like what unbelievably stupid thing is she going to do or say next.

At 8/03/2008 4:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

aaron is culinarily flaccid.

At 8/03/2008 4:12 PM , Blogger Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. said...

I found your blog via a google search on Lisa.

I am actually really sad I won't get a fix of new Lisa Garza tonight. I hope that someone will put her on her own tv show soon. And she needs a line of cookbooks, like, yesterday.

At 8/03/2008 4:28 PM , Blogger Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. said...

Someone left in a comment that we should look at number of fans on Facebook. I’m not sure how the numbers compare between fans/viewers of Food Network and users of Facebook.But here ya go.


Cory Kahaney = 15
Jennifer Cochran = 20
Kevin Roberts = 21
Jeffery Vaden = 22
Nipa Bhatt = 86
Shane Lyons = 205
Aaron McCargo, Jr = 490
Kelsey Nixon = 626
Adam Gertler = 674
Lisa Garza = 931

At 8/03/2008 5:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't bring up the concept of bringing in more black viewers, thank you very much. How do you know his (Aaron's) win was an ulterior motive to bring in more black viewers? That's all I'm saying. You assume a great deal with that comment. And the minute you imply that a person's merit is less than legitimate and has some kind of racial motivation, "you're" the one calling it affirmative action. You can try to reverse this name-calling all you want, but it is what it is.

At 8/03/2008 6:22 PM , Blogger Cristina Mathers said...

i don't think that aaron's win is necessarily race motivated. besides the fact that he would be original and unique on TFN, lisa garza's style is a little too like giada and ina garten. aaron's cooking may appeal to wider audience, even though i personally found lg's cooking to be more my liking.

At 8/03/2008 8:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just did a search of Aaron McCargo Jr and this blog didn't even show up on the google results, but then I only went to 7 pages. Maybe that's why it didn't show up on your list.

At 8/03/2008 8:03 PM , Blogger My Version of the Truth said...

Bobby Deen as #4... that's very interesting. Maybe it's time he got his own show.

At 8/03/2008 9:54 PM , Blogger John said...

Cristina has a point about Lisa being too Ina/Giada-ish for the Food Network. "Oh, another Giada? Yay." I didn't watch Aaron's new show but it was only because I was busy. But I must catch it at some point. Not sure when, since FN doesn't rerun episodes of their shows ad nauseam like Bravo does.

At 8/03/2008 10:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw big daddys show today.
if you love greased soaked food its for you.
this guy uses more oil to fry shit on one show than i use in a month....
i also LOVED how Aaron said he wanted to show "the YOUNG YOUTHS" you can reach your dreams in one of his interviews.
please.......... then again, i guess young youths may be more teachable than us old youths?

At 8/04/2008 12:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was only his first episode, so it's not fair to judge, but it was incredibly boring. Not bad -- just boring. The food was meh -- the same kind of you-can-do-it-yourself-and-your-kids-will-eat-it-and-it-has-no-scary-Italian-names food the FN shows too much of nowadays. I thought the ideas behind the food were okay, but they didn't LOOK very good (he burned his pork). He still seems uncomfortable in front of a camera, he still shows little personality, and he still -- sorry, folks, it has to be said -- BUTCHERS the English language. He's the worst. I can't stand to listen to him. I'll give his show a few more shots, but it seems like something that will get old quickly.

At 8/04/2008 1:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought telling his son chicken fingers weren't for dinner was STUPID..... if they weren't why did he make a salad with them?
also, the coatings for the chicken looked REALLY bad, to me anyway...
and yes, he did burn the outer pork...and the fries looked kinda bad. i know FEW kids that would ike rosemary and thyme on fries also....
altho i think his little 3 year old was adorable.....i venture to say HE is Aarons best production....

At 8/04/2008 2:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, Yay Lisa for the tope ten keywords people searched for. With this kind of publicity, maybe she can shop around to another network for a show. I was incredibly torn between Lisa and Aaron on winnning TNFNS.

Second, can we just take the whole freaking race topic out of conversation? I am so tired of reading comments that sound horrible!!

Face the facts people, if Lisa, or Adam had won, there would have been unhappy peple as well, you can't please them all.

And third, Aaron's first episode did not suck. He was clear and concise with his recipes, explained the prodecures with nice clarity, and incredibly sanitary. He spoke like everyday people and has a great peronality. His food was not that greasy, in case everyone didn't hear him right, he WAS using olive and grapeseed oils. He drained everything. He didn't burn the outer pork, it was seared. And I am sorry if people think that chicken fingers for dinner are healthy, but their not!!! That's why he added a salad!! Oh wait, I forgot, we aren't supposed to be encouraging are kids to eat healthier in the country. I would try any of the recipes he showed today.

At 8/04/2008 3:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't care for Aaron's show at all, though I didn't think the problem was really Aaron so much as the way the whole thing was produced. I found the pacing of the actual cooking overly frenetic and the music and video cuts distracting and amateurish. I also thought visually the food just didn't look good; the chicken tenders probably tasted great but they looked like a mess of oily brown and oily dark brown. On the plus side, Aaron was really appealing when he was just sitting down, chilling with his kid. Nevertheless, for the production reasons stated above and also the fact that food wise, this is just not my cup of tea, I'm not watching again...though I can asolutely see how many folks will enjoy it and tune in regularly.

At 8/04/2008 7:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked Aarons show. As far as being able to hear him, frankly I think all hosts are somewhat difficult to hear for various reasons, music, cooking noises, talking to fast, accent etc. I liked how he made something quick and easy and then made the pork which took longer. I would watch again. I do agree though that there was to much grease used in one show.

At 8/04/2008 7:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad someone beat me to it pointing out Aaron cooked with Grapeseed oil which is very healthy! And before someone says he used too much, 1/4 cup for all those potatoes was not that much.

Don't forget now to point out all the chefs when talking about unhealthy cooking because all of them I have seen use butter, or other unhealthy ingredients.

Talk about burnt pork. Lisa admitted her pork was burnt on the next to the last episode. Everyone has a bad cooking day but from what I could see Aaron's pork was not burnt, just seared on the outside.

I agree no matter which NFNS had won there would had been many critical comments of the winner but knowing how many voted for Aaron to win, more than the other contestants got except Kelsey, lets me know Aaron has many people that are watching and loving his shows. No person on earth has everyone liking them. We don't live in a perfect world although some want individuals to be perfect, no one is! It is never justified to be mean to others.

I have no problem understanding Aaron and I have no problem understanding Wolfgang or any of the other chefs.

At 8/04/2008 9:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

jacob, when are you going to come out and finally tell us how you feel about aaron? you don't like him, huh?

and, imo, lisa is searched most b/c she makes good tv and good blogs. aaron can still make a great show.

At 8/04/2008 10:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe uneducated viewers. I cringe when he opens his mouth. I really need to see another person cook a steak. I'm interested in Lisa's black cod with zabaglione sauce. Bring Lisa back.

At 8/04/2008 10:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Butter bad? Cook much? Get a life.

At 8/04/2008 11:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aaron is the best to watch ,
Adam great too
Lisa not easy to take at all, not a team player.

At 8/04/2008 12:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuunny how this blog was supposed to be about Lisa and turned into a discussion about Aaron.

At 8/04/2008 1:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aaron Aaron Aaron. Sounds like Jan. LOL.

At 8/04/2008 2:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the butter issue in regards to it's healthiness should just be clarified. Most all the chefs are adding butter when they are frying something.

Butter contains saturated fatty acids, cholesterol, which older people are concerned about, but cholesterol is good for children, particularly when the child is growing. According to the children’s gastroenterologist doctor Liutauras Labanauskas, the saturated acids contained in the butter may only be harmful to the health when it is used for frying. In this case, these acids may have the sensitizing effect. Therefore, butter should not be used for frying, either for children or for adults. In order to eat butter healthily it should be spread on bread, added to porridge and pastry for biscuits or cakes.

I did not personally hear Doctor Liutauras Labanauskas comments so I can neither validate or not the above statements and for sure margarine is more unhealthy but the fact remains the statement about butter not being healthy can in fact be true when it comes to frying which is how a lot of chefs use it and maybe the ones that were critical of the statement about butter not being healthy needs to search out ALL the facts or clarify that it is healthy when used by simply adding it to something without cooking with it.

At 8/04/2008 2:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He spoke like everyday people and has a great peronality."

The people I know do not speak like Aaron does. They use proper English -- and most of the people I meet do as well. So maybe this reaction is more a reflection of you and the people you know. But it's not surprising to hear this from someone who wrote "And I am sorry if people think that chicken fingers for dinner are healthy, but their (sic) not!!! That's why he added a salad!! Oh wait, I forgot, we aren't supposed to be encouraging are (sic) kids to eat healthier in the country."

If we think the show wasn't good, that's our opinion. There's no reason to get defensive and declare that it "doesn't suck."

It was boring, I didn't like the food, and, yes, that pork was BURNED. When I sear meat I try to avoid making it look like something stuck to my BBQ grill.

At 8/04/2008 3:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Aaron, hate Aaron, love Lisa, hate Lisa, Love Adam, hate Adam....


Guess that's why the judges need to pick the winner so we can be critical of their decision otherwise there would be chaos with each other. lol

It's a fact, each contestant had their favorites and there is no way every viewer's favorite could win. Why can't everyone just watch the shows they like and leave the rest to the others that like the other shows. Not hard to do.

I know, that would not be as much fun to some people as posting mean and negative comments. Not saying I have any fun doing that because I don't post mean comments or comments that have to do with what people wear or how they talk. There are other chefs on Foodnetwork that don't always talk plain but I don't have any problems understanding Aaron of any of them. Anyone can find fault if they try.

My only comments about anyone in life is how they treat others, period. Nothing else matters as long as they aren't a criminal! I am happy when others have good things happen for them and think it's great even if I don't like them, even if I would never watch their shows.

At 8/04/2008 8:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happen to speak very proper english, and I hang out with incredibly intelligent people, and usually only stuck-up snobs are the only ones who cannot tolerate the working classes slang.

At 9/24/2008 1:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does the FN require that the stars have a story. Very few stories are interesting. Paula's by far is the most interesting story. A single mother with no skills (just cooking) having to support her sons after her husband left is a true story of survival and success. I bet her ex-husband is REALLY SORRY he left her and their sons. There is no way he has near the success that Paula has achieved. She has changed quite a bit though especially with the sexual references on Paula's Party. She has become offensive and I wish she was still the original Paula that so many of us fell in love with. The worse personal stories are those about Rachael Ray. Who cares that her in-laws don't like garlic or what her goofy husband likes. Rachael also dresses very unprofessionally on some shows and I'm referring to halter top dresses with her breasts almost exposed. Someone needs to tell her how to dress and please someone gag her with a bottle of EVOO or a GB. Her 15 minutes have long since expired. Her food is bad and it all looks alike same pastas same flank steak and chicken breast. And why why why does she lug all her stuff from the frig to the pantry then back tracks to prep area as if she is always in a contest to see how much stuff she can carry. Come on FN she is sooooo stupid. Cut her shows and add more Robin Miller, Ina Garten, Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, Iron Chef etc. I liked Aaron Mccargo, but in my opinion he was trying to sound like Guy. Why can't FN stars just be normal and entertain us just a little while we learn something new to cook. FN here is an idea for a new show that would be interesting...have a guest chef show where past contestants can come back such as Lisa Garza, Kelly Nixon.


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