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Monday, November 10

Next Food Network Star Apps. Deadline Extended

Over the weekend I saw the commercial with Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson promoting the extended deadline for season five of Next Food Network Star

You know what that means...


Bring on the crazies!

I'm not saying crazy people make the best Food Network stars (although some might think otherwise) but they DO make the best contestants on a reality competition show. 

So, if you think you've got it... or totally lost it, apply online for season 5. You have until November 14. We wanna be watching you!

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45 Comments:

At 11/10/2008 8:20 AM , Blogger Becca said...

And the LOSER is...
Us viewers.

 
At 11/10/2008 9:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter. I won't be watching. The Food Network is becoming a total embarrassment. I blame Tuschman and Fogelson for it. The Food Network is totally turning into a network of personality without substance and the Next Food Network Star is on the top of the pile of that dung heap.

I know a lot of people didn't care for David Rosengarten, but I miss him. His show Taste was wonderful without all of the over the top antics that seem to have proliferated all over the Food Network.

Top Chef New York starts this month, I can't wait.

 
At 11/10/2008 10:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top Chef = a real contest.

Hey Tushwipe. You think people are forgetting that absolute debacle you called season 4 ?

Hard to get people back after you insulted them so badly you moron.

Just thinking of all the lowlights from Season 4 is reason to not tune in.

 
At 11/10/2008 10:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a good sign. It means they don't really like the entries that they have already received.

Top Chef 5 New York starts Wednesday and I can't wait. My absolute favorite show.

 
At 11/10/2008 10:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Network took a beating from the last season, so maybe they've learned a lesson. Any reality TV show lives and dies on its casting and clearly the casting department failed them last year. It also became fairly annoying that they chose the winner early on. I wish they would make this season less of a typical reality show -- get rid of the moronic challenges where the people have ten minutes to make a meal or have to cook a dish while in a speeding van or whatever other dumb stunts they have planned. Why can't they just set up challenges that test the cooks' ability to... cook? Last year they really seemed to set this show up on its own, as if the final outcome wasn't a new personality on the Network. This year they should just use it as what it was supposed to be -- a long audition. We watch this network to see people cook, so let's watch them cook.

 
At 11/10/2008 12:10 PM , Anonymous lana said...

Why is the Chef Jeff Project so interesting? Because it is *not* an elimination show.

TNFNS should just take a dozen ppl, have 'em cook amazing meals for six or eight episodes, and let the fans choose the one we like the best.

I'm with anon above - "get rid of the moronic challenges where the people have ten minutes to make a meal or have to cook a dish while in a speeding van or whatever other dumb stunts they have planned." When I watched the last season's shows, I'd tune in long enough to see what the contestants made, and turned it *off* during the eliminations.

I'd love to see a contest show with some dignity.

 
At 11/10/2008 12:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen!! I want to see what they can actually cook and could care less about cooking on a train or anything like that. And GIVE THE COOKS SOME TIME!! Sheesh! They hold these contestants to a higher standard than they do the host of their shows and it's degrading and ridiculous.

 
At 11/10/2008 12:39 PM , Blogger Katherine aka Scrap Yard Kath said...

Hate to say it, but I think FN has been jumping the shark lately and TNFNS will only be babysitting.

 
At 11/10/2008 12:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back the cooking to Food Network and dump all of this "entertaining personality" crap. We tune in to watch some cooking, not 2 people flirting in the kitchen or 8 contestants trying to put together a brunch on a train in 15 minutes - I mean, come on - who really does that in real life? Show more of the how to with the experts like Ina, Martha and the like.

 
At 11/10/2008 1:53 PM , Anonymous sb said...

To Anonymous 9:45 AM:

Shut your mouth about Susie! She's totally amazing!

 
At 11/10/2008 3:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why I love Alex and Ann on Saturday morning (and don't like Sunny and Aida). It's real cooking. I'm so sick of these challenges almost 24/7. Please stop!

Of course I still love Ina, Giada, Bobby, and Tyler. Like Emeril they can cook.

 
At 11/10/2008 3:04 PM , Anonymous Fonzie said...

Scrap Yard Kath said: " but I think FN has been jumping the shark lately ..."

You think ? Bob has been up on the waterskis so often the past few years, he often wears neoprene to work.

Bob, take some time off.Relax, regroup, refocus. We worry about you. You turtled on us after only 4 blog posts. Decided to "join" blogs with Seidel's . Please dont burn out on us. Who will keep culinary Television going worldwide ?

 
At 11/10/2008 3:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people that apply for this show deserve whatever they get. Those of us who watch the FoodNetWork, not so much.

 
At 11/10/2008 3:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I agree with others. TNFNS is not enjoyable, the competitions are ridculous and I cannot fathom how they prepare anyone for taping a cooking show. Too many of the network's shows are way too 'star'-oriented, sometimes silly, and often have very little cooking involved (ie. Paula' Party).

Why does the network have all the instructional shows on Sat. & Sun. when most people are spending time with family and friends? And during the weeknights, when people would turn in to watch, they show almost all non-cooking or challenge shows repeating the same shows over and over and over.

Boring, boring, boring.

 
At 11/10/2008 4:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It should be renamed "The Food Competition Network." Nothing at night is worth watching. I don't spend much time carving fruit sculptures, and don't think I'll ever wrap anything in fondant. These programs are all the same!

Bring the great cooking shows you've buried on Saturday to prime time.

FN, you've driven me back to local channels showing sitcom reruns!

 
At 11/10/2008 4:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love it if they showed the Sat. morning shows on weeknights as well. They could have a different show on every night. Sat and Sun after 2 and weeknights after 7 is just horrible. And we don't need back to back 30MM. Throw somebody else in one of the spots or alternate.

If I surf and see those Dr. Seuss cakes again I am going to lose it. LOL.

 
At 11/10/2008 4:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to watch Sara Moulton during or after dinner. I miss those days............

 
At 11/10/2008 4:50 PM , Blogger Mer said...

Rather than take entries, the network should scout well known chefs across the country and bring them on a show to see if they are good in front of a camera. This way we don't get morons like that blonde from last year who was fresh out of culinary school and mentioned it every chance she got.

 
At 11/10/2008 5:02 PM , OpenID tiamatsrevenge said...

The local PBS station in Seattle (KCTS) is MORE exciting & educational with their quarterly viewer cooking show ... "KCTS Cooks" ...

They invite viewers to send in recipes on a specific topic (say cheese or potatoes) ... The station puts together a cookbook ... Then on a Saturday during their quarterly pledge drive they invite some of the viewers, whose recipes are in the new cookbook, into the studio to create their dish live on-air ...

The show is GREAT!! We get to see the dishes made live ... We get to learn about different cuisines ... We get to see REAL food that most of us can afford and would eat ... It's a multi-hour show with lots of people as well as vignettes from local restaurants (with one of the hosts) ...

These home cooks have better chops than people like St Rachel/Guy ...


Cooking shows are supposed to INSPIRE the viewers ... NOT repulse or annoy them ... When I watch KCTS Cooks, I WANT to cook ...




And I still think that Reggie should've won season 2 of TNFNS ... But, I guess FogleTusch were jealous of Reggie ...

 
At 11/10/2008 5:05 PM , OpenID tiamatsrevenge said...

The director/producers of TNFNS had the video edited on purpose to make "the blonde" from season 4 look like she was constantly mentioning that she was fresh out of cooking school ...

They did it because they had already picked Aaron ... and didn't want people to like her ... That's why they made other contestants look bad ... They were trying to build UP Aaron so that we would watch his show ...


I watched maybe 2 minutes of his show ... and got repulsed ...

 
At 11/10/2008 5:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not everyone who auditions for the show is a wacko who can't cook (though there certainly are folks who are questionable sometimes). How do you get a big break if you're not a chef from NYC or some other big city? What if you work hard doing the local cable stuff and running your own food business? I agree that I would like to see a heck of a lot less of the brunch on a train or silly challenges. I don't quite understand what those have to do with connecting with an audience and teaching them a little something.

 
At 11/10/2008 7:08 PM , Anonymous lana said...

mer 4:50 pm, I dunno. I kinda like the fact that TNFNS is open to non-chefs. I know quite a few amazing people who can cook amazing food, and might even be entertaining and educatinal to watch on tv. But they aren't well-known chefs.

I'd just never encourage ANY of them to apply for this show. At best it looks like a humiliating, tense, stressful and awful experience to go thru.

 
At 11/10/2008 7:17 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Well Bob, Susie,

It seems the people are speaking and they don't quite like what you are putting on the air.

Maybe you should listen to them ?

 
At 11/10/2008 8:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Can we just have chefs teaching us to cook. I also love the PBS chefs. In my town they are on Saturday mornings when all the horrible FN shows are on. No husband and wife duo's with their constant sexsual comments to each other. Sara Moulton, Mario and a few other FN chefs are now on PBS. And no commercials!!!!!!!

 
At 11/10/2008 9:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to love the next food network star, but after last year's obvious fix, I won't be watching this year.

 
At 11/10/2008 9:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you have to do is look at the change of Paula Deen to see the direction of the network. Sad really. There is nothing compelling on anymore, save for Alton. I can stomach Guy for a bit, but he gets a bit rough. Ace of Cakes is good, but sometimes comes off as smug.
I really want to know how the Neely's got their own show. She is so "look at me look at me" annoying, and he has the personality of a brick. Just not compelling. Grill It has some potential, but once Bobby stopped going outside, Boy Meets Grill sucked. How anyone can watch Sandra/Rachel/Giada (other than for their looks) those shows. They are so boring. At least Emeril had a crowd to rev up and band.
I guess they are trying to be hip, but they have forgotten the most important thing: It's the food, stupid.

 
At 11/11/2008 12:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am afraid to say that I agree with you guys. Season 4 was a joke. Everything that Bob, Suzy, and Bobby Flay criticized the contestants for was happening with their own talent. Sunny had two episodes - #1 she was cooking eggs and by the time she was supposed to wind it up and eat'em they were still runny. They couldn't even "go to the reveal" and show them close up, then on her next episode, she forgot to tell us to add onions to a salad and at the end of the program before the sign off she goes "Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you to add onions." Who the heck else would get by with that. Also, Bobby Flay can't have a program on his own, otherwise he is boring. If you notice, he always has somebody with him. The Neeley's food is good, but I can't stomach the commentary about what a great Dad he is or what a great brother he is or what a great Mom she is...ugh! And if Gina says cook the chicken until it is brown like me....one more time....ugh, again!

 
At 11/11/2008 3:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

At this point I can only tolerate Rachael and Giada- the rest of the network sucks and they seem to have more repeats all week then they have new programming. Food Network- better get your shit together - and Fast... and FN Star is totally lame and so scripted- The last several winners were so bad. Maybe they ought to clean house of the TPTB and put in some fresh ideas-

 
At 11/11/2008 8:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What it means is they have not found their winner yet.

I for one will not be watching season 5. For the most part, I am done with FN. There was a time they dominated the dvr schedule, not so now... a couple of shows per week is alot now. How many times can you watch the cupcake challenge? extreme caked? famous skylines?

The network is like Bobs blog.... boring and short lived!

 
At 11/11/2008 9:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne and Alex and Ina suck? I don't think so Anon 3:11.

 
At 11/11/2008 9:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think alot of you are being really harsh in your criticisms of FN, but that's your opinion and I can respect that. Besides that, I'm inclined to agree with most of what you said. I don't think FN has jumped the shark; there are programs on there that I don't like, but for the most part I like FN. I think they should have more instructional shows and include more on weekdays--I'm sick of getting up at 5am on weekends just to catch the shows I want to see and having to wait til 8am on weekdays--but I didn't expect to like everything on the channel, either.
I agree with some of you that some of the shows are rather dumb--I don't care for TNFNS either myself.
I like the Challenges, the behind the scenes things for events and parties, I FLOVE Alton, Ina, Rachael and Giada, I can tolerate the Neely's as long as they're not dropping innuendos and annoying crap like the "spice fairy" and relationship tips all through the show, I like Bobby's cooking but can't tolerate him personally because I think he's an ass, and there was this show called "Sweet Dreams" I think that came on late at night that I adored. I am learning to deal with Sunny and Aida, but I don't care much for Jamie, The Rescue Chef, Sandra is just a source of laughs for me, they changed Paula way too much for me (but I still think she's a sweetheart) and I'm riding the fence on the others.

 
At 11/11/2008 10:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PBS is committed to putting quality on air programs that teach and instruct, and do so in a very unobstrusive manner.All of their shows are great to watch.Even Mary Ann Esposito. Sure it is all concentrated on a Saturday, but the quality of one good PBS day is better than a whole week of FN bullshit.

Maybe if more of you FN sheeple would tune into PBS culinary programming, they could amp up this area even more.

I too am so done with with FN. That jerkoff Tuschman has ruined the station. Time to fire his sorry ass.What a fuckin idiot he he is.

 
At 11/11/2008 11:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Food Network, but I agree with all of the above.

We NEED and WANT to see some of the "how to" Saturday morning shows on throughout the weeknight / prime time. I am tired of seeing the endless repeats of Unwrapped and Good Eats and Iron Chef. Although all are entertaining, I want to see some instructional cooking on the weeknights.

It seems that these whacky personalities (the Neely's, Sunny, Ingrid, etc.) are more into themselves and trying to be entertaining instead of just showing us how to cook. I miss the Martha Stewart stuff - she really knows how to make it happen in the kitchen. Same with Ina, Giada, etc.

I think Rachael is done...tired and annoying. Sandra is great humor - so cheesy, but so great.

Please bring back our classic Food Network cooking shows...remember Sara Moulton and Debbie Fields (Hospitality)? We need to learn to cook, not be entertained.

And for the NFNS - bunch of crap. Nobody is ever put under the pressure (even the pros) of these guys and critized so harshly. Can you imagine Ina or Giada being told to prepare a brunch with 5 ingredients aboard a moving train in a cramped kitchen - how ridiculous.

Bring back cooking to prime time!!!!!!

 
At 11/11/2008 1:25 PM , Anonymous Brian said...

Might as well call the show what it is - Top Chef Lite.

 
At 11/11/2008 6:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think season 4 was fixed. Everyone "ate" up the personalities, Kelsy, Aaron, Nipa spice girl, The Self proclaimed dive lisa, on and on. So much scandal,some people were out of control,
I'm glad Aaron won and like Bob & Susie very much. I enjoy watching Food Network . All but one or so shows I don't care to watch. I do agree that there's enough reality tv. Focus on cooking and people that are likable

 
At 11/11/2008 8:29 PM , Blogger Computer Gardener said...

I agree with everyone else, what do stunts have to do with the ability of a person to cook a meal and show us how to do it. I really miss Dan and Steve, please bring them back. I still Dvr their episodes, yes, they were not the most polished hosts in the world but I have cooked just about all their recipes.

I would also like to see some ethnic specific shows, Thia, Japanese, Indian, South American. Maybe it is the same show with rotating chefs. Or... They get a 12 show commitment and we see how it goes.

I have never watched Top Chef, but based on these comments, I am going to.

 
At 11/12/2008 7:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked Dan and Steve too and have made alot of their recipes.

 
At 11/12/2008 9:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with most of the comments here. I have been watching TFN since it started and what a disappointment it has become.The Neely's drive me crazy with their cutesy talk going back and forth. They may be able to cook but enough of the momma and daddy talk. Go to the bedroom already we don't want to see this on TFN. While I still love Paula Deen they have changed her almost into acting like a clown. Im hoping that the Season 5 winner will be Roni from Greenlitebites she is great and lots of personality. http://greenlitebites.com/

 
At 11/12/2008 10:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love PBS cooking shows!!!!! You can actually learn to cook. They teach unlike FN. Only problem is they are only on Saturday mornings.

 
At 11/12/2008 3:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the PBS props...I love their shows..just not into the "entertaining" aspect of food network anymore..and could someone can the Neelys? I can BARELY stand them...makes me want to crawl up a wall

 
At 11/12/2008 7:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The single biggest problem with the foodnetwork is Captain Manrings. You can't watch the network for five minutes without a promo for him, and even that 30 seconds makes me not want to turn on the channel.

Someday, we are going to be watching VH-1 "I Love 2008", and a string of people will be commenting, "Guy Fiettey, what the hell was the deal with that douchebag?"

 
At 11/13/2008 11:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot stand the Neelys and that Guy "Captain Manrings" (lol). Bring back some good cooks - not these so called "entertainers" who like to cook on the side. Absolutley horrible.

 
At 11/13/2008 5:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

GUY FEE-ETTI WEARS A MR.T STARTER KIT, PLUS THE JOE PESCI PINKY SIGNET SPECIAL.

 
At 11/13/2008 5:37 PM , OpenID tiamatsrevenge said...

Dump Guy Ferry (it's not "Fieri" or whatever he calls himself) ...

Dump Michael Symon ... That voice & piece of carpet on his chin make me want to throttle someone ... Plus, the whole grease monkey wardrobe is as bad as Rachel & her lack of kitchen hygiene ...

Dump Danny Boome ... Cheap knockoff of "Food 911" ... And he's too much of a pompous ass ...

Dump the Neelys, Bob & Susie, Aida, Ingrid ... Burn all of the video of all of Rachel's 8 million shows ...


Bring back the old Paula ... Melting Pot ... Sweet Dreams ... Sugar Rush ... Food 911 ... More Ina & Giada ...



Here's a big one -

Air the episode of "Roker on the Road" where he makes the chocolate chip cookies at the Levain Bakery in NYC ... People WANT to see THAT episode more than anything else ...




Hard to believe that ICA Thanksgiving Showdown is only listed for 5 airing between 11/16 to 11/23 ... *SHOCK*


Give the two blonde kids (Kelsey & ??) from NFNS4 a show together ... But, don't edit it like you did with NFNS4 to make them look like asses ... THEY had a lot of potential ...

 
At 11/14/2008 1:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

sb:

Grow up. If you can't handle my opinion of Fogelson, then that is your problem.

IMO, Tuschman and Fogelson have ruined the Food Network and I stand by that opinion.

 

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