Tuesday, April 7
At some point during season five of The Next Food Network Star (premiering June 7 at 9pm ET), Ina Garten will be saying to the contestants:
(I actually knew about this since February, but I stupidly kept my mouth shut.)
That's right! Ina Garten will be making her first-ever appearance on the show that aims to find the next Food Network star... or something like that.
She'll be joining the likes of Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown, Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, Gina and Pat Neely, Masaharu Morimoto, Ted Allen, Tyler Florence, Michael Symon, and Aaron McCargo Jr. in the shows lineup of special guests. (And even though it doesn't say it in the release, Anne Burrell told me she taped something for it, too.)
You know they rolled production into East Hampton for the day, as I can't imagine Ina leaving her compound just for any old reason, even if it is the most-watched show on the network.
According to the release:
Challenges include catering a party for a roomful of Food Network stars, impressing the "Barefoot Contessa" herself in the Hamptons and preparing a comforting meal for returning soldiers on the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. The show also flies to sunny Miami – for the first time – where the finalists must survive a beachside wood-grilling challenge for Red Lobster and create a delicious dinner for a group of culinary elite at a screening of Columbia Pictures’ movie Julie & Julia (in theaters August 7). Throughout the season, they will also have to prove they have star quality and dazzle a variety of media outlets with their personalities, including Access Hollywood, Good Housekeeping, Esquire, Food Network Magazine, and USA WEEKEND.
(Of course this isn't the first time the show has flown to Miami. Season 3's final episodes which were shot down in Miami had to be scrapped after JAG bowed out of the competition.)
I'm seriously hoping for a little Ina attitude, just like we've seen when Giada has appeared on the show. Remember this?
You know Ina's got some glares in her, too.
Following up on my blind item I announced back in December, it looks like I was right on my prediction that one of the contestants had appeared on the network before. Take a look at the list:
The 10 finalists include: Brett August (Washington Heights, N.Y.), Katie Cavuto (Philadelphia, Pa.), Melissa d’Arabian (Keller, Texas), Teddy Folkman (Alexandria, Va.), Eddie Gilbert (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Jen Isham (Orlando, Fla.), Debbie Lee (West Hollywood, Calif.), Jamika Pessoa (Atlanta, Ga.), Michael Proietti (New York, N.Y.) and Jeffrey Saad (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Could that Teddy Folkman be the same Teddy Folkman who's Executive Chef at DC's Granville Moore's, who also appeared in the Mussels episode of Bobby Flay's Throwdown? YES!
As for the other contestants, I have no idea who they are. Google away, people. And get excited!