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Tuesday, June 2

7 Questions for Teddy Folkman - Next Food Network Star Contestant

The season 5 premiere of The Next Food Network Star is this Sunday, June 7 at 9pm ET. All this week, Food Network Addict will be featuring mini, 7-question interviews done with each of the contestants.


Why did you decide to apply to be on The Next Food Network Star?
There are three things that I really love to do: cook, teach and entertain. So what better medium is there that could let me do all three then the Food Network? For years, my girlfriend has been bugging me, even daring me to audition for the show. Combine that with my experience on "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" made me realize, this is my chance.

Who are your chef / TV cooking star idols?
Ann Cashion, Thomas Keller, Tom Colicchio, RJ Cooper, Anthony Bourdain, Michael Symon and I must say after all this, definitely Bobby Flay.

What does it take to be a great Food Network star?
Personality that viewers can identify with, the ability to humanize your experiences and knowledge of food, strong culinary fundamentals, the ability to function on 2-3 hours of sleep a night, a love of sharing a 10X12 bedroom with 2 other grown adults while sleeping on bunkbeds.

Did you feel prepared for the types of challenges you endured on the show? Anything in particular you struggled with?
There was no way I was prepared! I might have tried to give that impression but heck no. There were so many obstacles from broken equipment and limited cooking space to cooking with people you have never met let alone shared a kitchen with. It was ridiculous!

The need to have a clearly defined culinary point of view is brought up again and again by the judges. What's yours and how is it different from what we've seen before?
My culinary point of view is teaching people to think like a chef rather then a cook. It's different because I feel Food Network has solidified its goal of teaching people about home cooking - they've perfected it. But it's time to branch out and show those viewers who have grown up for 16 years with the network and are pretty saavy in the kitchen how to take it to the next level.

You were judged by lots of Food Network stars over the course of the show. Which star(s) were you most excited to meet and why?
Morimoto - what's he really like in person? Alton Brown - is this guy that freaking smart?

Apart from winning this competition, what goals do you have for the future?
To open more restaurants and feed the amazing people of D.C., continue to work with kids, teaching them about the restaurant world through Brainfood, and to maximize all that I can accomplish through food. Simply put, living the dream.


Thanks to Teddy for taking the time to answer my questions. I'm not really a D.C. native, but I still gotta root for the local guy!

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At 6/02/2009 5:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"culinary point of view" is a stone cold retarded phrase that I am rather sick of hearing

At 6/02/2009 6:22 PM , Blogger Angie said...

If I never hear the term "culinary point of view" again, I'll be happy. I'm so sick of that phrase.

At 6/02/2009 6:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like a cool guy, and his idea of getting beyond simple food (which the network has fallen into recently) sounds like what everyone is calling for. The network needs more shows along the lines of Tyler/Anne and less RR/Sandra.

At 6/02/2009 7:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you Anon. Anne is great.

At 6/02/2009 9:31 PM , Blogger Lana said...

I wonder to what extent the contestants read up on FN-related blogs & such. I mean, Teddy's singin' our song here, with creating at least one upper-level cooking show? (I mean besides Iron Chef, which is more entertainment than instructive)

J, nice interviews. thx.

At 6/02/2009 9:55 PM , Blogger Angie said...

I'm with the anons and Lana...I'd LOVE to see a show that features "upscale" food. I've never understood Aunt Sandy's show. Sure, she made "cooking" accessible to viewers who weren't familiar with a kitchen, but her recipes aren't even semi-homemade if they require tossing together a few "ingredients" and calling it a day.

I really want to see more Anne/Tyler shows! Hell, give Morimoto his own tv show. I'd never stop watching FN again.

At 6/03/2009 7:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy has some interesting idea but I can already hear Tushy telling him not to be so 'fancy'. to'tone it down.' and to 'stop stop showing off your culinary knowledge'.

At 6/03/2009 11:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimmy Kimmel lost some weight! Good job, buddy!

At 6/03/2009 11:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

11;26 nice one!

At 6/03/2009 12:38 PM , Anonymous Mike said...

No adult male should call himself "Teddy". It's okay to grow up, Ted. Leave your nickname to the ladies' undergarment industry. Thanks.

At 6/03/2009 3:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note to Teddy Roosevelt....

At 6/04/2009 12:45 PM , Anonymous Mike said...

Touche, 3:47. You jerk... LOL

At 6/04/2009 10:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I calls em likes I sees em Mikey

And it's jerkette to you

At 6/08/2009 2:51 PM , Blogger John said...

He's as local as Food Network gets to me. Here here, go Teddy!


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