Monday, June 29
So Teddy Folkman was kicked off last night on episode 4 of The Next Food Network Star. While I think Katie and her increasingly frightening bug eyes (I wouldn't normally suggest this, but please squint a bit) should have gotten the boot first, Teddy had it coming.
His food was good, but when it came to presentation he was just, let's go to the judges for this description, "so fake and nervous" (Susie Fogelson) and "so awkward" (Bobby Flay).
In the judges' deliberation video online, Bobby Flay even compares Teddy to a late night infomercial pitchman.
Could they possibly be referring to the late, great BILLY MAYS?
Teddy's on-camera delivery may have had a similar, loud style, but he could have definitely taken some lessons from Mr. Mays. Teddy's sentences were rapid and awkward and he spoke like a hyper salesman. That kind of delivery definitely doesn't work for food TV. On the other hand, when you watch the now-infamous Billy Mays commercials (KABOOM! OxiClean! Mighty Putty!) he still comes off pretty natural. You almost expect Billy would act exactly like that in person.
Billy was also always 100% sure of himself--something Teddy rarely seemed to be, always second-guessing his wording, stumbling and mumbling while trying to read his cheat sheet off his hand.
So bye bye Teddy. Your food was always great, but I just don't think you got what it takes to be on TV.
This morning on the flight back from Chicago there was a somewhat morbid article about Billy Mays in the in-flight magazine. An online version appears on the magazine's homepage, the headline still reading: "What's next for this one man brand?"