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Monday, August 17

Jeffrey Saad Gets Mini-Series: 'The Spice Smuggler'

Well that didn't take long!


Bob Tuschman today confirmed on his blog that The Next Food Network Star - season 5 runnerup, Jeffrey Saad, will have a 'mini-series' of 4 Web-exclusive videos based on his pilot called The Spice Smuggler.

"Jeffrey Saad takes you on a journey with Anise seed spice, Paprika, Garam Masala and Five Spice powder. He takes spices off the rack and brings them center stage. And as always, Jeffrey makes you need to taste the food," writes Bob T.

I wonder what Melissa d'Arabian thinks about her competition getting a show after only 2 episodes of her show have aired?

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22 Comments:

At 8/17/2009 11:46 AM , Blogger Rick B. said...

I think that she probably thinks that there is room enough for both.

 
At 8/17/2009 1:03 PM , Blogger Alec Smart said...

While they are handing out shows to runnerups, why not give Lisa Garza her own program ?

I guess this means we will be seeing more of Debbie (Snow Boots in Miami) )Lee .

 
At 8/17/2009 1:55 PM , Blogger PJ said...

Yeah--I thought it was insincere during the finale when they kept saying, "You're both so great, but we can only take one of you." Sure, maybe there can only be one winner, but surely you FN execs have the power to create more than one show.

That said, I don't really like Melissa's show, and I don't really plan to watch Jeffrey's show.

 
At 8/17/2009 3:23 PM , Blogger daniel said...

now he will show why he should have been the winner...

they screwed up... he is way more talented then mel and know you give him a reason to come out of the gate as if he had been knocked down...

he will come back with a strong arm

mel your in trouble...

 
At 8/17/2009 3:23 PM , Blogger daniel said...

now he will show why he should have been the winner...

they screwed up... he is way more talented then mel and know you give him a reason to come out of the gate as if he had been knocked down...

he will come back with a strong arm

mel your in trouble...

 
At 8/17/2009 3:24 PM , Blogger Lana said...

They'll track the number of hits received on the Webisodes and see if Saad has enough of a following to merit his own show.

Like Saad? Watch the vid's and tell your friends. Don't like him? Don't watch and tell your friends.

lol

 
At 8/17/2009 3:26 PM , Blogger LindaSonia said...

I won't be watching his show. Ugh.

 
At 8/17/2009 4:23 PM , Blogger Freddy said...

I am not suprised, the committee liked both of them and would have given either one of of them a show. Rememember "it was one of the hardest decisions ever"

 
At 8/17/2009 8:20 PM , Blogger Hank the Rapper said...

Wow, 4 videos you can only get on the internet.

 
At 8/17/2009 9:51 PM , Blogger musingegret said...

Thank you so much for this post; I'm de-lurking to let you know that I read you daily and I'm so pleased about this info about Jeffrey. I viewed all 4 segments and the food looks wonderful; I'm ready to place an order with Penzey's for the spices he spotlighted! P.S. I have no connection with Penzey's or FN or Jeffrey himself. I was pulling for him during the competition.

 
At 8/18/2009 3:33 PM , Blogger femaile said...

Just hurt my arm patting myself on the back for calling this one....

TNFNS is not a contest it is an entertainment program. They know who they want early on and if they get a break out star along the way, they find room for that person.

 
At 8/18/2009 9:48 PM , Blogger Vegies said...

What?????? A show on spice's!!!!!!

 
At 8/19/2009 4:20 PM , Blogger truckinchef said...

I think that he would have been much better, I have watched the ten dollar show. It is not worth my two cents. Go Jeff!!

 
At 8/21/2009 12:58 PM , Blogger JM said...

Is FN deleting recipe reviews for Melissa DArabian's and Jeffrey Saad's recipes? For example, MD's North African Meatballs recipe page says that there are 179 reviews, but when I click on the REVIEWS tab, I see only 3 reviews. There is supposed to be 1 review for JS's lasagna recipe, but I don't see it when I click REVIEWS.

 
At 8/23/2009 3:42 PM , Blogger Girl Friday said...

I really enjoy both of them and I actually learned a few things from Jeffrey's spice videos. I hope they do give him a full time gig, he's quite good. I love Mel, but I'm concerned that her show's premise will be fairly limited. You can only cook so many things on the $10.00 approach. It's not as if your going to see many lamb, veal or fillet mignon recipes there.

 
At 8/23/2009 4:19 PM , Blogger Patricia said...

I think there's room for them both - thought Melissa's show today 8/23 was great -anxious to try her chicken oranj and her crispy potatoes & the fennel slaw. Go Melissa - Go Jeffrey - we're the winners! We get to try all the recipes.

 
At 8/24/2009 12:11 PM , Blogger Andrew said...

Patricia,

Whatever you do, don't try and mimic Melissa's recipes and techniques from yesterday's show; they're awful, and they will make your food taste bad. Here's how you can sort of rescue what Melissa did, in less time, with less effort, and it will actually taste good:

1. The chicken. Melissa sears the skin on the chicken in a frying pan (which will indeed make it crispy), before putting a gloopy, sugary sauce on it and throwing it in the oven (which will make it NOT crispy, although perhaps a bit sticky). That's crazy.

What you should do instead: season your chicken breasts and sear the chicken skin side down in a scorchingly hot, high-sided saucier for 3-4 minutes until crispy; then flip over and deglaze with white wine (or chicken stock, or water that comes up a half an inch on the chicken. Drop the heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes or so until cooked through but still juicy.

If you must make Melissa's awful sauce, follow her directions, but make it in a separate small saucepan and add it at the very end when you plate the chicken. That way the skin will stay crisp but you'll still get the sauce. Better still would be to make a nice beurre blanc, add the juice and zest from one orange, and add *that* to your chicken. It'll taste a lot better, and one orange is probably cheaper than FCOJ anyway.

2. The potatoes. Oh god; that potato technique was insane. She fries the potatoes in oil for two minutes (allowing them to soak up the oil but not get crisp), then deglazes with water for some reason (?!?), THEN throws another 4T of butter in the pan before laying them out on a baking sheet and roasting them in the oven. That's not going to taste good, and it's actually twice as unhealthy as just making french fries (because the potatoes have absorbed the oil AND been coated in butter).

What you should do instead: figure out if you want a relatively healthy side or a splurge. If you want a splurge, make french fries. Use the double-fry technique: first, fry them at 325 to cook all the way through, then finish at 375 for two minutes to turn them golden brown and delicious. Or, if you want to avoid frying, cube the potatoes, drizzle with 1T of olive oil, toss with salt, pepper and rosemary, and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 375 until relatively crisp.

3. The slaw. Bleah, another disaster. Fennel is a great veggie, but both it and red cabbage are *really*, really crunchy in a way that most people find unappetizing raw. Melissa's slop-it-all-together approach will taste like raw veggies in dip, not slaw.

What you should do instead: slice the fennel and red cabbage VERY thin (on a mandoline or v-slicer if you have one), put in a bowl and coat with red wine vinegar (about 1/3 c.) while the chicken and potaotes cook. After 20 minutes or so, the vinegar liquid will be purple and the veggies will be soft. Drain off the vinegar, add the mayo and seasonings, and *then* you have a proper slaw.

 
At 8/24/2009 8:20 PM , Blogger Female, 42 said...

Watched all 4 of Jeffreys. AWESOME. Give the man a show.

 
At 8/28/2009 10:53 AM , Blogger bobby said...

I think bobby flay is threatened by competition. They always make the wrong choice in every foodnetwork show. It is a dissapointment. Jeffrey won so many challenges and it should have been his for the taking.

 
At 8/29/2009 10:26 AM , Blogger John said...

I have yet to see D'Arabian's show. I should see it just to say I have. But the reviews aren't encouraging me. Strange, but I also found "Will Work for Food" to be more interesting than "Big Daddy's Kitchen". I think it was partly because it was something different for the Food Net to do, part because Gertler is kind of funny.

 
At 9/01/2009 5:48 PM , Blogger IrishFraulein said...

Regarding Melissa d'Arabian's show, since when are mayonnaise and bacon "healthy"? And how does a meal with dijon mustard, red pepper flakes, garlic, lemon, chicken broth, orzo, asparagus, potato, and salmon only cost $10? Add up the purchase price of each of those ingredients and it is more like $25! I'm done watching "Ten Dollar Meals with Melissa d'Arabian". I gave the show a couple weeks, but the cheap Walmart look, and unoriginal recipes are not grabbing me as a viewer. I wish the Food Network would put Jeffrey Saad in a TV show to share exotic ingredients with us. At least then I'd have something to go hunt for online or in stores, and to look forward to tasting based on it's originality! I am looking forward to seeing his mini-series on the web, but only 4 episodes? I sure hope they are good enough to get him a spot on TV!

 
At 4/11/2012 2:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s a pretty crappy show. This Jeffrey guy is arrogant and annoying. He seems way to “good” for the people he is interviewing and doesn’t really let them talk. He just banters on and on… He seems very artificial and insincere. He tries to put depth and “artistic” spin on dialogues/monologues… sometimes a pb/jelly sandwich is just a pb/jelly sandwich. Message to Jeffrey: You’re a horrible host… you should probably just stick to your old job.

 

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