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Old 07-28-2013, 10:46 PM   #91
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I will be SHOCKED if nikki doesn't win this.

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Old 07-29-2013, 06:20 AM   #92
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I have no idea why they are keeping Rodney around. Nikki is still 10 times better than him on her off day. He certainly has a personality but he mumbles a lot and is so hard to understand, that would not be a show I want to watch. And his food hasn't been the best tasting or executed with any type of consistency, it boggles the mind why he didn't get the axe.

I disagree with their choice this week.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:28 AM   #93
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Ditto. Pie guy must go!
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:05 AM   #94
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Nikki had one bad week. Pie guy has had one good week long ago. He should have gone. Both made pretty pathetic dishes. Pie guy's was more poor execution, while Nikki's was more bad concept (a huge plate of non-pilaf rice with a tiny piece of salmon? Too much of a departure for this 60/70's steak house/supper club).

Let's look at who, realistically, might have/had a chance at a show on FN or Cooking Channel. Stacey (silky smooth, perfect delivery), Nikki (best concept) absolutely. Damaris, sure. She reminds me a bit of Melissa d'Arabian. Russel? Maybe, with lots of polishing of his on-screen persona. Pie Guy? I don't see it, but Sandwich King Jeff Mauro has a show, so who knows.

I liked last night's episode. As soon as they walked into the restaurant for the elimination challenge, I shuddered and thought, "total 70's supper club vibe." This was only re-enforced with the five plates that were brought out. Looks like the dishes haven't changed in 40 years. The vegetables for each dish consisted of pathetic afterthoughts. And boxed potatoes? Seriously? Your business has been declining? Yeah, all your patrons are dying and your dishes are older than the younger crowd you need to attract.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:40 AM   #95
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Stacey might have a smooth delivery but as time goes on I really dislike watching her - it does seem fake. I'd watch something Nikki or Demaris put out, they have a more natural likable quality.

I'm tired of hearing about Russell and his sins.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:20 AM   #96
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What in the hell do they see in Pie Guy?? Seriously, and they said that they were taking into account everything from each of them from the whole competition - and they pick Nikki?

Russell's whole 'sin' thing doesn't even make sense to me, in terms of an entire POV for a show. Nothing he cooks makes that bridge. But at least he has a presence and articulacy that is watchable. Pie Guy has none of that, IMO.

Even Demaris is really doing a lot better. I don't find her nearly as annoying as I did in the beginning. Stacey does push the giant, non-moving, smile too much. That's a shame, as I like people who are polished and articulate. I think Nikki should still be a contender, particularly above pie dude. We'll probably see her on the Cooking Channel.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:31 AM   #97
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Seriously, and they said that they were taking into account everything from each of them from the whole competition - and they pick Nikki?
I wonder the same thing. Has Rodney even won a week? I know Nikki has. Are we even watching the same show?
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:45 AM   #98
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I think Nikki should still be a contender, particularly above pie dude. We'll probably see her on the Cooking Channel.
Agreed. She might end up like Kelsey Nixon, top four finisher in season four, who's on the Cooking Channel. http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/chefs/kelsey-nixon.html
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:24 AM   #99
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I think her blowing the pilaf thing was HUGE in the judges minds.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:01 PM   #100
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Agreed. She might end up like Kelsey Nixon, top four finisher in season four, who's on the Cooking Channel. http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/chefs/kelsey-nixon.html
While I recall finding Kelsey mildly annoying, during her season of NFNS, I actually find that she does a very good job on her show on the CC and have been watching it since it began. She was a pleasant surprise to me.

While I am a very experienced cook, and I still enjoy her show, I also think her show would be a great teaching tool for new cooks.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:05 PM   #101
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I wonder the same thing. Has Rodney even won a week? I know Nikki has. Are we even watching the same show?
If he has even won a single week, it must not have been that spectacular because I have no recollection of it. Even before he opens his mouth I don't find anything watchable about him. But once he does open his mouth I am certain that I'm not the least bit interested. He doesn't speak well, he goes off on tangents where he's a legend in his own mind, and he has pigeonholed himself into an area that just wouldn't really make a show.

As much as I thought Jeff Mauro's sandwich shtick was too specific, at least I find him pleasant to watch. He can be entertaining and still do a good cooking show, for what it is. I don't think pie dude has that quality AT ALL.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:01 PM   #102
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Does winning even matter? Why doesn't the guy from last season have a show????
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:08 PM   #103
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I think Guy Fieri is probably the most successful winner and even his original show didn't do well.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:09 PM   #104
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Does winning even matter? Why doesn't the guy from last season have a show????
The prize these days is a Pilot. In other words, no real promise of a show.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:44 PM   #105
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Ugh - had they not said they are evaluating entire history, dismissing Nikky may have made sense, but this doesn't. Things like pilaf (I didn't know either what it meant) are facts, easy to learn, but natural camera presence is not. I think at this point I like Demaris to win - she seems to be the most fun, though I liked Nikky's POV the best (it's close to my own style of cooking). And yea - the pie man needs to go.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:24 PM   #106
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Does winning even matter? Why doesn't the guy from last season have a show????
He did have one episode of a new show but I guess it didn't stick. I think you only get a pilot and if they don't think it will get ratings it gets pulled.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:03 AM   #107
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I think her blowing the pilaf thing was HUGE in the judges minds.
agreed - i think they were offended by that. still, very shocking that they cut her.

I will not watch anything Rodneys does if he wins - purely on principle. I demand cooking hosts who can actually cook.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:04 AM   #108
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He did have one episode of a new show but I guess it didn't stick. I think you only get a pilot and if they don't think it will get ratings it gets pulled.
i could never get past his yellow teeth
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:13 AM   #109
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I still don't get his whole "pie style" concept. Wrapping everything in undercooked, over-floured dough is not a "style". His food has been among the worst in just about every episode (including ones where he actually MADE pie), his concept is terrible, his delivery is terrible, you can't understand 75% of what he says, and the other 25% is just enough to make you roll your eyes.

I wouldn't watch him, ever.

I'm shocked that they cut Nikki instead of him. I think it's really between Damaris & Stacey, and I think Damaris probably gets it because Stacey is too plastic-y.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:16 AM   #110
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i could never get past his yellow teeth
and the pale skin and red lips. He is just one creepy dude IMO and I haven't had any desire to watch any shows they dump him into.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:43 PM   #111
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Does winning even matter? Why doesn't the guy from last season have a show????
I watched an episode of something on FN with him in it. There was a close-up of him licking something all weird. It was disgusting and he was very uncomfortable on camera:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/rebel-eats/index.html

As for Nikki - shocked!
I really didn't like Stacey "Poon" when this show ended. She smiled every time Nikki had problems. Her face dropped when Nikki did well. I find Stacey's personality repulsive. She should think back to when she was flubbing and who helped her out. I'm beginning to think there is no star this year. Someone will win, but there are true stars in that group.

BTW - Stacey has already shown her true colors by appearing on Restaurant Impossible. Hard to respect or take advice from someone who failed.
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I don't mind pie guy.

But I'm rooting for Damarius.
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I was talking to Demandred about the Jeff Mauro thing. I think sandwiches are a more viable concept because they're more versatile. There are only so many things you can make "pie style." Pot pies, hand pies, quiche, standard pie, that beef wrapped in puff pastry thing from Hell's Kitchen.

Salmon and rice pilaf pie? Not so much.
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I was talking to Demandred about the Jeff Mauro thing. I think sandwiches are a more viable concept because they're more versatile. There are only so many things you can make "pie style." Pot pies, hand pies, quiche, standard pie, that beef wrapped in puff pastry thing from Hell's Kitchen.

Salmon and rice pilaf pie? Not so much.

You mean Beef Wellington?
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The conspiracy theorists out there think that the fix is in for Stacey.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:19 PM   #117
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The conspiracy theorists out there think that the fix is in for Stacey.
That's a shame. I would not watch anything she was on.

I was interested that in this episode with Robert she said that he came to her restaurant and 'rescued her'. I watch a lot of the Restaurant Impossible episodes but don't remember hers. I really wish Nikki was still in it. Russell and her had the two POV's that were most interesting to be developed into a regular show. I eat a LOT of meals where meat really is just a sort of side dish.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:33 PM   #118
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We were shocked and upset to see Nikki go. She could have won the whole thing, and I just don't think pie guy and the "food sin" guy are very good. Damaris is ok.

Stacey's episode of Restaurant Impossible is S02E10, "The Trails." It's available on Amazon Prime Instant for free, if you have Prime.
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I remember Stacey's episode of Restaurant Impossible. I recognized her right away. I was wondering if she'd ever mention that Robert bailed her out. I'm glad she finally did.
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Stacey's episode of Restaurant Impossible is S02E10, "The Trails." It's available on Amazon Prime Instant for free, if you have Prime.
Thanks for the episode info! I was cruising around the guide trying to find the episode the other day. I have Prime, so now I will check it out.
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