Food Network Star - All Season Thread

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  1. Aug 3, 2011 #61 of 121
    Bryanmc

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    I think it's Jeff's to lose, at this point.
     
  2. Aug 9, 2011 #62 of 121
    dbranco

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    Agree! This week it was especially obvious. Jeff's major error (aside from the mayonnaise) was picking Susie, his strongest competitor, to go up against.
     
  3. Aug 9, 2011 #63 of 121
    NatasNJ

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    After the Food Truck balls episode I thought Jeff was a goner. Amazed at his turn around. Went from goofy stupid guy to goofy funny guy.
     
  4. Aug 9, 2011 #64 of 121
    sharkster

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    ITA that Jeff has really come around and started acting appropriately mature. He's such a cutie and has a lot to offer. I'm not sure how much I love the 'all sandwiches all the time' POV, but I'd watch him either way.

    Not surprised at the elimination of Mary Beth. I was pretty sure she was going to be the next to go. I can't help but wonder if she will be given a show, just not a cooking show. Maybe a travelling/critic type show?
     
  5. Aug 9, 2011 #65 of 121
    natkins

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    Boy, you nailed it. That's exactly what I was thinking. He's just not appealing to look at with his arms all flexed out from the sides of his body. It looks like he "going after" the audience.
     
  6. Aug 9, 2011 #66 of 121
    AJRitz

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    This is Jeff's to lose. He's gotten past the trying too hard stuff that was bogging him down earlier in the competition. He's much more self-aware now. He even noticed the problem with store-bough mayo on three sandwiches, he just noticed it too late. He hadn't planned it that way, but he lost track while adjusting on the fly when there were no avacados in the pantry. And on top of the persona, Jeff is showing good cooking chops. He understands flavor and texture combinations, which is what makes a great sandwich a great sandwich.

    Vic just can't help himself from "Vegasizing" when he wants to impress. He still doesn't trust his "Mama's Boy" POV. His final lamb chop dish was a prime example. He said, as he was making the "glaze" with mint jelly and orange liquer that he'd never had those flavors together before. His "Vegas" food is ersatz food. It's inauthentic and flashy, which is the opposite of Mamma's Boy.

    Susie is probably the best chef of the three remaining. And she does well when she's on script. But I think that he inabiilty to improvise when things go awry and her limited food knowledge outside of her specialty area will keep her from winning. She can do a demo with the best of them. But she's not going to be much of a Food Network personality - I don't think she will come off particularly well in live interviews, for example.

    Mary Beth hung on longer than I thought she would. She's a good writer and is comfortable talking about food. And she thinks creatively about food. But she's at best an average home cook. She didn't have the chops. It was particularly unfortunate and unfair that she got stuck with Penny as a sous chef, and good for Alton for calling out Penny. Her behavior was truly disgraceful. I was actually hoping that Alton would tell her to get out of the kitchen and take over as sous chef himself.
     
  7. Aug 9, 2011 #67 of 121
    dbranco

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    well said, AJRitz. Agree with all of the points you make.
     
  8. Aug 9, 2011 #68 of 121
    AJRitz

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    Vic is not sufficiently articulate on his feet to be able to handle a regular live show or a non-cooking demonstration show. He stumbles over his words and uses words incorrectly - he'd be the equivalent of Dizzy Dean as a baseball announcer as a Food Network talker. It's funny as a baseball announcer. It lacks authority and credibility as a Food Network talker.
     
  9. Aug 9, 2011 #69 of 121
    jradosh

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    ...however, I loved his "Devil's toothpaste" comment :p
     
  10. Aug 9, 2011 #70 of 121
    d-dub

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    I think at least some of that is nerves and lack of self confidence. When he does talk earnestly about food, he's very good. I think he has more culinary knowledge than is apparent from segments like the ICA commentator bit.
     
  11. Aug 9, 2011 #71 of 121
    secondclaw

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    Vic seems to be like a more 'manufactured' persona - feels fake for some reason - while Jeff and Suzie seem genuine.
    I actually do like that Jeff picked the strongest competitor to go against - shows that he's at ease with himself. I'd definitely watch his show if he wins ...
    And I agree with other comments - Mary Beth would do well as a food critic - perhaps like a having a traveling show similar to Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives ...
     
  12. Aug 10, 2011 #72 of 121
    jradosh

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    Jeff made a smart decision. He guaranteed that even if he lost his Iron Chef competition he'd be up against an inferior competitor. If he'd put Suzie on the other team then he potentially could have been up against her at the judge's table, and in that scenario he might well have lost.

    (of course there's no way to know if he thought it out like that or not)
     
  13. Aug 10, 2011 #73 of 121
    AJRitz

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    I'd actually prefer to see Mary Beth on something along the lines of the flip-side of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. I'd love to see and hear her criss-crossing the country, highlighting small, middlebrow to high-end restaurants, preferably NOT with celebrity chefs.
     
  14. Aug 11, 2011 #74 of 121
    Frylock

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    That would be a great show. I think she would do well in that type of a role. I also think she could do well on something like 'The Chew'.
     
  15. Aug 11, 2011 #75 of 121
    lambertman

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    Along the lines of "The Originals with Emeril" on Cooking Channel?
     
  16. Aug 13, 2011 #76 of 121
    AJRitz

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    I've never seen "The Originals with Emeril," but I can say I'd much rather listen to Mary Beth talking about her restaurant experiences than Emeril.
     
  17. Aug 13, 2011 #77 of 121
    balboa dave

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    Season Pass alert. The finale is Sunday, 8/14, but there is also a reunion special that will not be picked up by the SP. Oddly, it airs before the finale.
     
  18. Aug 14, 2011 #78 of 121
    dbranco

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    good to know. Thanks!
     
  19. Aug 14, 2011 #79 of 121
    cheerdude

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    Not trying to be a smart ass, but are you sure that you are not picking up the Eastern showing of the reunion & the Pacific showing of the finale; assuming that it is 2 hours long ?
     
  20. Aug 14, 2011 #80 of 121
    balboa dave

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    You could have checked your listings before posting, so I guess you are trying. :p I get the East Coast feed on D*. The reunion airs at 5 pm Pacific and the finale is 6 pm Pacific.
     

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