Jun 18, 2007
Next Food Network Star Poll
All things Colombe have ended in the Next Food Network Star competition. Did she really think her lame dried faux cinnabon with chocolate would fool the judges? Her stadium food - packaged tortilla chips and plastic pre-packaged cheese - could have been made by a kindergartner. She made the salsa all by her lovely self. Meh. No one was impressed, least of all me.
Tommy had a complete meltdown, poor baby. He and Adrien missed their families, but Tommy felt the separation so keenly that he started to mope around. I felt uncomfortable during his on camera demonstration when he let the last few seconds slide by in silence. His humor and warm personality disappeared during the stadium competition as he served his humongous meatballs. Tommy wanted to go home so badly that he sabotaged himself. Well, he got his wish and the judges cut him. I think that deep down inside he was pleased.
And Adrien and JAG? Finally my two favorite NFNS chefs began to shine. JAG can cook, but he can be too intense in front of the camera. This time, he let his personality shine, and his dish looked delicious. I love Indonesian sate and would love to try his Latino-chocolate version of the recipe.
Adrien is a natural in front of the camera. His food is often below par, but his bacon wrapped mushrooms had me salivating. Both men absolutely impressed the judges, bless them, and I couldn't be happier that they won.
Everyone hugged Tommy when he was cut. But Colombe? She barely received a civil goodbye, and her snappy reply to someone's question illustrated to me how accurate Paul was when he observed, "The world revolves around Colombe."
As for this competition, the Food Network folks are sailing through it so fast, we are hardly getting to know our chefs. Five have been eliminated in three weeks, and only six remain, two of them women. Too bad, because I think this show has potential.