Jul 15, 2007
So Who's The Next Food Network Star?
Rory a shoe-in? Amy a star? America's got two days to make the choice. Go to www.foodnetwork.com and vote, or click here, then tune in next Sunday to see who won.
A pall hangs over the final talley is that of JAG's resignation. He was. Dumb. Stupid. To have lied. How could he possibly have thought he could fool the viewers? Too bad. He was among the most talented chefs on this show and quite colorful, but he wanted fame so much that he was willing to fudge the facts. See my previous post on the subject.
Frankly, I was puzzled by the judge's decision to initially cut Amy. While Amy has the least star quality of the three contestants, she nailed the XM radio and Star magazine interviews, and she engaged Rachael Rae in her five minute on air cooking demonstration. Yeah, she's not glam. But few at Food Network are. I must admit those poached eggs didn't look appetizing. So I imagine she lost major points there.
Rory? She hasn't been my favorite but she performed well this week. The first challenges at XM and with Star magazine corroborated my feelings, but then she appeared on Rachael Rae's show fully confident and proceeded to demonstrate a dish that looked truly flavorful and delicious. The one fault I noticed the judges mentioned also: She did not engage Rachael, practically shoving her out of the way to place her tray of potatoes in the oven.
I didn't think Jag performed all that well. He seemed frantic. Yes, he pleased the audience but I couldn't follow his cooking directions. Knowing ahead of time that he'd lied about his background clouded my judgment of his abilities. His resignation seemed anticlimactic, since for weeks people have speculated if he would make it to the final two based on his lies.
Kudos go to the judging team of Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogellson. They struck just the right balance between critique and praise, and stern expressions and smiles. Even better, they didn't hog the limelight away from the contestants.