The Next Food Network Star

Press Party for Food Network's 16th Birthday

Season 5, Ep 1, Aired 6/7/09
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  • Episode Description
  • The 10 new finalists arrive at Food Network and are immediately thrown to the sharks. The selection committee informs them that they are catering the network's "Sweet 16" party, and not only will they be serving the press, but some of their FN heroes as well.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bob Tuschman

    Judge

  • Alfonso Trinidad

  • Susie Fogelson

    Judge

  • Nancy O'Dell

    Herself

  • Chris Lopez

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The new finalists get a challenge on their arrival, to cook a dinner for 75 in 4 hours for the Food Networks 16th birthday party. They are split into two teams and the season begins.

    By QuakertownBob, Jun 08, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • (Discussing Jamika's Floribbean shrimp.) Alton Brown: I thought the shrimp was like the gatekeeper of badness.

    • (During the press party at Butter restaurant.) Alex Guarnaschelli: (about the butternut soup) This is chilled? Brett: I would like to serve it piping hot, but we're working with circumstances in the kitchen a little unique. Alex Guarnaschelli: I know, I'm the chef here. Don't talk smack about my kitchen.

    • Michael: (about grocery shopping with Debbie) There is no method to our madness, just madness.

    • Jamika: The first person I see is Jen, and I immediately think, "Barbie!"

    • Jen Isham: I'm the modern housewife. I'm housewife version 2.0. My husband is the most important thing in my life, so I go to work and then I come home and cook dinner.

    Notes (1)

    • Certain crew job titles have changed due to promotions and/or the revised Code of Credits from the Producers Guild of America that differentiates between field producers and associate producers, and doesn't include the title senior producer. Additions to the crew are also noted below. Donna MacLetchie moves from co-executive producer to executive producer. Editor Andre Pogacar adds Producer to his titles. Lisa Marie Tobin becomes Supervising Producer from Senior Producer, Julia Cassidy is Supervising Producer from Producer and Cameo Wallace joins as Supervising Producer. Shura Davison and Amy Van Vessem join as producers. Blake Davis, Christian Homlish and Kyle Terboss join as Field Producers. Kyle Terboss and Tekella Foster join as Associate Producers. Executive Producer Bob Kirsh has apparently left the show.

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