The Next Food Network Star

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The Next Food Network Star

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Have you ever thought you could host your own show? Food Network tests that belief in this competition that focuses on both cooking proficiency and camera skills.

Season 10 returns with 12 new finalists, unique and intense challenges, plus guest judges – both celebrities, and Food Network stars. This season starts in Los Angeles, travels to Las Vegas, and ends in New York - Food Network's hometown. On the way, the finalists will have to prove themselves in a variety of venues, including Hollywood premieres, interactive media, television appearances, and various party types. Through it all the finalists must always demonstrate the overarching theme of this competition: excellence in the kitchen, ability to share their points of view, and an on-camera presence that will enthrall fans and newbies alike. Join the fun as the brightest stars from the network and select special guest stars coach these hopefuls toward their dream.

Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis return as mentors, and are also part of the committee. The viewer-voted winner continues, and Star Salvation returns for season two giving one eliminated finalist the chance to return for the finale. The winner is awarded his or her own Food Network show, a headlining spot at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, and a feature in Food Network Magazine. Produced by LEG/Triage Entertainment.



Broadcast History (All Times E/P):
• Season Nine – as Food Network Star – 12 finalists; Mentors: Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis; Committee: Bob
Tuschman, Susie Fogelman, Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis.
Sunday 9:00 pm

• Season Eight – as Food Network Star – 15 finalists; Mentors: Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis; Committee: Bob Tuschman, Susie Fogelman. (Note: For reasons never fully explained by the network, this season's winner parted ways with their mentor and had the previously guaranteed six-episode turned into a one-hour special.)
Sunday 9:00 pm

• Season Seven – as Food Network Star – 15 finalists; Hosted by Bobby Flay; Committee: Bob Tuschman, Susie Fogelson, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis.
Sunday 9:00 pm

• Season Six – 12 finalists; Hosted by Bobby Flay; Finalists Mentored by Giada; Committee: Bob Tuschman, Susie Fogelson, and Bobby Flay.
Sunday 9:00 pm

• Season Five – 10 finalists; Hosted by Bobby Flay; Committee: Bob Tuschman, Susie Fogelson, and Bobby Flay.
Sunday 9:00 pm

• Season Four – 10 finalists; Hosted by Bobby Flay; Committee: Bob Tuschman, Susie Fogelson, and Bobby Flay.
Sunday 10:00 pm.

• Season Three – 11 finalists; Hosted by a Different Food Network Personality Each Week; Committee: Bob Tuschman, Susie Fogelson, and Each Week's Host.
Sunday 9:00 pm

• Season Two – Eight Finalists; Hosted by Marc Summers; Committee: Bob Tuschman, Susie Fogelson, and Bobby Flay.
Sunday 9:00 pm

• Season One – Eight Finalists (one team of two); Hosted by Marc Summers; Committee: Bob Tuschman, Susie Fogelson, and Gordon Elliott.
Sunday 9:00 pm

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AIRED ON 7/20/2014

Season 10 : Episode 8

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  • This show has become CRAP!

    1.0
    I can't believe they sent Emma home. Why do they always send home the nice calm people? Remember the Hawaiian guy a couple seasons ago ?? Emma is GREAT... she was a pleasure to watch. Obviously food network only likes loud, annoying, brash people on their channel. Alton, that white haired spikey Guy and the lady that looks just like him... don't remember her name.. that demaris from last season is just unwatchable! I'm done with this show!moreless
  • Unappetizing drama

    3.5
    I agree with the reviewer above me. Sarah is a bitch who has a semi-pretty face, Chris shouldn't have been eliminated.



    Many people like to think that firing Paula Deen was the cause of the slight decline, but that is not the case at all. Her ratings have been going south (no pun intended) long before FN decided to give her the heave-ho. After her diabetes drama, and the n-word meltdown, it gave them the final reason to let her go. Now, the real reason of the sudden decline is simply the quality of the shows modern FN has concocted. Most of these new shows are game or competition shows. (Wait a minute, I thought food was about love, not war? Not variations of "Chopped", "Chopped Canada", "Chopped Russia", "Cupcake War", "Ice Cream War", and so forth. When people tune in to watch FN, they want to see programming about food. They don't want game shows, they don't want aggressive competitions, they don't want 'reality' shows that focuses on the daily struggles of restaurant owners. Yeah, people have enough problems of their own, already, they'd prefer not watch it unfold on a food channel of all places- ironically enough, it would make you avoid restaurants, if anything. However, there are a few (accidental) programs that incorporate food with competition: (Iron Chef, and Chopped). Although they don't teach you how to necessarily cook, you can still pick up on a few tricks, so that's something. Now with that out of the way, this my general opinion on this show.



    While the concept is interesting enough, most of the contestants are unlikable, and try too hard to have a "Bright. Bold, Lively Personality" i . e Jeff, ( the latest food network star challenge winner. He is personable, and naturally goofy, but he's nearly jarring to watch, since the execs expect him to be wild and spontaneous), like Guy Fieri. You rarely see a contestant that is soft-spoken, calm, and composed. Emril is an exception to the rule. His personality is bright, and lively, not forced and script, and most importantly, HE TEACHES THE VIEWERS HOW TO ACTUALLY COOK. I remembered watching him at 11 at night and he would shout "BAM" and I would clap happily. He knows what he is doing, and he knows how to engage eager foodies to create a 5 star meal using ordinary ingredients.



    Another problem witnessed in the search of a new FoodNetwork Star is sieving through all these "diverse" personalities that border on fake, forced, and obnoxious : the slutty Pinup girls, the bitchy fashionista, the sassy black chick, the boring guy who can cook like a pro, etc. I understand that they want melting pot of different personalities and people in the kitchen, but the most important factor is their ability to actually COOK, not who can stamp their names on the largest amount of cookware, or various utensils ( because buying eight hundred dollars of cookware with Rachel Ray's face stamped on the box will guarantee the buyer that they will become an Iron Chef in their homes- go figure).



    And even the so-called "hosts" have transformed from humble folks into the most pretentious assholes I've seen in while.



    Bobby and Alton are the Alpha and "Omega-3" of cooking. They own several restaurants, and host several shows on the Cooking Channel. They would be ideal mentors for a rising star, considering their notoriety in the food industry.



    As for Giada...



    Honestly, this bobble head- and her crocodile smile ( you can even see the back of her molars) is the last person anyone should be mentored by. She's arrogant, patronizing, and doesn't even act like a professional chef-jutting out her non-existent cleavage for the world to show. FN calls it "sexy", viewers call it "slutty". Sorry to break it to you Giada, or like she loves to pronounce: JA-DA. Ontop of that, she was already famous, because of her grandfather, who was a famous Film-maker, Dino De Laurentiis. Another annoying aspect of her is the fact that she insists on emphasizing Italian words obnoxiously like M-O-ZZER-RELLA and has the urge to zest a lemon on every dish, minimum one per ounce of pasta. (Her emphasis on pronouncing Italian words further perpetuated the stereotypes that being Italian means that you know the way Italian food should be prepared, because apparently, it is a born right).



    It's unnerving how Alton and Bobby try their damnest to intimidate the contestants. I actually saw a preview for the next episode and Alton mentioned that "WE ARE THE TIRUMVIRATE, WE ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO GET TO DECIDE, AND THAT'S TRUTH" and no, he didn't "yell" that, but if you heard it, it was quite condescending. The statement implies that since he, JA-DA, and Flay helped build the the company, almost to the point of having a clique, and they look down on any newcomers. It doesn't matter if the person next to you forgot to cook a whole chicken, or whether or not the girl with the big red bow studded with polka-dots stuttered throughout her presentation, their words are final, and there's point in no arguing with them. ( Assuming that superiority is as equal as the ability to actually prepare food). Apparently , the premise of the competition seems that the contestants are supposed to already know how to cook like a five-star gourmet, chef, reality of is enduring whatever crap they throw at them ( which really is just marketing, and viewers picking favorites) . Ironically enough, most of the bread-winners (no pun intended) never went though a competition like this, and they have too much self-entitlement in their own personal successes to actually give a shit about improving them as an aspiring chef longing to host a show on Food Network-or rather, "A Network, and Then Some Food"

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  • Sarah needs to be gone!!!!!!!!!

    10
    At one time I used to love watching Food Network. But the more I watch it, the more I notice subtle acts of racist behaviors. These judges are so phony and are judging without any expertise. The last show proves this by not eliminating Sarah. How can you all let this inexperienced contestant survive one more episode. You all had stated in previous competitions that the girl can not cook. Not only that, she does not deliver well on any of the challenges. Chris has cooked better food and has done better on a lot more of the challenges than Sarah has... This decision was straight up bull and you know it was not fair. It was just another attempt to keep the black man down and keep us from getting ahead. I know damn well Chris deserved another chance because that fake ass Sarah is just scathing by on each episode. I see Paula Deen is not the only one on the network with these inferior attitudes about African-Americans...moreless
  • Food Network Star or Lenny the Phony Cowboy Joker

    2.0
    I have watched several seasons of this show, often being disappointed with the obvious lack of professionalism displayed by the judges, but this season is the most obvious worship of a low talented con man being sold to us by a want to be sex symbol, and want to be comedian who would be more suited to the 1940s. No wonder the network has lost viewers and become just another network to attract the simple minded, who accept stereotyping as actual fact, sex starved losers who would let even a chicken legged, spoiled little rich girl who used money to make her a TV show host even though her talents are obviously small.



    Then the clown who thinks he is funny but only if it were the 1940s not 2014. His real talent which he showed early on the network of being informative, well versed on his subject was replaced by silly, often caveman like humor that is embarrassing instead of funny. It is the way of the Food Network sadly.



    Why 2 judges who can't even define themselves think they know a star or know what the people want are given the power they have is totally from the world of stupid. They aren't focused on anything other than what they think and that is a sex starved, chicken legged little spoiled rich girl, and clown from the 40s. So when they meet a phony, over stereotyped Lenny who has the intellect of a 10 year old, the results is obvious. They will fall in love with the fraud. The promos before the show started to air focused on this pathetic creature, and when it did air we see him getting all the camera time they can give him in an attempt to brainwash us into thinking there is something there, but normal thinking people see it is just propaganda.



    Bobby Flay is not without his faults (he was crazy over Penny and kept her around way too long), but in spite of his over saturation on the network, and the doubt of his being able to recognized talent beyond the cooking part, he even seems to be ready to get up and walk out over the worship of the other 2 judges of the rhinestone Lenny.



    FN needs to remember who they will get to watch and what their real viewers want, then get rid of the little rich girl, take the clown and turn him back into the knowledgeable professor like person he used to be. Flay needs to focus on cooking and not the personality of the star. Who should decide the winner? I don't know if anyone at the FN is really qualified to decide that.moreless
  • Show has lost its POV!!!

    1.0
    Ridiculous set-ups for finding a star who cooks.

    They obviously want a loud and brash to replace Paula should not have been thrown under the bus. However, s he is in good company. Emeril and Mario... the last 2 are on food Channel.

    Giada is so Smug and Fake smile makes my face hurt. Alton, ever the professor! Ugh! best of these be Bobby.

    This network cannot be merely THE GUY FIERI NETWORK !!! But IS! Ina, Chopped, say no!



    PLEASE watch Top Chef: It is Top Class! And master Chef is Excellent also. Giada, by the way, would not be here if she was Giada Smith. Dilaurentis carries a lot of power in the name!moreless
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