The Next Food Network Star

Season 3 Episode 6

Demos Challenge

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 30, 2007 on Food Network
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Demos Challenge
It's time for the finalists to face the camera for their first cooking demonstrations. Adding to the tension is guest judge Alton Brown, who brings both culinary and filmmaking skills to the competition. For the first challenge, the finalists must present a dish made of three randomly selected ingredients. Later, they face their worst nightmare: cooking with the ingredient they least like to use. This time, it's a five minute demonstration of a dish centered around the ingredient.moreless

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  • another one bites the dust...

    So Alton is pretty much my favorite chef on the Food Network so I was super excited to see him as this week’s guest judge. Too bad that the stars performed the worst this week over any other week. One of the judges called it perfectly when he said that all of them, too a big step backwards. JAG has been told time and time again that he has anger management issues and that his dishes are too hard for the viewer. Rory is just not consistent – and she cuts too many corners. Paul – he is like a Chihuahua on acid and is told that his humor is too much. Adrian – he doesn’t really have the cooking expertise that the others have. Amy – so she started off bad by chopping a piece of her finger, she was told that she just lost it in the middle of the demo. Her personal life became the focus for her, she is missing her family and told the judges that she wanted to leave. But she states that she is a fighter and wants to stay for the next round. In the end Adrian goes home.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode was also known as "Alton's Classroom."

    • As regular Food Network viewers know, Alton Brown had a ten-year career as a cinematographer/video editor before giving it up to attend the New England Culinary Institute. Additionally, Brown was chosen the Bon Appetit Magazine Cooking Teacher of the Year in 2004, and brings extensive background as a culinary and television expert to the challenges this week.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Alton: (At the end of the diasterous five-minute demos) Shall we send them all home and start over?

    • Bob: (About Amy's performance in the five-minute demo) You out-Jagged Jag on the complexity of the dish, and out-Pauled Paul on the "frantic-ness" with which you tried to execute it. It was like, whoa! She's channeling everyone but Amy.

    • Alton: (To Rory) At what point exactly did you realize you were no longer in control of the aircraft?

    • Bob: (Summing up the five minute demos) Today was a giant step backwards. I think it left us wondering, do we actually have a star here?

    • Bob: (As Rory describes the components of goat cheese) Nothing perks up your appetite like hearing about the stomach of goats.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Culinary Points of View of the Final Four
      Amy: Gourmet Next Door
      Paul: Party Food on a Budget
      Rory: Real Food for Real People
      Jag: Latino Fusion

    • Challenge #10: Three Ingredients (On-Camera Demo)
      Each finalist must select at random one protein, one vegetable and one additional item on which they must base a dish. Following preparation, each chef must "sell" their dish in a three-minute demonstration, with no camera stops. Afterward Alton Brown provides feedback.

      Rory: Minute steak, radishes, prunes
      Jag: Shrimp, snap peas, corn flakes
      Paul: Calamari, fennel, persimmons
      Amy: Veal, oyster mushrooms, popcorn
      Adrien: Flounder, japanese eggplant, peanut butter

    • Challenge #11: Least Favorite Ingredient (On-Camera Demo)
      The finalists must design a dish that will glorify their least favorite ingredient, to be presented in a five-minute on-camera demo. The script included four items of information, and a clear beginning/middle/end.

      Amy: Bok choy
      Jag: Tofu
      Paul: Lima beans
      Rory: Goat cheese
      Adrien: Baby corn

      Winner: the judges determined no winner could be selected, but noted Paul showed the greatest improvement from the first to second demonstration, saving him from elimination.

    • Eliminated: Adrien