The Next Food Network Star

Season 3 Episode 8

Meet the Press

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 15, 2007 on Food Network
out of 10
User Rating
4 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Meet the Press
With three finalists left, it's time to face the media and an audience. First off, each finalist puts their best face forward when they're interviewed for the print media, on XM Radio, and has their first photo shoot. Later, each finalist must demonstrate their signature dish in five minutes on Rachael Ray's morning talk show.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • The show had a lot of twists and turns, but the outcome leaves me watching something else next week.

    Ok, we had Jag, Amy and Rory who did radio interviews and the Rachael Ray show. The question that was asked before they made a selection Do we have a Food Network Star? The gave themselves the shot by putting Jag in the finals, but when the truth came out he had to resign. They brought Amy back in, but I did not bother to vote, as we do not need a condescending French trained woman or a tall woman with big teeth and limited talent. We already have some talentless people on their network, please do not stuff one of these two down our throat. Jag with all his warts blows them both away. I can think of several others that are a lot more deserving. Remember Guy from last year, enough said.moreless
  • wow - this was a shock!!

    So I think that all three of these stars have done really well during these competitions. Amy did wonderful, even though the Rachel Ray show wasn’t her best. JAG did make one slip up in the XM radio. Rory also really impressed me during the Rachel Ray 5 minutes. If I were not a vegetarian I would try her dish. And I may try the sugar coated asparagus and the potato dishes using some fake bacon. But she also did have a little slip up with the XM to when she was negative about Amy. The judges seem to really like Amy, are concerned about Rory’s consistency and concerned with JAG’s TV presence. So after all of these great comments I was sooo shocked at the decision!!. At this level the decision of who has to go gets harder and harder. Rory is the first that gets to stay, followed by JAG. Who would have ever thought that?!? Well after all was said and done, it turns out that JAG was lying so Amy was brought back to replace JAG after he removed himself.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Season Three of The Next Food Network Star concluded filming in late February, 2007 with Jag and Rory as the finalists. On June 1, Jag gave an interview to the magazine Army Times, where he discussed his background, including his culinary training and military service. Inconsistencies in his story lead the magazine to investigate his military service. Following their investigation, it was determined Jag had not served in the infantry nor had he deployed to Afghanistan with the Marines, as claimed, but rather was asked to leave the Corps eight months early due to his involvement in a hazing scandal. Upon further investigaion, the AT also learned Jag attended, but did not graduate from culinary school as claimed. Given an opportunity to address these revelations in a June 11 follow-up interview, Jag failed to provide any explanation, and offered to reveal the second finalist, in violation of his confidentiality agreement, if the magazine withheld what it knew.

      Upon publication of the story later in June, Jag was recalled to New York, where he explained his remarks and was allowed to withdraw from the competition. That same day, Rory, who had also been brought to New York as well, learned she would be competing against Amy in the US vote. Although Jag appeared to withdraw that day, Amy and Rory's presence in New York the same day indicates Jag's fate was determined in advance.

    • The three remaining finalists' five-minute cooking demonstrations were broadcast on the Rachael Ray Show on Friday, July 13, 2007. They appeared in a different order than this episode presented the edited versions of their demos: first Rory, then Jag, and finally Amy.

      Among the crucial moments edited from the show was an incident where a kettle Amy expected to be full of water was empty, forcing her to quickly pretend it had water in it. Also edited were two incidents where Rory was thrown off her presentation by Ray's interruptions, which she handled smoothly, and Jag's repeatedly calling Ray "honey" or "baby."

      Most telling was Susie's signaling Jag with a big smile, then as he started, two thumbs up. None of the judges provided any such signals or encouragement to Amy or Rory.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Challenge #14: XM Radio Interview
      The day's first challenges allow the finalists to demonstrate their media savvy in some tough situations. First up, they each are interviewed by XM Radio's Ron and Fez, who don't make it easy for them. They can't escape the cooking here, either, when they must fix something using what was on hand: bagels, cheese, fruit, etc.

      Feedback: Lisa and Carrie felt Amy handled the XM radio interview best, as did Ron and Fez.

    • Challenge #15: Print Interview and Photo Shoot
      Next up for the finalists was an interview for Star Magazine and a photoshoot. No cooking or tricks to catch them this time; this was an effort to see how each would present to the media.

      Feedback: Matt felt Amy was the most poised, but Rory was easiest to interview.

    • Food Network Public Relations Manager Lisa Del Colle and Public Relations Director Carrie Welch served as escorts for the finalists during the interview challenges.

      Star Magazine Entertainment Director Matt Coppa conducted the print interviews, and photographer Tim Sotter did the photoshoots, which were to appear in an upcoming issue of Star Magazine.

      All four served as guest judges, offering input on the finalists' handling of the media challenges.

    • Challenge #16: Cooking Demo on the Rachael Ray Show
      Each of the finalists was given five minutes to cook a signature dish on Rachael Ray's daytime talk show, while interacting with Rachael and a live audience.

      Also present were judged Bob Tuchman, Susie Fogelson and Bobby Flay. An edited version of each presentation was shown during NFNS.

    • Eliminated: Amy*

      * Although Amy was eliminated at the end of this round, she was later recalled to the competition when Jag withdrew.