The Next Food Network Star

Season 5 Episode 1

Press Party for Food Network's 16th Birthday

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 07, 2009 on Food Network
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Press Party for Food Network's 16th Birthday
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.

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  • 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.moreless

    It would be nice if they have not already picked the winner like it appeared last year. It became clear about half way through the season who the winner was, in spite of bad days in the kitchen. If that sham continues the winner could be the Korean American woman, the very happy guy that lives with his mother, or the stay at home mom, all three could give the Food Network shows or personalities in areas they are weak.

    As for the show, there were a few people with above average skills, and of course a few with lesser skills.

    There was not much in outstanding dishes offered, some were very good, but not one that wowed them. With this mediocre start, we can only help things get better.

    I will watch the show again to see what I missed. There are some good personalities, now one of them with some good skills in the kitchen would be nice. Please Food Network do not insult us like you have the last 2 years, two years ago the show lasted 6 episodes and how Aaron got a second season is beyond me, he lost me on the second episode.

    We can only hope this is a better season instead of a joke that it has become recently.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • 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.