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Jun 7, 2009 02:35 PM


Very excited that this show is on again. It is a real guilty pleasure to watch this train wreck.

It's been so long that I've even bothered to watch FN that I don't know what channel it's on.

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    1. re: sibeats

      methinks Withnail made a typo - it should be NFNS - Next Food Network Star.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Sorry looked right at the time. Clearly I could not contain my excitement.

        1. re: Withnail42

          Maybe we should find a name that fits the NSNS acronym. Like: Next Silly Network Star. Or something else?

    2. Yeh its a guilty pleasure for me too. I'm a sucker for any food reality show - can't watch a cooking show to save my life (malto mario reruns would be the exeption)

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      1. re: chris2269

        I think the highligt was the angel food cake, especially when they served it to Duff. Although there's tons of pressure, It's amazing to see the same mistakes on this show and Top Chef, like sending out anacceptable food and dishes that are too simple, like that salad that got the blond girl canned.

        1. re: James Cristinian

          that angel food cake nonsense was embarrassing to watch. in the first 10 minutes i predicted this season would be as much of a train wreck as the last two were, and decisions like that won't help these contestants prove me wrong!

          the woman who got the boot definitely deserved it. green beans & tomatoes? please. my sister doesn't even know how to turn on the stove, and she could probably pull off that one.

          i like a couple of the personalities - Jamika & Jeffrey (the winner of this challenge) in particular. Michael - the "Global-a-GoGO" guy is waaay to over the top for me.

          i found it *hilarious* when Anne Burrell said she thought watching an entire episode of Melissa would make her twitch - she clearly hasn't read all the comments on here (and other websites) about how distracting some people find her own flailing arms and overly animated personality on Secrets of a Restaurant Chef!

          ETA: the dietitian is not doing herself any favors by making salad & talking to Alton Brown about the benefits of the roughage on gatrointestinal motility...she's like a reincarnation of Andrea Beaman from TC, but without the personality. oy.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Who was the guy who was talking smack about Alex's kitchen to her...I mean come on

            I found Michael almost hard to watch (Global a GOGO)

            And the Angel foodcake ...well I can not even go there, that was painful to watch

            I thought all the dishes did not excite, here you are catering to the stars of food network, bring your A game, what were they thinking???

            1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

              While idling in traffic today I was thinking about that Angel Food Cake. 1. A. F. Cake in and of itself is a waste of calories..sweet air, ugh. 2. the alternative they were shopping for was ridiculous too...Pillsbury canned dough to make some thing ala Semi-Homemade, also ugh. 3. If I was stuck with store bought cake I would have at least made a trifle or a tiramisu dessert.

              1. re: lucyis

                I so agree. I love Angel Food cake, but if you want to impress, really impress. Now I do work with a guy who was a pastry chef and his Angel Food cakes are to die for.

                1. re: libgirl2

                  important distinction - fresh angel food cake made from scratch doesn't even belong in the same food group as the store-bought packaged crap.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    Even on over the top cheese platter with chocolate cover straweberries, sweet and spicy nuts, fresh fruit and some good greek honey would have been a lot better than that Angel Food Cake disaster

            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Agree, agree, but disagree on Michael. That show needs some fun and color and zing.

              1. re: LulusMom

                You have a good point there, he will probably grow on me...I guess we will see in the weeks to come

                1. re: LulusMom

                  i'm all for fun, color, and zing, but too much of a good thing really can be too much. i just got the feeling he was trying to "prove" how different and fabulous he is. it seemed a little forced to me, like he was "performing" instead of being himself.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    I guarantee he'll stick around for much of the season, if not win. Every reality show these days has to have a flamboyant, over-the-top gay guy who has all kinds of zippy catch phrases. There are a lot of characters I know they'll keep around for that drama/entertainment factor.

                    I say that Brett will stay, but Teddy will go. Only one arrogant d-bag is allowed, but there has to be one arrogant d-bag for the same reason as there has to be one flamboyant gay guy. You need the drama and the clash of personalities.

                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  The Anne Burrell comment was totally spot-on!

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              1. Does anyone know where I can catch the full premiere online, or when they're replaying it? Thanks!

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                1. re: sasha1

                  check FN's website for the listings - you can search for shows by name to find air times. worst-case scenario, i'm pretty sure they air the previous episode immediately before the new one each week.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    I was hoping it was on their website as one of the full episode offerings, but instead, they had on the premiere for nfns from last season. Not sure why they think people would be wanting to watch that now rather than the new season. They don't have the full season 4 either - just the premiere.

                    1. re: sasha1

                      but they do have the *listings* for when it will air again on TV.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        They do - I found that info after you suggested it. I was just hoping to see it sooner than Thursday :)

                        1. re: sasha1

                          Trust me...I think you can wait til Thursday. This crew appears to be somewhat better than last season (damn, I'm going to miss someone like Lisa, she was entertaining) but not so much that they're suddenly must see TV.

                2. I just want to know who thought that an angel food cake could actually be cut into nice looking squares..........just wondering........