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Aug 2, 2009 07:02 PM

TNFNS final spoilers

I like melissa but don't they already have four or five similar shows to what she's going to be doing?

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  1. really disappointing outcome. i loved Jeffrey's pilot, and definitely would have watched his show. Melissa, on the other hand, felt very forced and "in your face" to me, and 've always found her verbal delivery/presentation to be somewhat choppy. i just don't think she's very watchable, and, yes, i feel like her shtick is just another incarnation of the same thing we've already seen too many times on TVFN.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Perhaps I've become a bit of a conspiracy theorist but I soon as I saw Melissa's family front and center and Jeffery's stuck way up tin the middle (don't thing they even had access to the aisle) I knew she was going to win.

      And nothing I can put my finger on but somehow her 'pilot' seemed better produced/slicker.

      1. re: Withnail42

        i actually spotted an editing spoiler in the commercial before it aired, so i sort of knew what was coming. they showed a clip of Jeffrey walking over to Melissa on stage & giving her a huge hug, and i figured it was his gracious congratulatory concession.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          That was from the part of the show when Bobby Flay introduces them to the audience about 1/3rd of the way into the finale.

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Fear not. It's probable that Jeffrey will get his own show as well. Who wins NFNS and who gets their own show are not necessarily the same thing.

      3. Considering Susie's comments in her last vlog, and the praise heaped on both, I would almost put money on Jeffrey already having a deal in the can for his own show.

        There's no way they'll let him get away. Melissa got this prize, he'll get one of his own, just watch...

        1. I liked both pilots a lot -- I've liked Melissa a lot for the past few weeks, and was hoping that she would win, and Jeffrey has always kind of bored me, but I liked his pilot a lot too, so I hope he also gets a show.

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          1. re: JasmineG

            Where did you see the pilots? Are they posted online somewhere?

            1. re: Shane Greenwood

              they showed a condensed version of each one during the show...did you not watch the entire thing?

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Yes, I watched the show too and saw the clips of their pilots like everyone else. JasmineG sounded like she watched the the pilots so I was wondering if that's what she meant. It's impossible to say if a pilot was good or not from the few clips we got to see.

          2. Jeffrey didn't even have a POV until about 9:10 when Alton gave him one. That was the first time all season that I thought Jeffrey's show would be interesting and unique.

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            1. re: dmjordan

              That's probably how it happens. A "talent" who cooks well and looks/sounds good on camera doesn't determine his or her own concept. That's all part of the producer's job. And Alton Brown is, as Bob said, a damn good producer.

              1. re: dmjordan

                I agree. He bored me all season.

                I think Melissa was great and she deserved to win.

                1. re: dmjordan


                  Melissa was consistent and on point the whole time. Harried mom makes cooking possible again. Jeffrey was fun to watch and had a great energy, but I never got what he was about until Alton helped him turn into the ingredient smuggler.

                2. It had to be Melissa; she appeals to FN's target audience these days...homecooks looking for simple recipes.

                  As much as I liked Jeffrey's concept (the name--Ingredient Smuggler; which suggest he might bring home rhino tusks next--aside) even I had to laugh when he talked about his theme ingredient of harissa. Where will most home cooks even find that? Jeffrey should be on PBS; leave FN to Melissa and RR.

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                  1. re: ooroger

                    Well, I found harissa last year in a store in my Mom's small town in South Carolina, so I doubt it is that hard to find in most places. It's also not terribly hard to make. I do agree, though, that Jeffrey would be a great fit for PBS' food show line up.

                    1. re: ooroger

                      Harissa is sold in a lot of markets these days. Even the big, bland supermarkets have at least a partial aisle with "international" ingredients. Harissa will be there most of the time, it's a pretty common ingredient for about a third of the world. I love Jefferey's concept because it introduces us to ingredients we don't normally think about. The world is full of flavor!

                      1. re: Shane Greenwood

                        It would be nice though, if he had explained what it was as well. He really didn't touch on anything about the flavor, other than the heat factor

                        1. re: kprange

                          We only saw a few minutes of each pilot on the finale show. Assuming it was a full pilot for a 30 minute time slot, there is probably 22 minutes of show. I'm sure he says a word or two about the ingredient, but that wasn't important to the finale episode.

                          1. re: kprange

                            :nodding: That was my biggest problem with his pilot.

                            But yeah, I'd watch "Ingredient Smuggler" over whatever-Melissa's-show's-name-is any day.

                            1. re: xo_kizzy_xo

                              Melissa's show, originally titled Kitchen Survival Guide, is now $10 Dinners. So, she went through all the contests and competitions just to end up with a show telling folks how to prepare dinner for $10.00. Oh, and of course Food Network doesn't have anything similar to this concept in their lineup already (heavy sarcasim here). If you haven't read the 2,000+ posts at Bob's Blog on the Food Network site, people either hate the idea of the show, or they love it. I'm thinking the ones that love it are the newbie cooks and that concept will definitely appeal to that audience. And there is speculation and rumors also over there that the show, or the concept of the show, was already decided prior to the start of this year's episodes so the judges kept their eyes open for the contestant who best fit this type of show and it was Melissa. LOL I can just see what would have happened if Debbie, did you know she was Korean?, would have been the finalist and then got stuck with that lame show! Anyway I wish Melissa the best of luck and am waiting for Jeffrey's show to debute soon. Yes I HOPE Food Network is smart enough to give him his own show.

                              1. re: Proud2BWLVRebel

                                It's discouraging. I think Melissa has a lot to offer, but I'm not sure the $10 show will be worth watching.

                                People here have compared Melissa to the existing FN lineup _ Rachael, Sandra etc. But one thing Melissa always apparently excelled in was her baking. Rachael constantly brags about how she doesn't bake! But Melissa was a good enough baker to impress top-knotch pros. I hope the show gives her a chance to show off those skills _ and baking doesn't have to be expensive.

                                1. re: NYCkaren

                                  I agree. I think Melissa is the total package:
                                  She can cook
                                  She can bake
                                  She understands the needs and constrains of home cooks who make up the bulk of the FN audience
                                  She knows how to break down what she does into simple reproducible "tips and techniques"
                                  She is attractive and she expresses herself well

                                  Hardly the second coming, but she should do well.

                        2. re: ooroger

                          Oh, I thought that would have been perfect vehicle for FN to do a little pushing of their own products. Food Network Harissa, only available on, as seen on Jeffrey Saad's Ingredient Smuggler (terrible name, btw). Only four times as expensive as you would pay at a Middle Eastern store. And if you place your order within ten minutes, you get the second jar for only $9.99!

                          1. re: ooroger

                            Sorry but you can find harissa all over the place. It's in many large supermarkets.

                            1. re: ooroger

                              Harissa is not hard to find. What was missing for me in Jeffrey's presentation was some explanation of what harissa is, what it is made of and where it comes from.

                              1. re: chicgail

                                you have to remember that we only saw a one- or two-minute snippet of a 30-minute pilot. it's likely that Jeffrey did offer more detailed information, and we just didn't see that part.

                              2. re: ooroger

                                Maybe he could have given some information about the ingredient, what it is, the flavour, how to replicate it at home in case you can't find. Besides Harrissa isn't exactly that exotic.