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Next Food Network Star July 11 - Spoilers

SOooooo... they sent Paul home! I was torn - I could see Brad going as well, but I think Brad's the better chef for sure.

I enjoyed the food truck challenge - how in the world did Aria and Brad get in the weeds before they even started???? Brad should have listened to Aria when she said to start the burgers and dogs! I thought their menu was pretty sad tho... everyone else came up with much better ideas.

I did not enjoy the camera challenge, almost everyone was so uncomfortable! There's a video on FN about Paula Deen being P.O'ed about the heat in Dick Bombay's taco - I can't watch it at work but will when I get home!

Tom is my come from behind favorite lately. I also really like Aarti, but she needs to amp up her confidence level if she really wants to make it!

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  1. Yes, Tom is my fave too and as I said before, I never thought he was SO lackadaisical or seemed like he didn't care the way the judges keep saying. Altho he has pumped it up.

    As I couldn't fall asleep last nite, I was thinking what they should have cooked in the Wisconsin truck. An interesting kielbasa sandwich, something with lots of cheese, keep the milkshake. Super boring menu. Lots of good stuff in the other trucks.

    Paul and Herb were annoying. I thought Herb was a little annoying in the beginning before his meltdown and Paul has been pretty much straight thru. He seems so lost and trying too hard all the time. Their yeah dude schtick was silly.

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    1. re: Joanie

      <I was thinking what they should have cooked in the Wisconsin truck. An interesting kielbasa sandwich,>

      As a former Wisconsiner, kielbasa is not particularly native (that's a Chicago thing) but BRATWURST is totally Wisconsin. Actually, I was thinking hot ham and cheese on rye sandwiches like we always got at Mars Cheese House in Racine. That could have been kicked up a notch and would have been more interesting.

      1. re: ChefJune

        They should have made tater-tot hot dish wraps with deep fried cheese curds and goulash dipping sauce.

      2. re: Joanie

        I agree that the Wisconsin truck food was terribly boring. I'm amazed that they couldln't come up with something more interesting.

        Paul has bothered me from the beginning. In addition to seeming fake, I have found him offensive on many occasions. I'm happy to see him go. Herb is so-so to me, but the volume between the two of them today, the over the top sell, was incredibly annoying.

        I really like Aarti and Tom.

      3. I never liked Paul. He always seemed fake. So I was glad to see him go even though it sounded like Aria and Brad had the worst food. Yeah, Brad should definitely have listened to Aria about putting the burgers on. Kudos to Serena and Brianna for producing great food even though they had been fighting.

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        1. re: NYCkaren

          How could I forget how great Serena and Brianna did working together! they really stepped up and worked as a team!!! And their "around the world" concept was so great. :)

          1. re: jujuthomas

            Correct on all fronts. They did work together as a team and produced great food. Don't for a minute believe that that camaraderie will continue.

            1. re: chicgail

              Second that chicgail! it was great team work, not a miracle, lol!

        2. It was so time for Paul to go. His food was uninteresting at its best and he never trusted himself to be who he was. Blue Collar Dollar had a nice ring to it, but -- like Paul -- had no substance. And as a Chicagoan -- what's a "Chicago Cheese Wrap?" Chicago is known for its Italian beef -- which does use gardinara -- but it is thin sliced (no tough chunks) with lots of spicy juice on French bread and topped with sweet peppers along with the gardinara. Cheese would be ashamed to be on that sandwich.

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          1. re: chicgail

            And Flay tsk tsking that the giardiniera wasn't made from scratch--come on. I suppose he was also expected to bake his own breads.

            1. re: bob96

              Gardinera wouldn't have been all that hard to make. It's just spicy pickled veggies cut up very small.

              1. re: bob96

                Can't stand B. Flay. At least Giada did that one on one with each contestant.
                So glad Paul got the boot. He had mediocre skills and a grating personality
                Tom is quickly becoming my favorite. Personality and cooking. The Dick Bombay name was fantastic. Aarti, while undoubtedly a talent and the one to beat, is really starting to grate on me. She's like the kid in school who always got 100 on the test but "didn't know how" she did it and can't believe it, and gosh, golly, huh. Ugh.
                Serena and Brianna--got lucky last night. Neither can cut it on their own.
                Aaria is on thin ice. Good criticism she got at the judges' table.
                Who am I forgetting? Oh! Herb! Pretty good. Liking him. He can stay. :)
                Tom, at this second, is the one to beat.
                Oh! and Brad. As I said before. He is so much more Top Chef than TNFNS. Switch shows, dude! He's adorable but really so wooden. Toy Story characters have more dimension. Poor thing.

                1. re: HabaneroJane

                  HG, I so agree about Brad being much more suited to Top Chef than TNFNS.

                  He keeps reminding us that he's a "professional chef," but his work to date doesn't exactly support that. Overcooked hamburgers not cooked in time and hot dogs without much thought doesn't support that "professional chef" label.

                  Given his performance so far, I'm not sure how far he'd get on Top Chef -- at least last season. That being said, this season's Top Chef has not turned up a whole lot of cooking talent -- at least that what we're seeing post-editing.

                  1. re: chicgail

                    chicgail--exactly! Top Chef is lacking cooking talent and personality so Brad would be perfect. I do think he has some talent but like one of the judges said, he's getting so wrapped up in nerves during those screen tests that he's losing focus on his cooking too. at least on Top Chef you can get away with having no personality (see Voltaggio bros) and still win!

                    1. re: chicgail

                      Did you see him pressing down on the burgers as he was cooking them, and flipping them more than once. No wonder his burgers were dry, He might be more suited to Top Chef but I don't think he'd last as long on that as he has here. I think his culinary skills are the only thing keeping him hanging by a thread.

                    2. re: HabaneroJane

                      I don't think Giada's one on one time demonstrates anything about her, or Flay's lack of one on one time demonstrates anything about him. That was just a producer call.

                      1. re: debbiel

                        It was stated in the first episode that Giada was going to be a mentor to the cheftestants.

                        1. re: saeyedoc

                          Right. A producer decision. Not something that suggests we should like her more than we like Flay.

                2. I think I'm in love with Aarti.

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                  1. re: jackbauer

                    Jackbauer (hehe), you and all the judges, too!

                  2. Am I the only one who thought last night's episode was boring...and perhaps way too long at 90 minutes?

                    I've said for the last 3 weeks that Tom was the dark horse, looks like he finally came out of the shadows at last. If he keeps it up, he might have a good chance. Watching him was actually fun. No lamb? No problem, we'll switch to beef. Decision making on the fly, happens everyday in a professional kitchen. No deep fryer? Do funnel cakes on the flat-top, inspired. The name of their truck was great. Tom and Aarti made a great pair and worked really well together.

                    Loved that Herb made a comback this week. I know he can be a bit over the top at times but I really like his approach to health food better than the 2 boring babes they've got doing it now. He makes healthy, low (or lower) calorie food interesting, plus he makes you want to move with him rather than fall asleep.

                    Venice Beach? They all missed the boat, literally, someone should have done the ubiquitous fish taco. Easy to do out of a taco truck and it can be done so many different ways. That and carne asada. Or Chinese chicken salad using those white 4-sided Chinese take out containers. So many missed opportunities to do beach food.

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                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      <Venice Beach? They all missed the boat, literally, someone should have done the ubiquitous fish taco. Easy to do out of a taco truck and it can be done so many different ways. That and carne asada. Or Chinese chicken salad using those white 4-sided Chinese take out containers. So many missed opportunities to do beach food.>

                      I'll bet they had no clue about those traditional beach foods there. They just blew into town for the competition.