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Oct 20, 2010 03:03 PM

That Tom guy got his own FN show

Tom Fazekas (i think) the runner up to Aarti now has his own show on FN. I think its called Outrageous Food, not positive.

Crazy I said Aarti would win and Tom would get a show as well way back in the day. Didn't see it happening this fast. I think he'll be much more involved than Aarti.

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  1. As I've said in other threads, just because you aren't the actual winner of one of these shows, it doesn't mean you don't get a show. It's happened frequently, ie Adam Gertler,and Nathan Lyon from TNFNS, and Lee Anne Wong from Top Chef, who ended up working for TC, and now is "host" of Unique Eats on Cooking Channel.


      (plenty of discussion/speculation about the possibility in earlier replies in the thread as well.)

      1. I'm not surprised he's getting his own show. I saw the promo just briefly. With the success of Guy Ferry on Diners, Drive ins and Dives, they are trying yet again to get some of that audience. I think they tried with Adam Gerlter as well. I'm not sure where he's at with FN right now. I never actually saw Aartie's show on Sundays. How many did she make? I notice it's not on now so I bet she only got a 6 episode deal and they'll determine from her ratings whether to do more.

        FN now has two channels to fill with programming, so they might be willing to try more things than in the past. Of the so called 'stand and stir' shows, the only newer show that I've seen that might have a recipe or technique that I might want to look up and use is the Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. Anne Burrell can be annoying, but from what I've seen she is showing recipes that viewers could actually make unlike some of the TV chefs such as Emeril Lagasse and others.

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        1. re: John E.

          I believe I read that Aarti did get a second season...I mean, they gave MELISSA multiple seasons for cripes sake!

          And ITA re: Anne Burrell. I wish she'd cut down, not eliminate, the cutesy stuff, but her food and technique both look GREAT.

          1. re: coney with everything

            Anne's recipes are great. I didn't like that Melissa won, I thought Jeffrey was way more interesting, but I gave her show a try, and there's nothing I'd make that she's done yet. Happy to see Tom on - I think he is more interesting that Aarti. But, I haven't caught Aarti's show yet, seems to me that it's not on all that much.

            1. re: coney with everything

              Agree, some of the stuff Burrell does looks easy enough for me and like something I would enjoy eating. Now if I can just stop focussing on her 'doo.

          2. Watching Tom's new show ("Outrageous Food") now. It's terrible - full of Guy Fieri-style catchphrases ("That's OUTRAGEOUS!") and been there, done that concepts, such as massive burgers and really hot peppers. Of course, it can be argued that it fits his outsize personality; in that case, we need more cerebral presenters.

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            1. re: ooroger

              I saw the making of the burger part of the show. One of my pet peeves is giant hamburgers, but I wanted to see how Tom Pizzica did. While I don't think I'll likely be a regular viewer, I can see why FN has decided to get more audience with a DD&D type show. If they have a tiny fraction of the success that they have with Ferry, Tom and FN will make a lot of money. Goof for him, because I thought he was a likeable sort on the parts of TNFNS shows that I happened to see.

              1. re: John E.

                That was my first thought too.

                I was crushed when he didn't win, but I'm so happy FN's giving him a chance!

                1. re: John E.

                  I saw his show last night. (Funny, they tout its premiere on this coming Friday!)

                  It was mildly amusing but I share in the doubts about whether it will last. I wish he would also stop yelling and being dramatic all the time, it would remove one cringe factor.

                  I think he should get his own cooking show along the lines of what he was aiming for on TNFNS.

                2. re: ooroger

                  I though Guy Fieri too. It's going to be one of those shows that can be turned into a drinking show. Everytime he says "That's awesome!" "That's amazing" take a drink! It won't take long to get blitzed!

                  And someone mentioned the constant shouting..ugh. I liked Tom on the Next Food Network Star but this is not the best fit for him. Nothing that I will watch again.

                3. I thought either Herb or Tom should have won Next FN Star, not Aarti. But, Tom did get a show (ala Guy Fieri). Unfortunately, it's not a cooking show, he just plays straight man to the usual assortment of hot sauce emporiums, huge portion joints, etc. I doubt this particular version has legs. Guy's DDD show is better in that it focuses on food/people, not the over the top elements. And, yes, Aarti did get a second season (starting soon). I will not be watching her claptrap.