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Jun 5, 2011 09:01 PM

Food Network Star - Episode 1 (formerly "The Next Food Network Star") [spoilers]

I think I'm going to enjoy this season.

Lots of pleasant eye-candy.

Sorry to see you go Howie, but what the f*ck is a radio DJ doing on a cooking competition show?

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  1. Oh gosh. The conflicts are painful to watch, especially the Jill-the-selfless-midwestern-doormat storyline.

    (I'm not done watching the episode yet--I'm on the west coast.)

    1. I hate hate hate Penny.

      I'm glad they got rid of Howie, the guy can't cook and has no integrity.

      Vic "Vegas" get over yourself and stop pandering to the Vegas stereotype that is only known by the tourists.

      I think this season is the worst group they have had.

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      1. re: rasputina

        It seems that once they get rid of people who obviously can't cook, they're going to ask her to go home for her one note "sexy" concept.

        And come on, "bringing sexy back?" That reminds me of Justin Timberlake, which does not speak of food, expertise, or any perceptible sexiness.

        1. re: Harmy

          I kept wondering when sexy "left" the kitchen.

          I don't get why no one called BS on her concept. It's just dumb.

          1. re: charmedgirl

            Personally, I think it's creepy.

            Plus the Neely's already have that franchise.

            1. re: charmedgirl

              LOL, you mean you don't wear sexy stilettos in the kitchen and act vampish, turning your back and flipping your hair? I can't believe she thought that would be a good idea. Awkward. If you have to refer to yourself as sexy, you're not.

              1. re: chowser

                "If you have to refer to yourself as sexy, you're not."

                Too true!

            2. re: Harmy

              And who in the world says stilettos in the kitchen with ... kids is freaking normal???

          2. I can't remember who they all are yet, but model girl is annoying (alicia), so is tough tattooed guy, mexican girl who's from Colorado and middle eastern roots woman (is she the self professed sexy one?).

            It will be fun to watch, perfect sunday night TV.

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            1. re: smartie

              The Middle Eastern roots woman is unattractive, unsexy and nasty to boot. Can't wait for her to get it (the boot, that is).

            2. I tried to pay attention as much as I could with a whining, sick husband demanding most of my attention. But from what I picked up, I think Orchid is about the only one with "star" quality. And I like the idea of a show that will feature Asian flavors.
              Most of the contestants had me scratching my head and wondering how the heck they got there to begin with.

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              1. re: alliegator

                I agree with you about Orchid. I think she's a winner and Whitney is a close 2nd. I would like to see Vic get the axe next. He should have been the first to go. Maybe it's me but, I wouldn't eat anything prepared by someone who doesn't look presentable.

                1. re: mucho gordo

                  I'm guessing you don't see the people who cook your food very often, if you think his look is enough to disqualify him.

                  1. re: jgg13

                    If Vic is any indication, then it's probably better that I don't see them. Anything goes these days and we're not supposed to look askance.

                    1. re: mucho gordo

                      It's only tattoos, they can't get into your food.

                      1. re: Joanie

                        It's not just the tats, Joanie. It's also the piercings and the whole macho, gangbanger look; somewhat disheveled and unkempt. I would like someone clean-cut, mainstream looking to prepare my food not someone who will do whatever he wants and to hell with anybody else.

                        I know it's not PC to judge people by the way they look but, we all do it to a ccertain extent. It's human nature.

                        1. re: mucho gordo

                          He seems very "clean cut", not disheveled and unkempt. Clean shaven, shaved head even. Clothes looked clean and not wrinkled. It really is just that you are turned off by his tattoos and piercings (btw, "gangbangers" look nothing like him). Which is fine, we're all entitled to our opinions.

                          But I take exception to your remark that "not judging people by the way they look" is "PC". My grandmother wasn't "PC" but she still taught me that "you can't judge a book by its cover". Don't know how such an old and accepted maxim can be derided as "PC".

                          Again, you're entitled to your opinion, and perhaps you'd have a point if this man was the receptionist at your company, but to complain about his look when he's cooking food in a kitchen? Don't be surprised if some people judge *you* for having that attitude.

                          1. re: LurkerDan

                            I am a senior citizen, fairly conservative, dislike tats,(even though our son is heavily tattooed) and I love Vic. He is sexy as hell. Clean cut, seems knowledgeable about food, and when he smiles, the sun comes out.

                            The no food was not his fault, flaky crying blond dumped the food in the floor. I am glad they are giving him another chance. I learned years ago never look in the kitchen. You do not want to see who is preparing your food or what is happening. Friends in the food business have told me more than I want to know.

                            . Just enjoy the food.

                            1. re: Janet

                              I like Vic too; but I think it was the other blond who dumped the food on the floor, The one who looks like she grew up either on the beach in Malibu or under a cornstalk is the crying one :) I absolutely can't stand Penny and she can't go soon enough for me.

                            2. re: LurkerDan

                              Lets face it, Dan. First impressions tell us whether or not we want to look past the 'cover'. It's human nature to pass preliminary judgment. You're walking down the street and see someone approaching from the opposite direction. Don't you judge whether or not the person poses a threat by his appearance?

                            3. re: mucho gordo

                              Based on this post, you're right. You *really* don't want to look into any kitchen that is cooking food for you.

                            4. re: Joanie

                              Doesn't matter. He looks unpleasant, and I wouldn't watch him on TV with the tats and the stupid ear gages or whatever they are. He looks creepy and therefore I wouldn't watch his show.

                              I don't think that's going to be a problem however. He seems inept. How many times could Alton say to hold the damned fish higher? And he never did.

                              1. re: jmckee

                                You're not even talking about the same person. Vic is the beefier guy with tons of tats, the taller slimmer guy is who you're referring to w/ the fish. He certainly wasn't great with the camera but lots of people need some more practice than 1-2-3- go.

                                  1. re: jmckee

                                    The guy you're talking about (not Vic, as was already poitned out) was actually the one guy I would be most interested in watching, at least based on this very early sampling. As we've seen in previous seasons, a lot of these people evolve pretty wildly over time

                                    1. re: jgg13

                                      I'll own up to name confusion. Cleared up by y'all, thanks. But I wouldn't watch EITHER of them. And for the skinny guy with the fish -- evolve is a good word to use. He needs to look more human, less engineering.

                                      1. re: jmckee

                                        "He needs to look more human, less engineering"

                                        I'd say the opposite, as that's why I liked him :)

                          2. Getting a chef who can both cook and has the camera presence to be entertaining is evidently as easy as we might think. Juba can really cook but looses it when the little red camera light comes on. Many of the others are comfortable on stage but are not cooking stars.

                            I was feeling sorry for Vic when both his dishes crashed and burned but man did he loose my sympathy in that final judging when he might have been sent home. I think he was ready to go postal if he was eliminated. Talk about pissy attitude!

                            I think if they keep Penny for long I'll stop watching. To so openly taunt, tease, insult and pick on a single competitor! This lady oozes bad attitude and spoiled rotten little princess.

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                            1. re: Goldendog

                              They'll keep Penny around for a few weeks just to create some drama.

                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                Whenever she was on screen, I thought my TV had somehow switched over to Real Housewives of New Jersey.....

                                  1. re: cmvan

                                    Oooh, that's it! I wondered who she reminded me of, and you nailed it! Wow, quite a contrast in the bonhomie of the Top Chef Masters "competitors" and the "camera whore" nastiness of Penny. Self-aware adults just shouldn't play to the camera that much. Is Alicia just clueless?

                                    Does seem that most of 'em (including Penny) can cook, tho'. Hope Juba calms down & completes a single coherent sentence, 'cause he's a cutie and seems like a decent chef.

                                    All those promos were cheesy and over the top--is that supposed to be the point?

                                    1. re: cmvan

                                      I don't get the Jersey Housewives vibe from her -- probably because I know a Penny in real life who's this new agey mother goddess type. It was extra painful watching her because it hit a little too close to home for me. But she certainly makes for some good TV.

                                  2. re: Goldendog

                                    I'll need to watch again, but I didn't notice his bad attitude. I thought he seemed very accepting of the fact that he might go.