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NFNS 7/10/11 with spoilers

The claws are still out for Penny. She may be a good cook but I would not watch her on a show.

It was a toss up between Orchid and Whitney tonight I really didn't care which one left.

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  1. I wanted to try the meatballs. I also wanted to try the wraps. Some of that food looked really good to me.

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    1. ok - i didn't think the balls thing was that bad. kinda funny - and i actually don't have that sophomoric of a sense of humor normally. and there are lots of street food dishes that can be done in that form. honestly, i like only susie. everyone else is annoying. penny can obviously cook but... i can't imagine her coming out of this likable.

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      1. re: AMFM

        oh and watching it again... i realized i forgot - i thought the charlie's angels and penny's cleavage commercial was way worse. maribeth also gets worse by the day.

        1. re: AMFM

          Penny is getting softer, make up and attitude. Mary Beth was a total bitch tonight. Penny worked hard as a team member. She was slow, but her food was much more complex than her team mates. I agree she is abrasive but the others are not real nice to her even when she tries to be nice.

          1. re: Janet

            It seems clear that Mary Beth helped Penny by chopping the onions, yet Penny denied needing Mary Beth's help? That was just weird. I'm guessing that neither cares for the other and will throw each other under the bus at every opportunity.

            1. re: Janet

              I surely do not see Penny getting softer...that "Reeowr" thing was beyond the pale. The judges finally called her out on the fact that she can't win when everyone hates her guts.

              And the balls thing...apparently America's Next Great Restaurant taught them nothing :) (probably hadn't aired, I realize)

              1. re: coney with everything

                I actually felt myself cringing when she did that!

                1. re: alliegator

                  Me too! Leave that sh*t on the playground, Penny.

                2. re: coney with everything

                  That kind of nasty - and weird - behavior will NEVER get her a show, no matter how well she cooks.

                  1. re: chicgail

                    The judges pointed out that she has to get along with everybody and that means crew too. They said FN was like a family or something akin to that. Can you imagine if she took a disliking to say a makeup artist or a young Assistant Producer, especially female because it appears she does not get along with other women.

                    1. re: smartie

                      Exactly, and they don't need a diva who won't give anyone credit for anything when they step in to help out. Plus, you have to be able to take criticism (Sandra Lee must have the thickest skin for the types of comments she gets) and not bat an eye and not lash back. Can you imagine a food network star meowing like that at a customer waiting for an autograph if she's unhappy? She has a complete lack of class.

            2. re: AMFM

              Food in ball shapes would be good--sexual innuendos that teenagers giggle over isn't. Calling their truck something like "Having a ball" would have been a much better sell than Balls on a roll which makes me roll my eyes. That said, I don't think people avoided their truck because of a sophomoric name--choose filet and lobster wraps or a falafel and meatballs?

              I agree that Chris's ad was far worst, though. It was uncomfortable watching Penny and MB try to be sexy; and Chris as the leader? Ugh. And, Penny was even more unlikeable when she refused to admit that MB helped her. I'm glad Susie called her on her attitude.

              1. re: chowser

                Does anyone else know the song "Balls to the Wall" by Accept? I assumed Jeff used that as his "inspiration". You're right, "Having a Ball" would have been 10 times better.

                1. re: Joanie

                  Ha! I actually thought at the time that "Balls to the Wall" would be a much better name, if you were going to go with the silly concept. "Balls on a Roll" just sounds forced. But still, you're right....for something like a Food Network Chef challenge, "Having a Ball" would have been much better.

                  But for a real food truck, I think "Balls to the Wall" with a heavy metal theme would be pretty cool. :)

                  1. re: boingo2000

                    agree with all of you. both those names would be great. it's not that i liked the name, just that i didn't mind the concept. most food trucks have a theme. and funny can be ok.

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              1. What this evenings episode proves is that no matter what else a contestant does, they will not get sent packing for making and serving good food.

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                1. re: John E.

                  well I think that poor personality and bad food will have them in the bottom 2 or 3, there are still 8 and they have to be pared down one way or another.

                  1. re: John E.

                    True, but if all you have is good food (ie, you suck in front of the camera), you will get sent home the second you make one mediocre dish (like Justin did a couple of weeks ago).

                  2. Ok...seriously who smothers lobster in cream cheese like that???? I would have fired Chris. All he needed to do is toss that lobster with some butter and/or mayo and it would have been great.

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                    1. re: joonjoon

                      Yeah that sounded wrong when he started making it and got even worse. What was he thinking? As some woman said, he smothered the sweet lobster taste. It's weird how everyone thought Orchid would win then she just plummeted. Vic still walks like Frankenstein.

                      1. re: Joanie

                        Orchid just got bowled over by stronger personalities each week. I would have rather seen Mary Beth go and quit the cat fights with Penny. They even said Mary Beth hasn't given them anything good, food wise.

                        1. re: Joanie

                          Someone like Orchid seems to be on every season of NFNS - someone who is naturally camera-genic and doesn't get freaked out by the lights and starts off well while everyone else is crapping their pants. A few weeks later when the contenders get comfortable with the spotlight is when the real race begins.

                        2. re: joonjoon

                          It also seems like he shredded the lobster so that no one can find any lobster meat in the midst of all that cream cheese. Where TF did he get that idea to throw cream cheese in with lobster?

                          1. re: joonjoon

                            It was painful to watch him chop that lobster. Use tuna fish in a can if you're going to do that to good lobster tail. Dd you see the look on Bobby' Flay's face when Chris described what he did with the lobster?

                            1. re: chowser

                              Yeah when I saw him turn that lobster into hash I knew something was going wrong. He should have just stopped after the butter poaching part. The classic lobster roll is simple for a reason.

                            2. re: joonjoon

                              I agree. That cream cheesy lobster roll sounded awful. How could that possibly be good?

                              1. re: NYCkaren

                                When he likened it to crab rangoon I knew he was finished. ick. What a great way to ruin lobster, one of the best foods on the planet.

                              2. re: joonjoon

                                His dish looked and sounded disgusting, I can't believe he is still on the show I just don't get it.

                                1. re: rasputina

                                  Just the fact that he didn't squirrel away large chunks for the judges read stupid to me. I'd have served them each 6 ounces of sweet lobster. I think it was the lack of lobster that did his dish in.

                                  1. re: monavano

                                    I'm thinking maybe those tails were previously frozen? I didn't see the whole episode, but they were definitely pacific spiny lobster tails, and when he was splitting them apart, they already looked sad and dried out, which makes me thing either they were previously frozen or he simply cooked them to death. Smother them in cream cheese and he was doubly screwed.