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NFNS Finale August 14 2011 (SPOILERS)

I think Vic would win for most improved, but alas he's out after the first challenge. He took instruction so well and always got along with everyone. What a pro.
So, so happy to see Susie in the top 2.

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  1. Eh. Either one will do and both will probably get a show. So there's really no suspense.

    1. JEFF wins!

      I have actually warmed up to him alot. I will watch his show.

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        yes me too I would watch him, interesting they said FN could go on the road with him - I do think he is more marketable and funny than Suzy was but I figure she'll get a show of some kind anyhow.

        1. re: C. Hamster

          Yes, interesting that for the first time my wife said at the finale, "Let's watch his show." Nice too that he got to keep his concept of "Sandwich King" instead of some other invention. I think Giada's point that he stayed true to that vision the whole competition is a good one -- I think maybe FN decided to let him run with it.

          1. re: jmckee

            That would be amazing since McCargo and D'Arabian's shows were totally reworked, with the latter getting stuck with $10 meals. I'm all for frugality, but that constraint would just suck. Kelsy, not the winner, has a show where she can showcase anything.
            I'd be quite ticked, actually.

            1. re: monavano

              Wasn't her schtick during the contest $10 meals? And I thought McCargo always had the "big daddy" persona?

              1. re: jgg13

                I seem to remember Melissa's schtick being "Kitchen Rescue" (which was filled by Aida Mollencamp).
                I think you're right with McCargo's show.... it is still more or less big Daddy.

                1. re: monavano

                  I didn't watch any of Melissa's show and it's been long enough that I don't remember specifically anyways. I do think it was about "how to cook on a budget when you're a home cook w/ kids".

                  McCargo might not have been *exactly* the same, but I did watch his show early on as he was my favorite that season and I don't recall being at all surprised by how it played out. I also had to explain to the gf why I was dvr'ing a show about a guy nicknamed "big daddy"

                2. re: jgg13

                  It may not have been $10 meals specifically, can't recall, but I do recall her shtick including "tips and tricks for moms on a budget". And yeah, McCargo's show is pretty much as he pitched it, as near as I could tell. Haven't really watched either of them because I don't have a DVR and don't watch TV during the day.

                  1. re: jgg13

                    No, D'Arabian was the homemaker - feeding the kids and family

                    1. re: wincountrygirl

                      But homemaker & cheap dinners kinda go hand in hand, no?

                      1. re: jgg13

                        Not necessarily. Her focus was more on fast and easy techniques than cheapness. I specifically remember her showing how to make pan sauces a few times and stressing how easily the technique could be used for different ingredients.

                        I'm a stay at home dad, on weeknights I definitely make fast meals. That doesn't make them cheap.

                        1. re: donovt

                          She also had a lot of tips and tricks that she would throw out and I remember one tip in particular, freezing fresh ginger because it lasts longer and grates easier, was something that Suze and Tush loved about her.

            2. I'm not interested in a sandwich show and won't be watching.

              1. u guys didnt already know it was jeff??

                the jeff spoiler has already been online since at least the middle of june

                FN has a history of letting the winner slip out lately...

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                1. re: srsone

                  And if you're on the West Coast FTV has REALLY spoiled it. They're running ads for Jeff's new show before the finale has even aired out here!!

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    Screwing up the and letting the winner slip has become sort of a FN tradition.

                    1. re: Withnail42

                      Yeah... I know, but this is the first time they've gone so far as to run ads for the winners new show before the finale had been shown in all time zones.

                      Actually, Wikipedia had the results at 7:01 Pacific time as well. I looked ;-D

                      1. re: Withnail42

                        i liked when they ran the ads for the next chopped champion show in the first one
                        and let u know who won the first round

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        I am so used to seeing spoilers from contests that I try to turn away or turn the channel or mute so I don't pick up on subtle or not so subtle spoilers.
                        FN and Project Runway are notorious for doing this.

                        1. re: srsone

                          food network humor had a pic and a link to a scripps news story from June 17

                        2. i still would more like susie's show. but compared to other years, jeff's not bad at all.