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"Next Food Network Star".....some of these contestants look familiar.....

Shrinkrap Apr 17, 2012 10:46 PM

Anybody willing to admit interest?

Michelle Ragussis?

Justin Warners?

Were they on Chopped maybe?

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  1. DiningDiva RE: Shrinkrap Apr 18, 2012 07:44 AM

    Don't remember Justin but I think you're right about Michelle. In fact, I think she was on Chopped twice. Her original episode and a redemptio episode?

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      paulj RE: DiningDiva Apr 18, 2012 09:21 AM

      Wiki has a Chopped episodes database.

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      libgirl2 RE: Shrinkrap Apr 20, 2012 08:10 AM

      I thought, seeing the ads, that a few faces were familiar. I don't know if I will like this new season. I saw Giada says something to the effect that if they have the personality but not the cooking skills, she can teach them. What is that about?

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        Bacardi1 RE: libgirl2 Apr 20, 2012 10:45 AM

        Why am I not the least bit surprised that Giada would say something like that.

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          paulj RE: libgirl2 Apr 20, 2012 01:25 PM


          The FN Next star page. The 15 contestants are assigned to 'teams', with Giada, Bobby, and Alton as mentors. Past Star seasons have had instructional components (on to act on camera, come up with a focus, etc). Looks they are formalizing that instruction, along the lines of 'worst cooks'. The online summary is "Food Network icons coach their teams to success on camera and in the kitchen."

          Glancing at the bios, contestants come with a wide range of culinary experience. Some have food businesses (catering, exec chef etc), others appear to be new. So some may need more cooking training, others more 'on-camera' training.

          Don't forget that FN stages these programs because they attract viewers. If they get a good 'star' out of the process, so much the better, but that isn't the primary reason.

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            DiningDiva RE: paulj Apr 20, 2012 03:00 PM

            Paul, I think you're right. FN doesn't really care if they get a viable "star". It's the show itself that's the attraction, not the person who ultimately wins it.

          2. re: libgirl2
            Withnail42 RE: libgirl2 Apr 21, 2012 05:10 PM

            That sounds like Giada.

            If some knows about not learning proper cooking skills it's her.

            1. re: Withnail42
              iL Divo RE: Withnail42 Sep 2, 2012 05:58 PM


              how do I write a cat hissing noise on here?
              I agree that her choices of things she makes are not my cup of tea usually because on her shows she often uses prepared foods, boxed mixes etc. I use them too but if I have time I prefer to do it from scratch. but she's a graduate of culinary school so she actually does know probably more than most in here, myself included.

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              Shrinkrap RE: libgirl2 Apr 21, 2012 07:40 PM

              Bobby says the opposite in his commercial.

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                paulj RE: Shrinkrap Apr 21, 2012 08:10 PM

                So what? Who expects real information from commercials? They are teasers, intended to spark your interest, not inform. The web site is a bit (just a bit) more informative. Judging from that I think FN is going to play up the contrasting styles of the 3 mentors. It's going to be as much about them as about the contestants.

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                  iL Divo RE: Shrinkrap Sep 2, 2012 06:01 PM

                  I'd love to meet Bobby, now that man has some serious skills.

                2. re: libgirl2
                  iL Divo RE: libgirl2 Sep 2, 2012 05:54 PM


                  "Giada says something to the effect that if they have the personality but not the cooking skills, she can teach them." I don't have a problem with that. I think the personality is what originally brings us to watch a show, it does for me. if I'm watching a boring person who is an exceptional cook, I'll no doubt tire of it quickly.

                3. iL Divo RE: Shrinkrap Sep 2, 2012 05:51 PM

                  that white spiky haired lady was on chopped and 24 hour restaurant with host Scott Conant.
                  Justin was on 24 hour restaurant also.
                  I saw them myself on those shows.

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