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shell22 Jun 4, 2012 12:13 PM

Watched last night and cannot understand how Ippy was in the bottom 2 over Linkie? Her food definitely looked worse than his and her presentation was lacking. Well, in the end Eric suffered. Too bad, he seemed like an accomplished chef.

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    DGresh RE: shell22 Jun 4, 2012 03:29 PM

    I had forgotten that Linkie was on his team; on the other hand I thought Ippy deserved to go over Eric in the final challenge (not that I think Eric had any hope on earth of staying in much longer). And that tall "Girl on Grill" gal drives me nuts. I don't like her style, I don't like her schtick, she seems incredibly "plastic". I couldn't believe they thought she was good on this episode. And her skirts are too short. There, I'm done.

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      DiningDiva RE: DGresh Jun 4, 2012 05:40 PM

      I'm with you on Grill Girl, not high on my list. I don't get plastic from her as much as I get smug

      I was watching the local news last week when a commerical for our local Honda dealers came on. If she wasn't one of the people in that commercial then she's sure got an identical twin out there running around

    2. BubblyOne RE: shell22 Jun 4, 2012 03:47 PM

      Eric seemed like someone I could learn from, so there is no way I figured he would stay. Also liked the kid with the red lips (still don't know the names) take on beef stroganoff.

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        jeanmarieok RE: BubblyOne Jun 4, 2012 05:33 PM

        I think Eric is definitely an accomplished chef, but his TV presence was hard to watch.

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          FoodPopulist RE: BubblyOne Jun 4, 2012 10:28 PM

          Eric is like that super-knowledgeable professor whose lectures put you to sleep. I'd get much more out of someone who knows less, but keeps me engaged.

          I think he'd work in a format such as How to Boil Water where you have him teaching someone with a much more interesting personality how to do his hand-crafted stuff. I would also be fine with him designing recipes for someone else to present.

          1. re: BubblyOne
            chowser RE: BubblyOne Jun 5, 2012 05:48 AM

            Eric seemed ill-suited for Food Network Star. He should be on a real cooking competition, not one based on personality.

            Justin seemed impressive this time, but his lips are distracting, not in a good way.

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              Sandwich_Sister RE: chowser Jun 5, 2012 07:51 AM

              I agree on both points.

              I was sad to see Eric go because I would watch his show and I think he could learn to be more comfortable in front of the camera

              Those lips. I know he cant do anything about it but come on stop with the chapstick!

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                BubblyOne RE: Sandwich_Sister Jun 5, 2012 09:03 AM

                Obviously it's easier to teach camera skills than cooking, since that's 95% of what FN delivers.

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                  FoodPopulist RE: BubblyOne Jun 5, 2012 09:45 PM

                  I disagree. I think it's easier to teach cooking than to teach camera skills.

          2. chowser RE: shell22 Jun 5, 2012 05:50 AM

            So far, I'm rooting for Ippy and was sorry to see both him and Eric at the bottom since they're two of the better cooks. I liked when he said he was representing his people in Hawaii who are laid back. I like that so much better than the overly hyper perky presence most of the stars have. I think the perky, too much smiling comes off as fake.

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              Sandwich_Sister RE: chowser Jun 5, 2012 07:54 AM

              It drives me nuts that Bob and Susie are so focused on the perky attitude. Not everyone should be or needs to be that way and if you aren't naturally that way it comes of super fake and annoying.

              I hope Ippy sticks to his guns. His personality is a breath of fresh air and I enjoy that.

              Also don't we have enough of that perkiness on the air. Lets get someone who is happy being themselves and is more laidback.

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                DiningDiva RE: chowser Jun 5, 2012 09:12 AM

                Wasn't that the big slam against Jeffery Saad when he was on NFNS? That he was too laid back? He wasn't, he ended up with a pretty decent show on the Cooking Channel and has made more appearances on FTV recently than the person who beat him.

                I've liked Ippy from the beginning, but I think he does need to step it up just a wee bit. There's a difference between being laid back and engaged and laid back and sleepy. I think the problem with Ippy this week was that he was pretty far out of his element which caused enough discomfort that he retreated internally rather than just rolling with the punches.

              2. ipsedixit RE: shell22 Jun 5, 2012 08:04 AM

                Even if Justin doesn't win, I hope he gets his own show.

                He reminds me (visually) of Pee Wee Herman's love child.

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                  BubblyOne RE: ipsedixit Jun 5, 2012 08:48 AM

                  LOL, so true!

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                    Sandwich_Sister RE: ipsedixit Jun 6, 2012 05:33 AM

                    oh oh! Can we make him wear a bow tie and enter the studio on a scooter?

                  2. Joanie RE: shell22 Jun 5, 2012 08:18 AM

                    I was surprised too since they said Linkie's chicken was minimal and she stumbled like crazy. And surprised Eric lost in the final challenge over super mellow, stuffed mouthed Ippy.

                    I'm sorry, but Justin's take on beef stroganoff just seemed WAY too out there. I thought for sure the 50's looking chick was going to win this challenge.

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                      mamachef RE: Joanie Jun 5, 2012 09:03 AM

                      I adore Retro Rad girl, w/ her ham hat. She came off as poised, which isn't suprising since this competition couldn't have been better-geared to her POV. Loved the humor she displayed. Re: Justin, though: most cutting-edge fashion seems WAAAAAY out there to me, so his dish IMO fit right into that agenda. He was going for edgy; and edgy he gave.

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                        2roadsdiverge RE: Joanie Jun 7, 2012 01:46 PM

                        I loved Justin's take on Stroganoff. I thought taking it back to its Russian roots with beets and sour cream was amazing looking.

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                          paulj RE: 2roadsdiverge Jun 8, 2012 05:16 PM

                          beets with Stroganoff? Tell me more about this sacrilege.

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                            2roadsdiverge RE: paulj Jun 10, 2012 11:35 AM

                            It wasn't beets with Stroganoff. It was a dish inspired by Stroganoff that included beets. I'm not sure what you mean by a sacrilege. We always had a beet salad or borscht with Stroganoff.

                      2. Njchicaa RE: shell22 Jun 5, 2012 11:54 PM

                        Bob and Susie scared me this week with their vision of a show about adding Hawaiian flavored to food. Um, how well did that work out for Aarti? (answer = her show was cancelled)

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                          libgirl2 RE: Njchicaa Jun 7, 2012 08:05 AM

                          I hadn't heard that... interesting.

                          I do agree, I am tired of them wanting people to be perky! Interesting doesn't mean the person has to be jumping around, smiling and laughing.

                        2. Joanie RE: shell22 Jun 11, 2012 08:04 AM

                          Doesn't seem like new threads are going on for each episode so I'll talk about 6/10 here. I was surprised Bobby's team didn't lose, it really seemed like things went less their way than Alton's. Man, he sure gets exasperated huh?

                          I feel bad for Justin because I really don't see much difference between the first time when he got thoroughly praised by the judges and and the latter times when they said he was like a car salesman.

                          And did they even taste the dishes that Alton's team made for the elimination? It seemed like they only looked at the presentations. Which also leads me to ask, I could have sworn that Justin said he only had one change to get it right for his Nebraska clip yet the southern woman had at least 3 tries. Did I make that up?

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                            2roadsdiverge RE: Joanie Jun 11, 2012 08:40 AM

                            "I was surprised Bobby's team didn't lose, it really seemed like things went less their way than Alton's. Man, he sure gets exasperated huh?"

                            I wonder if they are going to try to keep the teams even. It seems unlikely that -- if it were fair -- all three coaches would get people into the finale. But considering that the coaches are set up as mentors, they can't really ask people to switch teams like they do on "The Apprentice". In "Worst Cooks in America" they eliminate one per team each week, so the teams stay even.

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                              DiningDiva RE: Joanie Jun 11, 2012 10:33 AM

                              Alton's team was painfully bad. It was hard to watch. Bobby's team was far better. I was, however, surprised when Bob & Susy said two teams were too close to pick a winner. Giada's team was clearly better than the other 2. Picking a winner should have been a no brainer.

                              But seriously, all the contestants are pretty bland and this season is pretty much a snore.

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                                jeanmarieok RE: DiningDiva Jun 12, 2012 08:24 AM

                                I am not certain how it was shot, so my observations may be incorrect, but this is what I thought - Alton's team went first, and didn't prepare an introduction. ( Shouldn't Alton have maybe mentored them on this? ) The other teams saw this, and regrouped, or had already rehearsed an intro, because their mentor helped them prepare. I blame Alton for the bad start.

                              2. re: Joanie
                                FoodPopulist RE: Joanie Jun 11, 2012 01:44 PM

                                You only get one chance to record. Martie went through multiple rehearsal takes before she did her one shot.

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