Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >
Nov 5, 2012 01:38 PM

Justin Warner - What's up with his "Next Food Network Star" show?

Just curious, he won the competition, and I haven't seen or heard anything about his show. I thought it was supposed to be on this Fall, which is now.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Alton Brown, who is producing the show, has said several times, in several places recently that they are kind of nursing it along. It should air in 2013. I don't think it's going to be a strict cooking show. hmmmm

    9 Replies
    1. re: nikkihwood

      If that's true, I think that's a really smart idea. By a landslide, the most comercially successful contestant of the show has been Guy Fieri, and while I'm sure Guy's Big Bites gets viewers, his success is dominantly driven by his non-cooking show. Since then, all the winners have basically just gotten 'stand behind the stove' cooking shows - which I don't think automatically syncs with the talents that each winner has brought.

      To use a very unscientific "results based" approach, it would seem like an automatic choice to not go the straight cooking new recipes route.

      1. re: cresyd

        Studio cooking shows are probably the easiest and cheapest thing to produce, especially with a new person. Plus there is a built in low-rent slot for a begging show - Sunday morning. It's riskier to put someone new on prime time.

        Aarti did a pilot food tour show (Cooking Channel?) which I thought was good, though not unique. Jeff (Sandwich guy) has a 24 in 24 food tour show playing now.
        While Guy has done very well with DDD, I don't believe the show originated with him. He was hired to work on a show developed by others.

        1. re: paulj

          All of that makes a lot of sense. I wonder if the fact that FN is now shifting producing responsibilities from "anonymous FN type" to Alton (or Bobby or Giada had the others won) that there's a different process going into the show's development. Other winners have just the Next Food Network audience to rely on for an existing audience. For Justin there's not just the reality competition audience crossover but also Alton's audience crossover.

          1. re: cresyd

            Many shows are produced by independent production companies. Good Eats was Alton's own (see the credits at the end). Past FN stars have moved on to do their own production, such as Gordon Elliot (responsible for the Paula Dean shows) and Marc Summers. Other companies specialize in reality and competition shows for a variety of channels. Even the big name shows like Next FN Star have outside credits.

        2. re: cresyd

          >By a landslide, the most comercially successful contestant of the show has been Guy Fieri,.....

          Are you sure Anne Burrell didn't show up wearing pants, it would be hard to tell them apart.

          1. re: Antilope

            Perhaps the more important question is if you've ever seen Guy and Anne in the same place at the same time....

            1. re: cresyd

              LOL, cresyd!

              Although I do think Anne Burrell can cook and has a reasonably sophisticated palate

              We talked to our waiter while we were having dinner at one of the DDD featured places (we had heard good things about the place outside of the show). He said Guy was more interested in bragging about hanging out with Kid Rock than in the food.

              Also, the restaurant employees were very much amused by the NYT review of Guy's place; they posted it in their breakroom

              1. re: coney with everything

                That's amazing. In general, all things Guy don't amuse me. but I do like watching DDD in regards to the kinds of places visited. So perhaps for me, Justin's potential to hijack or reclaim the concept of DDD is ideal.

        3. re: nikkihwood

          Yes, AB says that in the Zagat interview

          1. C'mon Thomas Dolby and Count Chocula..ya gotta strike while the iron is hot !

            1 Reply
            1. So, no more Alton.
              Wouldn't you think that as a part of NFNS, the production time for the winner's show would have been scheduled?
              I vaguely remember phrases like "Well, in 10 weeks s/he will be making a new show" during the competition.


              1. The kid won because of the hugely over-inflated egos of the two producers who railroad that dumb show down our throats. They let some really good people go so Justin could be their winner. Why? Because the Ego Twins think Justin is SO COOL, and they want to be cool, too. Meanwhile, Justin, being lots of flash and no substance, isn't exactly 'material' they can use on FN, so there's not going to be much heard from him. I am so through with Next FN Star, it's awful and deserves to be cancelled.

                2 Replies
                  1. re: vstoklosa1

                    Many people, myself included, think "the kid" won because he deserved to win. BTW, "the kid" is about to turn 29 and co-owns a well-reviewed restaurant.