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Scoutmaster May 22, 2013 01:13 PM

New season starts June 2nd. What happened to last season's winner and his show? Did I blink and miss it?

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    catroast RE: Scoutmaster May 22, 2013 01:54 PM

    you mean the 2nd worst show in the history of the world is coming back on June 2?

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      wadejay26 RE: catroast May 22, 2013 02:29 PM

      Okay, have to ask. What is the worst? The Sandwich King?

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        catroast RE: wadejay26 May 22, 2013 03:38 PM

        donut showdown/cup cakewars/halloween wars etc are tied for 1

        let's call SK #3

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          stak RE: catroast May 22, 2013 06:51 PM

          Agreed, these are pretty awful. Although it was kind of fun to see some local doughnut people in the stupid showdown (Chez Boris & Leche Desserts).

        2. re: wadejay26
          alliegator RE: wadejay26 May 23, 2013 10:42 AM

          Sandwich King is just not for me. The first time I watched it, I got up halfway through to rearrange my coat closet.

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            OhioHound RE: alliegator May 23, 2013 05:42 PM

            Aw, I like the Sandwich King! Though Cupcake Wars is a whole other story..

        3. re: catroast
          James Cristinian RE: catroast May 23, 2013 07:46 PM

          Don't watch it then. Wife and I enjoy it unwinding after a long workday.

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            catroast RE: James Cristinian May 23, 2013 09:33 PM

            lol that's great.

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            suva09 RE: catroast Jun 4, 2013 11:10 AM

            So true. All of these clowns have been on the hunt to get their mugs on FN with such desperation....sad! The show is a scripted joke.

          3. paulj RE: Scoutmaster May 22, 2013 11:14 PM

            from the sidebar

            1. juliejulez RE: Scoutmaster May 23, 2013 04:06 PM

              A lot of the contestants on this upcoming season have been on other FN shows in the past. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food-netwo...

              Chris Hodgson was on the runner up team from Food Truck Race, Danushka Lysek was on Chopped (and was super annoying there so they'll probably love her on here), Rodney Henry was on both Throwdown and Chopped, Russell Jackson was on Iron Chef, Stacey Poon-Kinney was on one of the few episodes of Restaurant Impossible where the food at the restaurant wasn't the issue, and Viet Pham beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef.

              I'm wondering if they were running out of actual applicants so they had to go back in the files to see who they could pull out. When I saw that Danushka chick was going to be on it I gagged. I really didn't like her on Chopped. So snotty and pretentious.

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                paulj RE: juliejulez May 23, 2013 05:24 PM

                I thought everyone on Chopped appears to be 'snotty and pretentious' - or at least over confident.

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                  chicgail RE: paulj May 24, 2013 05:22 AM

                  <everyone on Chopped appears to be 'snotty and pretentious' - or at least over confident.>>

                  That has very little to do with who the contestants are. It's the work of the producers. They ask questions, encourage answers and choose sound bites that sound like that.

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                    juliejulez RE: paulj May 24, 2013 09:48 AM

                    See I think some seem like nice people. She did not. I think it's her voice. She is good on camera but I don't think people will like her. They have to pick someone that people can relate to (that's why Melissa D won I think), and people like Danushka are very much non-relatable.

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                      Njchicaa RE: juliejulez Jun 8, 2013 01:43 AM

                      Especially bc she is always reminding people she was/is a model

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                        Firegoat RE: Njchicaa Jun 8, 2013 01:33 PM

                        I thought other ladies on the show were more attractive. Might just be her voice/attitude putting me off.

                  2. re: juliejulez
                    cresyd RE: juliejulez May 24, 2013 12:20 AM

                    While I too did not enjoy Danushka on Chopped (and in general I really like the show) - to me this sounds smart. In the past a number of contestants who seem to have interesting food experiences/ perspectives just aren't very good on camera.

                    I didn't like Danushka on Chopped - but she definitely didn't have any issues being on camera. Maybe it's just my bias growing up a bit shy and awkward - but seeing contestants struggle on camera has always been difficult for me to watch.

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                      girloftheworld RE: cresyd May 26, 2013 05:50 PM

                      I also did not like her on Chef Wanted...
                      I have no Idea wh she knows at that FN station!

                    2. re: juliejulez
                      chicgail RE: juliejulez May 24, 2013 05:25 AM

                      There does appear to be a finite stable of TV chef/contestants who show up over and over again. I have to wonder if real chefs try to spend that much time in front of cameras instead of in their actual kitchens.

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                        paulj RE: chicgail May 24, 2013 05:32 AM

                        define real

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                          chicgail RE: paulj May 24, 2013 06:36 AM

                          If you were talking to me, Pualj, I didn't use that word. Nothing real about reality TV of course. Totally cast, scripted and manipulated for a desired storyline.

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                            Mayor of Melonville RE: chicgail May 24, 2013 08:21 AM

                            Actually you did use it.

                            "I have to wonder if real chefs..."

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                              chicgail RE: Mayor of Melonville May 24, 2013 11:26 AM

                              So I did. Thank you.

                              I just wondered about chefs who spend more time on TV than in the kitchen. We're all human, but if one's attention is on image and airtime rather than cooking ability, it looks from here like the priority is not so much great food.

                      2. re: juliejulez
                        DiningDiva RE: juliejulez May 25, 2013 08:20 AM

                        Almost fell off the sofa when I saw Stacey was going to be on FNS. Her restaurant is literally a stones throw from my house, I can walk there.

                        It always had a line out the door for breakfast even before RI showed up, and it still does. Stacey is incredibly nice and very sincere; it'll be interesting (maybe) to see how the producers and edits portray her on the show.

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                          juliejulez RE: DiningDiva May 26, 2013 07:44 AM

                          Yeah I remember thinking "why are they even on restaurant impossible" since the restaurant looked OK, the food was good etc. But as the show went on it was revealed that they just spent too much money on the restaurant and had too many seniors that just drank coffee. She seems very nice, but, when she was on RI, wasn't she saying how she didn't want to do dinner service because she wanted to spend more time with her family? How is going on NFNS going to help her spend more time with family, especially if she wins? Puzzling.

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                            DiningDiva RE: juliejulez May 26, 2013 08:31 AM

                            The Trails was (and still is) primarily a breakfast/lunch place. She had tried dinner service before RI but it really missed the mark. The food itself was not the problem so much as some of the menu combinations were odd and sometimes the food was cold coming out of the kitchen. RI had her start doing dinner 3 mights a week (Th-Sa) and that worked. She added Wednesday and is only open for dinner 4 nights a week, and that's about right for the neighborhood. Dinner is still not the focus and she is rarely there for dinner service any more.

                            Rumor has it that she grossed $1 million recently and was able to pay her dad back for what he put into the place. The decor is holding up reasonably well, but is starting to show the wear and she'll need to sink some $$$ back into sprucing it up sometime soon.

                            The Trails was doing gluten-free LONG before it became popular. I wonder how much of that she will bring out on the show.

                            1. re: DiningDiva
                              juliejulez RE: DiningDiva May 26, 2013 12:29 PM

                              I could see her basing an entire show around gluten-free cooking. There's definitely a market for it these days.

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                                DiningDiva RE: juliejulez May 26, 2013 03:30 PM

                                Yeah, I kind of think her "point of view" will be GF. I'm also wondering if they recruited her for the show because of that.

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                                ferventfoodie RE: DiningDiva Jun 7, 2013 09:21 AM

                                I've often wondered how long these quickie makeovers
                                last before looking shoddy and/or falling apart.

                              3. re: juliejulez
                                suva09 RE: juliejulez Jun 6, 2013 01:12 PM

                                Very true. again, somebody wants their mug on TV.

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                            bob96 RE: Scoutmaster May 23, 2013 09:24 PM

                            Absolutely can't wait to see Bob and Susie again.

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                              paulj RE: bob96 May 23, 2013 10:56 PM



                              get your fix here

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                              suva09 RE: Scoutmaster Jun 4, 2013 11:07 AM

                              All I know is that the show is so fake - Danushka was a joke on Chopped. She gets lamb & basically pairs it w/garlic & rosemary & thinks it's innovative. I make that on a Tuesday night. The first round was worse, when she stared at the basket for the first 17 mins b4 remembering how to cook. FN Star is SO SCRIPTED. It's sad.

                              1. junescook RE: Scoutmaster Jun 4, 2013 02:24 PM

                                Everyone seems to have forgotten about last year's Food Network STAR, Justin Warner, whose quirky style and cooking got him a pilot but no tv show. The pilot, apparently produced by his then mentor Alton Brown, was simply a copy of Brown's road shows, and to make us fully aware of that, Warner kept chatting to the big photo of Brown in the back seat of the mini van. Anyhow, Alton is no longer producing, and while Justin seems to be still associated with FN (you see his face in commercials I think), he has yet to achieve stardon there.

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                                  C. Hamster RE: junescook Jun 4, 2013 05:04 PM

                                  That's because Bob has decided we would rather watch Charles Stiles and his tv diners or Anne Burrell's bosoms.

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                                    suva09 RE: C. Hamster Jun 5, 2013 10:37 AM

                                    Lmao...but I love burrell. At least she can cook.

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                                      Njchicaa RE: suva09 Jun 7, 2013 06:33 PM

                                      problem is that FN cancelled Anne's own show, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, and are now using her just for competition shows like Worst Cooks and Chef Wanted.

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                                        catroast RE: Njchicaa Jun 8, 2013 02:18 PM

                                        worst cooks, in my opinion, is the best show on food network. carla - i mean cmon - best thing to ever happen to food network

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                                  catroast RE: Scoutmaster Jun 5, 2013 04:14 AM


                                  1. John E. RE: Scoutmaster Jun 6, 2013 09:02 PM

                                    I know I have seen Danushka Lysek on some coking show before but I know it was not on Chopped because I don't watch that show. I also don't think it was Chef Wanted. What am I not remembering?

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                                      ennuisans RE: John E. Jun 6, 2013 09:41 PM

                                      You'd think it would be easier to find what shows she's done. So far I've tracked down Fear Factor (2004) and 24 Hour Restaurant Battle (2010? Battle of the Best Friends).

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                                        chicgail RE: ennuisans Jun 7, 2013 03:54 AM

                                        Fear Factor? Good grief. Maybe she can cook a bit, but some of these people are clearly way more interested in TV exposure than food.

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                                          John E. RE: ennuisans Jun 7, 2013 09:10 AM

                                          I must have seen her on the 24 hour restaurwnt thing. I am interested in the cooking, but the talking to the camera stuff is almost painful to watch.

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                                          Njchicaa RE: John E. Jun 7, 2013 06:32 PM

                                          she was on that POS show 24 Hour Restaurant Battle

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                                            sandylc RE: John E. Jun 7, 2013 09:26 PM


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                                              John E. RE: sandylc Jun 7, 2013 10:57 PM

                                              I don't watch chopped. I indicated in an earlier post that it was the 24 hour restaurant with conant. I'd like to serve him a Filet-o-Fish with sliced red onions.

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                                                sandylc RE: John E. Jun 8, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                Ha. Me, too.

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                                              alliegator RE: John E. Jun 10, 2013 08:40 AM

                                              She was a contestant on The Bachelor around 2006ish (? on the timing). Her reputation was "the bitchy one". Surprise.

                                            3. Njchicaa RE: Scoutmaster Jun 7, 2013 06:40 PM

                                              Just getting the chance to sit down and watch this show tonight at 9pm on Friday night.

                                              I'm seeing a handful of FN recycles: Rodney the pie guy (Chopped, Paula Deen, Ace of Cakes), Danushka (24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Chopped), Chris Hodgson (Great Food Truck Race and I think something else), and that Stacy woman. (was she the woman who lost her restaurant to divorce and overcooked scallops on Chopped?)

                                              I expect to see someone from Worst Cooks introduce themselves next.

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                                                DiningDiva RE: Njchicaa Jun 7, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                Stacy was on Restaurant Impossible. Her restaurant is alive and well as is her marriage. The restaurant is less than a mile from my house. It is primarily a breakfast/lunch place that had been doing gluten free before it was popular

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