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Next Food Network Star who is in?

girloftheworld Jun 2, 2013 04:54 PM

I am watching... but I already am not wild that cast Danushka when I have seen her on two other fn shows and could not stand her.

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  1. DiningDiva RE: girloftheworld Jun 2, 2013 05:48 PM

    I have to watch. I live within walking distance of the restaurant of one of the contestants. Nice gal, I hope they don't make her out to be some whacko.

    On board with you about Danushka

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      girloftheworld RE: DiningDiva Jun 2, 2013 06:47 PM

      so far we like Stacy and Viet.

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        DiningDiva RE: girloftheworld Jun 2, 2013 06:58 PM

        I am so glad you like Stacy, that's the person whose resto I live close to :-)

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          ennuisans RE: DiningDiva Jun 2, 2013 07:01 PM

          Whatever happens, I hope they keep her shoes on.

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            girloftheworld RE: DiningDiva Jun 2, 2013 07:03 PM

            Awesome...tell her we are cheering for her( which of course means nothing since it over with)

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              DiningDiva RE: girloftheworld Jun 2, 2013 07:38 PM

              Hasn't aired yet on the West Coast :-)

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                girloftheworld RE: DiningDiva Jun 2, 2013 07:45 PM

                then I guess I shouldnt tell you about the elephant that comes crashing in and stomps Giada

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                  DiningDiva RE: girloftheworld Jun 2, 2013 07:57 PM

                  No, probably not :-)

                  An elephant stomping Giada?. . .Lol

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          James Cristinian RE: girloftheworld Jun 2, 2013 07:06 PM

          Noooo! They chopped the hot one. Lovely needs to go as I see her claws coming out already, then again it makes for great TV.

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            rochfood RE: James Cristinian Jun 3, 2013 02:42 PM

            Hot one ? You mean the walking clothespin ?
            Ohh..forgot the Peruvian lady was the one chopped..not the model.

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            jujuthomas RE: girloftheworld Jun 2, 2013 07:15 PM

            I haven't watched in a couple seasons, but I'm in at least for a while. Chad is from my area, I've eaten at his old restaurant and eagerly await the opening of his new place just a couple miles from my house. I'm interested to see how it goes for him.

            Not loving Danushka, or Lovely.

            Wasn't Chris Hodgson on the Great Food Truck Race?

            I really like Stacy as well.

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              juliejulez RE: jujuthomas Jun 2, 2013 09:22 PM

              Yes he was on the Great Food Truck Race, I think his team came in second?

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                Firegoat RE: jujuthomas Jun 3, 2013 11:12 AM

                Lovely acted very UNlovely on Hell's Kitchen.

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                  C. Hamster RE: Firegoat Jun 3, 2013 11:23 AM

                  "Chef Ramsay's Reason: If people were named for their cooking, her name wouldn't be Lovely, it would be Useless."

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                    jujuthomas RE: Firegoat Jun 3, 2013 11:32 AM

                    DH thought she was on Hells Kitchen! I didn't remember her.

                    ETA: no wonder I didn't remember her, she only lasted 4 episodes on HK. :)

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                  OhioHound RE: girloftheworld Jun 2, 2013 07:49 PM

                  Stacy and Chad are my favorites in terms of "TV personalities"; Viet seems like my favorite chef, though.

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                    jlhinwa RE: girloftheworld Jun 2, 2013 09:12 PM

                    I'm in...only 11 minutes into the show and there are a couple of contestants who I would gladly send packing.

                    1. juliejulez RE: girloftheworld Jun 2, 2013 09:23 PM

                      With ya on Danushka. Even my mom, who is visiting and doesn't know anything about cooking shows asked what was up with her, and that she was weird.

                      I like Viet and the Jewish BBQ dude.

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                        jlhinwa RE: juliejulez Jun 2, 2013 09:27 PM

                        Seriously....that chick is annoying and she has to go. The sooner the better. Could she be anymore obnoxious?

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                          cheesecake17 RE: jlhinwa Jun 3, 2013 11:32 AM

                          Something's weird with that one

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                            DGresh RE: cheesecake17 Jun 9, 2013 12:28 PM

                            As a former model she has that arrogant, angry look down to a T.

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                        nikkihwood RE: girloftheworld Jun 2, 2013 10:13 PM

                        A friend and I 'watch' [we're 1,500 miles apart, thank you ICQ] the Sunday night competitive shows on FN together. We started FNS, and kept saying, man that person looks familiar. So, I did some fast research. [Thank you as well, IMDB]. this is, I guess, to be expected. but a little disheartening to me. I would like to think that some fabulous cook with great TV personality would appear from Saturn or something to win. I'm naive.

                        FNS folk with TV chops:

                        Stacey Poon-Kinney
                        Restaurant Impossible

                        Russell Jackson
                        Iron Chef [Garces]

                        Rodney Henry

                        Lovely Jackson
                        Hells Kitchen 2009

                        Nikki Dinki
                        Actress, couple of credits 206, 2009 [Sopranos]

                        Danushka Lysek
                        Chopped and some VH1 show in 2006, didn’t check exact dates

                        Chris Hodgson
                        Great Food Truck Race 2011

                        Viet Pham
                        Food and Wine Best New Chef 2011
                        Iron Chef [Flay] 2013
                        Extreme Chef 2012

                        I may have missed someone...

                        Anyway, what do you think? Is this to be expected, or should the collective we be mildly aggrieved that there are so many 'pros' competing?

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                        1. re: nikkihwood
                          paulj RE: nikkihwood Jun 2, 2013 10:36 PM

                          Check your list against this one from last month

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                            nikkihwood RE: paulj Jun 2, 2013 10:43 PM

                            we were traveling, east instead of north as we wanted, missed the whole thread sorry for the repetition. !

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                            chicgail RE: nikkihwood Jun 3, 2013 01:20 PM

                            More and more about TV drama.
                            Less and less about cooking or food.

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                              DGresh RE: nikkihwood Jun 9, 2013 12:30 PM

                              I guess I in turn was pleasantly surprised that they weren't a bunch of "I'm a great home cook and I really want to be a star!" Many of them seemed to have pro experience. I guess I'm not surprised that a lot of them have been doing the reality TV food circuit as well.

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                                Kajikit RE: nikkihwood Jun 24, 2013 09:22 AM

                                I'd rather see people who have demonstrated some actual cooking chops in the past (and who have experience working in the competitive/tv environment) than who are just 'oh, I'm a wonderful home cook I've got soooooooo much to teach you', and who freeze solid in front of the camera every single time that blinky red light goes on. Sure, there might be some great undiscovered talent out there and I'd like to see them too... but the odds are high that if somebody is good enough to teach the rest of us, they've already found a way to cook competitively/professionally.

                              2. coney with everything RE: girloftheworld Jun 3, 2013 05:07 AM

                                Viet or Stacy for the "win", FWIW.

                                You too can be a big star on FN, just like, um, er, Justin or Aarti...

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                                  DiningDiva RE: coney with everything Jun 3, 2013 08:50 AM

                                  Those are my 2 favorites, plus I like Chad

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                                    cwdonald RE: DiningDiva Jun 3, 2013 11:18 AM

                                    Chad is local to the Philadelphia area. He owned to bbq places, sold them and is opening a new one in a suburb of Philadelphia. Really down to earth guy.

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                                      DiningDiva RE: cwdonald Jun 3, 2013 12:47 PM

                                      And Stacy is local to me, I can walk to her restaurant :-). She's also really nice and down to earth. I was delighted to see that they weren't trying to turn her into some kind of "character"

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                                  wincountrygirl RE: girloftheworld Jun 3, 2013 11:24 AM

                                  Wait, did it start already? I'll have to tape it - I'm sure its around!

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                                    C. Hamster RE: wincountrygirl Jun 3, 2013 11:27 AM

                                    You can watch it on foodtv's website

                                  2. C. Hamster RE: girloftheworld Jun 3, 2013 02:00 PM

                                    Danushka came off as sort of a freak, IMO

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                                      rochfood RE: girloftheworld Jun 3, 2013 02:46 PM

                                      The "pie guy" looks like one of The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

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                                        wincountrygirl RE: rochfood Jun 8, 2013 03:44 AM

                                        The Pie Guy was on Chopped and some other show. Why do all these people look familiar? The pretty mom with the restaurant looks familiar too - I can't remember her name. But I do love Chad. Danushka should be gone already.

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                                          wincountrygirl RE: wincountrygirl Jun 8, 2013 04:13 AM

                                          In answer to myself, I just found out that Stacey Poon-Kinney is the pretty mom with the restaurant and she was on season 2 of Restaurant Impossible. Now I have to look up her restaurant, The Trails Eatery on RI website.

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                                        sandylc RE: girloftheworld Jun 3, 2013 07:17 PM

                                        Saw Danushka on Chopped. What a piece of work. Everything on the planet Earth is totally about her. She put on this "I do everything great because I'm great and I know it" persona, then proceeded to screw everything up.

                                        1. Firegoat RE: girloftheworld Jun 9, 2013 01:45 PM

                                          Greasy long-haired BBQ guy gave off a really strong "I wanna audition to be on True Blood" vibe to me.

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                                            rochfood RE: girloftheworld Jun 9, 2013 07:02 PM

                                            Danushka survives on the merit of her burger.

                                            Andres (with an S) goes.

                                            Looking like either Robert the Bruce or a U Boat captain.

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                                            1. re: rochfood
                                              James Cristinian RE: rochfood Jun 9, 2013 07:14 PM

                                              U Boat captain, that's a good one, but Hauptmann Andres was no loss. Danushka lives, yes! She's a quip machine and I'd like to see her stay around a week or two to see what comes out of her pie hole.

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                                                ennuisans RE: James Cristinian Jun 9, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                It's like they chopped Stefan from Top Chef in half and got Danushka and Pie Man as a result.

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                                                  girloftheworld RE: ennuisans Jun 10, 2013 05:44 AM

                                                  Stefan? or Stephen? Both who by the by where my faves and have nothing in common with the guttersnipe Danushka

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                                                    ennuisans RE: girloftheworld Jun 10, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                    Stefan Richter, who shares with Danushka an overinflated idea of themselves and their sexiness and a tendency to snipe at people (not to mention thick accents). However Danushka is clearly lacking the charisma Stefan uses to get away with that behavior.

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                                                      girloftheworld RE: ennuisans Jun 10, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                      Oh... noooo.. love Stefan.. he is sweetie...how can you compare cold fish Danushka to him? Remember how sweet he was to carla? Plus he was very nice when I met him in person.

                                                2. re: James Cristinian
                                                  ferventfoodie RE: James Cristinian Jun 9, 2013 10:28 PM

                                                  Don't think the judges make their decisions based solely on
                                                  the contestants cooking and presentation skills - they'll
                                                  keep Danushka around for a while because they know
                                                  people love to hate her and will keep tuning in to see when
                                                  she finally goes.

                                                  1. re: ferventfoodie
                                                    sandylc RE: ferventfoodie Jun 10, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                    Yup. FN likes to stoke controversey to up their ratings.

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                                                maisonbistro RE: girloftheworld Jun 10, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                This is supposed to be Next Food Network star. How did Danushka ever make it to this stage?? Who in their right mind would watch any show of hers? Her voice is annoying, her demeanor is arrogant and as the two execs pointed out numerous times in the previous editions of NFNS to other people, what is her POV?????? She has none. Ugh. I find it disheartening. They kept her because of a mini bison burger that she did nothing to but add salt and pepper? Her "dial" ratings were so far in the red both times.... Ugh Her presence is enough to make me not watch future episodes.

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                                                  pine time RE: maisonbistro Jun 10, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                  To me, she's clearly in it for the eye candy appeal, at least early on. If there's justice in the world, she'll be winnowed shortly.

                                                  1. re: pine time
                                                    cresyd RE: pine time Jun 11, 2013 02:57 AM

                                                    I think in a lot of ways NFNS is as much its own show as Next Iron Chef is. Therefore, while having potential to be the host of an FN show is important - it's also important to help create a "good" season fo NFNS. Danushkah is terrible in the onscreen challenges - and is clearly not going to win. But she does do well in the "talk to the camera about the competition" bits. She has easy to edit one liners that are a large part of what reality tv has become.

                                                    Andres' two onscreen challenges were nothing special and he's not a dynamic reality tv show character. Therefore, if the judges decide that two contestants have no hope as a host - it makes sense to rank which is better for a reality tv program.

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                                                    girloftheworld RE: maisonbistro Jun 10, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                    and it kind of bugs me that her butt is about as big as my spider strainer

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                                                      pine time RE: girloftheworld Jun 10, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                      Sheesh, I'm trying to envision what cooking equipment my butt is the size of, and even my biggest Dutch oven is too small! :)

                                                    2. re: maisonbistro
                                                      rasputina RE: maisonbistro Jun 10, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                      I think they want a bitch to stir up controversy. But she isn't just over confident she makes childish insults. I mean really making fun of someones name and the way people talk? Pathetic.

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                                                        wincountrygirl RE: maisonbistro Jun 10, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                        I can't believe they kept her because the burger tasted good. Food Network is all about personality and that woman has none unless totally scary is what you like. Even when she tries to smile she looks like an ax murderer. I like Chad and Stacey so far. They need to get rid of Danushka and soon!

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                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: maisonbistro Jun 16, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                          I have no idea whether Danushka can cook but I must say, I find myself enjoying her jabs at the other contestants. She may not be a cook but she is funny. I wanted to dislike her but I'd keep her around for the laughs.

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                                                            C. Hamster RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 16, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                            I don't think she's funny. I think she's shallow and mean.

                                                            Though she's quick with the quips !

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                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: C. Hamster Jun 16, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                              You're probably right CH and I don't normally like that type of character but having no prior knowledge of her, she is entertaining me.

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                                                              DiningDiva RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 16, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                              Actually, I find her rather amusing as well. Probably somewhat mean spirited but she's made some rather funny comment, most of which have led me to believe that she's not taking this show, or herself, all too seriously

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                                                                DGresh RE: DiningDiva Jun 17, 2013 03:08 AM

                                                                I think she's really more of an actress auditioning for the role of the "pretty bitch". And frankly, she plays the role well. I too find her amusing once I think of her as simply an actress. I don't think there's anything remotely real about her behavior.

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                                                                  karenfinan RE: DGresh Jun 18, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                  Every time she was on camera I kept thinking "Zoolander" she had the look down cold! :-)

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                                                                    Firegoat RE: karenfinan Jun 18, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                                    Ha! Now to dry my keyboard. It is exactly that!

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                                                                      ennuisans RE: karenfinan Jun 20, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                      "What is this? A burger for ants?"

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                                                              rasputina RE: girloftheworld Jun 10, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                              I'm sick and tired of the "mentors" forcing people into a box based on their background.

                                                              Just because the dude lost a bunch of weight does not mean he has to be the diet food guy. And just because someone has Asian parents and grew up eating Asian food they have to make that their " culinary POV"

                                                              I'm sick of the whole, you have to have a story to tie the recipe to who you are. Which one of them said last night. No I don't give a crap if your great grandma brought the recipe from the mother country while riding a dying camel. Good food and the ability to communicate understandably is what matters.

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                                                              1. re: rasputina
                                                                sandylc RE: rasputina Jun 10, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                I agree that the whole POV/"your story" thing is silly. If you have a POV/story, fine...it's part of who you are and if you can do some great cooking and show that to us and do it well, then great. Don't allow yourself to be forced into an artificial persona, however; the audience will not be amused by a fake.

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                                                                  DiningDiva RE: sandylc Jun 10, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                  Now wait a minute...I'm a network exec and I've got a young food show wanna be standing in front of me saying s/he wants to be on TV. Fine, but what is the person selling? What do they have that I, as the network exec, can base a show around and sell to the sponsors and advertisers. If the person who wants the show can't be articulate enough to convey to me who they are and what their show will be about, why should I put them on the air?

                                                                  The last person to build a show around nothing was Jerry Seinfeld and none of this cast of characters comes remotely close to Jerry.

                                                                  I agree that this POV crap is boring and tedious. I think all they're really trying to do is to get the person to explain who they are, define their show and then sell the network on why they should produce it. I think the network does have the right to know who and what they are buying into and if a cheftestant cannot adequately explain that, then I can see why the network passes, it's their $$$ and they're going to try and maximize it as much as they can with their choice.

                                                                  Most of us - except Danuska, of course - were not brought up to define ourselves, or our positions, very well. Self promotion is a fine line to walk between being arrogant, fake or used car salesman-like, and being confident, warm and engaging. Danuska knows she sucks at what she does, Viet knows he's actually very good at what he does yet their approaches to promoting themselves are polar opposite.

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                                                                    cresyd RE: DiningDiva Jun 11, 2013 03:14 AM

                                                                    I completely agree with this. First - there is not one show on the FN that I could not summarize in a sentence or two - essentially their POV. I know if I get a "Thai inspired" recipe from Rachel Ray that I am not learning about anyone's grandmother in Bangkok's recipe - but that I'm getting a relatively easy way to incorporate some Asian/Asian-inspired ingredients and flavor combinations into a largely familiar "American" type of dish.

                                                                    Even the shows by the professional chefs who can "cook everything" - they're all easy to narrow down. Anne Burrell's old show, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef essentially is her POV.

                                                                    Not to mention, story telling is a huge part of all FN shows and having a POV helps understand how to frame those stories. For Rachel Ray it's about taking flavors/dishes you like but making it something highly accessible for a home cook with limited skill. For Anne Burrell, it's about giving the Chefy perspective.

                                                                    While neither Rachel Ray or Anne Burrell is someone I think of as being an expert in Thai, both have Thai curry recipes from their respective shows. Their different POV's are largely instrumental in why not only the recipes are different but also the stories that would go with the recipes during a show.

                                                                    The POV part of the show may be irritating, but it's a huge part of actually casting/creating a show.

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                                                                      catroast RE: cresyd Jun 13, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                      the teaching men to cook thing could work with the right host but it comes off as forced and gimmicky with beardo. he's the one who brought up his weight loss and the judges are giving suggestions and advice to him based on what they know about him. he can do any concept he wants, but he'll get called out if it comes off as fake.

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                                                                        cresyd RE: catroast Jun 16, 2013 01:22 AM

                                                                        Unfortunately, I hear "teaching men to cook" - and really do think of something weird and gimmicky. "Teaching men to cook' seems unnecessarily dated to me.

                                                                        Guy's Big Bite definitely has an undercurrent of "cooking show for MEN" - but it's dressed up more in the idea of being bold, large servings, big flavors, watching sports, blah blah. You could argue that Alton's show involving a lot of science or Bobby Flay's show with grilling are "male oriented" or at least male friendly - but the idea of making a show with the tag line "teaching men to cook" - seems like a way of losing female viewers with minimal pay-off. There are plenty of code wordsthat will give a show a harder male edge without being so limited.

                                                                        I think that Russel's POV has a very strong masculine edge to it without him ever having to say "Boys only!".

                                                                2. re: rasputina
                                                                  wincountrygirl RE: rasputina Jun 10, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                                  It would be nice if they got some people with real cooking chops on the network. Forget all this POV stuff. We just keep getting Sandra Lee clones and its ridiculous already.

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                                                                  maisonbistro RE: girloftheworld Jun 10, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                  You are right in a way, about the POV- but I think in more general terms- they also don't care about the grandmother, the dying camel or the trip- they just want to understand what kind of show you want to have- who you are, what you are trying to sell. Either way, Danushka has nothing to sell foodwise.

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                                                                    cresyd RE: maisonbistro Jun 11, 2013 03:17 AM

                                                                    If you're not supposed to trust a skinny chef, then getting cooking tips from a "fashion model" chef has to be in a subcategory of bad ideas.

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                                                                      girloftheworld RE: cresyd Jun 11, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                      well obviously,by looking at her burgers, she eats food that is American Girl Doll sized...and you should too!

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                                                                        chloebell RE: girloftheworld Jun 11, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                        We watched both episodes last night.

                                                                        To begin with, this show was just about the only food show that honestly gave the contestants constructive criticism, how to correct their mistakes AND highlight a good thing about that contestant and/or dish. I can't stand the G.Ramsey effect - All YELL, all the time!

                                                                        But now, the show is teetering on the brink of just like all the others. The 1st episode of NFNS, the bottom 3 were Danushka, the girl from Peru, and a guy (can't remember). The guy ended up being safe. Now, the Peru girl & model. The judges didn't like Danushka's camera shoot OR her dish. The Peruvian girl - the judges didn't like her camera shoot but they did like her dish. So, Peru girl has one up on Danushka. But, who did they let go? Peru girl.

                                                                        Just so they would have the hotty who can't talk or cook on for one more week.

                                                                        Food Network has gotten so bad - I hardly watch it anymore. No new shows, no real cooks. I'll keep watching NFNS - I love the girl w/ the short, dark hair. (Obviously, I'm bad with names).

                                                                        Vent over.

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                                                                          rasputina RE: chloebell Jun 11, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                          I was shaking my head when they said Danushka was safe too, since they didn't like her on camera or her dish the first week.

                                                                          1. re: rasputina
                                                                            rochfood RE: rasputina Jun 11, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                            Sometimes they may be looking for reasons to keep someone. Danushka's burger last week was good enough to give them a reason to keep her around..for good theater.

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                                                                              wincountrygirl RE: rochfood Jun 12, 2013 03:38 AM

                                                                              I really don't even like Danushka. She has no redeeming qualities at all as far as I'm concerned. But then, there are quite a few food network hosts I feel that way about!!! At least Danushka can cook!

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                                                                                girloftheworld RE: wincountrygirl Jun 12, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                she can? She made elf food.

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                                                                                  wincountrygirl RE: girloftheworld Jun 12, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                  True - but tasty elf food! I think she should have been gone the first round. I don't care if the food is good, she is scary.

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                                                                            JonParker RE: chloebell Jul 2, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                            I thought Peru girl was pretty hot.

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                                                                      gfr1111 RE: girloftheworld Jun 16, 2013 04:43 AM

                                                                      What surprises me about this whole "point of view" concept is that the judges have been pushing it since the second season, I think. Don't these contestants watch the previous competitions on video? Don't they know that the sine qua non for winning is having a point of view?

                                                                      For many of the contestants, you can see the lightbulb go on over their heads--"I've got to have a point of view to win"-- and, voila, they suddenly have a point of view, when they did not earlier in the competition.

                                                                      I think the whole point of view requirement is silly. Pick out the "compromise" cook who makes the best food, balanced by the cook with the best television personality, and then figure out what kind of a show you are going to put the cook in. Don't worry about it in the contest. That little detail can be discussed off camera later.

                                                                      1. Phaedrus RE: girloftheworld Jun 16, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                        Here is an article on the recycling of contestants. It seems there is always a steady job on the Food Network for not so telegenic and not so talented cooking hacks.


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                                                                        1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                          DiningDiva RE: Phaedrus Jun 16, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                          Good article, thanks for posting the link.

                                                                          1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                            cresyd RE: Phaedrus Jun 16, 2013 10:59 PM

                                                                            Excellent article.

                                                                            In general I think getting people previously on different reality shows is not a bad idea. They already have a test run of how their personalities are. And if they branded this season similarly to the Next Iron Chef season where it was the season of the "Superstars" (or rather just contestants that didn't before) - I wouldn't have a problem.

                                                                            But you have casting choices such as Danushka who was a very similar sour puss on Chopped and it's clear that FN didn't go through previous performances and choose the best prospects. Rather they picked some good prospects and some good reality tv fodder.

                                                                            1. re: cresyd
                                                                              paulj RE: cresyd Jun 16, 2013 11:24 PM

                                                                              From FN's perspective, ratings on this competition are every bit was important, maybe more so, than ratings of any resulting shows.

                                                                              None of the past winners has produced a block buster. Yes, Guy is a big FN star, but that's the result of DDD, not his cooking show. Guy was hired by the producers of DDD, presumably because they thought his personality would fit their idea for a show.

                                                                              1. re: paulj
                                                                                cresyd RE: paulj Jun 16, 2013 11:29 PM

                                                                                I completely agree. Other than DDD (if we're considering that a byproduct of NFNS), I have not watched one episode of any winner's cooking show. I have not watched ICA though I still watch Next Iron Chef - so I can admit I'm basically part of the situation giving space for Danushka-type casting.

                                                                                Still, I would have prefered a more head-on approach of see your "favorite" contestants from Food Truck Wars, Restaurant Impossible, Chopped, etc. compete for their own show!

                                                                                1. re: paulj
                                                                                  ennuisans RE: paulj Jun 16, 2013 11:38 PM

                                                                                  Good point. As long as Danushka (or the others) keeps her name out there, someone might pick her up for a series, a radio show, without reliance on FN. She would probably be better off going the podcast or YouTube route at this point; she has a screwyou attitude that could pick up a following given time.

                                                                                  1. re: ennuisans
                                                                                    cresyd RE: ennuisans Jun 17, 2013 12:00 AM

                                                                                    I didn't like her so much on Chopped and really didn't like her on NFNS, but I also believe that she's memorable and is good with one-liners. And if Gordon Ramsey can make an international tv "empire" shouting and cursing at people - then there's definitely room in the entertainment realm for someone like Danushka.

                                                                                    On another NFNS thread there are complaints about the notion of POV - but I think that she is someone who really suffered by not having one. Is she from an immigrant background with a lot of crazy Russian/Eastern European relatives she can talk about? Does she have interesting stories from modeling to share? All of that sounds much more interesting to me than "I'm a private chef".

                                                                                2. re: cresyd
                                                                                  chicgail RE: cresyd Jun 17, 2013 04:02 AM

                                                                                  It's also obvious that NFNS is a franchise in and of itself. It garners a far bigger audience than any of the resulting shows that the winners are featured (notice I didn't say "star") in.

                                                                                  Audience, of couse = dollars charged for sponsor airtime, which is what TV is ultimately about. So NFNS doesn't actually have to produce any real stars to get its job done for the Food Network.

                                                                                3. re: Phaedrus
                                                                                  wincountrygirl RE: Phaedrus Jun 17, 2013 03:51 AM

                                                                                  Thanks for posting that. I really did think the whole show was deja vu!

                                                                                4. C. Hamster RE: girloftheworld Jun 16, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                  THANK GOD!!!!

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                                                                                    ferventfoodie RE: C. Hamster Jun 16, 2013 08:59 PM


                                                                                  2. girloftheworld RE: girloftheworld Jun 16, 2013 08:08 PM


                                                                                    If she didnt go after cutting a dragon fruit and throwing shrimp on it.. ANnnnnnnd saying she was bored???? Egads I was going to flip!

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                                                                                    1. re: girloftheworld
                                                                                      paulj RE: girloftheworld Jun 17, 2013 12:11 AM

                                                                                      Is there something better to do with dragon fruit? It's pretty, but not all that flavorful.

                                                                                      I find it interesting that at least some of the contestants are familiar with their unusual ingredients. How many knew about bogarta, durian and umebushi (sp?)?

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                                                                                        girloftheworld RE: paulj Jun 17, 2013 08:48 AM

                                                                                        I think I would have made a a dragon fruit coconut sorbet served in the fruit shell.
                                                                                        she just always seemed lazy..
                                                                                        like I am beautiful therefore everything I do is going to be met with approval...
                                                                                        model behavior not chef behavior

                                                                                        I knew a lot of the ingredients from watching chopped

                                                                                        1. re: girloftheworld
                                                                                          jeanmarieok RE: girloftheworld Jun 17, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                                                          I think she should have been eliminated for saying she was 'bored' and then phoning in her food.

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                                                                                            girloftheworld RE: jeanmarieok Jun 17, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                            Oh yes! I thought ALex was going throw something at her!

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                                                                                              Firegoat RE: jeanmarieok Jun 17, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                              I was surprised by Stacy's dish in the challenge. Even with help it just sounded inedible. I would have eaten the "hot dog rocket" before I'd eat the raw dough thing.

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                                                                                                wincountrygirl RE: jeanmarieok Jun 17, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                The look on Alex's face was priceless! It was almost worth putting up with Danushka for 3 weeks!

                                                                                                1. re: wincountrygirl
                                                                                                  DiningDiva RE: wincountrygirl Jun 17, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                                  I think Alex wanted to jump over the table and throttle her.

                                                                                                  There was no doubt who was going home with this one :-)

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                                                                                                    sandylc RE: DiningDiva Jun 17, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                    Ha. Alex the terminator. They had to bring her in to do their dirty work.

                                                                                            2. re: paulj
                                                                                              chicgail RE: paulj Jun 17, 2013 11:02 AM

                                                                                              I was thinking the dragon fruit would be good in a salsa - maybe with fish or scallops.

                                                                                              1. re: chicgail
                                                                                                girloftheworld RE: chicgail Jun 17, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                                ohhhh kind of a civichi(sp?) thing....yumm

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                                                                                                  chicgail RE: girloftheworld Jun 17, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                  Ceviche. Even better. I was thinking of cooking the fish.

                                                                                                  Yeah, what she did didn't even seem to be what she had described to Bobby Flay.

                                                                                          2. Firegoat RE: girloftheworld Jun 17, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                                                            I do think in the first challenge some people definitely had easier ingredients. As far as the Chopped boxes, I would have preferred the hotdog box. The cotton candy was the only think that would have given me a wtf moment, but that's pretty easy to melt down. It didn't seem like any chef really featured that or the peanuts much.

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                                                                                              carolb33 RE: girloftheworld Jun 17, 2013 03:58 PM

                                                                                              This is only the second year I've been watching this show. I'm finding this season pretty boring and liked it better last year when each of the mentors had teams which competed against each other. I enjoyed watching the mentors coaching each of their team members. Are the formats changed each season?

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                                                                                                DGresh RE: carolb33 Jun 18, 2013 01:53 AM

                                                                                                Along those lines, at some point the "mentors" said something along the lines of "and as a reward for winning the mentoring challenge, these two can not be eliminated". And I thought "mentoring challenge"? What *mentoring* went on in that first half? None! I was even mystified as to why Alton seemed to be tasting and judging the first 5, and Bobby the second 5. Was there method to the madness, or was that just random?

                                                                                                1. re: DGresh
                                                                                                  C. Hamster RE: DGresh Jun 18, 2013 04:56 AM

                                                                                                  Bobby told her what her secret ingredient was when she had no idea...

                                                                                                  That was helpful! :-)

                                                                                              2. TrishUntrapped RE: girloftheworld Jun 17, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                                I might be dreaming, but wasn't Danushka also on that TV show The Private Chefs of Beverly Hills?

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                                                                                                1. re: TrishUntrapped
                                                                                                  sandylc RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 17, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                  A dream...or a nightmare?

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                                                                                                    TrishUntrapped RE: sandylc Jun 17, 2013 07:19 PM


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                                                                                                    ennuisans RE: TrishUntrapped Jun 17, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                                                    Maybe Manouschka?


                                                                                                    1. re: ennuisans
                                                                                                      TrishUntrapped RE: ennuisans Jun 17, 2013 07:19 PM

                                                                                                      Son of a gun, I guess I mixed up Danushka and Manouschka. Thanks for catching that ennusians.

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                                                                                                        dondcook RE: TrishUntrapped Jul 1, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                        I guess I mixed up Danushka and Manouschka.

                                                                                                        Talk about opposites!

                                                                                                  3. juliejulez RE: girloftheworld Jun 17, 2013 08:07 PM

                                                                                                    I'm watching it right now, and I haven't read any of the comments in the past couple days, but...

                                                                                                    LOLOLOLOL at Bobby Flay correcting someone's pronunciation... after YEARS of him mispronouncing chipotle.

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                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez
                                                                                                      wincountrygirl RE: juliejulez Jun 18, 2013 03:57 AM

                                                                                                      HA!!!! I remember in Guy Fieri's year Guy said he made a tomato concasse (he didn't) - but Bobby Flay told him that he (Bobby) was the only one there who knew what a concasse was. Really? On Food Network?

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                                                                                                      James Cristinian RE: girloftheworld Jun 23, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                      Lovely fails to glam out her pizza dough donuts and is a goner, good riddance. I miss Danushka terribly.

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                                                                                                        rasputina RE: James Cristinian Jun 23, 2013 08:19 PM

                                                                                                        I don't know what the heck she was thinking with that decision. I made donuts with frozen bread dough when I was 13. She should be embarrassed to do that here.

                                                                                                        She needs to stop referring to herself in the third person too.

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                                                                                                          jujuthomas RE: rasputina Jun 24, 2013 04:11 AM

                                                                                                          seriously, has she not seen any of these shows before? The chef who uses premade dough almost always goes home!

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                                                                                                            girloftheworld RE: jujuthomas Jun 24, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                            Premade-The kiss of death always!

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                                                                                                              cresyd RE: jujuthomas Jun 24, 2013 10:57 PM

                                                                                                              I wonder if Sandra Lee is part of a secret judging panel to make sure that no one steps on her premade turf.

                                                                                                        2. Firegoat RE: girloftheworld Jun 24, 2013 07:48 AM

                                                                                                          So I clicked on the Food Network site and the first thing I saw was a big ad that said "Star Salvation" with a picture of Robert Irvine..... The first thing that popped in my head was "Robert Irvine is going to give Paula Deen a media makeover!"

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                                                                                                          1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                            James Cristinian RE: Firegoat Jun 24, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                            This has nothing to do with Food Network Star. Bash Paula on one of the many other threads.

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                                                                                                              Firegoat RE: James Cristinian Jun 24, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                              Hello. I wasn't bashing Paula. Just she's clearly gone (At least for now) from Food Network. I didn't realize you were the topic posting police.

                                                                                                              1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                paulj RE: Firegoat Jun 24, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                But you 'infected' this thread with her mention. :)

                                                                                                                'Star Salvation' is a web-video series, with Robert giving Danushka a chance to come back into the competition. Sorry, that's nearly as bad as mentioning PD. :)

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                                                                                                                  James Cristinian RE: paulj Jun 24, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                  I caught a glimpse of the commercial. How many are getting a second chance? I can't see any of the current crop that have been let go, and only a handful seem to have a chance at doing a decent show.

                                                                                                                  1. re: James Cristinian
                                                                                                                    DiningDiva RE: James Cristinian Jun 24, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                    I saw the same commercial and IIRC, they showed the 4 who at already been eliminated and said that 4 more will join them and be given a series of challenges to determine who will get to rejoin the game.

                                                                                                                    So it would seem that at least 4 more will bite the dust before the contestant gets to return.

                                                                                                                    1. re: James Cristinian
                                                                                                                      nikkihwood RE: James Cristinian Jun 24, 2013 09:57 PM

                                                                                                                      Everyone who has been eliminated so far, and at least two get to stay week to week. To me, the first video proved that none of them can cook well. 'TV personality' isn't even touched.

                                                                                                                      Sad ripoff of Last Chance Kitchen.

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                                                                                                                        ennuisans RE: nikkihwood Jun 24, 2013 10:00 PM

                                                                                                                        Irvine should break them down and rebuild them a la "Contestant: Impossible".

                                                                                                                  2. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                    James Cristinian RE: Firegoat Jun 24, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                    Keep it topical. Is Viet going down despite his Iron Chef victory? Why do contestants continue to make the same mistakes season after season? Is the pie guy ever going to make a good one? Why drag you know who into this when there are four active threads involving her? I'm sick of her and it's beyond me.

                                                                                                                    1. re: James Cristinian
                                                                                                                      Firegoat RE: James Cristinian Jun 24, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                      Because I went to that website looking for something on Food Network Star and that was the first thing I saw since it is the marquis item on the site and that was the absolute first thing that came to mind because of how they chose to name it. And. Last I knew I am allowed to voice my opinion. I didn't realize I had to check in with you first.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                        James Cristinian RE: Firegoat Jun 24, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                        I had totally forgotten about the Irvine thing until paulj mentioned it and did not put 2 and 2 together. I see your point.

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                                                                                                                          Firegoat RE: James Cristinian Jun 24, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                          Let's just call it good then. I also thought, "what a rip off of top chef"

                                                                                                                          1. re: Firegoat
                                                                                                                            James Cristinian RE: Firegoat Jun 24, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                            That's exactly what I said to my wife. Now, I think they should bring Danushka back, but not to compete, just to hear what crazy words are going to come out of her mouth. Kinda like a sideline commentator at a football game.

                                                                                                                            1. re: James Cristinian
                                                                                                                              Firegoat RE: James Cristinian Jun 24, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                              I would totally love Daunshka back. I'm curious as to what point they bring back the Robert Irvine reformed chef.

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                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: Firegoat Jun 24, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                I agree, let's bring Daunshka back. I miss her wit.

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                                                                                                                                  chicgail RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 24, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                  I am assuming that was tongue-in-cheek. Poor thing looked sulky, sour, unpleasant and unhappy the whole time.

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                                                                                                                madeliner RE: girloftheworld Jul 1, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                Wasn't Chad on the show before as well or was that another affable 'guy next door' type? He just seems familiar

                                                                                                                and babushka was just ridiculous

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                                                                                                                  paulj RE: madeliner Jul 1, 2013 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                  By one count, at least 8 of the 12 contestants had other TV experience.

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                                                                                                                  madeliner RE: girloftheworld Jul 1, 2013 10:08 PM

                                                                                                                  I knew I saw Russell somewhere


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                                                                                                                    madeliner RE: madeliner Jul 2, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                    oops I was wrong to think contestant Chris was Russell - they look similar to me :)

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                                                                                                                    catroast RE: girloftheworld Jul 2, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                    i really wanna go drinkin' with damaris

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                                                                                                                      rasputina RE: girloftheworld Oct 19, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                      I saw a commercial for Damaris' new show last night. I guess it premiers October 27th and is called Southern at Heart.

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                                                                                                                        Njchicaa RE: rasputina Oct 27, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                        Just watched Southern At Heart. It was actually much better than I expected it to be. She was supposed to be teaching a guy how to make chili, grits, and cupcakes for his pregnant wife on the day that they find out the sex of the baby.

                                                                                                                        She was very comfortable in front of the camera (makes sense if she is a culinary instructor) and she had some good tips and tidbits. I just thought the whole premise of making a meal for this one special day and showing the guy how to do it was hokey and unnecessary.

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                                                                                                                          DGresh RE: Njchicaa Oct 28, 2013 04:17 AM

                                                                                                                          It does sound like a hokey premise. Better if he's going to start cooking more regularly now that they've got a baby in the house. Big whoppie, he cooks one meal!

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                                                                                                                            paulj RE: DGresh Oct 28, 2013 09:12 AM


                                                                                                                            More on Damaris on FN Blog

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