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Next Food Network Star 7/21/13 - Spoilers

SO, Lovely won the redemption challenges, then gets sent home again! I was not sorry to see her go, she really grates on my nerves for some reason.

I thought the ladies did a good, but not great, job with their donut shop promo... but both teams missed some good opportunities to talk about the food! wtf - 500 year old yeast starter? potato flour? why? why would you not talk about those things? anyway. hopefully the remaining contestants learned something.

My early favorite to win was Stacy, but I think now Nikki is in front. She has really found her stride, IMO.

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  1. Still waiting for a torrent to watch this. Glad lovely is gone all PR no Substance.

    1. I don't really like any of them enough to watch their own show except maybe Rodney.

      Much like Jeff Mauro aka Sandwich King, he has stayed true to his POV throughout the show. I've seen him on Paula Deen and I think also Ace if Cakes. He can be great in front of the camera.

      My money is on Rodney to win at this point. The rest of them are just so forgettable. I've watched every episode this season and I still can't tell Damaris and Nikki apart. I know one is the "veggie expert" but I don't know who and I have no clue what the other POV is.

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      1. re: Njchicaa

        http://www.nikkidinkicooking.com/
        Nikki's blog - she has more personality on the blog than on the show.

        1. re: Njchicaa

          I agree with Njchicaa. I can't imagine getting hooked on a show starring any of the contestants, except maybe Rodney. I like how unpredictable he is. Yes, he's hard to understand sometimes, but I'm sure FN could get him some speech training if he won. I used to think Stacy was the clear favorite, but it's clear now that she doesn't have much of a personality.

          1. re: Njchicaa

            I agree. I would not watch any of them, they have nothing to teach me. I like Stacey she has a nice quality. Rodney has nothing to offer, but I can see him being like a Guy Fieri hosting.

          2. If the Pie Guy could just speak so that human ears could understand him. ....I liked the premise... maybe he could show me how to keep my pie bottoms from getting soggy, or how to make a real NY pizza pie. I don't see that happening.

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            1. re: Firegoat

              When it comes to exuberance he reminded me a lot of Guy in the pizza piece. I'm concerned that I've only seen sweet pies from him (that I remember). No savory pies or even popovers or cobblers. I'm afraid he'll be too limited (but I was wrong about Jeff Mauro that way).

              Lovely came back with such a handicap, and Nikki (or Damaris?) nailed it when she said Lovely used vague descriptors in her presentation. She may have outcooked six people but she was without weeks of experience with what the judges were expecting from the contestants. And sent home because she hadn't improved in how she presented information. Pfft.

              Stacy looks so terrified.

              1. re: ennuisans

                I'm surprised that Lovely's mouth didn't get her in MORE trouble:

                "MARScapone"?

                "Are you enjoying this pizza as much as ME?"

                1. re: ennuisans

                  I think Stacy is trying to be who she thinks they *want* her to be rather than who she really is. She's too much in her head, hence the terrified expression. . .she's just trying to figure out how to "do" what will win rather than just being.

              2. When I saw "lovely" walk out I thought, wouldn't it be great if she gets sent home today.

                It's so annoying when people speak about themselves in the third person.

                I just find Stacy and Nikki uninteresting. Demaris cracks me me up though.

                1. Rodney does nothing for me. I don't get his schtick. When I can understand what he's saying he really isn't very informative, and he ain't no musician.

                  And while I agree that Stacy has been the most polished throughout the competition, I find Demaris really appealing, and I can imagine her in a program traveling around the south highlighting southern customs and food.

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                  1. re: junescook

                    Agreed . . .week after week I'm left gnashing my teeth that Rodney remains. The man can't speak or sing and his food isn't impressive either. But as this board proves--different strokes.

                    And I too am rooting for Demaris. She's a little goofy, but she seems to know food and how to relate to it.

                    1. re: gaffk

                      But he swaggers and wears a ridiculous(ly) cool hat!

                      I've disliked him from the beginning. He's incomprehensible. His "cooking" is rather amateurish and unappealing.

                      People who like Guy might like him but I can't imagine broader appeal.

                      Demaris I like. And don't they need a Southern show now?

                        1. re: rasputina

                          Agree, rasputina. Maybe I should audition next year. I could be "The Toast Lady." Hey, just realized that could be booze, too. Hmmmm...

                        2. re: C. Hamster

                          Yes! Demaris can be the modern Paula Deen replacement!

                          Three phrases I hope I never hear after this series is done:
                          "party on a plate"
                          "pie style"
                          "culinary sin"

                          And I never trust these swaggering hat-wearing contestants--it seems there's one on every cooking-related reality show.

                          1. re: gaffk

                            Totally agree with your whole post. And how exactly is 500-year-old yeast a culinary sin? Bobby commented on it during their show but didn't call him on it later.

                      1. re: junescook

                        I'm warming to Demaris and still like Nikki. I always liked Stacey, but she seems to be one note and kind of boring lately. I would watch Demaris for fun and Nikki for actual food ideas as I'm always trying to find more veggie dishes for the family.

                        1. re: junescook

                          Rodney's schtick is unbearable, but Russell is even worse. Every time he opens his mouth, I'm like "if you say ONE MORE WORD about 'culinary sin,' whatever you think that is, I'm throttling you through the TV screen..."

                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                            I'm with you on both Rodney and Russell. HOW is 500 year old yeast "culinary sin"? Culinary sin to me is like fish and cheese, not something that would be great to try and hear about. They're both about themselves and it showed on their episode. Then again, Guy is about himself and he's doing wonders. I can't stand Guy either.

                            1. re: chowser

                              I'm surprised they haven't called Russell out on his "sins" schtick more than they have. I agree with you; to me a culinary sin is something you should not do, not (as Russell presents it) things most cooks do now and then. Butter, bacon. Also his ingredients are not vaguely revolutionary.

                              A motto, or whatever that is, shouldn't be obscure. Compared to "pie guy" or "sandwich king", "culinary sins" is an explanation that requires an explanation.