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Food Network Star July 13 Episode - Spoilers

anyone else still watching? I did not watch the "last chance" episodes so didn't know who would be returning. Luca seems to have improved his food description skills, good for him.
The elimination challenge was painful to watch at times - with Emma and Sara just wishing someone would come taste their food - I think it was time for Chris to leave. His skills had not improved and I can't remember that they've been wowed by any of his food.
Do you think Lenny will take it? Would you watch a show about making elevated cowboy food? Personally, I wanted to reach through the tv and grab one of those lamb sliders last night! YUM.

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  1. The blonde is a child- zero interest in watching her on a show.
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
    Chris stole the filet mignon!!!!
    I thought that bitch was going to cut Chris.

    The woman who did the scallops lied. I don't want to watch a liar, so she's out.

    I think it's Lenny's to lose.
    He's unique, although a bit cartoony for me.
    Lenny is just enough of a buffoon to win.

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    1. re: monavano

      Totally agree - I was pretty bummed that she wasn't sent home even though Chris would be gone soon for sure.

      I think they're keeping her around because she seems to be the main narrator of the show.

      1. re: apprentice9

        It didn't matter to me which of them went home, they both are going, it's just a matter of time. I was sort of wishing they'd just sent both of them home this week.

      2. re: monavano

        Sara's chronic whining about "her" beef tenderloin drove me crazy. Why is she so entitled to protein that she didn't have? Oh sorry, you claimed it IN YOUR HEAD so it's yours. And, she talks like she's talking to toddlers all the time, maybe because she has little ones at home. Of all the contestants, I would actively avoid anything she's involved in--and what is Texas as a POV? Grits, really?

        Lenny can cook but I'm not sure I'd watch him. While Food Network does Italian, do they have anyone like Luca? A young person who is Italian, not Italian American. And he is good looking. He'd do well w/ marketing and that's really the ultimate goal here. He also has a good self-deprecating sense of humor ("Yes, Rosetta Stone 1 and 2").

        1. re: chowser

          What bothered me about Sara's meltdown over the beef was that I saw *real* anger, and being quick to anger to the point of being overly bitter is not attractive.
          She was just not going to let it go and I have to wonder what about Chris made her reaction so, so visceral.

          1. re: monavano

            Editing. Editing. Editing.
            The first thing that will make me stop watching is if I feel the editing has gone too far into Reality Television:
            catty backbiting
            faked drama
            contestant vs contestant
            And those "one person on a secluded couch, whining" diatribes certainly strike me as RT stylings.

            1. re: Kris in Beijing

              I know that the editing elves love to use reactions and facial expression anachronistically, which I can usually spot a mile away.
              But, you can't edit something in that was never there.

              I just don't think I could sign on the dotted line for a show like this, knowing that you are not there participating as 'you", rather, you are cast as a character, and they'll use whatever footage fits their story arc.

              1. re: Kris in Beijing

                It's all editing but really, I don't care. It's no different from discussing a written TV show or a book.

                1. re: Kris in Beijing

                  I was actually surprised that they skipped the stuck up model type when casting this season.

                  1. re: rasputina

                    Isn't that Sara, former beauty pageant contestant who blew kisses at her first video taping?

                2. re: monavano

                  Yes, she kept mentioning "her" beef tenderloin. Serving that many, Chris probably did need them all but there certainly wasn't enough for both of them. She obviously can't refocus/regroup. I think it was irrelevant who left this week between Chris and Sara. They're both going to go.

                3. re: chowser

                  Luca is my favorite and I might even watch him. I would not watch any of the others and that includes Lenny. Stupid shtick.

                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                    I think if they just Lenny be Lenny and gave him a show about cowboy cooking from easy to sophisticated, he'd probably be relatively successful. It's when they try and put these square contestants into round - and very uncomfortable - square holes that they act stupid and weird.

                4. re: monavano

                  "Just enough of a buffoon to win" is the long and the short of it.

                5. Doubt that I'd watch shows by any of these remaining contestants. That said, Lenny seems the one with some cooking abilities, altho' his schtick wouldn't wear well.

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                  1. re: pine time

                    I can't believe Chris made it this far- I didn't see much in the way of cooking chops.
                    I couldn't get over how the panel fawned over his "butter coins".
                    Whoopdeedoo.
                    Compound butter.

                  2. I'd watch Lenny. He's definitely putting on some schtick for this show, but that's what it's all about, standing out from the competition. He's earned his cooking chops legitimately. Heck yes. Give the man a show.

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                    1. re: Firegoat

                      I'll bet Lenny gets a show whether he wins or not, certainly if he's in the final three.

                      Sara's trying to hard, Loreal isn't trying hard enough and I don't see her in it much longer. Emma would be a good show host but she's not that great a contestant. Nicole makes poor choices in her presentations (big words, wrong ingredients) and it may be too late to overcome that.

                      Luca's just an unknown to me at this point. I didn't watch Salvation but he's come back pretty strong.

                      1. re: ennuisans

                        Well if Giada is the deciding vote Luca will win. Otherwise my money is on Lenny. I once owned a horse named Lenny.

                        1. re: Firegoat

                          I actually think Emma could win. Lenny reminds me of they musical guy last season, good entertainer, but he has not cooked anything interesting.

                          1. re: cwdonald

                            I like Emma also; though Luca is certainly eye-candy. Lenny is too over the top for me.

                            1. re: cwdonald

                              I agree, I think Emma could win too. They seem to like her and compliment her food. I'd give her show a chance. I like that she seems to be about fresh healthy food without making it diet food.

                      2. I could see Lenny winning and find him fairly entertaining despite the "schtick." Luca is a looker and I don't feel like another Italian show on food network would be overkill. He looks like he would lean a little more classic which I would like. Loreal is fun but I'm not terribly interested in her cooking style (it seems similar to Lenny's and I'd rather watch him). Emma is very sweet and calming and I could see myself learning things from her about good ingredients and fresh food. She's also pretty much what I was hoping Nicole would be but like someone else said, I don't really trust her. Sarah just needs to go home, she's fake, can't cook, and has a horrid and snooty attitude.

                        As a bit of background I'm a pretty novice cook, so I'm happy with being taught more basic stuff!

                        1. I'd watch:
                          Emma -- Yes. As she tours through grocery stores and farmers' markets explaining items and common/ extra special uses
                          Lenny-- yes. I think he'd calm down if on his own show. However, I'm not too sure how open he'd be to cuisines he doesn't already know.
                          Loreal-- Maybe? Until this week, I thought she just needed to push the Butcher Babe, but this week she seemed unfocused and even silly.
                          Luca -- probably not. FN Does NOT need more Italian at the expense of other choices, and I don't think I could listen to him for half an hour.
                          Nicole and Sarah -- Nope. I think they're the same person, essentially, but Nicole's vice is intelligence and Sarah's is beauty.

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                          1. re: Kris in Beijing

                            I like that Loreal is a butcher and has some meat knowledge (although Alton Brown called her out about presalting meat). She tries too hard to fit her created persona and it feels almost cringeworthy to me. Her "dang" commercial last week was awful.

                            1. re: chowser

                              It might be editing, but Loreal seems overly critical of her fellow cast members.
                              Everyone on that show makes mistakes, and she seems like "Little Miss Perfect", which is not an endearing quality.

                              1. re: chowser

                                i thought her commercial was one of the more successful ones. Not saying it was great - they were generally pretty bad!

                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                  Loreal's "Dang" branding was clever, but was it just me or did she put huge pieces of pepper in a jar, and call it a marinade/sauce?

                                  1. re: monavano

                                    I didn't catch what went in the jar, I was distracted.

                                  2. re: jujuthomas

                                    I like the challenges that have them describe the food because that is an important part of the job as is likeability. The challenges like this about creating a commercial, or designing a label? As if Food Network would ever let them do it! They have a team that will have complete control. So, as commercials go, I didn't care for any of them but they're amateurs. I don't expect them to have skill in that.

                                    1. re: chowser

                                      Oh, wait! Did you see Giada actually ding someone for using the word "creamy" too much?
                                      That's actually a bonafide drinking game, isn't it?
                                      The one where you drink every time Giada says "creamy' on her show?
                                      ;-)

                                2. re: Kris in Beijing

                                  What drives me crazy about Loreal is that every time she's talking to camera about one of her past performances, she is always saying "heyyyyy" or something like that, w/ the hand motions to go with it. It's super annoying. Can't she just talk normal???