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Food Network Star July 27 - Spoilers

Noooo... why would they send Loreal home and keep Sarah? ok. I really know why but darn. I do NOT like Sarah. I thought Lenny really put himself back in the running this week, and Luca def wins the "most improved" prize!

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  1. I loved how they showed Sarah telling everyone how great their problem-solving dish was, then she'd turn around and say how stupid it was!
    Loreal went about as far as she could go- she just doesn't have "it".
    Jersey girl did an excellent live feed on ice cream.
    Very natural.

    How much longer are they going to keep Lenny???
    He's a one-trick pony (yuck yuck).

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    1. re: monavano

      I don't think Lenny's schtick is any worse than the chick from Bitchin' Kitchen and he's less annoying than she.

      1. re: DiningDiva

        Lenny's not even in the same stratosphere as Bithcin' Kitchen.
        I can't take her schtick for a minute.

        I'm finding that Lenny is pretty one note- his food knowledge and cooking chops don't reach very far.

        1. re: monavano

          Yeah, I was kind of surprised that yogurt threw him for a loop. It's a pretty innocuous item with a lot of uses, even home on the range uses.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Yogurt still has a "diet/women's" food image for a lot of folks. His "chuckwagon" clientele may just never have expressed an interest. Heck I only just learned about yogurt flatbread, which is now on my to-do list.

    2. Sarah just grinds my last nerve. She continually makes mistakes and goes on every week. It has me a little worried that she is FN's "chosen one". Of the bunch that are left, I can get behind Nicole and Luca.

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      1. re: alliegator

        I've not seen 1 single thing that Sarah could teach me--taco soup, really?

        Her pageant persona might work for 20 year olds who aspire to get their toddlers into that Tiara program, but not a cooking show for real grown ups. Can't imagine FN would be so blind to that.

        Lenny, minus the costume, might have the best cooking chops. Nicole, from the Serrano ham debacle, has lost credibility.

        1. re: pine time

          Agreed. And she stated "In Texas, we have this soup...". I'm fairly certain taco soup can be found anywhere. Eyeroll.

          1. re: alliegator

            You know, I really work with my kids on the whole "no eyerolling" thing and yet I find myself constantly doing it when she's onscreen. I even fuss at the tv! It's embarrassing! I know a lot of it is editing, and it's not as though I'll ever meet this woman or eat her food. But honestly...<eyeroll>

            1. re: alliegator

              But wait! Pauler' made Taco Soup, so maybe it's a Georgia thang?

              Look, I get being proud of where you're from, but it can come across as provincial.

              1. re: alliegator

                The funny thing is when Bobby Flay said the taco soup had good flavor--ground beef, onions, taco seasoning, beans, beef broth, some veggies. Maybe they could give Sarah a show for mommies who can't cook and don't mind being talked to like they're toddlers.

                1. re: chowser

                  Was I the only one who rolled their eyes when she said "taco seasoning"? Taco Seasoning? Really? You best advice is that we buy a little packet of taco seasoning to put in the soup? And she's supposed to show the rest of us how to cook?

                  1. re: chicgail

                    I have to cut Sarah a break here. Her question was from a busy mom, and I think Sarah was trying to make the recipe as accessible as possible.
                    Unlike Dang! Butcher Babe, who was making a butterflied and stuffed chicken "hand" food.
                    Major fail!

                    PS... I use Penzey's spice blends, including their taco seasoning. It's wonderful, and convenient, and way better than a store brand envelope.

                    1. re: monavano

                      I can get that about Penzey's. I use Spice House blends (albeit not taco) all the time.

                      1. re: monavano

                        I had no idea Penzey's had a taco seasoning. You've just taught me something important. Maybe you should be on the next season!

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          Ha! I couldn't play the game that you need to in order to be a contestant.

                          1. re: monavano

                            Neither could I. And I'd be a nervous wreck in front of the cameras. But seriously - the Penzey's info was huge!

                      2. re: chicgail

                        yeah, I don't buy the packet from the store, but I do use Penzey's bulk taco seasoning and it's pretty darn convenient. This from someone who has a whole spice "corner" in my kitchen (top cabinet + two lower drawers + rotating spice rack).

                        1. re: DGresh

                          It's not her use of it but that Bobby Flay raved about the flavors of her taco soup.

                        2. re: chicgail

                          I, too, assumed she meant a package of taco seasoning. Could she have meant her own blend--if so, she sure didn't say/explain that.

                          1. re: chicgail

                            I did too. It would have been a great place to insert that you can easily mix up your own taco seasoning that will keep a while and has far less sodium than the supermarket brands.

                          2. re: chowser

                            Bobby Flay's approval really got me, too! It sure didn't look good.
                            As for the taco season discussion,I certainly understand making you own beforehand or using the higher quality Penzey's or something similar. But the way she explained it made me think that she grabbed a packet of Old El Paso off the shelf at Wally World, and that is certainly not teaching anyone to cook.

                            1. re: alliegator

                              I too, thought Sarah was referring to a packet, but really good blends do exist if you're so inclined to seek them out.
                              Of course, it's most instructive to teach people how easy it is to made spice blends at home- and keep a well-stocked spice cabinet.

                    2. If Sarah gets sent home next week I think we can officially declare this the tongue twister cook off... Loreal Lenny and Lucca... la la la la la .. Im not watching.

                      1. Sarah...nails on a chalkboard...I'm so with you on that one.

                        Not diggin' Jersey girl either. She is certainly less annoying than Sarah, but so vanilla bland I have no interest. I too live on the coast, the West Coast, coastal cuisine means something entirely different to me.

                        The pickin's were pretty slim this year...

                        1. Is there any chance they can bring Emma back?

                          1. Out of the ones left I can get behind Luca or Lenny if he tones down a bit. Nicole seems sweet but I would've preferred Emma in her place.

                            Sarah needs to go home. I can't stand her "quirky" personality, she complains and is two-faced so much that I want to slap her, and she's trying to do this whole awkward Texas/mom thing that doesn't work. My only consolation if she makes it through is that all the times she's been in the bottom recently, she's the clear vote to go home by the viewers. They make her look so bad on the show that I can't imagine her being successful with her own show.

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                              1. re: apprentice9

                                I think it's hard to recover from being shown to have a nasty temper (" he took MY filet!!!") and a two-faced back stabber ("great dish!!" then say how stupid it was).

                                1. re: monavano

                                  Don't they realize like-ability is the main factor here? When you backstab and people hate you, you're not going to be an effective marketing tool. Sarah is so too faced. Why wouldn't she mention to Nicole that the food was too spicy for kids, especially after Nicole was kind enough to give her the challenge that best suited her, as a mom? I wonder, when she watches the show, how she self centered she really is.

                                  1. re: chowser

                                    If Sarah wins, I will be done.

                                    Last elimination, the viewers voted that she should have gone home....if she wins, it is clearly fixed. She is like nails on a chalkboard.

                                    1. re: chowser

                                      You can't edit in what's not already there...

                                      And, it wasn't that Sarah didn't say anything constructive to help Nicole and Loreal. It's that she actually *encouraged* it!

                                      That's just evil!

                                  2. re: apprentice9

                                    I can't stand her over-acting, opening her mouth wide.... she thinks she's the best thing since sliced bread.

                                    1. re: DGresh

                                      Oh, Sarah knows how to play the "girl card" and use her xx wiles.

                                  3. Lenny and his crazy eyes still make me really, really uncomfortable. His schtick just makes me tired. I guess at the end of the day I don't care what cowboys eat?

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                                    1. re: LeoLioness

                                      Neither do I. And you're right about the crazy eyes. Poor guy looks so riddled with anxiety that it makes me anxious just watching him.

                                      1. re: alliegator

                                        I dunno, I really like Lenny. I imagine being in front of a camera must be pretty unnerving for the first few months. I usually find what he cooks appealing. And he seems sort of sweet. I like Luca too.

                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                          Luca seems sweet, and yes, being on camera wold be tough at first. I can see how anyone could get tongue tied and like a deer in headlights.

                                    2. I can not believe that Sara is still around. Really?

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                                      1. Loreal really loved saying she was "the butcher babe" but it just went nowhere from there. Did she ever talk about different cuts of meat? Ones a bit beyond chicken breast? My local butcher is always happy to tell people what to do with a lamb collar or pork cheeks or whatever.

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                                        1. re: LeoLioness

                                          off topic but I channel surfed past a rerun of last season's Top Chef. Loreal's get-up was more or less exactly the same as Sara's from that season: http://www.bravotv.com/people/sara-jo...

                                          1. re: DGresh

                                            It's not a particularly original look (which isn't a dig at her, just an observation).

                                        2. Ding dong, Sarah's gone. Being so self-obsessed about being from the huge state of Texas actually makes you look provincial- why don't these Texas contestants ever get that?
                                          Lenny just can't get his own show- he's creepy! His crazy eyes would creep out Crazy Eyes from Orang Is The New Black. Oh, and 1987 called and said that coffee-crusted anything was its idea, so spare everyone the bullshit about 'yer coffee a-spillin' on the beef.
                                          Luca is doing amazing and he's so watchable- hope it takes it.

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                                          1. re: monavano

                                            Yeah, of the remaining cooks, I'd expect Luca to win--plus, it's that ComeBack Kid story, to boot. Lenny can cook, but IMHO, his contrived POV made him a caricature rather than a chef. I can't eat seafood, so Nicole's (is that her name? See what an impression she's made?)"POV" doesn't do much for me. To me, Sarah needed to be put out of her delusion of a show many episodes back.

                                            Is anybody actually going to vote at FN?

                                            1. re: pine time

                                              I think there's also something to be said for the reality that the vast majority of popular FN stand and stir shows feature one of 3 general types. Comfort food, quick food, and Italian. No matter how much cuisines like Mexican/Latin or Chinese are popular in the US, it hasn't really caught on in a cooking show way. It would be a really easy pairing of Luca's show with any Giada 30 minute program as a lead-in to help build an audience.

                                          2. Real cowboys don't comb their beards.

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                                            1. re: bbqboy

                                              Is there any limit to the size of belt buckle that a real cowboy won't wear? Because Lenny's looks like a cod piece...

                                              1. re: monavano

                                                when it was down to Lenny and Sara, and Lenny started crouching down like he was either going to throw up, or um, something else, I just had enough of him.

                                                1. re: DGresh

                                                  Lenny's gloating was pretty awful. I'm not a fan of Sarah's, but I felt bad for her right then.
                                                  I"m sure Lenny was surprised though- he keeps screwing up and yet gets to stay.
                                                  Last night's episode just felt rigged. It seemed that Suzy and Tusch were looking for an excuse to let Sarah go.

                                                  1. re: monavano

                                                    They should have sent them both home!! A show starring Lenny would be a joke.

                                              2. Stupidest comment I heard last night was from Susie Fogelson to Sara, paraphrased, "you lacked credibility because you didn't meantion you were a mom."

                                                Really? Her "culinary POV" is "Texas", and while her kids were mentioned on occasion her show POV was never about cooking kids food, or appealing to kids, or about helping out busy moms, except that one time when they gave her an assignment that included that.

                                                She's never really had credibility other than ya, we all know she's born and raised in Texas. They have had plenty of real reasons to get rid of her ages ago. The whole, didn't mention you were a mom thing was ridiculous.

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                                                1. re: rasputina

                                                  and would they ask a man why he didn't mention he was a dad?

                                                  1. re: rasputina

                                                    I agree that the reason Sarah finally went home was contrived,a nd I hope she didn't beat herself up for too long for not bringing up her kid, since that's not the POV she promised to begin with.

                                                    1. re: monavano

                                                      Intellectually, I know Lenny should have gone, but I was so happy to see Sarah leave that I just didn't care.

                                                      1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                        Me too- I just wish it was when she just about went Postal over someone taking "her" filet!

                                                    2. re: rasputina

                                                      That was head scratching and then Sarah said she should have mentioned her kids because that would be authentic and she does her best when she's authentic. What??? Maybe Sara could do a cooking show for mommies and their toddlers because she talks like she's teaching a gymboree class.

                                                      Lenny is cowboy Guy Fieri. Nicole is okay but isn't her "coastal" cuisine" just seafood cooking? I like Luca and the premise of his show of visiting Italian restaurants and making their signature dish in a way that home cooks can replicate.

                                                      1. re: chowser

                                                        agree in theory with your last sentence, but it is so far from what he actually did on his "pilot". He showed a dish of food, then made something absolutely completely different that it "reminded him of"

                                                        1. re: chowser

                                                          Me too Chowser. I'd watch Luca's show. He is also very appealing.

                                                        2. re: rasputina

                                                          That really pissed me off, because as a woman who isn't a mom/can't have kids, I'm so sick of the whole mommy-blogging/all-women-must-play-up-their-motherhood-status than infects social media and marketing these days.

                                                          I mean, I was no fan of Sara to begin with, but her promoting her "mommy status" would have actually made me want to watch her less, not more. I'm so tired of every woman celeb/writer/blogger/whatever having to identify herself as a mother-of-how-many before any other identity of her own doing. And no, men are not held to that same standard. Men get to be whatever they choose first, if they are a father, great. Women? It's all about proving your motherhood status, unless you got famous before this was all the rage (thank you, Julia. And actually, Rachel and Ina as well.)

                                                          1. re: sockii

                                                            I'm trying to think of which woman on Food Network pushes her mommy status and can't think of any. Could it be that Sarah has nothing more to offer? The whole "cooking Texas" just makes no sense, at least in what she was doing.

                                                            Looking at this list, there's Rhee Drummond and Melissa D'Arabian. I don't know a number of them, though.


                                                            1. re: sockii

                                                              I am soooooo with you Sockii. Sick of the mommy thing too. And Sara has nothing to offer.