'The Next Food Network Star' Runner-Up Jeffrey Saad Gets His Own Show Too, Sorta
Earlier this month, The Next Food Network Star season five finale shocked some people when Bel-Air real estate agent Jeffrey Saad lost to stay-at-home Texas mom (and almost eerily Sandra Lee-reminiscent) Melissa d'Arabian. But based on the fourth season's results (when runner-up Adam Gertler landed a show in addition to the actual winner Aaron "Big Daddy" McCargo, Jr.) it's no big shocker that Saad wound up with his own little show himself.
The Spice Smuggler is just online—at least for now. The name was clearly a riff on the The Ingredient Smuggler, Saad's pilot for his hopeful show in TNFNS's final episode. (Food Network was not going to let the opportunity to use smuggler slip!) In each of the four-ish minute webisodes, Saad spotlights a spice then prepares a dish with it. So far he's focused on anise seed, smoked paprika, garam masala, and five-spice powder. Maybe the sixth season will finally call itself The Next Food Network Star(s).