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Recap: The Next Food Network Star, Season 6, Episode 6

I can't say I was particularly sad to see that this week's installment of The Next Food Network Star was only an hour long, as opposed to the epic 1.5-hour long episode we enjoyed last week. But as contestants drop like unentertaining flies, things are getting a little more interesting in the Food Network kitchens. And as my mom said as we plopped down to commentate together: "Alright. I'm ready to snark." [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

Recap: The Next Food Network Star Season 6, Episode 3

In this week's ever-thrilling episode of The Next Food Network Star, ten eager finalists grinned to the camera in hopes of achieving the "prize" of their own Food Network show. Last week, we said goodbye to crazy-eyed Doreen Fang (more on last week's episode here). Bobby Flay was absent from the proceedings this week, and I never thought I'd miss his smug mug until it was replaced by the visage of guest judge Guy Fieri. Oh, boy. This episode was gonna be rockin'!!!! [SPOILERS AHEAD] More

Recap: The Next Food Network Star Season 6, Episode 2

This week on The Next Food Network Star, 11 contestants remained in combat. Still recovering from contestant Alexis Hernandez's early retirement (read more about last week's episode here), the competitors were ready to prove themselves to the selection committee. Giada de Laurentiis, the show's "mentor," was all-too-ready to provide the wannabe hosts with their next cruel mini-challenge. More

'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... More

Watch It with Us: 'The Next Food Network Star' Season 5 Finale

If you're planning to watch tonight's episode of The Next Food Network Star, join us here in the comments at 9 p.m. ET. It'll be an open thread—jump in with your comments, observations, or play-by-play as the episode unfolds. This week it's down to the two finalists: Jeffrey and Melissa. According to judge Susie Fogelson, this was the toughest decision of all five seasons. Who do you think will be eliminated? And who deserves a show on the Food Network?... More

Watch It with Us: 'The Next Food Network Star,' Episode 8

If you're planning on watching tonight's episode of The Next Food Network Star, join us here in the comments at 9 p.m. ET. It'll be an open thread—jump in with your comments, observations, or play-by-play as the episode unfolds. This week the three finalists have to come up with a three-course menu for "a group of culinary elite" inspired by the upcoming movie Julie & Julia. Who do you think will be eliminated?... More

Watch It with Us: 'The Next Food Network Star,' Episode 7

If you're planning on watching tonight's episode of The Next Food Network Star, join us here in the comments at 9 p.m. ET. It'll be an open thread—jump in with your comments, observations, or play-by-play as the episode unfolds. This week the four remaining contestants must survive live demos and a beachside seafood challenge. Sounds like trouble: who do you think will survive?... More

Watch It with Us: 'The Next Food Network Star,' Episode 5

We're going to try something a little different this week. If you're planning on watching tonight's episode of The Next Food Network Star, join us here in the comments at 9 p.m. ET. It'll be an open thread—jump in with your comments, observations, or play-by-play as the episode unfolds. This week things get real with Rachael Ray: who do you think will be going home?... More

'The Next Food Network Star' Week 3

In this week's episode of The Next Food Network Star, the remaining contestants faced two dinner party challenges. The first was to shop for a party of twelve on a $60 budget. The second was to get into groups of two and serve Ina Garten and eleven others dinner made with those ingredients. In true reality show fashion, there were more than a few meltdowns. [Warning, spoilers ahead]... More

'The Next Food Network Star' Season 5 Premiere

The fifth season of The Next Food Network Star premiered tonight with ten mostly amateur chefs all competing for a television show slot on Food Network. It was a little tough to judge who we'd grow to love and who'd make us cringe, but there were some definite favorites (cough, Michael). The contestants were thrown into a house Real World-style, but there was no time for hot tub introductions. The gang was immediately split up into two teams at Butter restaurant in Manhattan, cooking for 75 guests at Food Network's Sweet Sixteen bash. The invite list mostly included food hotshots (Giada de Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Iron Chef Morimoto) and for some reason, Nancy O'Dell from Access Hollywood. After the... More

You Could Be the Next Food Network Star

The cast of Next Food Network Star, Season 4. Who will follow the greatness of Next Food Network Star winner alums Guy Fieri and Aaron McCargo Jr.? It could be you. Grab that friend who's good with a camera and, before Friday, October 31st, send in a three-minute audition tape explaining why you deserve to be on Food Network. And even if you don't win, follow the lead of last season's runners-up Lisa Garza and Adam Gertler, and snag your own show anyway! Since this was the highest-rated television show in the history of the network last season, the next can only do better? After the jump, check out the nationwide casting call stops and dates.... More

Lisa Garza May Get Her Own CBS Show

She didn't win The Next Food Network Star, hence no Food Network show, but she may have something lined up with CBS. That was the rumor at an Abi Ferrin Fashion Week show this week, according to Food Network Addict. At this point, Garza can't say much about joining the land of Letterman, CSI, and The Price is Right!... More

'Next Food Network Star' Runner-Up Adam Gertler Gets His Own Show

The Next Food Network Star runner-up Adam Gertler, the one who cracked jokes and goofballed his way into the top three, will host his own show on the Food Network called Will Work for Food premiering Tuesday, September 30. That means, he basically won the series too since the goal was to win your own television show. Gertler's half-hour program will investigate the world of lesser-known food jobs. According to the press release: Whether he's protecting his fingers while feeding sharks, closely examining potato chips for flaws or trying his hand as a dog food taste tester, Adam will stop at nothing to learn how each job is done. Adam is the former owner of The Smoked Joint, a Philadelphia... More

Ratings Watch

This season's The Next Food Network Star finale snared 4 million viewers, the highest ratings in the history of the Food Network, and handily beat this past season's finale of Top Chef, which only got 3.5 million viewers. It's probably safe to assume there are going to be many more seasons of TNFNS.... More

When Did the Next Food Network Star Know He Was a Serious Eater?

Last night's winner Aaron McCargo, Jr., who will premiere his new show "Big Daddy's House" this Sunday on the Food Network, pinpointed his I-Knew-I-Was-a-Serious-Eater-When moment this afternoon on the phone: "I was four, and my family started passing out rice, peas, and pearl onions... they give me one chicken leg, and I said to myself, they got to be joking. When I get older, I'm going to cook a whole chicken and eat it myself."... More

Eat It, Bravo

Fancy-pants clothing designers have got nothin' on the likes of Lisa, Aaron, and Adam, the remaining contestants on Food Network's The Next Food Network Star. The latest episode had better ratings than the recent season premiere of Bravo's Project Runway. [via FNA]... More

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