Being a person of unabashed interest in cooking, I’ve tuned in with a righteousness to Fox’s offering of “Hell’s Kitchen”. Only to be supremely disappointed in that the show was more about a certain chef and less about cooking and food preparation. Review my recent posts on Blogcritics for my diatribes about this cooking reality series.
So this past Sunday night, completely by accident, I chance upon Food Network’s reality series “The Next Food Network Star”.
I totally loved this show.
The series is based roughly on so many reality shows in that there are finalists, they compete, one is eliminated and the competition goes on. According to the hype, the audience will get a chance to vote as the field of contenders narrows. The winner of the competition will get their own Food Network series.
The first reason I enjoyed this show is the contestants are so interesting. Every one of these entrants desperately wants to be a Food Network star and have impressive credentials and a cooking background to accompany their quest.
Susannah is a lady who lost beaucoup pounds on a recent diet. Her quest is to have a series about low-calorie cooking.
Michael is a would-be chef who has wild and wooly hair and a spectacular personality with just enough of a hint of wacko to maintain interest.
Dan & Steve are an admitted gay couple who think the world’s ready for a cooking series hosted by a pair of loving homosexuals who can cook.
There are other interesting contestants. So far these three finalists are among my consideration for the top three.
The second reason I enjoyed the show is that it’s very interesting.
Each of the contestants had to not only cook, but they had to learn how to cook for the camera, run the appliances backward, read the cue cards, and mind the time. Viewers were treated to snippets of these learning sessions and it kept me rapt.
Contestants also had to make a smashing presentation to the three judges of their plan for a Food Network series. This session too was presented to viewers and again I was mesmerized by the thought and ingenuity of the contestants.
But yes, they cook. In this past episode each had to prepare a pizza under the tutelage of Food Network star Mario Batali.
Some of those pizzas were really, really strange.
The contest has a diverse and interesting appeal beyond a chef yelling at charges or endless video of chopping and slicing is what I’m saying here.
Below From the Foodnet Work Web Site are snippets about the next two contest episodes.
Foodies, check it out!
June 19th at 9/8c
See the hopeful chefs multitask with the help of Southern belle Paula Deen, and who has the media savvy to stay in the race.
June 26th at 9/8c FINALE
Special 90 minute episode; winner revealed on LIVE TV
The remaining finalists meet with Rachael Ray to develop a mini-pilot and film on the 30 Minute Meals set, before leaving their fate up to the audience.
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