Being a person of unabashed interest in cooking, Iâ€™ve tuned in with a righteousness to Foxâ€™s offering of â€śHellâ€™s Kitchenâ€ť. 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 Networkâ€™s reality series â€śThe Next Food Network Starâ€ť.
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 worldâ€™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 itâ€™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.