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The Final Five Face a Panel of Comedians on 'Food Network Star' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 1st 2011 4:11AM
Aubrey Plaza, 'Food Network Star'To make it into the final four, the remaining contestants had to make it through a comedy round on 'Food Network Star' (Sun., 9PM ET on Food). They didn't have to tell jokes, even though that's what Jeff used to do for a living. He even gave the celebrity comedians a sampling of his comedy stylings.

"I would give you a cooking show just to make sure you never did stand-up again," Gilbert Gottfried told him after a joke fell very flat with the panel.

Even though his comedy didn't go over well, they did like his Italian roast beef sandwich, and his presence. When asked if they'd watch a cooking show about sandwiches, Louie Anderson said, "I'd watch him."

If the personality is engaging and enjoyable enough, the format of the show is almost secondary.

The comedians continued to give a hard time to all the contestants, with the best dig perhaps coming after Vic tried some flirting on Aubrey Plaza. When she asked him what he'd do if she said she didn't know how to eat his food, he said he'd feed it to her.

At that, Anthony Anderson immediately said he didn't know how to eat his food. You're here to compete in a cooking competition, not try and flirt your way through a challenge, Vic!

Vic made it through, though, along with Susie, while Jeff won the challenge. That left Mary Beth, who needed tips from the butcher, and Whitney. Whitney is just a little too green in the kitchen and needs to open up more on camera, which is why she was eliminated just shy of the Top Four.

Next week: 'Iron Chef'!

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Unless they totally screw things up over the next couple of weeks, this is coming down to a contest between Susie and Jeff. Mary Beth is OK, but she really doesn't bring a presence to the network. Vic Vegas could work as a larger than life character, à la Guy Fieri, but he hasn't really developed a good TV personality yet.

Susie has an infectious personality but FN already has a Mexican themed show with Marcela Valladolid; although, Susie is far more personable than Valladolid. Jeff would actually bring something different to the network with his Sandwich King idea (if the network went with it and didn't try to shoe-horn him into a boring concept as they did with Melissa d'Arabian).

August 01 2011 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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