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Five Burning Questions About the Food Network

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 5th 2010 2:08PM
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Whether it's 'The Barefoot Contessa' or 'Tyler's Ultimate,' there's a wide variety of food, cooking, chefs and experts on The Food Network. For the most part, the diversity is great and if you're a food fan -- a foodie -- you can watch FN for hours on end and be entertained. However, if you do watch for more than a few hours, especially the 'in the kitchen' programming which is all about creating dishes, there are some things that stand out -- five burning questions about the Food Network.

1. What's with the hygiene?
On nearly every cooking show, the food preparers -- whether they're an American Iron Chef like Bobby Flay or a restaurant owner/home cook like Paula Deen -- are obsessive about washing their hands. Any time they touch meat or chicken, there's a camera following them to the sink to wash hands with soap.

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Food Network Star runner-up gets a show, too!

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 18th 2009 1:01PM
Jeffrey_saad_Food_NetworkRemember how in Miss America, the emcee would always say that in the event that Miss America cannot fulfill her duties, the first runner up would step in? Apparently that's how it works with The Next Food Network Star, too. Just three weeks after Melissa D'Arabian was declared the winner, her number one challenger -- the guy who placed second -- Jeffrey Saad has been given his own show. It's not on the network, but it's a show nonetheless.

According to Food Network honcho Bob Tuschman's blog, Jeffrey Saad will be doing a mini-series on the web site -- exclusively for now -- called The Spice Smuggler. The premise is based on the Alton Brown directed pilot that Jeffrey presented in the finale of The Next Food Network Star.

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The Next Food Network Star's Ten Dollar Dinners debuts

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 9th 2009 6:02PM
melissa_darabian_food_NetworkA week ago -- in TV time -- Melissa D'Arabian was crowned the winner of The Next Food Network Star. Presto-chango and one week later, her new show debuted on The Food Network, called Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa D'Arabian. That wasn't the concept she was talking about during the competition, but within hours of last Sunday's finale, FN had decided that this would be the format for Melissa.

It was with a lot of curiosity that I checked out the debut of Ten Dollar Dinners. Would Melissa be able to adapt her "kitchen survival guide" and perky homemaker style to a skin flint, sawbuck a dinner concept? Would the personality -- that the judges harped on wanting to see -- come out in a slickly-made premiere episode?

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Food Network cooks up new concept for its new star

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 4th 2009 10:02AM
melissa_d'arbian_food_networkIf you watched the finale of The Next Food Network Star, you know that homemaker, non-pro cook Melissa D'Arabian was the big winner. Hopefully, you really, really like Melissa and not just the pilot she created for the competition, Kitchen Survival Guide, because Food Network has shucked the concept.

That's right, less than 24 hours after cleaning up the confetti, Ms. D'Arabian was handed a new show with a new angle. The title will be Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa D'Arabian.

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'Next Food Network Star' Winner Is Melissa d'Arabian

by Kelly Woo, posted Aug 3rd 2009 11:52AM
Melissa D'Arabian Food NetworkDon't mess with Mom in the kitchen. Melissa d'Arabian, a mother of four young daughters from Texas, won the title of the 'Next Food Network Star' in last night's season 5 finale. She beat out frontrunner and fellow finalist Jeffrey Saad of Los Angeles.

In the finale, both contestants debuted their pilot presentations. After viewing them, the judges -- star chef Bobby Flay and Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson -- declared this to be the most difficult decision in the five seasons of the series.


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The Next Food Network Star: Finale (season finale) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 3rd 2009 8:30AM
Next Food Network StarSo, did the person you thought was going to win The Next Food Network Star actually win, or are you steaming mad right now? After the jump, a quick analysis of last night's season finale.

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Five reasons why Jeffrey will win The Next Food Network Star

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 29th 2009 10:02AM
Jeffrey_Saad_Food_Network_StarJacob at FoodNetworkAddict.com has come up with five good reasons why he thinks Melissa Darabian will win The Next Food Network Star when the competition wraps next Sunday. His points are well thought out, especially the one that suggests that Melissa's journey on the show has been dramatically edited to make her seem like an underdog who has now emerged as a dynamic player. However, I'm banking on Jeffrey Saad to win. Here's my five reasons:

1. The likability factor
Since the opening episode, there hasn't been a more attractive and likable competitor on The Next Food Network Star. Jeffrey makes viewers feel comfortable, like a Tom Selleck or James Garner, and when you're talking about TV personalities, that's the most important asset. Jeffrey would be welcomed on TVs in living rooms -- and kitchens -- around the country.

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