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Did Penny Sabotage Mary Beth on 'Food Network Star'? (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 8th 2011 5:45PM
Mary Beth Albright draws Penny Davidi's name and laughs on 'The Next Food Network Star'Mary Beth Albright knew she was in for trouble as soon as she saw Penny Davidi was going to be her sous-chef on 'Food Network Star' (Sundays, 9PM on the Food Network). She laughed when she drew the name, but it seemed more nervous than happy.

Albright said having Davidi as a sous-chef would be "highly distracting," and she was right. The judges were all distracted by Davidi's snail pace, as was Albright. "At this point, Penny is costing me more time than she is saving me," said Albright. The judges asked Alton Brown to talk to Davidi. "Do you normally work at this kind of leisurely pace?" he said. Davidi reacted with mock surprise, and said she was being methodical, not leisurely. "You know, it seemed leisurely, which in Kitchen Stadium, often results in losing," said Brown.

He was right. Albright did wind up leaving 'Food Network Star,' no thanks to Davidi. Fans of the show, do you think Davidi deliberately sabotaged Albright? Let us know in the comments.

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Penny Gets a Scolding But Stays in the Competition on 'Food Network Star' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 11th 2011 6:30PM
'The Next Food Network Star'Penny blew up at her competitor Mary Beth on 'Food Network Star' (Sundays, 9PM on Food Network) Sunday night, and the judges took note. She was scolded in front of the rest of the contestants, but luckily for her, she makes a mean filet mignon kebab and Greek salad wrap, which eventually saved her.

"You know, Penny, if we had to pick one person who has the most animosity towards them, it has to be you," said judge Bobby Flay. Fellow judge Giada De Laurentiis was similarly umimpressed with Penny's attitude, but loved her food. "We are a Food Network family -- you have to get along with people behind the scenes," she said. She also said her wrap was "the best on the truck."

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Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis Discuss 'Next Food Network Star' Over Cupcakes (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 2nd 2011 3:10PM
Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis on 'The View'The panel on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) tried to do a little talking with their mouths full today when Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis dropped by with plates of cupcakes. The pair were there to talk about food, and more specifically, 'The Next Food Network Star,' on which they both judge.

Over De Laurentiis's mac and cheese cupcakes and Flay's gingerbread cupcakes, they talked about what makes a good Food Network personality. "They need to do two really basic things," said Flay, "and it sounds easy but it's really hard. They need to be able to cook and talk to the camera at the same time."

Flay said the contestants may have learned what's coming from watching previous seasons of 'Star,' but once they actually get in front of the camera and have to produce, it's a whole new layer of pressure.

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AOL TV's Guide to Summer Reality Competitions

by Jean Bentley, posted May 26th 2011 9:00AM
Big BrotherIt's no secret that the networks pad their summer schedules with cheap-to-produce reality fare. And we're fine with that -- who wants to spend the summer indoors glued to the TV waiting for the next suspenseful episode of 'The Good Wife,' anyway? Instead we can come back from the pool/beach/watering hole of your choice and turn on some fun, mindless reality competition series.

One problem -- with a wealth of shows to choose from, how do we decide which ones to add to the DVR queue? From wannabe dance divas to house-bound roommates, here's a guide to the reality competition series vying for your viewership during the summer months. Which ones will you watch?

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Meet the Winner of 'The Next Food Network Star'

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 16th 2010 8:03AM
the_next_food_network_star_2010After ten episodes that have put hopeful television chefs through the rigors of cooking in a food truck, charming Eva Longoria, mastering an 'Iron Chef' challenge and even serving meals from the Palm Springs kitchen of the legendary Frank Sinatra, last night the winner of 'The Next Food Network Star' was crowned.

It came down to three finalists -- Aarti Sequeira, Herb Mesa, and Tom Pizzica. After filming their pilots, under the guidance of Rachael Ray, the programs were evaluated by both focus groups of Food Network viewers as well as the selection committee.

The reviews were excellent all around. Nobody failed and each pilot showed true promise. The selection committee made a strong case for each contestant. Of course, only one could be the big winner. Who was it? Consider this a SPOILER ALERT. Continue on for the reveal, as well as an interview with 'The Next Food Network Star' champion.

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Who Is the Winner of 'The Next Food Network Star'? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 16th 2010 4:20AM
Who Is the Winner of 'The Next Food Network Star'?'The Next Food Network Star' (Sun., 9PM ET on Food Network) is a fairly self-explanatory show. It's nice when a title pretty much explains it all. The winner of the contest gets to be the next ... star ... on the Food Network. And then they get to have their own series on the cable channel. (Along with such stars as Emeril and Rachael Ray).

Slightly shockingly, the guy (or girl) who wins tonight has to start filming their own cooking show the next day. After that, they only have a week before it airs. Wow! That's some pressure! Nice.

At any rate, this is the season finale. The three final contestants are: Aarti Sequeira, Herb Mesa, and Tom Pizzica. And your winner is ...

[Spoiler alert.]

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'The Next Food Network Star' Finale Predictions

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 13th 2010 6:00PM
the_next_food_network_star_2010_season_sixThe season finale 'The Next Food Network' airs Sunday at 9PM ET, and if you've been watching since the first episode, you know that it's been a good competition. All the three finalists -- Aarti Sequeira, Herb Mesa, and Tom Pizzica -- seem to have a good shot at winning the top prize.

We have our own thoughts about who would excel with his or her own Food Network television show, but if you've studied the judges' reaction, one candidate seems to have the inside track to victory.

Check out our analysis of who will be 'The Next Food Network Star,' starting with the chef most likely to win ...

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Eva Longoria on 'The Next Food Network Star' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 2nd 2010 2:40AM
Eva Longoria on 'The Next Food Network Star'This next show brings into question what level of celebrity is actually worthy of being called a "celebrity." On 'The Next Food Network Star' (Sun., 9PM ET on Food Network), contestant Brad is terrified about serving food to Eva Longoria. ... Oh, Brad. We have to ask, why?

[Spoiler alert.]

Yes, Eva is currently on a TV series, and yes, she's a judge. And yeah -- she's currently married to an NBA star who hasn't won anything in a while. But we have to ask -- is this such a big deal? Brad seems to panic, and that doesn't really to help his case, cooking-wise. OMG! IT'S EVA LONGORIA! And he cares ... why?

In the end, Brad's excessive concern doesn't work out. He gets kicked off the cooking show. Dude; Brad. Just maybe relax a little next time around.

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First Impressions of 'The Next Food Network Star'

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 8th 2010 1:50PM
Sunday night was the premiere of the sixth installment of 'The Next Food Network Star,' and after watching the two-hour opening, the new location in Los Angeles looked good, the contestants were appropriately anxious, and adding Giada De Laurentiis as a mentor seems like a wise move. That's not all ... Here are my first impressions of 'The Next Food Network Star,' including my prognostications for who's got a great chance to win the whole enchilada!

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Get Ready For 'The Next Food Network Star'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 5th 2010 2:30PM
The Next Food Network Star
This Sunday, June 6 at 9PM ET on the Food Network, the newest batch of hopefuls will begin the competition that will land them a show on the esteemed network. 'The Next Food Network Star' launched Guy Fieri's career and it could do the same for the competitors above.

We've seen the first two episodes -- no spoilers here --and the competition is intense and full of lively, likable characters. As if the prospects of the cast's sizzling dishes isn't enough to wet your appetites, check out some of our past articles to gear up for the competition.

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'The Next Food Network Star' Sneak Peek (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 3rd 2010 6:30PM
The Next Food Network Star

'The Next Food Network Star' has given us quite a number of Food Network celebrities, from Guy Fieri to Melissa d'Arabian. With the launch of a new season right around the corner (Sun., June 6 at 9PM ET), we're salivating in anticipation.

Drama? Check. Spills? Check. Attitudes? Check. Lots of raw chicken? Check -- wait, that's not a good thing. Check out your first look of the cast and four promo videos, one for the whole season, one for the first episode where the 12 finalists have to cook for special guest Wolfgang Puck, a set tour and tips from last year's winner, Melissa d'Arabian.

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'Next Food Network Star' Goes Hollywood

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 22nd 2010 9:00AM
Set your tastebuds to tingle, food fans: The latest season of 'The Next Food Network Star' is almost upon us, and it promises to be blockbuster big.

According to a press release, season 6 of the reality talent search will be based in Tinseltown itself, which means there will be plenty of Hollywood-style twists, turns and guest stars to spice up the proceedings, including Rachael Ray and Eva Longoria Parker.

Premiering on Jun. 6, the series will feature 12 new contestants battling it out in the hopes of winning their own Food Network show under the mentorship of Giada De Laurentiis, with Bobby Flay once again playing host.

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Fine Living will become the Cooking Channel

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 9th 2009 12:00PM
fine_living_networkWhen you're a cable network and you're only reaching 55 million households and want to reach twice that amount, what do you do? If you're Scripps Networks, you rebrand the channel and give it a new name. That's why Fine Living will become the Cooking Channel in 2010.

The way I see this, since Scripps owns the Food Network, the Cooking Channel will be sort of a Food Network annex. Food Network 2.0. Food Network, Two. In actuality, a lot of the programming on Fine Living now is connected to Food Network. Old Iron Chef episodes, Emeril LaGasse and Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck ... all cooking shows that were once on Food Network.

Now that it's going to drop the Fine Living angle and concentrate on cooking, all the overflow from Food Network will have somewhere to go.

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Just watch this: Sam the cooking guy is great!

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 19th 2009 1:01PM
sam_zein_FitTVRecently, I was channel surfing and I stopped on a show called Just Cook This! With Sam the Cooking Guy. The fact that it was on FitTV nearly made me move on (to me a healthy cooking show is oxymoronic!), but this guy Sam, the cooking guy, kept me tuned in. Well, I can now say without equivocation, Just Cook This! is my new favorite food show and I'm in love with Sam.

Sam is actually not a formally trained chef or a caterer turned cook or a restaurateur or any of the other types that have made their way to TV. I looked him up and Sam Zein was a regular Joe, working for a pharmaceutical company, who dumped it all to make a TV show about travel, which turned into a food program instead. FitTV, which is part of Discovery, probably bought the show because they liked Sam. And that's the beauty of the show.

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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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