Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Next Food Network Star Sunday Marathon And Guy Fietti - BUSTED!

I'm watching The Next Food Network Star Marathon today. All episodes. Just to refresh and reconfirm my personal and culinary points of view that I basically hated most all of the contestants. My favorites from the first episode were Jeffrey and Melissa. And it's down to Melissa and Jeffrey. Melissa's perkiness and eagerness to please has bothered me intensely since Day 1. And God only knows, if she wins, how the Food Network is going to take her personality and make a caricature out of it. Plus, I don't like how she wears her "I'm a stay-at-home Mom" badge. But, given that, she's poised and she has learned to turn the frenzy down a notch, i.e., she's very smart and has listened to Kermit and Medusa and actually heeded them. Every suggestion they've given Melissa, she's grabbed it like a dog with a bone. She's listening to the FN program and buying it and it's working for her. Jeffrey, I've liked from Day 1. He's calm. He's knowledgeable. He can cook. He exudes confidence. Nothing rattles him. He's unflappable. And at this point, after saying all that, I'm thinking, "Saronaya, Jeffrey. Don't let the Food Network Studio's door hit you in the ass on your way out." I would watch him. But, he's also too "Zen" for the FN. Tushie actually used the word Zen when talking about Jeffrey. Jeffrey hasn't changed from the way he was at the beginning, which was a comforting, engaging, informative, knowledgeable personae. He's a wonderful "product" for Food Network, but I don't think he'd change from his basic self and evolve into whatever character Food Network opts for him to become. And I can't see Jeffrey ever wanting to do that. For that, I applaud him. Jeffrey also has a way with words when describing the flavors in his dishes and how they interact and play with each other. And that's really not all that easy to do - describe tastes and flavors and textures and smells, and aromas. Trust me on that. That said, Melissa will probably win. She's very eager, somewhat like an excited puppy, and she seems quite malleable. Like clay in the hands of Bob and Susie. Looking forward to 9PM. Now, on to the point of this post. (Remember, I'm watching The Next Food Network Star Marathon on Sunday afternoon, leading up to the Season Finale.) On the 4th episode, when the contestants are on the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, Melissa is running out to do her presentation, and Guy Fieri, being the total tool he is, takes his time on national TV to check out Melissa's booty.
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Donna-FFW said...

asshat.. you are so funny. I watched this whole season as well. Interested to hear your thoughts about the finale.

Judy said...

I'm so excited that Melissa won. It's the greatest validation for home cooks ever. She's turned down her high button somewhat, but what I really like about her is her wealth of informational tidbits that just spill out of her. She's not same old same old, I think she brings something new to the network and she's not boring or predictable. Jeffrey is sweet and knows food, but I don't think he has the "IT" factor that Melissa has. I predict she will have a very popular program.