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Is Anthony Bourdain Right About The Next Food Network Star?

I've been waiting for this since the premiere of The Next Food Network Star: Anthony Bourdain's opinion of the latest Food Network reality installment.

Naturally he starts off complaining about the show:

Minimally talented wannabe cooks of negligible to moderate experience compete to become "Celebrity Chefs" based on a focus group-like criteria of "likability."

He then determines who could win and who couldn't, explaining how Food Network doesn't let people with accents, leadership, healthy food agendas, or flat personalities in. He does all this with a great amount of disgust. However, in his next post he has completely changed his mind and is now in love with the show!

I LOVE this show! It's brutal (if often accidental) honesty.. it's unflinching lifting of the rock and all the naked, wriggly, ugly and needy ambitions it reveals. Magnificent!

Sure there's still a truckload of snarkiness in his post, but it makes me giggle thinking that Bourdain is also sitting around on Sunday night watching NFNS. If you're a fan of either Food Network or Anthony Bourdain, be sure to check out his full ramblings. And then once you do come back and tell me, do you agree with Bourdain's comments?

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Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
British accents are acceptable, plus they're relegated to the morning shows and the weekend day shows. The food network has progressively gotten more whitebread as time has gone on. Hell, they embrace a culinary idiot like Sandra Lee while giving someone like Dave Lieberman his walking papers. They've as much as said that they're not looking for chefs - they criticized one of the The Foodnetwork Star hopeful's dish as being "what a chef would make" - and that wasn't a good thing. Anthony Bourdain has ALWAYS been full of himself. He's also dead on with his criticism. And it IS possible to have disdain for a television show, yet enjoy the heck out of the show - I watch Semi Homemade Food Massacre for the snark value.
dawnlilian dawnlilian 10 years
he is a bit full of himself
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
Who on the Food Network has accents, lets see...Nigella and Jamie Oliver, the chairman from Iron Chef, who else? and do we see alot of these people? not really....i wonder why? Anthony, as usual, is spot on. Comparing Columbe to Squeeky Frome is brilliant, there was something about her i just couldnt place my finger on and he nailed it with saying she was like some cult leader followee just ready to serve you some grape koolaid with a smile.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I enjoyed his reviews.
Atiyah Atiyah 10 years
I have always had a secret crush on Anthony Bourdain, he says whats on his mind be it right, wrong or indifferent.
redsugar redsugar 10 years
I never watch the show. I do like Anthony Bourdain. love his rants on Rachael Ray and Emril.
ald7077 ald7077 10 years
True, the people on this season might have questionable skills, but I'm still addicted to that dang show! The one cast member with an accent this time around kinda deserved to be cut, although I think she had amazing potential doing something off camera.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yeah, he is pretty much right about people being borderline skilled and just wanting celebrity status.
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
I love him, and I enjoyed his words and cannot wait for more reviews! Awesome!
Schaianne Schaianne 10 years
Food Network doesn't let people with accents in?? WTF is this guy talking about? Is he on crack??
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