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The Gourmet Next Door: Love It or Hate It?

Has anyone been watching The Gourmet Next Door, Amy Finley's new cooking show? The television series was Amy's prize for winning the Next Food Network Star and debuted on Food Network about six weeks ago. After watching a few episodes, I can't help but wonder why this woman has a cooking show. She's nervous and uncomfortable in the kitchen. She comes across uninformed because she doesn't mention measurements. When she spills ingredients or burns a dish, she ignores her sloppy mistakes.

On the other hand, her recipes are interesting and scrumptious sounding. I may even give her Moroccan chicken stew a try. Still, a successful cooking show is about so much more than good recipes, right? What do you think?


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modelguy modelguy 9 years
The show sucks and so does the host. She has no zip and her recipes are pretentious. If I hear her talk about her year in Paris one more time, I'll puke.She should never have won, and for my money the whole thing was a set up. And to you people that haven't seen the show...don't waste our time voting. Idiots.
LorealGrl LorealGrl 9 years
I actually haven't seen it yet!
klandrach klandrach 9 years
I sincerely hope they cancel her show and bring in someone more interesting. She is just awful. I have watched almost every different show on the foodnetwork and no one is nearly as horrible as she is. I caught a few of the contest shows and really cannot believe she won. Not only is she a bad cook, but girl needs a serious makeover with personality and looks.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i didn't care for her while she was on the 'the next food network star' and in all honesty - i don't care for her now. she's no guy fietti (or however you spell his name) and i think that it would be ok if her show only aired 4 times early on sunday morning.
calobee calobee 9 years
I didn't really want her to win, and I'm less than impressed with her show. :-/
kstraw23 kstraw23 9 years
she does seem nervous, but i figure she'll warm up to it as she gets more episodes under her belt. i'm glad she won though, since i couldn't STAND rory, and jag obviously shouldn't have won.
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
I don't watch her show. Her style of cooking does not appeal to me.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
She won because seriously there was no one else....
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I am still undecided. When I watch her its true that she is a bit clumsy and unsure of herself but I think its still too early to judge her. I'll watch a few more.
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 9 years
I like watching the food network... and I really do not care for her at all. I checked out her show a few times and shut it off half way threw. Rory would have been more entertaining.
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
I completely watched the Next Food Network Star. ANd I was so happy she won. But... whenever I watch her show, which I TiVo every week, I'm disappointed. I like the recipes, but Amy needs a little something more than she has to fill that show.
mbrown81 mbrown81 9 years
I have seen the show, it not that bad I guess. She needs a little more time to get comfortable with the camera. Twinkle I would love to see Christopher Walken do a cooking show. that would be priceless.
sarahkushner sarahkushner 9 years
I honestly don't like her show... she's awkward and impersonable. HOWEVER... I didn't like Giada when she was first on... now I like her... So, I'm willing to give her a healthy chance... but she really has to shape up.
Jennifer777 Jennifer777 9 years
I haven't seen her show but i xan tell you that I just couldn't vote for Rory...she was very stuck up and her smile drove me crazy!!!
VictoriaE VictoriaE 9 years
I intentionally don't have cable, so I can't watch the show.
mollywog mollywog 9 years
I like her recipes, and she's very down to earth. I don't make a point of watching her show, but when I notice it's on I will.
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
rory should have won!
linghu84 linghu84 9 years
I have only watched part of one episode. And she seemed all right to me. I really think that she has a TV chef's look, much better than last season's Guy Fieri. Although, he seems pretty comfortable, come on, what is with the hair and big rings? She just needs some time to get comfortable with it.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
Hmm...I agree that she comes across cold, but it's because of nervousness, it seems like to me. For some reasons, the camera wasn't too kind on her appearance too, she looks overly plain and just not as attractive as she was on the competition. And I think I only caught her ONCE on tv, and the other episode was on ON DEMAND. And her recipe actually 'makes' sense. My mom has been making the same dishes she's made (the French one), and I can vouch that it's REALLY good :D Maybe she should 'branch' out like Guy Fieri, doing the 'Diner, Dive-in' etc shows, maybe there's hope for her yet...
rothchild rothchild 9 years
I like the concept of her show but I don't like her at all..there is nothing warm about her..she seems like a cold fish..i know i am being harsh but that is how i've always seen her.
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
Um, I haven't watched the show @ all. I did however watch the Next Food Network Star and I was pulling for Nikki Shaw. Her final product, as well as her personality would have been a great combination to see. The judges saw something different. Good luck to Amy.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I felt she was all wrong for a show watching the contest show she was in. She was constantly breaking down, crying, whining about wanting to go home, etc. I haven't bothered to watch her show now because I pretty much figured it wouldn't be worth it.
vapidintuition vapidintuition 9 years
I'm just not a big fan of the food network, or really any of the show hosts. I honestly think that Paul should have won. Amy is boring, and really just another repeat of Giada DeLahugehead. I really think the food network is going in the wrong direction with all of these "simple" shows. Some people actually want to learn to cook something they haven't made before, not learn simple three step pasta dishes or how to roast a chicken. Sure, there's always Alton Brown, but he makes the same old recipes too, but his shows are more about learning about the ingredients, not so much about actually making a dish. I'm tired of all of these casserole queens who talk to the viewer like they're stupid and they really need a primer on how to roll a tortilla.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I don't think that Amy should have won Food Network Star, Rory should've won. But actually neither women should have been the winner, the winner should've been Paul(I think that was his name... he said 'Plummy' during the Iron Chef challenge). He had a great personality and was a wonderful chef. I heard rumors that he was taken off the show because Food Network execs were under pressure to have a woman win the show, since the last two winners were men. Putting two women in the final guarantees that a woman will be the winner, and that is just unfair and unwise. Amy definitely did not deserve to win just because of her gender.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
I've never watched the show. Need to find out when it's on.
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