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The Next Food Network Star - 3.3 Recap

Last night's episode of The Next Food Network Star saw the Food Network hopefuls prepping signature chocolate dishes for NBA royalty, as well as serving up courtside food for the fans. It also took us from eight chefs down to six. That's right, in one fell swoop we lost two contestants. So who went home and who got to stick around in hopes of becoming a star? To get my full recap,

Everything kicks off with the chefs being greeted by last year's FNS winner, and current Food Network darling, Guy Fieri, who is quickly joined by NBA star Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins. They immediately inform the chefs that they have 45 minutes to create a chocolate dish that reflects their point of view. Once the dishes are finished, they then have 30 seconds to present it, along with a tip on chocolate, to the camera. Some of the contestants nail it, while others completely miss the mark (Michael didn't even look at the camera). Once everyone is done, it's JAG - who even snuck in an "It'll be a knock out baby!" catch phrase - who wins with his Mexican styled tempura with chocolate mole sauce.

After the chocolate challenge, they are given $300 to create a dish to serve, in hot-dog vendor style carts, at the next New Jersey Nets basketball game.

Once the food is prepped, they go about "selling" it to the customers. I'm not sure how Tommy thought anyone could eat a sandwich with a softball-sized meatball in it, but he did. Amy also thought Nets fans would be into quesadillas made with goat cheese. Paul almost poisons everyone with undercooked burgers, and I just loved how Rory specifically wore a low-cut shirt to help her sell!

In the end Adrien is declared victor with bacon wrapped mushrooms (see?! everything tastes better with bacon!) and the sadly lackluster Tommy and the spacey Colombe (who actually said, "Where might I find cinnamon? They're all alphabetized.") are asked to leave.

Right now nothing's certain, but I think I'm rooting for Adrien - he seems pretty likable and the camera loves him. Also, I feel pretty confident in saying that even if JAG turns out to be the most talented of the bunch, he's too much like Guy Fieri to win and unless Paul tones it down soon, he'll be "spinning out" sooner rather than later. What do you guys think? Who's your favorite?

Oh and my favorite part of the episode? When Colombe tells Guy the chips and sauce are store-bought and Guy asks her what she's actually cooking. Hrmmm... I'm guessing Guy and Food Network's Sandra Lee don't see eye to eye?

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Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
Jag is a phony and since apparently that's what the food network is looking for, he should do OK. Adrian's getting the lukewarm edit, which could mean he'll do well. This is a show where on the one hand, the judges say "food network viewers can spot a phony from 100 paces" yet the network continue to employ Sandra Lee and Guy Fieri, and Rachael Ray is jumping on the phony bandwagon as well.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
How on earth did Darryl Dawkins get this gig? He is an admitted wife beating, drug taking, loudmouthed athlete whose presence in this show is because why? because of his nickname? God, AND we get Guy Fieri, who is obviously trying to start a new trend by wearing his sunglasses on the back of his overbleached hedgehog hair. Guy, has minimal talent, and is one of the most annoying hosts ever, the man wears flip flops to interview people who are tending to a hot grill that is dripping in grease...really smart. I am glad Columbe went home, her earthy crunchiness was annoying.
garezzo garezzo 10 years
Was a requirement for the guys to wear blue in front of the judges????? (Salmon saved it)
jimmalou1978 jimmalou1978 10 years
I just kept thinking "Colombe looks and sounds like the girl from the Mighty Ducks movies (2 and 3). Turns out I was RIGHT. I, too, was glad that she left. I hated for Tommy to leave, but he was severely missing his family--I hope the guy feels better now that he's back at home. And the whole "Where might I find cinnamon? They're all alphabetized" thing cracked me up! I hoped all episode that Colombe would leave. Cheese Whiz and premade tortilla chips? I could pull that one off...maybe I should enroll for next season (j/k). Loved seeing Guy there...next week we get Paula and Giada (again).
lexichloe lexichloe 10 years
THANK GOODNESS, C. is GONE. Yuck, I couldn't stand to watch her and her food sucked! What chef serves jarred cheese sauce???
rb24 rb24 10 years
I keep watching the show but compared to HK and Top Chef just not as substancial
Powerpuffgirl Powerpuffgirl 10 years
I just can't get into this show. Food Network now caters to the less-than-novice cook, emphasizing quick, easy, time-saving techniques. Hence the Sandra Lee, Robin Miller, Rachel Ray bunch. This format, for me, takes away the joy of cooking and turns it into another item on your to do list. Rather than have a show like this, they should recruit more well-known chefs with a proven TV track record, like Daisy Martinez or Rick Bayless.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Boo to the boring.
LadeeVolFan LadeeVolFan 10 years
This season is killing me it's so boring. When you compare this to Top Chef, there's no competition.
rbex rbex 10 years
Also, I'm glad Colombe is gone- all she made was pico de gallo! HA!
rbex rbex 10 years
I like JAG!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I thought this episode was totally boring.
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