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The Next Food Network Star - 3.4 Recap

Before I start with last night's Next Food Network Star recap, I have a quick question: Would you actually watch a show hosted by any of these folks? None of them seem that likable. I once rooted for Adrien, but he's coming across as blah. Then I rooted for Amy, but she's too snooty/whiny. Paul is unfortunately too wound up for Food TV, Rory seems too much like everyone else on the network, Michael seems robotic and Jag, well Jag is sometimes downright scary. So, which of these contestants deserves the chance to build an empire? I'm not sure, but to find out who's no longer in the running,

Last night started off with the contestants headed to Fort Dix to cook for the military. Surprisingly, Giada is once again the guest host & judge, although Paula Deen does make an appearance - causing me to wonder why she wasn't the host/judge. Does Giada pull in higher ratings or is Paula too pricey?

The contestants start things off by taking MREs (Meal Ready to Eat) and re-inventing them into something a little more edible and tasty. They have 20 minutes to make it and 1 minute to present it. Amy says the word gourmet too many times, Adrien has the least flavorful dish and barely "made" anything, Jag had the worst presentation and a spicy stew, Rory made nothing memorable, Michael said MRI instead of MRE and Paul had a pretty nice presentation talking about carbs and nutrition. And although he was talking quite fast (Giada actually cut him off with a curt, "Thanks Paul"), Paul is the winner with best presentation and flavor.

With a win in his back pocket, Paul is now told to divide the group into three teams (he & Jag, Rory & Amy, Michael & Adrien) and to choose which dish each is going to prepare. They have to serve either lasagna, meatloaf or chicken pot pies to 75 military folks and are given 2 hours to prepare and prep and 3 minutes to present.

Here's where things start going crazy. Jag and Paul find out their oven doesn't work, so they deep fry their bacon wrapped meatloafs. Amy discovers there's no brown sugar, so she whines to Paula who says, "It'll be sweet and that's all that matters." Amy & Rory can't get their giant pasta pot to drain. Michael & Adrien forget to thaw their fruit and decide to serve it frozen. Once again, I wonder, "Would I actually watch any of these shows?"

When the food is ready, it's time to present. Jag and Paul are actually a lot of fun on stage - Paul even does several pushups. Michael awkwardly talks about Vietnam and Amy & Rory decide to flirt their way into the audience's heart. Ultimately Jag and Paul are declared victors with their deep-fried meatloaf and funny routine. However once everyone's in front of panel, things get emotional. I know I would probably do the same, but keep it together folks, you're on TV! There's no crying in TV! Oh wait, there is, and last night there was LOTS of it. Jag, Amy and Michael cried and a think Rory shed a little tear too. In fact I'm sort of surprised that the whole gang didn't break down. Come on Adrien and Paul, are you dead inside or what!?

In the end, Michael is sent home and the rest of the folks move on to the next round. Next week's episode looks especially interesting. Alton Brown is the guest host/judge and from the preview things look like they go horribly awry. In fact, Alton is even shown saying, "Send them all home and start over." I don't know about you, but I can't wait!

Oh and if you think you can do better than any of these folks, they're currently looking for season 4 contestants.

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PrettyinPink50 PrettyinPink50 10 years
I can't believe how cold and uncaring the judges are. I wonder how easy it would be for anyone of them to complete the tasks they have the contestants do. I understand the reasoning, but when you have your own show, everything will laid out in front of you. I'm sure you prepare things and scripts in advance.
rb24 rb24 10 years
I wouldn't watch any of them
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Well said.
vapidintuition vapidintuition 10 years
JLew- They used to have a little more diversity, back before the food network became sort of a joke. Really, its sad what the food network has become. Its no longer about making new and interesting food, its about making something edible that's quick and easy. I mourn the old food network.
Powerpuffgirl Powerpuffgirl 10 years
Duos with any of these people wouldn't work. How many of us actually watched the "Hearty Boys" duo that were the first FN Stars?? Guy, the second FN Star is annoying and I don't watch his show either. NONE of these people would make a good show, in my opinion. The food they all made for the troops in this episode was worse than what would be served in a high school cafeteria. I gave it a chance and I won't watch anymore. Top Chef for me!
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
I usually don't watch this, but decided to last night when I saw Paula was going to make an appearance. I don't like Giada at all, none of the reasons being the actual food she makes. Anyway, I was watching last night when I remembered that one of them is actually going to get a show! Personally, I wouldn't watch any of them. And does anyone notice the complete lack of diversity on Food Network? How can you have a cooking channel with no African-Americans, Asians, or Latinos?
Food Food 10 years
vapid - i love that idea, i think that would be way more interesting than anything they're going to end up with...
vapidintuition vapidintuition 10 years
Adrien and Paul need a show together. Seriously, it would be awesome. Paul jumping around like a nutball, and Adrien holding down the fort. I really think there aren't enough tag team food shows anymore. They're all about single hosts, and really, that can be boring.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
I would maybe watch Adrien. That's about it.
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
I agree that none of them truly appeal to me! But in my opinion, I think Adrian has the most "food network appeal" and he'll win. The crying was cracking me up though it was just a nightmare chain reaction, I don't know how the judges kept straight faces!
oceanguy oceanguy 10 years
I could watch either Paul or Rory. I think Paul's nervous energy would temper greatly when the competition is over. Adrien is too blah and JAG besides being Jekyll and Hyde has some questions in his resume. Amy is just too reserved unless she's being the mom. And yes all that crying was over the top... but I am having an especially hard time figuring out why JAG broke down.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I missed it again! Thanks for the recap!
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