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Poll: Were You Surprised By Who Won The Next Food Network Star?

Were You Surprised by Who Won The Next Food Network Star?

Last night was the season finale of The Next Food Network Star, and I couldn't wait to tune in to find out the winner. Was it going to be the laid-back, well-spoken world traveler, Jeffrey Saad — or the resourceful, vivacious mom, Melissa d'Arabian?

In my opinion, it was obvious which contestant was more marketable, so I wasn't the least bit surprised when the winner was announced. What about you?


nikkeeb nikkeeb 8 years
I def thought Melissa would win it since the first episode, but I personally preferred Jeffrey WAY over Melissa. She reminds me of a blonde Rachel Ray, and Jeffrey's dishes always seemed much more unique and tasty to me. Melissa's tips were nice and all, but I don't think I'll be tuning in.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 8 years
To be honest, I figured Jeff would win because he has similar characteristics to, oh, about 95% of the male Food Network line up. Melissa is a breath of fresh air and while I had my fingers crossed that she'd win, I really was afraid Jeff would wind up winning. Don't get me wrong, I like them both....but I'm much more interested in seeing what Melissa has to say and cook! Her new show sounds fantastic and I couldn't be more excited. Not to mention....did anyone else notice the difference between Melissa's house and Jeff's house? Melissa totally needs the bank!
goddessru goddessru 8 years
I agree YumSugar, I was sort of disappointed that they went with the $10 dinner rather than Kitchen Survival, which would have been longer lasting. I realize they are trying to market in the recession, but Sandra Lee (who I hate) has another show like this already. I'm not surprised that either was picked, I certainly couldn't pick myself. Jeffery's concept was great, and sophisticated without complication. But you can't ever beat basic tips, and fast quick meals. Melissa's concept is irresistible. For the one episode she gave one quick tip on growing scallions at home and I was so impressed, and I was looking forward to more of that. But the "tips" she will give on her new show will mimic Sandra Lee's new show and a lot of what Rachel Ray already does in 30m meals... (though I feel the are fazing her out...! I haven't seen a new episode for a bit)
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 8 years
I really liked both pilots, and would have watched both of them. As it stands, I am definitely hoping that Jeffrey gets his own show (like Food Network has done for previous seasons), and I will be checking out Melissa's show on Sunday as well. I think for the first time of NFNS I was equally impressed by both finalists!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I was thrilled that Melissa won!!! I liked her from day one! I think that the Food Network has really screwed up in their choices for the Next Food Network Star and so I thought that they would go for Jeffrey, but they chose correctly!!! Melissa has four kids under the age of 4, the woman is a Goddess!!!
pinky8486 pinky8486 8 years
I wish Jeffery would have won. While I think it is great that the Food Network has added shows that offer quick and affordable recipes, I wish they would add more variety and include more exotic and fun programming. I love the Barefoot Contessa and Giada. Yes, their food can be more expensive and time consuming, but it is also delicious and for people that really enjoy the experience of cooking.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I wasn't surprised at all. Once the judges started talking about how much she surprised everyone and how natural she was in front of the camera, I knew she'd be the winner. I think she's got very interesting tips...I liked her tip about offering kids raw cut up veggies along with cooked ones to see which kind they like better. I hope her show has more little tips like that in it. I must say, even though I thought Jeffrey was a little boring, I think his show idea was cool. He'll probably end up like Nathan Lyon (from season 2, I think) with a cooking show on the Travel Channel...Nathan Lyon had a show on Discovery Health Channel that I really liked called "A Lyon in the Kitchen"...he's knowledgeable and likeable, but he just couldn't compete with Guy.
Food Food 8 years
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AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Yum, I just bought some harissa yesterday before the show aired and a tagine. How about some Moroccan recipes or anything African for that matter.?!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Kinda surprised, but not really. Melissa is smart and a great cook with some new ideas for moms; while I'm not a mom I think her show will do well and for Jeffrey he will have his own show I predict and I will be watching. His concept is fresh and knowledgeable, plus I love the name.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 8 years
I wasn't surprised but that doesn't mean I wanted her to win. I'm very upset by the outcome. Jeffrey was my favorite since day one.
mom2ross mom2ross 8 years
Thank you, Danizzle - I really didn't care if Debbie was the best thing they could have put on the network, she was dishonest from the very first challenge and that did not go unnoticed. Every time I saw her I was waiting for the next lie and/or deception. I'm glad Melissa won strictly for selfish reasons. I have a toddler and a man to cook for every night, her recipes will help me directly unlike Jeffrey. I did like him, though. Most of the challenges aren't even remotely related to what you would do if you had your own show, it's hard to choose.
kea718 kea718 8 years
Oh.... I also think they were looking for a female because of last seasons 2 male winners....
kea718 kea718 8 years
Neither choice would have surprised me. I knew the it would come down to Jeffrey and Melissa, but I didn't know which would end up winning. I like the concept of "The Ingredient Smuggler" but Melissa's has a real personality in front of the camera that Jeffrey doesn't.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I was actually a bit surprised. To me it seemed that Melissa was just another clone of what they already have on the network (though I do like her) and thought Jeffery's show would be something new and exciting. I really thought he had it in the bag. Is it just me or does Melissa sound a lot like Rachel Ray and Sandra Lee rolled into one?
brilliance13 brilliance13 8 years
oh hm I only watched a few episodes so I'll have to read up on what dishonest thing Debbie did! yikes!
brilliance13 brilliance13 8 years
I really wished Debbie won. Quite frankly we don't have enough representation from that racial group AND she was a great contestant. Everything was so positive from the judges about her.. I really didn't see it coming. Whatever I guess it comes down to marketability and most people identify with the Caucasian demographic according to studies.
Food Food 8 years
One thing about the outcome that did surprise me is the fact that her new show, Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian will have a different point of view from her original pilot, Kitchen Survival Guide.
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