1 Updates
Food Network Star Recap: No Return Policy
Photo Credit: TV Line

Food Network Star Recap: No Return Policy

Jul 22 2013, 10:05pm CDT | by TV Line

I’m not gonna lie to you: I’ve carefully watched every second of Season 9 of Food Network Star, but to steal a line from Aretha Franklin, there “ain’t no way” I was going to get lured into the...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Food Network Star Recap: No Return Policy

Jul 22 2013, 10:05pm CDT | by TV Line

I’m not gonna lie to you: I’ve carefully watched every second of Season 9 of Food Network Star, but to steal a line from Aretha Franklin, there “ain’t no way” I was going to get lured into the online spin-off Star Salvation.

To be fair, the stakes off the latter series were fairly high, with evicted contestants battling for a second chance to reboard the mothership. But I’d have preferred if the Star Salvation winner was rewarded with a chance to compete on next year’s Food Network Star, rather than a free pass to potentially knock out a rival who’d already ejected him or her from the current competition.

To make matters worse, it’s not even like any of the Season 9 eliminations have been egregious or unfair. So when the studio doors opened and Lovely (!) strutted into the room with minimal fanfare, it was the equivalent of Bobby Flay coming to your table in the midst of a five-course meal and declaring, “Here’s a plate of Saltines that nobody asked for!”

Unfortunately for Lovely, our esteemed judging panel seemed to suffer from similar feelings — none of which changed when Lovely failed to cook up a vivid description of a pasta dish in the opening challenge, then went splat like a Thanksgiving turkey sliding off a platter during a segment where she interviewed diners at a pizza joint and started to turn her back before the dudes could mutter a couple of unenthusiastic comments. (Anyone else also find themselves bothered by Lovely declaring the pizza had a “crispy crust” as it drooped in the middle like a wet Brawny paper towel holding up some baby potatoes?)

Yes, as casually as Bobby shrugging his shoulders after saying the word “fetuccini” in front of Giada, Lovely got the axe (again!) before she’d even brought her water to a boil, so to speak. Naturally, this led to the glam caterer speaking in the third person: “Either you take Lovely exactly as she is or not at all.” [Insert your own punch line there.]

With Lovely’s re-entry and re-exit, the competitive momentum stalled a bit, but not before Russell and Rodney — who teamed up with Lovely to write, produce and deliver an “out-in-the-field” segment from Vito’s Pizzeria — got another chance to grace the Bottom 3, and somehow escape elimination. As the judges noted, neither dude shared any intel on the owner’s 500-year-old yeast concoction, choosing instead to randomly insert their respective “seven deadly sins” and “pie style!” slogans to absolutely useless effect. Sure, everybody chuckles when Rodney’s on the screen — but as Giada so damningly put it, “Your inability to demonstrate food authority is catching up with you.”

On the flip side, Damaris, Nikki and Stacey put together a lively, fun segment from Mr. Donut — although the judges were well within their rights to ping the latter contestant for steamrolling the bakery owner during their in-the-kitchen segment (even if dude did seem to be a tad retiring on camera). At this point, I’m wondering if the producers brought back Lovely just to ensure there wouldn’t be a streak of five consecutive dudes getting sent to the guillotine.

Any way you slice it — even pie style! — it’s a three-horse race among the ladies, no? That said, Stacey lost a few points with her crying spell and her contention that “every week I’ve worked so hard to be here.” Um…hasn’t everyone else? Yeah, it’s pressure to be a front-runner, but it beats being a perpetual bottom dweller!

What did you think of this week’s episode? Did Lovely deserve to go, or should it have been Rodney someone else? Sound off below!


Source: TV Line

/>
 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Most Popular TV Series of 2014
Most Popular TV Series of 2014
The most popular TV series released in 2014 include such incredible shows as True Detective and Fargo.
 
 
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
The vampire series True Blood has arrived in its wacky final season. Director Stephen Moyer and his wife Anna Paquin, who played Sookie, also pose 'Nude' for the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
 
 
Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Discusses Last-Minute Changes in Season 4 Finale
Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Discusses Last-Minute Changes in Season 4 Finale
Maisie Williams, who plays Arya in The Game of Thrones recently discussed some last-minute changes in the popular series.
 
 
Matt Lauer Extends Agreement to Host NBC's "Today"
Matt Lauer Extends Agreement to Host NBC's "Today"
Matt Lauer has signed an extension deal with NBC to stay as host of "Today" show.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Now, predict first impressions
New York, July 29 (IANS) Now, it is possible to accurately predict first impressions using physical features in everyday facial images such as those found on social media, says a study. "The findings show how...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Facebook 'forcing' messenger app users
Washington, July 29 (IANS) Soon, you will be "forced" to download and use Facebook messenger app as you log on to the popular social networking site. According to a report in Techcrunch, users in Europe were required...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Effective oral contraceptives for obese women soon
New York, July 29 (IANS) Obese women who use oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy can now heave a sigh of relief as researchers have identified ways to make birth control pills more effective. Making birth control...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Kazakh volleyballer becomes new Internet sensation
Almaty, July 29 (IANS) It took just a few days for Sabina Altynbekova, an under-19 female volleyball player from Kazakhstan, to hit stardom. After some performances during a youth tournament in Taipei last week, the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Indian para-swimmer Gayakwad misses out on bronze
Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) Indian para-swimmer Sharath Gayakwad missed out on the men's 200-metre individual medley SM8 bronze finishing fourth in the final of the event at the Tollcross Swimming Centre here in the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Lens returns to French Ligue 1
Paris, July 29 (IANS) Lens football club were promoted to the top flight, French Ligue 1, after successfully appealing a ban on financial grounds. Lens were banned from the Ligue 1 after failing to produce the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Sharadha fails to qualify for women's 100m finals
Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) Indian athlete Narayana Sharadha failed to qualify for the women's 100 metres final at the Commonwealth Games here. The 27-year-old Chennai-born finished sixth out of seven competitors in the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Cleanliness, punctuality Modi's mantra: Chinese daily
Beijing, July 29 (IANS) New vigour is sweeping through Indian government offices after Narendra Modi became the prime minister with ministers conducting surprise checks to see if bureaucrats are in their seats in time...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
MH17 investigators fail to reach crash site
Canberra, July 29 (IANS) Australian and Dutch investigators have failed for a third consecutive day to reach the MH17 crash site because of fierce fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Indian nurses now caught in Libyan conflict
New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) In a near replay of the incidents in Iraq, a large number of Indian nurses are caught amid spiralling violence in Libya, where rival militias seek to control the capital's international...
Read more on Politics Balla