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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmony2000;2444268;
    So how come this network doesn't have an Asian or Oriental show/star? Do they have one tucked away somewhere that I'm unaware of? There is a whole niche there being untapped and its rather odd that they didn't tap anybody for this show to represent that segment either.

    Iron Chef Morimoto is Asian. He was on last year (I think) doing a challenge with the contestants where they had to filet a whole fish. If I recall correctly, none of them did too well with the task.

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    Count me in as another one who is loving this show. (Hey, isn't there enough traffic for it to get it's own group these days?)

    I liked Colombe's initial show idea for doing healthy things with fresh, organic ingrediants. I could use some tips to make really healthy meals that taste great... except that none of her dishes really seemed to taste great. And, in many cases, they aren't that healthy. Melted processed cheese over chips with a little salsa? Yeah, that's my idea of healthy.

    Personally, my favorites are JAG and Amy, as far as culinary points of view that I'm interested in. I would love to see a show with a latin fusion flair taught by a trained chef... I also like updated French, so I'd love to see Amy using an ordinary kitchen and some basic techniques to teach modified french cuisine. I liked the woman who came in third, I think, last season for the same reason. Simply French, I think, was her idea, and I still wish Food Network had a simplified French show.

    I also agree that it is too bad that they don't have someone with an asian flair of some sort on the Food Network. (Morimoto doesn't really count; he doesn't have his own show!) I'm a pretty good cook, and I can make some half decent faux asian, but I would love to improve my techniques and get more ideas for easy to do in a typical kitchen asian. Actually, I would love some sort of Asian overview show... I used to have a cookbook (which I have, sadly, lost) that had dishes broken down by cooking style and dominant flavor, and at the end of each section would say something like "If you want Korean flavors, do these changes to the basic recipe. If you want Indian flavors, substitute this. If you want Chinese, etc." It was a wonderful way to try many variations on a recipe and get some sense of regional differences.

    Anyway, this is a great show. It isn't as frustrating to watch as Gordon Ramsey yelling at incompetents on Hell's Kitchen. I'm a big Top Chef fan, but this is definitely as entertaining in it's own way.

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    I'm totally with the judges from the beginning and it's so refreshing!!! I especially love the woman with long hair. Her comments are very warm and caring but also constructive and meaningful.

    I never liked Giada because she always wears low-cut (not as low as Rory's sweater though) and doesn't seem to focus on food too much (alas the nickname for her shows - food porn). Her comments for the chefs on this show are also not very nice. There is a difference between criticism and critique, and she's definitely criticising all the time.

    I'll be happy with any of Adrien, Jag, Amy, and Michael to win the show. Adrien, as someone mentioned is a lot like Tyler, even better looking. Since he can get help with recipes and doens't have to serve guests right on his show, I think it's justified to value his personality and looks more than his cooking ability (besides, he can improve). I think Jag is so darn cool! I think Michael is very personable. I like Amy because I think she's really passionate about her food and can add a lot to the network as the French food show.

    Overall, I love this show! Bravo!!!

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    I find it extremely odd how hung up posters are on rory's teeth. they're certainly not the worst teeth - by far - that we have seen on reality tv, and she is still an attractive girl. but apparently most of you find her long gums to be so incredibly hideous that you could not bear to have her teach you about cooking. yet, none of the criticism lodged at the male contestants seems to be so based solely on looks. come on - let's get it out there, let us know if you can't watch tommy because his big disgusting gut is too distracting, or if jag's shortness just kills it for you and makes it impossible to concentrate on anything besides how hideously height challenged he is. come on - let's judge everyone by the same standards, okay? man, i don't know how paula deen's show is so successful - i totally don't think she's hot at all.

    i'm glad colombe is gone - i thought she was horrible and i wasn't buying her earthchild persona. (though she had such nice teeth....). someone upthread mentioned that they liked her acting when she was younger. is she an actress? she seems familiar, but i don't know if it's just because her personality seems like such an adaptation that i'm recognizing some of her source-characters instead of her.

    adrien seems a bit stepford to me, but i still like him. so far, no one is grabbing me quite as hard as last year's winning team.

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    Maybe if the guys had long gums......??????
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    Re: The Next Food Network Star

    Quote Originally Posted by DagnyTaggart;2444360;
    I find it extremely odd how hung up posters are on rory's teeth. they're certainly not the worst teeth - by far - that we have seen on reality tv, and she is still an attractive girl. but apparently most of you find her long gums to be so incredibly hideous that you could not bear to have her teach you about cooking. yet, none of the criticism lodged at the male contestants seems to be so based solely on looks.
    I read all the comments before watching an episode. I know it sounds shallow, but once it was pointed out I couldn't help but watch for it. When she didn't smile so wide I didn't mind.

    I would say it was distracting and partially because I had never seen someone with such long gums. I've seen fat people and short people before. But then, not many people over the age of 10 seem short to me.

    But then appearance is part of TV shows. There are some shows to where the person's accent is a distraction to me as well. If something distracts me, it distracts me. Doesn't matter if that distraction is attatched to an ugly or cute person. I don't find Emerald attractive, but I like watching his show. Same thing with other cooking shows.

    People will probably get used to it.
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    I also agree that it is too bad that they don't have someone with an asian flair of some sort on the Food Network. (Morimoto doesn't really count; he doesn't have his own show!) I'm a pretty good cook, and I can make some half decent faux asian, but I would love to improve my techniques and get more ideas for easy to do in a typical kitchen asian. Actually, I would love some sort of Asian overview show... I used to have a cookbook (which I have, sadly, lost) that had dishes broken down by cooking style and dominant flavor, and at the end of each section would say something like "If you want Korean flavors, do these changes to the basic recipe. If you want Indian flavors, substitute this. If you want Chinese, etc." It was a wonderful way to try many variations on a recipe and get some sense of regional differences.
    What a great idea! When I was talking about this with the hubby (he's a huge FN fan and is currently watching Good Eats lol) I mentioned Morimoto and he also said he doesn't count because he doesn't technically have his own show and because he doesn't speak English.

    I remember the Simply French girl! I really liked her and I liked her point-of-view. I would have watched her show, the same way I will watch a Latin Fusion show because both are not something they are currently not doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SavhLaney;2443960;
    Wasn't it a fan vote at the end last year for the winner? I seem to remember online voting between Reggie and Guy. I think they know who the two finalists are, but not the winner yet.
    Good point. I guess I should say the only show where they know out of which two the winner will be chosen and thus want a positive edit for that future Food TV network star. Unlike other shows, there wasn't a good versus bad edit with respect to Reggie and Guy -- they were both friendly, over the top nice guys who they hoped the audience would embrace.

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    I liked Reggie better than Guy actually, but I think Guy has done a good job with his shows.

    He seemed like a natural on this week's show with the contestants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misaru;2444324;

    I never liked Giada because she always wears low-cut (not as low as Rory's sweater though) and doesn't seem to focus on food too much (alas the nickname for her shows - food porn). Her comments for the chefs on this show are also not very nice. There is a difference between criticism and critique, and she's definitely criticising all the time.
    Last season, I thought Alton's comments about a contestant showing cleavage was really a hidden snark against Giada. When I watch her cook, sometimes I find myself stairing at her hands. She has a great manicure.

    There was a fan vote before filming began to choose the final finalist. It was Colombe and another person. You could watch their video taped autition on the website.

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