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    Melissa d'Arabian
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    Melissa, 40 (Keller, Texas), pairs her varied culinary and life experiences to provide food lifestyle solutions and approachable recipes for today's families. As a stay-at-home mom to four young daughters, she efficiently budgets time and money to prepare the finest in fresh, home-cooked meals every day. Melissa finds culinary inspiration in family, friends, cooking classes, and world travels.

    Food specialty: Family cooking at its finest

    Favorite restaurant:
    L'Alivi a fabulous restaurant in Paris specializing in Corsican food; it's where my husband took me on our first date (and for our anniversaries)

    Three foods you can't live without (other than bread or water): Olive oil (I use it like crazy), bacon (a little goes a long way), and chicken (cost-effective and versatile)

    Food you won't go near: I don't like goat cheese. My husband is still trying to convert me (like he did for lamb). I try a goat cheese of his choosing once a year. Seven years, seven tries, and so far, I still don't like it.

    Weirdest thing you've ever eaten: I don't think it's weird, but everyone I meet does: a huge plate of steamed broccoli served with a homemade citron mayonnaise. I can eat a pound of broccoli that way it's addictive!

    Interests: I love theatre, movies, writing, and reading non-fiction

    Favorite Food Network chef: I love how they all have something different to offer; each one provides a solution to a different culinary "problem," but the one Food Network chef that had me standing in line for hours (in the rain and with a potty-training daughter) for a book signing is Bobby Flay. Who would ever guess that a year later I would get to cook for him?

    Favorite shows (doesn't have to be Food Network): The Office, Iron Chef America, Amazing Race, American Idol, and Jon and Kate Plus 8

    Favorite food destination: One of the best meals I ever had was an al fresco dinner in Kusadasi, Turkey. The vegetables were unbelievably fresh and sweet, the meat was all marinated in unusual flavors that worked perfectly, and the Turkish coffee was a perfect finish. Every meal I've ever eaten in Turkey has been a culinary adventure.

    Culinary inspirations: I'm always imagining the role my food will take and how it nourishes others; it's always about the other person. My biggest inspirations are my family my husband and my four daughters.

    Three people, alive or dead, whom you'd like to invite to a dinner party: My mother I miss her still everyday, but I'd love to have her so she could meet my daughters. Jay Leno when I worked in Los Angeles, he was widely reputed as one of the hardest working and nicest men in Hollywood; I admire that. Oprah she is a tremendous role model who uses her success to help others in countless ways.

    Favorite books: The Prophet, Getting to Yes, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, the entire For Dummies series (you can become a weekend expert on almost anything!), The Writer's Journey, Nurturing Good Children Now, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, The Bible

    Favorite movies: The Graduate (reminds me of my mom), Mamma Mia (reminds me of my daughters), and Spy Game (one of my first dates with my husband)

    Why do you think you should be The Next Food Network Star? I relate to people in a number of key demographics: the single career woman, the stay-at-home parent, and the working parent. I've been in all of these circumstances, and my experiences drive both my way of life and my culinary point of view. I have four kids (aged four and under), but I think the fact that I'm not "supermom" makes me accessible. I want parents across America to breathe a sigh of relief when they see me on TV and to say to themselves, "if she can do it, then so can I."
    "Among the blind, the squinter rules." ~ Gerard Didier Erasmus

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    Re: Melissa d'Arabian

    I am with Melissa on disliking goat cheese.

    Of the contestants, she is the one that I can relate to the most. I would be interested in watching a show that she hosts.

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    Re: Melissa d'Arabian

    This lady bugs me. I can't put my finger on why but she does. Hmmm....

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    Re: Melissa d'Arabian

    finally realized who she reminds me of

    any of you ever watched Little House on the Prairie?

    her face and facial maneurisms is Caroline Ingalls (mom) all day long

    think i'm playing check for the show on tv land or whatever channel they show the reruns on




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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogg;3596781;
    finally realized who she reminds me of

    any of you ever watched Little House on the Prairie?

    her face and facial maneurisms is Caroline Ingalls (mom) all day long

    think i'm playing check for the show on tv land or whatever channel they show the reruns on
    Yes, she does remind me of the actress who played her - Karen Grassle. I think beyond any physical resemblance,it's probably due to fact that both seem to be soothing and maternal like.
    To Thine Own Self Be True

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    Re: Melissa d'Arabian

    I love Melissa! She is so easy to relate to and honest. Also, she has cooked so much in real life and has the experience that a young kid out of culinary school doesn't have. I would totally watch her show!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maude~flanders;3606344;
    I love Melissa! She is so easy to relate to and honest. Also, she has cooked so much in real life and has the experience that a young kid out of culinary school doesn't have. I would totally watch her show!
    ITA, and would like to see Melissa win. I would watch her show as well.

    At first, I didn't like her at all. She grew on me after a few episode's, and became more appealing to me then the others. Melissa seemed to have gained confidence and softened her image IMO.

    I can see though how Jeffrey is appealing to some of the judges. If he does win though, not interested in watching.

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    Re: Melissa d'Arabian

    I think she is the best fit to be the next food network star. I really liked her from the begining and i still like her now.. cant wait for the final show!

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    Re: Melissa d'Arabian

    She does have great hair.
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    Re: Melissa d'Arabian

    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen;3621642;
    She does have great hair.
    Never underestimate the important attributes that a chef must possess!
    To Thine Own Self Be True

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