'Food Network Star' Recap: Drive-Ins, Festivals and the Endless Drama

Well, we've been with this season's batch of Food Network Star contestants now for more than a month. And it seems so much longer, doesn't it? At this point, it's a bit of a chore to slog through these 90-minute episodes, when it's so clear who won't be winning the competition. It's like, why waste time? Maybe starting out with 15 finalists is too many. Maybe 90 minutes is too long. Maybe Jyll is too vapid, Penny is too dramatic, Susie is too forgettable and Chris is too annoying. Whatever it is, this season has officially hit a wall, and has started to drag on and on. And on.

But I'm legitimately excited about the frontrunners this season. Orchid, Whitney and Jeff, in particular, really appeal to me as people and chefs. And if seeing them as chefs on Food Network means trudging through an entire season of nonsense, well ... I hope it's worth it.

Now, on with the recap!



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