'Food Network Star' Interview: It's Not the End for Orchid Paulmeier

From the very first episode of Food Network Star, Orchid Paulmeier had it all. She was charismatic, fun and a good cook to boot. She told funny anecdotes, was comfortable in front of the camera and quickly set herself apart from her fellow contestants. Many fans thought Orchid would win it all. Unfortunately, Food Network Star has an annoying habit of dooming its early frontrunners. The judges expect more of them, and they start out so far on top that there's nowhere to go but down. We've seen it before, and history is doomed to repeat itself.
This frontrunner syndrome greatly affected Orchid Paulmeier, and on Sunday, she said goodbye in a surprise elimination that elicited gasps from her fellow finalists and screams of rage in living rooms across America. If you missed it, check out my recap.
I was able to talk to Orchid yesterday, and she discussed this frontrunner syndrome, and how this won't be the last we're seeing of her.



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