First Impressions of 'The Next Food Network Star'


Sunday night was the premiere of the sixth installment of 'The Next Food Network Star,' and after watching the two-hour opening, the new location in Los Angeles looked good, the contestants were appropriately anxious, and adding Giada De Laurentiis as a mentor seems like a wise move. That's not all ... Here are my first impressions of 'The Next Food Network Star,' including my prognostications for who's got a great chance to win the whole enchilada!


Bobby Flay is becoming very Colicchio-esque. Have the people in charge of the Food Network directed Bobby Flay to be more like 'Top Chef's' Tom Colicchio this season? That's not a bad thing, mind you. Tom is wonderful on 'Top Chef,' so maybe the idea is to get Bobby -- who's also really good on his many, many shows -- to be more interactive with the contestants. That said, in the first two-hours, Bobby was getting more involved, going into the kitchen and checking up on the progress of the players.


What's with the "deers in the headlights"? Every one of these 12 people has worked very, very hard to reach the level of getting onto this show. Therefore, why are so many completely intimidated the experience. Haven't they watched the other five seasons? Don't they know that they're going to be facing cameras? That they're going to have to work against the clock? That they should have a culinary point of view that they can articulate to judges Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman?


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