Sunday, June 15, 2014

Food Network Star Episode 3 Elimination Plus Star Salvation

Photo - Food Network Star
On tonight's episode of Food Network Star, the contestants had to compete in a special edition of Cutthroat Kitchen.  They had to bid on sabotages that their fellow contestants would have to deal with, and the winning finalists in each group got to keep their remaining money.  Alton Brown played his normal role as the host of Cutthroat Kitchen, while Bobby Flay and Jet Tila judged each of the groups.  Giada decided to take the day off.

Chris L. and Emma were declared the winners for their rounds and were considered safe from elimination. The bottom four contestants that were up for elimination on this episode were Kenny(again), Chris K. (again), Loreal, and Lenny.

Kenny was sent home by the judges after not being able to put together a good dish without even being sabotaged.

Kenny Lao went on to compete on Star Salvation against Chad Rosenthal and Luca Della Casa.   Kenny also failed to impress the Star Salvation judges and was sent home for good and will not be the next Food Network Star (link to the videos).

21 comments:

  1. I'm glad Emma has shown a great deal of improvement. I like her. I think they made the wrong choice with who to eliminate; I would have preferred to see either of the other two on the bottom go home.

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  2. Considering Kenny didn't put any food on the plate last week, it makes sense they'd choose him. 2 of 3 weeks he's been in the bottom. I wouldn't mind if something took Chris' ego down a notch or two.....

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  3. I get why Lenny was on the bottom, but the way they were singling him out was a wee bit ridiculous given that it was clear that he barely escaped getting every last sabotage piled upon. I get that this was about 'adaptability' but in no way would his actual show have to deal with that of stuff, making the criticism seem more than a bit thick.

    Chris has to go next week. I had second hand embarrassment watching the trailer.

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  4. Can anyone tell me how this site works? My post regarding Lenny disappeared. I'll try again: Does anyone find Lenny disturbing? No one is mentioning the elephant in the room-Bobby Flay was forced to SPIT OUT Lenny's food and although he was in the bottom he was allowed to stay. I saw him compete on Triple G-he served burgers stuffed with butter, they had an off color name and before applying the top bun he threw a handful of sugar over the meat. He either believes in his persona, or he is disturbed. Either way he does not appear to respect the Chefs nor take the contest seriously.

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  5. I don't know that disturbing is the word I'd use; to me, that implies mental illness. I don't care for him, but that has more to do with the persona he's crafted for himself and his need to prove that the cowboy is a gourmet by overembellishing his dishes. I do believe he can cook—when he keeps it simple—but his badly made and misnamed sopapilla was only one component of his dish, and the rest seemed to be okay.

    My biggest issue with him is his inflated ego, his costumery, and his soft-porn sexualization of his dishes and the stories behind them.

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  6. Lenny is in a way this season's Danushka or maybe Rodney: the outsized personality. He can cook, and I expect he'll go far in the competition, but really, I can't see a show based around his persona. It's too much.

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  7. Danushka, outsized? Really? She of the bored affect and monotone voice?

    Or perhaps you meant Penny Davidi—the "Middle Eastern Mom"—who was an over-the-top know-it-all.

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  8. I have a hard time mustering any dislike for Lenny. Not that i like him much, but I just feel like he's a buffoon. No way anyone can take that man seriously, despite the fact that it seems like he has some decent cooking skills.
    He will probably get far, but I can't see FN giving him a chance, he's just too much of a cartoon character. I can't take him seriously.
    Not at all like that Penny witch. She was THE WORST.

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  9. Spot on--all of it!

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  10. My thoughts exactly.

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  11. Danika-oh shades of boredom. Now there was a woman who really did not want to be there or alternatively had a real problem with self esteem.
    Please observe Lenny closely when he receives constructive criticism (or criticism period)....watch the change that comes over him. An inability to accept criticism with grace-- from Chefs with much experience to offer is the reason I believe he is not the next Food Network Star.

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  12. Have to disagree that Danushka suffers or has ever suffered from lack of self esteem.
    She's been on Chopped a couple of times and was arrogant in her laid-back approach. She wasted no time letting everyone know that she used to be a model, and, that, as a Private Chef, she just took her time preparing meals and often had wine with her employers.
    She's quite proud of her "I don't really give a damn" persona.

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  13. I think NFNS is all about the editing. The drama is shown to the viewers as FN wants the story line (plot) to unfold to keep our interest. Everyone gets their chance at the bottom....keeps up on our seats and guessing. They do not show anyone as the front runner....even if there is one. I doubt the "story line" FN concocts has anything to do with what really happened in the contest. Folks......♫♪THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT♪♫!!!!!!!

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  14. I used to think that, but now I am not so sure. I would have bet any kind of money that the former RI contestant last season was groomed to win...and they didn't put her up for vote.

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  15. Which contestant was that?

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  16. Stacy Poon-Kinney. Her restaurant—The Trails—was rescued on RI.

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  17. I must be seeing Lenny's reaction to criticism differently than you Binker. I felt he took criticism pretty well, even mentioning it to my husband. Do I think they can build a show around him?....Not sure, I think people might enjoy him if he tones down the sexualization of the dishes and takes the personality down a few notches. I mean, people like Guy and he's about as over the top as it's possible to be and blurts out the most ridiculous comments, so you never know.

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  18. I'm with you, very arrogant and she just doesn't care if you take her or leave her.

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  19. I think she was just too blah for people, in my opinion. Sometimes she felt fake to me, like she was forcing it and other times there was just nothing there. I doubt I'd watch a show with her as the star, but she was better than Demaris, who I never cared for. Especially after her drunken flirting even after being asked to tone it down by the judges and inability to control her mouth.

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  20. Stacy seemed nice on Restaurant Impossible. I think she just came off as stiff, polished, and rehearsed on camera. I get like that too... although I'm more awkward than polished.

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  21. Stacy was more over-rehearsed and was incapable of off-the-cuff adlibbing. In one challenge, she actually lost track of her prepared speech and had to start over.

    She also had a tendency to make everything about her.

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