Sunday, July 6, 2014

Food Network Star Episode 6 Elimination Plus Star Salvation Finale

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star, the remaining contestants have to create a product that represents their brand and culinary style.  After creating their product, they have to make a commercial in an unorthodox setting.  Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis were joined by Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson to judge the contestants tonight.


The contestants seemed to do better with creating their products than they did with creating their commercials.  The judges seemed to like most of the products, but had some issues with the commercials.

The judges felt that Loreal made the best commercial, and Chris K had the best product.  The bottom three consisted of Rueben (again), Emma, and Nicole.  The first of the three considered safe was Emma, and then the judges decided that Rueben would be the contestant eliminated.

Rueben went on to compete on Star Salvation against Chad Rosenthal and Luca Della Casa.   Chad was eliminated from Star Salvation and it came down to Rueben and Luca to rejoin the contestants in Las Vegas.  For some reason, they do not reveal the winner of Star Salvation and you have to wait until next week to see who joins the other contestants in Las Vegas. (link to Star Salvation videos).

Judging by Rueben's "Its Over" tweet after the episode aired, I would guess it is Luca rejoining the competition.

UPDATE - If you want to know who won Star Salvation - Click here (Spoiler)

16 comments:

  1. I give up. They clearly only want someone who can sell stuff. Connect salsa with the moon? Whatever Lenny was pitching with the Great Wall? The entire episode was a farce, but the worst part was seeing Bob's face light up at Chris' flavored butter, the same product Paula Deen was launching when The Great Downfall occurred. It must be selling well for PD 'cuz he was practically drooling. Doubt I will watch any more of this.

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  2. I was really confused by the love over the butter as well. Land O'Lakes also puts out a product like this- we have some in the fridge right now! Compound butter is hardly some new or earth shattering product idea.

    Were past seasons as cooking light as this season has been? It feels like they're putting actual culinary skills to the back burner even more so than normal this season.

    Also, why were they doing so much product placement for that studio? The industry knows what it is!

    Annoying episode, but not a surprise elimination.

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  3. I hope Luca really is returning.

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  4. I don't understand how Lenny got away with not connecting with the Great Wall, which was so much easier than relating a product to the moon. I find Lenny's shtick very tiring.

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  5. Obviously, they didn't give an even playing field with the choice of scenes. The over-the-top tomato garden couldn't have been more suited to Loreal's personality.

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  6. I'm sick of schtick, period. Lenny and Loreal both wear on me, and I much prefer the straightforward, non-gimmicky types like Nicole and Emma.

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  7. I think that's pretty much a certainty. In fact, my inner conspiracy theorist believes Luca was sent to Salvation over lesser competitors in the first place in order to engineer a comeback for him—and a likely overall win.

    I'm thinking Food Network is mining Top Chef again and is attempting to present us with a rework of Kristen Kish's victory in TC: Seattle.

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  8. No they weren't. But it has been decaying slowly in my opinion. Each season focuses more and more on the selling/peddling aspect and less and less on cooking skills.

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  9. Most of the scenarios were of the "out of your element" type. Now we only got a few seconds, which have been carefully selected, of each ad. Emma at least embraced her Paris setting -- the accent can be worked on, Rueben totally ignored the t-ball "my hot sauce is out of this world" angle, and as for Lenny, he's aJonny-one-note, if you completely ignore that you're at the Great Wall of China, then you aren't able to adapt to different situations.

    The products are almost an after note, maybe they had a day or so to think of something to create. In the real world, there will be meetings with things cooked up in the test kitchens and fed to focus groups, so pickled beets or baby food or hot sauce or herb butter doesn't really matter.

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  10. Not to mention it was probably the only kind of gimmicky scene you might see in a commercial these days. They are clearly wanting to push her to the top because she is different in personality compared to their other female hosts

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  11. Well I can see that. But I found myself liking that girl from Day 1 for some reason. She looks like fun. The rest of the female contestants make me yawn. And the blond chick from Texas makes me gag.

    I am feeling really blah about this season though..no one really appeals to me.

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  12. *KIMBO* [FC:0490-5834-6557]July 7, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Anybody here watch star salvation? I was really hoping Chad would return :(

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  13. *KIMBO* [FC:0490-5834-6557]July 7, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    I feel the same way about that blonde texas chick. Whenever something somewhat notable happens in the show they almost always cut to her reaction first - It feels like they're really forcing her on us.

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  14. I disagree that the other female contestants are bland. But I completely agree with your assessment of Sarah (the blond woman from Texas).

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  15. I can't take anyone seriously if her parents named her after makeup.

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  16. Salvation was set up for Luca to win from the get-go.

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