Sunday, August 3, 2014

Food Network Star Season 10, Episode 10 Elimination - Final Three Determined

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star, the final four contestants each shoot a promo for the show they want on the Food Network.  They get advice from Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown, and Bobby Flay, and their promos are then judged by Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson.

Bob and Susie pick three finalists that will create a pilot of their show, and Robert Irvine is there to help direct their pilot.

Bob and Susie decided to eliminate Sarah Penrod after watching all four of the 30-second promos.  Luca Della Casa, Nicole Gaffney, and Lenny Mcnab created their pilots and are now up for vote to be the next Food Network Star.

A poll will be up shortly on this site to see who everyone is voting for to win Food Network Star, and similar polls have predicted the winner the past two years.  UPDATE - Here is the link to the poll.

71 comments:

  1. I will never watch another food network program again in my life. Sorry, FN, but if I only watch 4 seasons of star and 3 of them suck with the best contestants eliminated, your show sucks.

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  2. Finally she's gone!!August 3, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    I'm so happy Sarah is gone. She was the most annoying person there.

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  3. I'm glad she's gone as well, but as poor as Lenny's promo was, I'm surprised he didn't go home. After seeing that video he had on YouTube, I sincerely hope he does not win. That was absolutely disgusting and this is coming from a person that was a fan of Lenny. I wanted either him or Luca to win and now I absolutely hope Luca wins.

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  4. Who did you think should win Talkorpi?

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  5. Wow. Could they have kissed Luca's ass any harder? FFS.

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  6. Agreed. I can't believe she got as far as she did.

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  7. His promo wasn't very good, but Sarah's wasn't either, and she's been consistently worse than him. I also hope that Luca wins, although I liked Nicol's pilot too.

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  8. Nicole's pilot was pretty good, but it's just not something that would appeal to me. I do see where her point of view could attract a lot of viewers.

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  9. Emma. Then Loreal. Then Reuben. Then Sarah. Then Arayen. THEN Nicole.

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  10. He had a great promo. I didn't think they kissed his ass. I didn't see anything negative in the promo that needed to be pointed out to him, JMO.

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  11. Thanks for telling me. It is frustrating when the ones you like get cut. I've had my share of yelling and screaming at the TV set. *sigh*

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  12. Exactly. I was also touching on the cases of Whitney Chen in season 7 and Stacey Poon-Kinney in season 9.

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  13. I absolutely loved Whitney Chen! I thought Stacey came off stiff and kind of fake, but I was hoping she'd pull it off. I enjoyed her when Restaurant Impossible came to her restaurant.

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  14. In general. It's almost embarassing how badly they're trying to get the viewers to vote for him.

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  15. I think his is a show that would do well. I've liked him since the beginning, so I probably look at it differently than you do. It will be interesting to see how it shakes out.

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  16. I felt like Emma was more PBS than FN. Maybe she will find her place yet.

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  17. Nicole will never win. Her P.O.V. "Coastal Cuisine" is just a fancy name for sea food.
    I like both Luca and Lenny but am 100% sure they will pick Luca. He is charming,has great sex appeal for both women and gay men(The only people who watch FN.).
    We all should realize that they are NOT really crowning a new "star". It's just another game show.
    None of the people picked in past years have gone on to become "Food Stars".Once the show is over-so are they.

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  18. Yeah, I was a bit surprised Lenny made it through too. It seems like he was containing his nerves and anxiety well in the beginning but now the pressure is really eating at him. I'm curious about what video you're talking about - what's so disgusting?

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  19. I live at the Jersey shore and I cannot relate to Nicole's POV. Luca is a pretty face but I don't want to make his food. Lenny is the one I would watch AND I like his food.

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  20. How about Guy? He is FN's rock star?

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  21. Lenny has a video in which he demonstrates cutting a brisket. He refers to the roast using derogatory, sexist terms, even calling it the "C" word, along with other filthy, foul language. It's pretty nasty.

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  22. Nicole is more than seafood, and I think it would have worked to her advantage—and that of her POV—had she not cooked shellfish in her pilot. She missed an opportunity to explain the Coastal Cuisine is about a lot more than fish, so the misconception continues.

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  23. Stacey scripted herself and was unable to speak off the cuff. There were times when she got lost and had to start her prepared spiel from the top.

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  24. I think Lenny was a shoo-in for the finals from the first day he and his belt buckle walked into the studio.

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  25. Would it do well? Sure. Is he really the next best thing since sliced bread? Eh. I think I'd beem more impressed had he stayed in throughout since I'm in the camp he was cut to give him time to polish up.

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  26. Except she seems very very focused on the seafood aspect- when she mentioned global it was still all fish/shellfish dishes. So I think she's at least partially responsible for this perception.

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  27. Oh, I agree with you. Nicole has kind of painted herself into a corner with the seafood, and as I said, she missed a golden opportunity to better define Coastal Cuisine and left the viewer with the perception that it was solely about seafood.

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  28. But then I wonder if she even realizes it's more than seafood. She's the daughter of a fisherman and she isn't well traveled. Probably all goes hand in hand.

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  29. She actually gives a very thorough explanation of all the aspects of Coastal Cuisine in her blog:
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    Unfortunately, she never communicated this in her FNS appearances.

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  30. Pity. I think she'd have a broader base if she did. There are a lot of people who are just kinda noooope on the whole seafood thing.

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  31. The video is horrible. In addition to the foul and disgusting language and faces...I also noted he did not have his cowboy accent or persona. I am so annoyed by him and the video is so awful I don't see how food network could ever legitimately put Lenny on TV.

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  32. Yea but that brisket looked damn good!

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  33. I thought Luca was the only one who truly held up in the promos. He got kicked off for a ridiculous reason from the get go and has done wonderful through star salvation and now during his come back. I would watch his show for sure.

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  34. Have you seen his youtube video? That might turn you off. Anyone who uses that foul disgusting language and those facial expressions should not be on TV. Last night his fan page was boasting about his old videos. There is nothing to boast about when you watch those videos and if he thinks he should boast about what he did on those videos then he has a serious problem. Talk about a PR NIGHTMARE for the Food Network if Lenny wins.

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  35. Tough to get your POV across with the challenges Food Network gives them. Random ingredients, random camera challenges, etc.

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  36. I saw it.....I still like the guy and his cooking. I hope he wins. Lots of skeletons in many a FN chefs closet. Big deal. He should have taken it down or better yet.....never posted it.

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  37. I liked Sarah... she showed great improvement throughout the show.... I can't take Lenny, and would vote for anyone else. He goes over the top on most everything, and his promo was awful. In small doses he's fine, but an entire show built around him.... no.

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  38. Totally, but she could have at least during her first week challenge and this last promo. Maybe she thought narrowing it would make her more accessible

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  39. Merlin_Arrowhead_AddictAugust 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    I know, right? Luca is charming, good looking and appears to be able to cook well. FN is so giving this guy a pass. No critique of the promo? Really? I can come up with two right off the my head. How about this, Luca, we have a hard time understanding you. How about taking some enunciation lessons? Or this one. Luca, you say you want to cook food from your region of Italy. How about telling us what that is? At least describe the difference between northern Italian and southern Italian cuisine. Nicole wasn't given a break when she glossed over what coastal was and she was told to limit herself to the coastal cuisine of America. Luca's POV (stuff we cooked at home, best I can tell) magically changed to food from different regions of Italy without showing the viewer that change in direction. They just slipped it into the promo. FN seems to be doing everything it can to make Luca the winner. I am still shocked they let Lenny into the voting.

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  40. Thank you! Exactly what I meant. I do think he's better than Nicole, but he's hardly flawless yet the judging panel is treating him as if he csn do no wrong. If they were more even handed in their critiques I'd hold a lot less of a grudge against him.

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  41. Merlin_Arrowhead_AddictAugust 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    I forgot one thing, Carrie. What do you think of this. Luca got a total pass on the protein he cooked. He cooked an odd fish, didn't tell us anything about it nor did he tell us how he prepared or cooked it! He did tell us all about his sauce. Sorry Luca, the protein is the star and you blew it off. Fail

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  42. I agree with you Caren and MoHub. It was disgusting. The video has now been removed, funny how that works.

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  43. She did. That's why she felt so stiff and fake to me. Even when she tried NOT to script herself prior to appearing, it was the same, stiff and fake.

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  44. Nicole's blog has a very nice tribute to Sarah—the real Sarah—and as many of us suspected, the editing made her into a completely different person than she is.

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  45. Evidently, it's still there, but it doesn't come up on a YouTube search.

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  46. But the point is that he didn't take it down and he did post it. And he seems to be proud of it, to boot.

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  47. You're right. I had searched for it and when it didn't appear, assumed it had been removed. Sorry for the bad info.

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  48. It would be like Paula Deen or Irvine when his lying about his resume was exposed. FN really doesn't need another incident like those.

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  49. Thanks for sharing the link. I enjoyed reading what she had to say about Sarah and Loreal. You could tell that she and Sarah had gotten pretty close.

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  50. It was very nice!

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  51. SO WHAT!!! GET OVER IT!!!!

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  52. Whoah, sounds way different from the Lenny on FN

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  53. Was it on the Chef Lenny channel? I'd love a link if anyone can provide one

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  54. I think BlueDesert means winners from the more recent seasons.

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  55. See if this still works: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rYUy3VeZNNc Can't believe it was up the entire season and FN didn't pick up on it.

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  56. That's okay. I thought the same thing until I learned otherwise.

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  57. Thankyou! And I agree, Food Network seems like they're very picky about how they present their image to their audience, so you'd think they'd be very thorough with doing background checks on their contestants before they even get the green light to appear on the show. Also, on a sidenote, Lenny looks weird without his beard lol

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  58. Wow, thanks for the heads-up! I definitely don't want him to win now.

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  59. Her concept doesn't appeal to me, but I thought she did a good job with it.

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  60. Yes. I saw that and was grateful for it. I had suspected that Sarah was really better than some of what we were shown. She is.

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  61. Find out more at: www.toofullforschool.com

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  62. Well said! What does impress me is how much Nicole has been able to take just about any challenge thrown at her and create a tasty dish out of it. She was the last one to lose a challenge. Everyone had already lost before her. She has lost less challenges than Lenny or Luca. She's friendly, has a warm smile and is a very consistently good cook. Find out more, here: http://www.nicolegaffney.com/about/

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  63. DornerthedarkknightAugust 5, 2014 at 4:06 AM

    to be a contrarian, it was a 5 year old video. He hasn't had a history of that behavior now and I'm sure when he made the video he wasn't thinking he was going to be a TV star.

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  64. Nicole's concept can be tweaked for wider appeal. Melissa D'Arabian wound up with a slightly different show than she pitched, and so did damaris Phillips. There's no reason Nicole's concept can't be adjusted as well; she just needs to get the votes to win first.

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  65. The video is the real Lenny, I think. And there's no trace of the Southwestern accent he's adopted to go with his cowboy persona.

    And there have been signs throughout the competition. The "lady adjusting herself on the stoop" and his approach to the Vegas tasting with Giada as if he were on a date with her come to mind.

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  66. But if he had any sense, he would've taken the video down when he decided to go out for FNS. And according to other material he's posted, he's proud of what he's put on YouTube.

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  67. Paula Deen used the "n" word 30 years ago and look how that turned out...

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  68. The thing about the "offensive" video that bothers me, maybe more than the foul language, is his whole personality. He acts like he's high on something, and maybe he was. Toward the end, with the bug-eyed screaming at the camera, I started to feel extremely uncomfortable, like he was going to leap through the screen and attack me. Very very creepy.

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  69. Maybe he could get a cooking show on the porn channel. :)

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  70. Paula Deen had multiple other issues that brought her down beside her use of the N word. There's the whole diabetes issue, as well as the harassment lawsuit tied to one of her restaurants. And to top it off, her ratings were sliding, and FN was going to cancel her contract regardless of any personal scandals.

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  71. Sure, I'm not saying I liked Paula Deen or anything. Just pointing out that people don't take too kindly to racial/gendered slurs, no matter how long ago they may have been.

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