Sunday, June 14, 2015

Food Network Star Episode 2 Elimination

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On tonight's episode of Food Network Star the 11 remaining contestants have to create an inspiring dish using only leftover ingredients  that would be found in an average family's refrigerator.  Former Food Network Star winner Melissa D'Arabian was on hand to help judge this challenge.  In a later challenge the contestants had to create a savory recipe inspired by the world of desserts and Alex Guarnaschelli helped judge.



When the judges deliberated, it was decided that Arnold Myint and Eddie Jackson did the best in the challenges and were considered safe.  Sita Lewis, Emilia Cirker, and Matthew Grunwald were the bottom three and one of them would be eliminated.  After deliberation it was determined that villain Matthew Grunwald would be the contestant eliminated.  Giada De Laurentiis seemed to have changed her mind and switched to eliminate Matthew after seeing his facial expressions.  This should make a lot of people happy.


84 comments:

  1. Ding,ding,ding,Matt was right.Matthew leaving made me happy.I am glad they did not keep him around just for the drama and to try to boost ratings. When they have done that in the past I've always felt they were stealing the spot of a real competitor.I have high hopes they have turned the caliber of this show up a notch. It was much needed after last year's debacle.

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  2. I was ready to call Food Network in NY. Matthew was exhausting, I didn't like him when he was on Cut Throat Kitchen. He was a poor representation of millenials, the very group he wanted to appeal to. All I can say is... #thankgodheisgone!

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  3. #ThankGoodness #GoodRiddance

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  4. I was actually surprised that Giada did what she did, but he was very arrogant. The look on his face when he thought Sita was going home just made me want to smack him. I'm glad Giada stepped up and sent him home.

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  5. I told my wife it would be Matthew staying because they like to keep a character around for ratings. When they started talking to Sita, I was sure it was her and when I saw that smirk on his face, as Hoppy said, I wanted to reach out and smack him. Just an insufferable person who obviously needs to learn some humility or be put on medication or both.

    I had a horrid thought afterward though. I'll bet he's brought back for one of those redemption opportunities they're known for on these competitions and somehow I wouldn't be surprised if he makes it back. I hope I'm wrong but it's just a vibe I had after watching enough of these shows.

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  6. Oh no, Dave! I never thought of the redemption part of these shows. I hope you're wrong!

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  7. Did you notice that the word "hashtag" rhymes with "douche bag"??? That pretty much sums up my feelings about that snarky little jerk Matthew. My feelings about FNS and Giada just went up about 1000%. I figured, like many others, FN would make us suffer through his tantrums for the "ratings," but am so glad he is gone, and truly hope he is gone for good. Hopefully he is in a corner somewhere with a dunce cap on for TIME OUT and to learn some humility and kindness.

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  8. One more thing: I just wish that the editing of this show was such that we saw/heard more of his elimination from the competition... it was handled so fast that if you blinked, you didn't see him get his comeuppance. Schadenfreude, baby.

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  9. I can't believe that Matt got eliminated for being arrogant/immature at the last minute, but he definitely deserved it and it made me happy. The 10 year olds who competed on Chopped had a more professional, mature attitude and probably have more culinary talent. Sometimes I question where they find people like him to be on the show.

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  10. I'm glad Giada changed her vote too. Good riddance, Matt. Grow up.

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  11. I'd like to see more of them debating on who to send home. I find that very interesting. I had to laugh as Matthew left when I heard his say he was the best chef there. That's saying a lot when you've got 3 chefs that all own restaurants and are successful sitting in front of you.

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  12. Dave, uh oh. I never thought of the redemption part. You are right....of course he is going to linger on there. Darn. I should have realized something when he exited the main competition so swiftly. Here's hoping we are wrong and he's just gone.

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  13. That's very true and quite honestly from what I think I have seen thus far Eddie & Arnold seem to have higher skill set than he does.

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  14. I'm sure they'll bring him back once but I don't think he'll have matured to the point of not being so defensive when he's criticized to make it back on. They'll get there one-off and then go for a contestant they really want back :p

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  15. So glad they kicked Matthew off. I have no idea if he can cook, but he's the last person I want to hear from. A millennian precious snowflake who can't stand any heat. Two guys froze on camera and neither of them are in the bottom, but you are? You aren't the best chef out there.

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  16. I'm hoping Matthew gets the floor wiped with his face in Star Salvation.

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  17. Not just Giada. Alex was also originally on board to eliminate Sita, and she went with Giada in the switch to eliminate Matthew. Nice that one smirk could turn the judges around.


    Also, besides being an annoying jerk, Matthew didn't seem to have an understanding of the nature of the competition, which is more than a test of culinary chops alone ("I'm the best chef here!"). He didn't seem to get the part about relating to and teaching an audience at all. If he wants to keep competing, he belongs in a pure cooking competition like Top Chef, not that I'd want to see him there either.

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  18. Enough of the debate aired to show that Alex and Giada both wanted to eliminate Sita, and Bobby wanted to axe Matthew. And both Giada and Alex changed their minds in response to Matthew's self-satisfied smirk when he though Sita was being sent off.

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  19. SO happy he's gone, but why is no one talking about Dom? He can't even talk for five seconds in front of the camera. How he made it to the actual show is beyond me. Seems like a nice guy and a good cook, but if you can't even be on camera for literally 10 seconds without a panic attack, that's not really going to work...

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  20. I'd really be pretty surprised if they did. Maybe they think he'd be good for the drahmah, but Bobby seemed to be completely over him, Giada was NOT pleased by the smirk, and his food had been somewhat inconsistent. Plus, he was so completely scattered and random in his presentations that they have to know there's no way he'd be able to turn it around in just a few weeks of being off the show.

    At least I HOPE that's the case. I'll be rather livid if they do bring him back.

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  21. Bite your tongue and do give him any ideas :) oh, man... He'd be dreadfully have to watch on Top Chef with his arrogance and immaturity. Plus I'd hate to think how many hashtags he'd try to throw out there!

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  22. Aside from Matthew's elimination, the thing that cracked me up the most was when they were doing the "time lapse" of Sita talking and talking and she just tossed out there "Sita isn't even my real name!" Ugh! So, clearly the "they call me Mama Sita (Mamacita)" is just yet another silly gimmick.

    I keep forgetting Dom is even there. He just hasn't registered with me at all. I'm loving both Eddie and Arnold, both of whom I'd enjoyed on their Masterchef and Top Chef appearances respectively. I'm really hoping one of them wins.

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  23. Even if Matthew were a nice person, the kind of cooking he demonstrated—an it was for the most part skilled—is not for the home cook watching an instructional program for ideas and inspiration. After all, how many of us have liquid nitrogen tanks in our home kitchens?


    For Matthew, it was all about showing off, and he never understood that there was more to cooking in this kind of competition.

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  24. I suspect he'd be an early PYKAG if he did get on Top Chef, and he wouldn't be the first obnoxious competitor to appear on that show. But at least, TC is purely about culinary ability, and Matthew seemed to think that was what FNS was about.

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  25. Also fellow competitors—like Arnold and Alex—who own/owned restaurants.

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  26. Here's Jeff Mauro's take on a possible Matthew return:

    "I have a feeling I will be seeing Grunwald again, most likely in the middle of the night, standing over my bed with a roll of duct tape and a steak knife."

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  27. #BuhByeMatthew


    Lol....god that was a satisfying end :)

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  28. They should have just sent all 3 of them home, terrible. Poor Dom also has no chance to win, I would eat his food though so its not like he killed his career, he just is not made to be on camera.

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  29. Calling yourself "Hot" is not a good gimmick, even more so when you are not. Penny Davidi tries that as well.

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  30. Matthew is attractive, but he needs many years to mature and be more concise. I won't be surprised though if he makes his way through Salvation and appears to be a "new" guy just like Luca last year. This might be Food Networks plan all along.

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  31. Matthew is hardly equivalent to Luca, who was charming and had instructional as well as cooking chops. Matthew is a real-life Eddie Haskell, and when he called Alex "a beast," I was hearing Eddie saying, "You look particularly lovely today, Mrs. Cleaver."

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  32. Is your wife's name Sue...

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  33. Perfection. Matthew looked like a serial killer when he was staring down Suzie during her critique on the first episode.

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  34. I love you--that was a priceless analogy!

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  35. dwight mannsburdenJune 15, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Craigslist ad: are you an annoying douchebag? Has anyone punched you in the face to make you STFU? Can you at least boil water? Are you willing to have the villain edit on a reality show? If all this describes you, then send your resume to SuzieandBob@fn.com

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  36. Would like to see him lose to Christina.

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  37. Nice to see Giada and Alex vote to send Matthew home. However, had it been a different episode or if Matthew had

    already been gone, I would have definitely sent home Sita. Cooking isnt there and sorry folks, but, all those wild hand gestures and her being so emphatic all the time is really grating on me. Dont wanna watch that.

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  38. Matthew was really hot though

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  39. No. Not really. There is more than one Guest.

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  40. "Precious snowflake" - love it!

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  41. HashTag # Good fu$kig riddance!!!!!

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  42. Merlin_Arrowhead_AddictJune 15, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Hot tempered you mean?

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  43. He actually looks a bit like "Eddie Haskell," as well as personifying him, and I can't get beyond that to see anything else.

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  44. Yes, that was a really creepy look he gave her. I thought it was not only creepy, but disrespectful, considering her position at the network.

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  45. That's great! I'm laughing while trying to read this to my husband.

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  46. I've wondered why they chose him and why he felt he could handle being in front of a camera. I like him but he's so nervous.

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  47. Calling Chef Alex a "beast" was ridiculously disrespectful too, as was smirking when he thought Sita was going home.

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  48. I agree. She mentioned her name isn't Sita. The whole thing is an act.

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  49. When I heard that 'beast' comment I looked at my husband and he looked at me. He said, "Did he call her a beast?" The look on his face! Priceless. Add Alex's reaction to my husband's and it was crazy at my house.

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  50. Sita is totally a dead contestant walking, but I admit I'm surprised they didn't leave him around to foster toxicity and drama because they could. Maybe after the debacle of last year's show (did anyone else notice that when they did a NFNS marathon the day before on Cooking Channel they chose to air Damaris' season instead?) they wanted to avoid any chance of that happening again?

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  51. Judy! That's it. I kept trying to figure out why he looked so familiar. You nailed it. He even moves like "Eddie Haskell".#LeaveittoBeaver

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  52. Mo, you made my day.

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  53. Absolutely. I got the Haskell vibe back when he was on Cutthroat Kitchen, and it's only increased with his time on FNS. And you're both right: He not only has the Eddie Haskell smirk, but his body language is the same.

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  54. Isn't Chef Robert Irvine the judge or one of the judges on Star Salvation? He definitely won't put up with Matthews crap.

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  55. Irvine had it the first time; Damaris Phillips and Geoffrey Zakarian had it last time around; and this season, it's Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro. Interesting considering Alex's initial encounters with Matthew.

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  56. The funny thing is I get WHY he was acting the way he was acting. It was his "angle" to capture the younger Jersey Shore audience. The problem is, he didn't take into account that if he has a cooking show, he can't be acting like that since he'll probably be the only one on the show. Look at Rachel Ray and Guy. They won but their shows are solo. What was he going to do? Act like a douche bag to himself?

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  57. The #hashhole will be back. Look at how many messages his getting booted generated. They're not going to give up an a water cooler moment villain (I just had to look up how to spell villain...not good) that quickly. He'll be back sooner than later.

    BTW...I missed the show this weekend, binge-watch Hogan's Heroes and DVR'ed Halt And Catch Fire instead. Now, I'm binge-watching The Time Tunnel so it's be a while before I watch it. I think I made the right choices.

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  58. I stopped watching that show at the beginning of the Washington D.C. season. Haven't missed it. I watch Top Chef Canada instead, although I'm not sure it's going to be on this year. March last year, nothing yet this year.

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  59. Ahhhh....a Leave It To Beaver reference. My next binge-watch. Thank you!

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  60. I had to watch the DC season since it was in my hometown, and i was really hoping they'd show us for the incredible food town we are. Needless to say, I was disappointed and angry, but i stuck with it. TC started losing me with the Texas fiasco and got less and less interesting in subsequent seasons. I mean, how do you mess up NOLA, the most iconic food town in the country?


    By the time they hit Boston last season, I wasn't even interested and caught only a few episodes here and there.

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  61. He said if there were no sabotages he would've won Cutthroat Kitchen, despite waylaying everyone else with sabotages in the first round. I say give him what he wants, put his ass on Chopped.

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  62. I'd love to see him arguing with Scott Conant over even a minor negative comment about one of his dishes. Scott would rip him a new one.

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  63. I am so over this #D-bag...............next!!!!

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  64. Then ended the Boston season in Mexico. I thought it was an odd choice. I didn't care or the NOLA season and didn't like much about Boston, especially that one where the football player was on and Padma kept making stupid double entendres.

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  65. Rachael Ray was never an NFS contestant.

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  66. He looks like Andy Samberg somewhat.

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  67. Slightly off topic...not about Matthew, but about Bobby Flay. There's a new video on Gawker of Bobby Flay with his date at a Puerto Rican celebration this past weekend busting some dance moves. Someone tell him to keep his nasty tongue in his mouth where it belongs. So gross.

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  68. Is there anyone out there who is actually not overjoyed by Matthew's elimination but rather upset (me)? Call me childish but Giada is the reason I will no longer watch this show.

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  69. The only challenge I liked in the Boston season was the one in which the chefs had to produce a Thanksgiving meal inspired by the first Thanksgiving and using 17th century ingredients, tools, and cooking methods.

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  70. I think Dom is having a turnaround and getting more comfortable with the camera. I believe he may surprise us all.

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  71. I hope so. He seems to have the cooking chops. When he finally opened up he was extremely personable, not just in that phony I connect with the camera way. If he could be open and himself on camera he may give Em' all a serious run for their money. It will be interesting to see what happens. I'm looking forward to this week. I think we will see who is going to go the distance vs who it's just a matter of time for.

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  72. If I didn't always look forward to NFNS, I wouldn't watch...and it would be because of Giada.

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  73. I was initially surprised to see Matthew in the first
    episode as a contestant. He has been featured on a couple of other Food Network
    shows before (e.g. Cutthroat Kitchen) and he displayed the same egotistical and
    arrogant attitude. I completely disliked him when he appeared on those shows
    and dislike him even more now. Yes he may be an accomplished chef for his age,
    as he continuously admits, but someone needs to set him straight and let him
    know that he will get no where professionally with that smug of an attitude. I
    just wish Giada and Flay would have done that on air.

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  74. I like the show, but her teeth bugs me. Her smile takes up the whole screen on my TV! I know that is mean, but really, I didn't know someone's lips can extend that far apart :-D

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  75. I can see Matthew now advising Scott that his palate is off and explaining that since he (Matthew) is the best Chef in the word he knows raw red onions are delicious.

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  76. My only thought is that FN figured his persona on Cutthroat Kitchen was exaggerated to be in line with the nature of that show and figured he had the personality and cooking chops to be a good choice for FNS. I'm pretty sure they invited him to be on but had no clue that he was even more obnoxious in reality than he was on CT.

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  77. Sound hashtag one more time Matthew. JUST DO IT.

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  78. Unless she does a massive turn around, I don't see her staying long. Nor the other woman in the bottom three..whose name I can't even remember.

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  79. I was shocked. I fully expected them to keep this ass hat around for the "love to hate" ratings.

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  80. Merlin_Arrowhead_AddictJune 21, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Ironic, the thought of Giada lecturing someone else about their attitude.

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  81. I kept saying that he totally looks like a serial killer that guy needs some serious medication or just a good punch in the face

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  82. I had enjoyed Matthew on Cutthroat Kitchen, but I was shocked by what an arrogant, rude little twit he turned out to be. I cheered when he was cut, and I hope we never see him on FN again.

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  83. That could very well be.

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