Thursday, June 4, 2015

Food Network Star Season 11 Contestants - Where Have You Seen Them Before?

Photo - Food Network
With the eleventh season of Food Network Star scheduled to begin on Sunday, you may recognize some of the contestants from earlier TV appearances.  Below is a list of all of the contestants from this season and whether they have appeared on other TV shows.  If I have missed any, let me know in the comments.  I have also compiled some of their social media links if you are interested in following them or learning more about them.  Hopefully this year's contestants were properly vetted.

 
Also, here are the pictures and quick bios for each of the contestants from the Food Network site.  If you want to watch the first episode before it airs Sunday on the Food Network, it is available to watch already.

27 comments:

  1. Yes, let's hope everyone has been vetted this year. Had no idea that there is a Facebook #1 and #2. What is the difference between them? Hoping all season 11 finalists will become more active on their Twitter accounts once the first episode airs on TV.

    Also, while advice and mentoring are good things and any help from Bobby and Giada would definitely be great.....nonetheless, I would be disappointed if this season became "the Mentor show." Let's keep *most* of the focus on this years cooks (and lets let them Cook). It should be more about the finalists and their dishes than fashion, selling or telling them how to re-make every dish a "better" way. Challenges should be challenging but not so rediculous that its nearly impossible to be excellent. Many have already written/posted last year, and even earlier seasons, that the whole reality tv thing has gone too far and lacks credibility or relevance.

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  2. Thanks for the info Matt. I was pulling for Eddie when he was on Master Chef. I think he can cook and seems very likeable. I also like Jay Ducote I remember him from most of the programs, just not from Cutthroat ( probably because I don't watch it religiously). Whatever happened to Rocco's Dinner Party,I liked that show. I am trying to remember Michelle on it but just can't remember her....

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  3. They have been over-pushing the fake storytelling aspect. Making every food story sound like a sophomore creating writing student essay with too many adjectives.

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  4. I liked all of the top three. Good cooks and personalities. All contenders.

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  5. Bobby and Giada could tell us some of their stories.....you know......to let us know who they are!!!!!

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  6. Facebook has more than one kind of page: a personal account, and then there is a public type page for businesses, fans, etc.

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  7. Not a Matthew Grunwald fan. He posted a tweet by a fan on his Facebook page:
    "Teach people how to cook with the power of the hashtag." – Matthew's POV on ‪#‎FoodNetworkStar‬


    I tried to ask what that actually means. How does a hashtag teach people to cook? He deleted my question twice, then banned me from posting on his page... Wow.

    Definitely interested in Eddie, Rue or Michelle this season.

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  8. If we could vote, he'd be gone.

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  9. He is so incoherent, rude and vain! Definitely not my idea of a "star". 22 years old, and thinks he has nothing to learn from his peers. And the way he was looking at Susie Fogelson, as she gave him his critiques, made me scared for her safety!

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  10. My favourite right now is Jay.

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  11. Merlin_Arrowhead_AddictJune 8, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    He is there to annoy us and drive ratings. He has no shot at winning.

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  12. I didn't care for the blond lady either though "let me tell you something as a mom" is pretty condescending. All she did was "I'm a mom" and "as a mom" yeah you're not the only woman on Earth who cranked out kids. We don't even know if they turned out well.

    I didn't get hooked by anyone. Maybe Mama Sita? And the South African cuisine woman would be something new to FN but her TV skills weren't hot.

    Otherwise it's Lenny 2.0 (Jay) and Sandwich Prince. LOL. They're decent but I'm not too interested in following them. The drag queen kinda made gay seem boring, that's a quite a fete.

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  13. Let's see, I have no interest in a drag queen, if that's your POV I will watch repeats of Pawn Stars.
    Dom, if you have stage fright, do not go onto a television show called "Next Foodnetwork Star." You are going to be on the camera.
    Matthew is there to be this season's "villain." He's the rambunctious puppy who needs to be smacked on the nose with a rolled up newspaper. And I do not advocate that training for puppies. "Hashtag?" That's the number sign or the pound sign. You are less than half my age, you have nothing to teach me.

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  14. my power went out!! When will it reair this week please!???

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  15. Can't stand Rocco (so full of himself and so many "injections") but LOVED that show and always looked forward to it.

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  16. I lost sound several times last night. It will repeat Saturday at 11:00 A.M. (CST).

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  17. I like him, too, and comparing him to Lenny is grossly unfair to Jay.

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  18. dwight mannsburdenJune 8, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Yeah, let's hear about their home lives.

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  19. dwight mannsburdenJune 8, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    yeah, they already HAVE a mom (Melissa played that card heavily IIRC).

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  20. He's there to be the guy you love to hate, not unlike Penny Davidi in her season. Jeff Mauro—who is blogging this season on the FN site—is already enamored of him.

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  21. Melissa is still regularly introduced as "mother of four Melissa d'Arabian."

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  22. Agreed. There is nothing of Lenny in Jay. If he reminds me of any former contestant, it's Tom Pizzica.

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  23. Yeah, the whole Mom-thing is sweet, but just not interesting enough. Ok, so yer a Mom. She spends more time talking about family than about what type of food she does and describing it. I think the mama-sita lady is a little too wound-up and loud. Already starting to wear on me.Alex I like but he has to change his point of view to something other than sandwiches. Maybe thai food?

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  24. Tom Pizzica?? Tom was everything-to-the-extreme with his food. Jay doesn't come across that way. Jay is upbeat more-so than Tom was.



    I like Jay but--tonight, everyone got to grab whatever ingredients they wanted and make what they wanted. In future challenges, that will likely not be the case, and then how will Jay do? But then, that applies to everyone else, too. I do wish that Food Network *would* have more challenges where finalists *can* pick their own ingredients and make the dishes they want to. It shows us better what they are capable of.

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  25. With all the snarky comments about each other, this seems more like training for Cut Throat Kitchen than for Star. I am so tired of Giada's posturing and cleavage shots and Bobby's "I'm really too cool for this" vibe. I watched ten minutes and then changed channels. This will be the first season I haven't watched, but since it has gotten so silly, it isn't worth my time.

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