Thoughts on “The Next Food Network Star”
I miss Top Chef (I think we all do), but in the meantime I have to confess that I got sucked into the last three episodes of The Next Food Network Star last Sunday night. After the season’s premiere, I thought I’d never sit through another episode of that show. I thought I wouldn’t be able to bear its Top Chef wannabe repertoire but somehow my TV tuned in to the Food Network for three…straight…hours. It’s too bad my reality food show fix came at the end of the season but I have to say, it was nice to see the outcome as soon as I got sucked in.
And maybe it’s just me (or the fact that I only watched four episodes total) but I was SHOCKED when they announced the winner.
Spoilers after the jump!
In the moments leading up to Bobby Flay crowning “The Next Food Network Star,” I was almost positive the judges would choose one Lisa Garza. But instead an excited Aaron McCargo Jr. was jumping out of his seat to claim the prize.
It’s not that I don’t think Aaron McCargo Jr. is an awesome and likeable kind of guy. In fact, I thought he kicked ass in the Throwdown challenge against Kelsey where he made a pretty darn delicious-looking Chicken Parmesan, all the while charming the E! reporter told to interview each contestant while they were cooking. It’s just that, Lisa Garza felt like the next Martha Stewart and I think that’s the kind of person the Food Network could use. They already have their “big daddy” character (Aaron’s new nickname) from their show “Down Home with the Neelys”.
Maybe Lisa Garza wasn’t the most relatable person there, but if you ask me, she is downright fascinating. Something about her was addicting to watch…and frankly, that’s why I kept watching the show itself. Isn’t that a quality you want in your next TV show star? I mean…it’s great to relate to someone, but I think that’s more important in day to day life then on TV. Not to mention, with Lisa Garza, I felt like my culinary imagination would have been stretched. She made more sophisticated dishes that I myself would never think of and even taught you something.
I mean, did you know what a sabayon was before Lisa Garza? (You’re probably a food blogger if you’re reading this, which means you probably did…but that’s besides the point.) Don’t you want to watch someone who knows what they’re talking about? The girl had fan clubs from the start of the show, and if you ask me, she should still have her own show. So here’s to Lisa Garza and to the Food Network for picking a semi-decent contestant to be on their show…but not choosing her as the winner.
I might watch Big Daddy’s Kitchen (Aaron’s show) once or twice, because I’m always curious how the reality television star converts to a regular star. And who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind about their decision if Aaron manages to suck me in.
But I think I’ll still like Top Chef better. I’m sorry, I just can’t help it.
Update 8/04/08: Looks like Adam Gertler got his own show too! I actually like Adam a lot so good for him, but poor Lisa Garza!