About Last Night

by in Behind the Scenes, June 6, 2011
Food Network Star Judges My fellow judges agreeing with everything I say.

What did you think? Pretty good premiere, right? Let’s dive right in to the deep end and talk about my impressions of the finalists. Then, I want to hear yours. Let me warn you – I reveal last night’s eliminated finalist in this post. If you don’t want to know who went home, then you shouldn’t read.

Vic. His tattoos make him look tough, but there’s a sweetness to him that jumps off the screen. He’s likable and when Bobby commented that he makes you, “want to know more about him” – well, I couldn’t have said it any better.

Alicia. When we questioned her on her accent, we had no idea that she would take it the way she did. She sounded like a Valley Girl -- I didn’t think saying so was insulting. Were we wrong? And by the way, I was taken completely by surprise by the immense disdain between her and Penny – more to come there, later.

Orchid. Warm, engaging and the camera loves her. Her food was to die for. It may sound cliché, but I can’t wait to see how this orchid blossoms. I know – that was a bit cringe-worthy.

Whitney. I like her confidence. Camera loves her. She has a slight edge to her which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We’ll see how it shakes out.

Jeff. Funny guy. Can be a bit over the top. Warm. Love the sandwich POV – accessible, everybody loves him (if he can bring something new to the game). Sandwich King? We’ll see.

Mary Beth. Food Writer + Former Attorney = Smart. Love that. But can she bring warmth and humor to the screen? Can the food writer be a food star? Jury is way out.

Chris. Loud and a bit “frat boyish.” He has a lot of work to do. Right now, I’m having trouble coming up with something more to say about him. That’s not good.

Susie. She’s a spitfire. Love her personality (and what a story). But I’m confused about by her POV. I need to see more of HER in it.

Katy. Boy am I confused. She wants to be a thousand things. This may work in her life, but not on TV. All those props illustrated the problem. I need a simpler, clearer, stronger POV and persona.

Justin D. Seems nice and smart, but so far hasn’t left a big impression.

The Other Justin. Memorable – for good and bad reasons. Anybody else thinking Avatar? Confident cook. There’s an expert, passionate guy there – but NOT on camera. Flat.

Juba. Such a likeable guy with an interesting POV – until he gets on camera. Like ‘The Other Justin,’ persona is not translating on camera. Lots of work needed here.

Penny. She’s a tough personality, but she cooks great food. I wouldn’t want to get caught in her cross-hairs (Alicia), but I could eat her food all day. Just stop with all that “sexy” talk.

Jyll. Something I really like here. Funny, down to earth, warm. But her promo? Ouch. Teleprompters are evil. I’m withholding judgment because overall I see promise.

Howie. I always feel bad for the first to go. I really thought his success in radio would have translated into an advantage to get him further. Oh well.

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  1. mpark339 says:

    Just looking back at last seasons "Star" I was amazed and disappointed that Penny lasted in the competition as long as she did. Her style in food was very successful and I'm assuming that was her only saving grace. When she was cut I was relieved. Her constant mewing and complaining about Mary Beth really was nauseating. If that wasn't enough, she apparently was INVITED BACK on "Chopped" to compete with some of her former team on "Star". Again she started zooming in on Vic because he defeated her on "Star". Her personality, or lack thereof, the lack of humility and compassion for others really turns me off. Regardless of her standing, she'll always have someone she's zeroed in on.

  2. Anthony says:

    Bob ,you and susie truly ruined season 8th when you eliminated Ippy and kepted yvan,thus ending fnc for the 8th season .Thank Heavens you and susie are not real judges in reality,but on a reality show . Believe you me , you both would screw up THE SUPREME COURT ? You and susie should quit while you both ahead ,while you both still can from anymore embarassment decisions ?

  3. An English teacher says:

    On Sunday evening's show, Bob asked a contestant to be more "ratchet." I'm not sure if he is aware that in some areas, "ratchet" is an offensive word. As a high school teacher in So Cal, I hear my 12th grade students use the word to describe a female who is totally "ghetto." So, my students would have been shocked to hear that Bob asking someone to be more ghetto...