Star Commentary: Roasted, With a Side of Funny

by in Food Network Star, August 3, 2011
Vic Vegas
Vic Vegas and his roast

For the first time in seven seasons, Sunday night’s episode of Star featured a panel of comedic guest judges brought on to roast the remaining five contestants and their food — aptly, variations on the classic roast. This unique challenge elicited mixed reactions from the passionate and opinionated commenters on Food Network’s Facebook page and our Star blog.

While some of you found the roast to be “clever and different” and “a brilliant idea,” one viewer argued that typically “you roast people who are at the top of their game, not people struggling to get a start” in the industry. Another commenter worried that the roast would simply involve mindless “heckling,” although upon watching the episode, many found that the comedians offered “insightful” remarks and “were able to give the best feedback in terms of audience likeability.”

And while the challenge proved too much for Whitney, one commenter noted, “If you can't take the heat, now's the time to jump out of the frying pan! It's simply a test.”

What did you think of the roast challenge? Was it fair for the finalists to be judged by non-food people? Join the conversation on Facebook and Star Talk, and tune in Sunday at 9pm/8c to see who can withstand the pressure of Kitchen Stadium.

Who’s your favorite finalist so far? Cast your Fan Vote up to 10 times per day.

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Comments (41)

  1. Yanick says:

    This show has jumped the shark. Time for that idiot Susie Fogelson to be fired.

  2. You know, I think that your writing style is now starting to give you away. You might want to change it up a bit. You are the reason FN blocked the post! Be civil or be shut down.

  3. Guest says:

    How ironic that Gilbert Gottfried was served duck, especially since he was still the voice of the AFLAC duck at the time of this filming.

    Sort of a character cannibalism going on there.

  4. Taketo says:

    Why can't FN get Michelle Obama to appear as a guest judge? Top Chef manage to do it.

  5. Guest says:

    In the picture above, why does Vic have black marks running down his arms? is it some sort of disease picked up from cooking bad food like Lachunga?

  6. Dear "Guest(s)", it is clear that the FN channel is shutting down the blogs/posts mostly because of you. The defamitory/racist/hate comments need to stop. NOW! Otherwise, they will take away our toy (so to speak). Please come back when you can give us a name which you can own (and not change every second) and speak in a civil tone on a subject. You know, there are other blogs which would welcome your kind of ...., but it doesn't apply here.

    • vert2013 says:

      I don't understand why FN doesn't just block their IP address. It's rather annoying to have a civil debate shut down because of some pig headed idiots.

  7. Harry Y says:

    The drama on this board is just like the drama FN created on the show.

  8. Sue M. says:

    Please Food Network figure out how to block the trolls. Perhaps your "reality" programming has drawn them out from under their bridge.

  9. bob says:

    Susie Fogelson is loving this. She managed to draw a new breed of viewer by creating drama. Why to go you idiot!

  10. Have you weighed yourself lately, Guest? Sorry, but you are sick and I expect that this blog will be shut down shortly.