Team Giada: Down to Four

by in Food Network Star, May 29, 2012

Team Giada held strong in the first two episodes. Week one, Josh Lyons made it successfully through the pitch room, and then the team took home a win in week two's food tour challenge. Giada still had all five of her finalists going into week three — but not for long.

After ending up in the bottom of the Chopped desserts challenge, Josh faced the Producers' Challenge once again, and this time Giada's pitch-room plea wasn't enough to save him from elimination. Bob and Susie thought that as the front man of a rock band, Josh would be more comfortable in the spotlight, but he continued to stumble over his presentations. "I think he's talented," said Giada. "I just don't know that he was ready for this."

Hear more from Giada, Susie and Josh in his exclusive exit interview. Do you think it was Josh's time to go?

Flip through Josh’s Star Scrapbook and more behind-the-scenes photos from Episode Three.



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Comments (130)

  1. Cindy F says:

    I think my problem is why bother having a cook-off challenge in the end and pretending that is what they will base the person going home on when a more important quality is just keeping the teams even. They should just be honest and state it is just one small part of a much larger overall decision.

    Based on the cook off challenge, Martie should have gone home. Her food tasted bad and she never even announced what she cooked in the actual presentation. She just ended it with a quick "oh yeah, this is what I cooked" and held it up without even a mention of what it was or what was in it.

    Granted, I am not too upset about Josh leaving either. Although I liked watching him screw up in the kitchen and his destructive chaotic nature was entertaining, that is definitely not the right reason to stay on the show. He was just lucky he made it to episode three. Since the first week he stayed simply cause Cristie did worse (not that he did great) and the second episode he remained only because his team saved him cause without the win, he would have been in the bottom two again.

  2. Lauren says:

    Wait a an Iron Chef America challenge BOBBY FLAY jumped up on the cutting board?????? BOBBY FLAY, the reserved, the neat, the careful, the exacting? Jumping on the counter on the CUTTING BOARD? You're kidding, Dinner For One, right? when was THAT show aired? I'd like to see it. Do you remember what the secret ingredient was?

    • Jerilee says:

      2000 in New York. The secret ingredient was rock crab. It was an Iron Chef special.

      • FanFare57 says:

        You are amazing Jerilee. You're like the Food Network Encyclopedia.

        • Jerilee says:

          Thanks, but it's a modern piece of technology called Google. I just look it up!! One of my recently learned computer skills!!!

  3. Lauren says:

    Oh was more than a decade ago. Ok, i wouldn't remember that. But ya must remember, Bobby was probably a LOT younger then, and he probably had JUST gotten on to the show. How old IS Bobby, anyway? He doesn't look very old.

    • Jerilee says:

      Bobby was born December 10, 1964. He is a 4th generation American of Irish descent.

  4. Suzy says:

    Why is Chef Chris' defamatory reply to loril7 still posted? This post has been Reported.

  5. cindy says:

    All I can say is Giada has to go. Both from the Star Callenge and her show. Her food is worthless and I can't stand watching her chew with her mouth open as she does on every show. WHO in her past forgot to teach her basic manners?

  6. Frank Demeo says:

    You're right, cindy...Giada is definitely attractive. She's not 20 years old anymore but, she has a great rack and a nice figure. Girl is a hottie. She is an asset to the Network.

    • LISN says:

      ...Another Neanderthal heard from on a most important topic.

    • SouthernFoodie says:

      You agreed with cindy who said said Giada had to go. If you like her for whatever reason, that is cool. I look at her with culinary methods. I could care less about her "rack". If I wanted that kind of inspiration I would watch one of the porn sites on my network.

    • SouthernFoodie says:

      You're right, cindy...Giada is definitely attractive. She's not 20 years old anymore but, she has a great rack and a nice figure. Girl is a hottie. She is an asset to the Network.

      Do you think this is making your credibility any better? We are on here to discuss food not sex. That is for another site my friend.

  7. FanFare57 says:

    FYI: You comments are inflammatory - IMO.

  8. Rick says:

    My issue is not with Josh but with Giada herself. Maybe he would do better without Giada constantly flirting with him or hitting on him.

    Personally I am a very laid back person, not much bothers me, very little offends me. That said, in this season of the show, Giada has continually flirted with Josh, so much so that it's inappropriate and verges on offensive. Personally, if my wife behaved toward another man the way that Giada has behaved toward Josh, I would be suspicious of an affair. Personally I hope that Todd doesn't watch this series.

    Giada's behavior in this season of Next Food Network Star and the seeming change in her level of professionalism has almost made me not want to watch her other shows.

    • Frank Demeo says:

      Dude.....Go back and watch the episodes....I didn't see ANYTHING that implied flirting. She was especially friendly....which can be seen as suspect.....but not even close to flirting. Girl has an outgoing personality and that's who she is....but hardly qualifies for flirting. When was the last time a girl flirted with you?

    • FanFare57 says:

      You would be upset with your wife if she laughed when she found another man to be funny? I did not notice flirting between Giada and anyone. I think you males have some sort fixation on Ms. Delaurentis.

  9. SouthernFoodie says:

    I am a Food Network addict. I have met Guy and Paula in person. I have not been disappointed as both experiences have been amazing and made me bigger fans of them both. I have watched every season of Food Network Star. The issues I have with the network is with Rachel and Giada. I watch both of them on a regular basis but if they were on Food Network Star, neither would have made it. I am seriously surprised to see Giada as a judge when she on her own show fails her and others criticism given to potential contestants. While I find her recipes interesting, I find her to be rude and pretentious. I am very disturbed at the choices and "help" she has made toward her team in this season of Food Network Star. She seems to be flirty with the male selections on her team. Her eyes light up when each of them are up for presentation. Especially with Josh. I am very uncomfortable with scenes with her and Josh.

    Rachel is better at being a talk show host than a cook as she has no culinary experience. She doesn't have a degree or have any sort of restaurant. She only started producing products after her fame on Food Network. I make 30 minute meals every night in my home. I realize that there are lots of people that she reaches who are new to cooking but she doesn't do anything for me. Also, the making up your own words is completely annoying. I just don't get her as being sincere. I am southern so it may be a regional thing. In conversations with others, I find my opinion is the same. When the contestants from Food Network Star appear on her show she is completely rude to them.

    • Frank Demeo says:

      It's probably the southern thing. I know when I was down there, I got a lot of snickering, dirty looks and whispers wherever I went (There were a couple of exceptions though.). They don't seem to like Italians from "the city" a whole lot there. Which really, is fine by me. I don't like southern food or accents so, definitely not the place for me to be. I was house sitting for a month ....and that month could not go by fast enough. I wanted out.

      Also, I think Giada is a hottie and is one of the reasons I even tune to the Food Network. Not surprised she "doesn't do a thing" for you, seeing as how you are a southern woman. You probably downright borderline hate her.

      • SouthernFoodie says:

        I don't hate her at all. Just making observations on what I was watching on Food Network. Us Southerners try to be accepting to all as we are tempt to overlook most faults but there are some that seem to rub us the wrong way. I was simply voicing my opinion which is just that. You seem to want to make my opinion wrong. It was only my opinion and as a Food Network foodie who watches their shows on a regularity basis, I thought they might want to know.

      • Athena says:

        Way to stereotype us southerners there, Frank! I live in the South and I don't care about Giada one way or the other. To me, she is just another cooking person on a TV show.

        • Frank Demeo says:

          There are always exceptions. Sometimes, stereotypes are in fact, true though. As an Italian American, I can tell you that yes....some of us wear to much jewelry, cologne & need to stop going to tanning salons! Also, I hate Jersey Shore!!! Those clowns are an embarrassment to decent Italians!

          • Sandy says:

            I daresay EVERY race has some folkses within it that can be an embarassment. Its kinda like having the one family member that you don't really want to introduce to anyone as being in your family...but there they are! And then some people try to judge the whole family by the one "strange" family member.

    • Sandy says:

      Wow...I just don't see ANY way in which Giada was flirting with Josh or any of the men. Seemed like she was kinda happy for Josh to leave on the last round becuz all her counsel towards him just didn't help & it was frustrating for her.

      Giada picked Martita to be on her team & Martita is really very attractive so Giada certainly didn't seem to just try to pick good looking men. I think Giada is a bit too thin looks-wise but I like her behavior on FNS....seems friendly with her team, a strong go getter competitiveness in wanting to win, and looks like shes enjoying herself. GOD bless her.

      There are sooo many different styles & personalities on FNS so none of us have to suffer thru anyone's show if it is that bothersome.

      I'm a Southerner. And female.

  10. Nancy says:

    I hope Linke Marsis will be able to win and get her own show making cakes. She is very good and has the best personality of any of the contestants.

    • Food Fan says:

      We haven't seen all of what Linkie can do. I'm betting she's quite good at alot more than desserts. She had a great night on the chopped episode! And she seems down to earth and real. I feel there is more to this one than what we've seen yet.
      Still anybody's game.

      • MamselleMandy says:

        I knew Linkie in college. We weren't close, but we had a lot of mutual friends. She's actually not "ditzy" at all (as some bloggers have said). She comes off as being very intelligent and is one of the most remarkable people I've ever met. I would pay $100 to anyone who's ever met Linkie and could say a single negative word about her. You just can't...