Fan Post of the Week — Star Commentary

by in Food Network Star, June 20, 2012

In cooking for this week’s Star Challenge, Team Bobby’s Michele Ragussis was not exactly happy as a clam. She decided to create New England clam chowder as part of her team’s American-inspired seafood spread, and was banking on picking up a few bags of chopped clams — those that have already been cleaned, shucked and diced. However, as Star luck would have it, the market only had fresh clams in stock, forcing Michele to accept the trouble and time of prepping them herself.

On top of that, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian stopped by with a mid-challenge secret-ingredient surprise, and asked that one finalist from each team work chicken livers into his or her dish. Michele took one for Team Bobby and accepted that task, choosing to adorn her chowder with a chicken liver toast. A bit overwhelmed by the amount of work to be done, Michele said, “I get stuck with chicken livers and I still have to shuck my own clams, so it’s just gonna take me forever.”

Though time-consuming and perhaps even downright annoying to use in a two-hour challenge, the fresh clams may have been Michele’s chowder’s best feature. The judges appreciated the natural flavors of the shellfish and complimented her use of such fresh ingredients. In fact, Susie Fogelson called the dish “one of the best chowders I’ve had.” She praised its texture and taste, saying, “I love the use of the clams. I love the creaminess of it. It’s got tremendous flavor.”

Star viewer Michelle Dee earned our Fan Post of the Week with her comment on Food Network’s Facebook page. She predicted that the fresh clams were indeed the best clams for Michele to use, even remembering that judges prefer fresh ingredients above all else. After all, no one wants to relive Orchid Paulmeier’s canned-oyster fiasco from last season of Star.

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Comments (145)

  1. retiredvermonter says:

    Martita survives? Come on! Gag!

  2. Letticej says:

    I LOVED last year's's why - There were NO teams!! I love the judges and coaches...but you lose the excitement and fire when you work in your comfy groups with coaches at hand. The answer...give viewers what they want...A real competition...Lose the teams, coaches and let the real games begin!!

  3. AMK says:

    I don't think forcing the contestants to reveal very personal information about themselves is appropriate. I doesn't make me want to watch someone more to know they had to dumpster dive for food as a kid.
    Michele was chopped, don't know about 24 hr restaurant. She always looks dirty and unkempt and her food isn;t that inspiring. I wouldn't eat at her restaurant and wouldn't watch her show.

  4. ajwain says:

    I don't understand why it's so important to drill the contestants about their backgrounds. In Emily's case, she didn't want to talk about it. Did it EVER occur to either of you with your golden spoons to consider that maybe, just maybe Emily didn't have a happy childhood other than her mom she mentions? Maybe she was abandoned, abused or raped. For God sake...let the "personal" part of their life be left alone and focus on the cooking concept and talent. Their person life is no one's business but their own.

  5. Alix says:

    I wouldn't watch a show with Nikki in it. I can barely stand to look at her on this competition She's a black eye
    for every woman out there, as she's the archetype for a bitter old maid.