Paula’s Biggest Fan — Star Commentary

by in Food Network Star, July 4, 2012


As if the Miami sun wasn’t enough to heat up last week’s episode of Food Network Star, Paula Deen stopped by to attend the beach party the finalists threw for VIP guests at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. She and her son Bobby joined the mentors and network to taste and judge the remaining contestants’ dishes, and offer words of encouragement and constructive criticism to those who needed it.

No one had a better reaction to Paula’s arrival than Team Alton’s Martie. In one of the most endearing moments of the season, she became overcome with emotion and “is-this-real-life” thoughts, crying in the middle of the challenge, “This is a huge deal. I’m Martie Duncan from Birmingham, Alabama, and I’m cooking for Paula Deen!” Paula, too, became emotional during judging, saying that she “loved Martie the person” and “could identify with everything she said.” These two Southern gals were truly “birds of a feather,” as Martie put it.

Star viewer Arian @afgbruins21 couldn’t help but notice Martie’s over-the-top reaction to seeing and meeting the queen of Southern cuisine. “Dying Martie is fangirling over Paula Deen so hard I love it so cute #star,” she Tweeted, expressing the thoughts of the judges, mentors and fellow finalists, and earning our Fan Post of the Week.

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Comments (112)

  1. Naomi says:

    Please excuse my spelling errors on the above message...in the first line, the word "fro" should be "from", and on line ten, "COURTEST", should be "COURTESY"...I should have proofread before submitting...Please excuse the mistakes, but I hope I got my point across! Love all my fellow Food Network Star fans!!

  2. rxqak9 says:

    She needs to get real. The combo of Martha Stewart and Paula Dean is just too much

  3. Cindy says:

    I would love to see Marty cook up some Southern charm with Paula Deen as a guest on Paula's show. I have loved watching Paula for years and Marty was wonderful on FoodNetwork Star.

  4. Guest says:

    Loved Paula Deen, don't love Guy or Giada. Guy is cocky and a loud mouth, and Giada thinks she is above everybody else....I have seen her dirty looks to the contestants of Next Food Star. Bobby just thinks he is the best.....those 3 need to move aside and food network needs to bring Zarcarian, Alex G, and the sandwich king, to the forefront.....