Every week, Alton Brown is joining the Star Talk roster to talk about the most-recent elimination and the thoughts behind each difficult decision from the judges' perspective.
It's no surprise that this is my favorite episode this season — it's Food Network Star, Cutthroat style! The evilicious game play conjured new weaknesses and strengths from the finalists, and when the smoke cleared from both heats, Emma and Christopher were clearly at the top of the heap while Chris, Loreal and Kenny were sucking wind and hoping for survival. Each had serious issues on the plate and in their presentations, but it was clear to Bobby and I that the time for Kenny to go had come.
Based on previous evaluations, he knew he needed to stretch himself culinarily and he did dare to be different with his breakfast parfait. Problem is, it just wasn't good despite the fact that Kenny was facing zero sabotages. His story was equally disconcerting to me, as he missed major opportunities to bring it to life with positive emotions and memories. I can't speak for Bobby, but I just don't feel Kenny has enough culinary skill to be a Food Network Star no matter how great his "front of house" skills may be.