“He Missed Major Opportunities.” — Alton’s Post-Star Rundown

by in Judges, June 15, 2014

Alton's Post-Star Rundown, Episode 3Every 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.Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Jet Tila

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Comments (59)

  1. Carol says:

    I despise Cutthroat Kitchen, so incorporating it into an episode of the show ruined it for me. However, this had no bearing on who got cut. I just had to express my opinion. I thought the judges made the right choice in who got cut. I would just like to see some more realistic scenarios for what they might experience as a chef. I can't imagine when that would include cooking in a kichen the size of a dollhouse.

    • Louise says:

      I don't think Food Network knows what realism means, only ratings.

    • Robert says:

      Carol - you're not the only one that would like some more realistic scenarios - I also would like to see the same thing. In fact, I'd like to see perhaps for those who are the remaining top 5 finalists one episode in which they go to the famous Farmer's Market and have their promos done there after they shop for the ingredients they need at the market. I remember one previous season in which Guy Fieri was the guest mentor helping the finalists put together their promos on-site at that very market, and I am positive that Lenny, Nicole, Emma, Loreal and Christopher would benefit from it.

  2. lg says:

    I love Alton Brown, but do not like cut throat kitchen. The premise just doesnt work and I don't watch it. Find something els alton! You are awesome!

  3. PurpleTeeth says:

    Actually, Alton is probably one of the top three personalities on Food Network. He takes an intelligent, insightful and FUN approach to cooking. You can keep your Bobby Flay and Rachel Ray. Either leaves me cold.