“In the End, It Came Down to a Simple Question” — Alton’s Post-Star Rundown

by in Judges, August 3, 2014

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.

Click play on the video above to find out why Alton voted the way he did. (Spoiler alert: The latest finalist sent home is revealed in the video.)

 

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  1. Scott says:

    WooHoo for Lenny!!! Voted for him 30 times. He's cute, funny, and his food was almost always the best. Thank goodness for substance over style!

  2. Diane says:

    Food Network: It would be excellent if you went back to the finalist being chosen by Food Network people. You know what is particularly needed at the time and what will work. You strongly encourage your contestants to be genuine, yet Lenny McNabb seemed the least genuine contestant in the last several seasons. What did he mean he "worked on a chuck wagon for Years?" Letting the TV audience choose reminds me of when I saw a vintage television program a few years ago called 'Laverne & Shirley which had apparently been popular, but it seemed no funnier than Mr. McNabb. Only annoying. And I do not believe you have found a new Guy F. I watch Food Network for quality - both in food and chefs, not phoniness, slapstick & egotism. I trust and rely on your network and chefs as I do a lot of cooking for other people. Indeed several of your past winners (and runners-up) have gone on to be excellent & genuine resources while providing a lot of enjoyment, and I look forward each year to the possibility of someone new and exciting. However, this is an unexpectedly sad ending to this year's competition.

  3. XXXXXXX says:

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH DIANE AND I CERTAINLY WILL NOT BE WATCHING LENNY IN ANY OF FOODNETWORKS PROGRAMING. I DID NOT CAR AT ALL FOR DEMARIS EITHER AND AFTER THIS HER SHOW WILL NOT BE WATCH ANYTHING SHE IS ON. LUCA WAS CLEARLY THE WINNER IN MY BOOK. I READ ONE OF THE POSTS THAT HE VOTED 30 TIMES I ONLY GOT 10 VOTES AND THAT IS WHAT I USED.
    FOODNETWORK..........PICK YOUR OWN STARS ..........AMERICA IS WRONG................LENNY IS SO PHONY AND FULL OF HIMSELF THAT HONEY SOUTHERN DRIPPING FACADE ONLY GOES SO FAR.
    NOT THE LEAST BIT HAPPY...........NEXT FOODNETWORK STAR I PROBABLY WONT WASTE MY TIME WATCHING...............FINDING MYSELF WATCHING MORE AND MORE OF FOOD CHANNEL

  4. rebelwolf625 says:

    I don't think Alton was saying that the fix was in and Lenny was guaranteed a pilot. It sounds to me more like he liked Lenny's pov and personality and thought Lenny was going the distance. And he did say that Lenny could have lost it if, somehow, he 'shot himself off his own horse'.

  5. AJ Franklin says:

    I, for one, found Lenny to be a parody of a "cowboy cook." Nobody knows what makes this guy tick--but he stays in character real well. He couldn't teach a flea to eat and represents all that is wrong with audience polls.

    Sorry Nicole, you were too good for this anyway.