All Posts By Grant Dudley

Sandwich King

by in Food Network Star, August 15, 2011

We have a winner! Jeff Mauro is Food Network's Star. Congratulations, Jeff — you've earned every bit of your success. Fans, thank you so much for watching this season and for your participation here at the Star Blog. Good, bad and indifferent — you have let us know exactly what you're thinking. The team atRead more

And Then There Were 3 (Finale Bound)

by in Food Network Star, August 8, 2011

Mary Beth’s elimination was tough. I liked her so much! Her food may have been unremarkable (and I do understand that’s kind of the point), but her personality was sparkly. I think I was most taken with her genuineness — every word out of her mouth was honest and authentic. Even her parting words toRead more

Funny Business

by in Food Network Star, August 1, 2011

Brevity can be a good thing. With that in mind, my overall summation of last night's show is this: They laughed, Whitney cried, she went home — and we now have our final four! Jeff, Mary Beth, Vic or Susie: One of them is going to become Food Network's next star. If you were aRead more

The “Y”

by in Food Network Star, July 25, 2011

The judges made the absolute correct decision in sending Jyll with a y home. She performed well, but compared to the others she just wasn’t compelling enough. Even Whitney, who like Jyll with a y has been criticized for being too polished and not engaging enough, brought amazing energy to the Rachael Ray show. NeverRead more

Penny for Your Thoughts

by in Food Network Star, July 18, 2011

Right or wrong, good or bad — she made for great television. Every interesting story needs to have an antagonist, and wouldn’t you agree Penny filled that role perfectly? Whether you like to admit it or not, I bet that she brought many of you to your TVs week after week. Every Sunday you allRead more

Oh, Orchid.

by in Food Network Star, July 11, 2011

She’s gone and I’m sad. Was I surprised by her elimination? I wasn’t, but I still hated to see her go. She started off as a front-runner in this competition and a fan favorite. But something happened. She began to change in the last couple of episodes. Did she start to lose confidence? Was sheRead more

Holiday Recap

by in Food Network Star, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I hope you’re having an amazing weekend and that great food has been (or will be) included in your Independence Day celebrations. Enjoy! Now, about last night’s Star episode — this is what I’ve been left thinking: Justin D. – wow, what happened there? He got the boot and hisRead more

Code Blue

by in Food Network Star, June 27, 2011

Let me begin by stating the obvious: Paula is the absolute best. Any time I see her I just get the best feeling. Maybe it’s because I’m from the South and she reminds me of home, or maybe it’s simply because she is an amazing cook and I have enjoyed every buttery recipe she hasRead more

Week 3 – Done.

by in Food Network Star, June 20, 2011

We’re moving along at amazing speeds, aren’t we? Hard to believe that four finalists have already been sent packing. Isn’t the show getting better and better with every episode? My Sundays are complete when I have Star to watch. Let’s get this party started, shall we? So, last night had Team Robert fighting it outRead more

Double Trouble

by in Food Network Star, June 13, 2011

Were you surprised by last night’s double elimination curve ball? I certainly was. Bob and Susie are tricksters, aren’t they? But, let me tell you: I was not surprised that of all the finalists, Juba and Katy were the two sent packing. Juba was waaaaay out of his element. I was stunned to see howRead more