Articles for Food Network Star Season 4

On tonight’s episode of The Next Food Network Star, Bobby Flay greeted this season’s contestants and introduced the selection committee to them. First up was Susie Fogelson, VP of Marketing and Brand Strategy. Next was Bob Tuschman, Senior VP of Programming and Production. With their first challenge taking place almost immediately after they arrived, the contestants barely had any time to breathe before Alton Brown (host of Good Eats) walked in the room. First, with his guidance, the contestants had to stand in front of the camera and sum up their culinary point of view in one sentence. It was a lot easier said than done! Read more »
On the first episode of The Next Food Network Star’s latest season, we saw comedian Corey Kahaney, who has been on the reality series Last Comic Standing, was sent home after her team-up with Jeffrey resulted to cooking disasters.  By the end of the first episode, it was down to Corey and Lisa Garza, but it was Corey who was sent home.Now that The Next Food Network Star’s newest season is well underway, let’s put the spotlight back on our host, Bobby Flay, who is featured in the June 2008 issue of Guideposts magazine. Read more »
Previously on The Next Food Network star, we saw chef Robert Irvine waking up our contenders at the ungodly hour of 3 a.m. for a trip to Manhattan to test their food knowledge.  The contenders were split in groups of three, and they are tasked to search items and answer several trivia questions.  The winner for this challenge will bag a prize of nationwide exposure in USA Weekend magazine.As the contenders were getting ready for the day, they find that preparing for the challenge is quite a task in itself.  Kelsey‘s team was the first to get a wrong answer, and thus had to earn an ingredient by doing food preparation. Read more »
On tonight’s episode of The Next Food Network Star, the contestants must express themselves with a potato. They’ll be judged on creativity, taste, and how well they express themselves. They had 60 seconds to present themselves in front of the camera. Lisa completely misunderstood that her time had started and presented nothing about herself to the selection committee. Next, they’ll have only 30 minutes to shop for ingredients to create a product of their own to market in stores. Aaron runs into a problem in the store, when he can’t find any cayenne pepper … because Nipa swiped it all. Read more »
Adrien Sharp, who joined the third season of The Next Food Network Star, is taking another shot in the spotlight by appearing in two segments of TLC‘s Home Made Simple. Filmed two months ago in Miami, the weekly program centers on a family looking to simplify their homes and lives. The former participant of the Next Food Network Star will reportedly join two other experts, consisting of a carpenter and an interior decorator, to make the renovation happen."I talked to each family and did prep work one day, then showed them some meals they could prepare," Sharp, who revealed that this opportunity came on the heels of his stint on The Next Food Network Star, told Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of The Next Food Network Star, the contestants are thrown a curveball by guest Tyler Florence.  They were given 60 seconds to make a technique video for preparing food.  The aspiring television personalities were given everything from artichokes to pineapples and many choked up the pressure of a time restraint.  Kelsey followed the judges‘ advice from the previous week and tried to tone down her energy and appear more natural.  Her hard work paid off and Kelsey won the challenge.  Her technique video was shown on Food Network‘s home page for her prize. Read more »
Food Network, home of, well, The Next Food Network Star, attributed the show’s relatively massive haul in the ratings to reaching out to a brand new and younger audience demographic – that is, if you can call 43 ‘young.’ As the show premiered last Sunday, June 1, it allegedly topped in household numbers and adults 25 to 54 demographic.  The cooking show, premised on looking for someone who can ably host his / her own show on the Food Network, had nearly two million viewers in the 10 pm schedule, according to Nielsen Media Research.  It said The Next Food Network Star attracted a much younger audience with a median age of 43, which is at least seven years younger than last year’s debut. Read more »
On tonight’s episode of The Next Food Network Star, the contestants get a 3am wakeup call from Robert Irvine, host of Dinner: Impossible. They were divided into 3 teams and were sent to gather ingredients and answer food knowledge questions along the way. If they get it right, they can have their ingredient and move on. If they get it wrong, one team member earn the ingredient by doing food prep at the location. Despite a lack of culinary training, Adam, Aaron, and Jennifer pull off a win. Read more »
On tonight’s episode of The Next Food Network Star, the contestants are greeted by Cat Cora of Iron Chef America. She presents their next challenge: they’ll have 30 minutes to use the 6 ingredients in their baskets to create a dish. When they’re done, they’ll have to present their dish on camera. The winner will receive an advantage for the main challenge. The contestants are thrown a curveball when they must present the dish of a fellow competitor as the goal of the challenge is to test their ability to describe food. Jennifer continued to show her insecurities while Aaron felt uncomfortable presenting a dish that wasn’t his own. Cat ended up choosing Shane, who probably needed a good confidence boost. Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of The Next Food Network Star, Bobby Flay tells the contestants that they‘ll have to create a meal and demonstrate it on camera in just 4 minutes.  First, he delivers a message to them from Food Network personality Rachael Ray.   She lets them know that they‘ll be presenting on her show later on.  Before heading to Rachael‘s show, the contestants had to satisfy the palette of some very picky consultants - girl scouts.  Some of the chefs try to push their own ideas onto the kids from steak to cous cous but the kids had opinions of their own. Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of The Next Food Network Star, the final four contestants head off to Vegas and stay at the magnificent Caesar‘s Palace.  As soon as they arrive in their fabulous suite, they receive a note from Bobby Flay telling them to meet him downstairs at Mesa Grill.  When they arrive, they‘re greeted by Bobby and Food Network personality Paula Deen.  They all sit down for a meal and Paula shares her story with the contestants as to how she ended up becoming the huge star that she is.  It‘s not all pleasantries, though.  As soon as the meal is over, Bobby tells the final four that they‘ll compete in a throwdown and replicate their opponent‘s signature dish.  As if that wasn‘t enough, they‘d be interviewed, while cooking, by Dayna Devon of Extra. Read more »
The Next Food Network Star just concluded its fourth season last Sunday, smashing all records for Food Network and becoming the highest-rated and most-watched telecast in its history.  The finale began with the three remaining finalists returning to Food Network‘s New York City headquarters, where they learned they‘d each be creating a fully-produced pilot presentation for their respective shows.  Aaron McCargo Jr., the 36-year-old Thomas Jefferson University Hospital executive catering chef from Camden, New Jersey, was named this season‘s champ as he defeated 30-year-old former restaurateur Adam Gertler and 32-year-old restaurant owner Lisa Garza."It wasn‘t an easy road," Aaron said after his victory.  "I started doubting myself a lot.  But I made it, I‘m here, I‘m a star.  I wanted this so that everyone can know never give up on your dreams." Read more »
The Next Food Network Star champ, Aaron McCargo Jr., isn‘t the only one getting his own reality series on the Food Network.  Despite not being named the  winner, finalist Adam Gertler has also been awarded his own program. Gertler, a 30-year-old former restaurateur, server and actor from Philadelphia, was one of the three finalists on the recently concluded fourth season of The Next Food Network Star.  He and 32-year-old restaurant owner Lisa Garza lost to Aaron McCargo Jr. on Sunday‘s finale. Read more »
On tonight’s episode of The Next Food Network Star, the final three contestants meet up with Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri, the winner of The Next Food Network Star’s 2nd season. Bobby and Guy inform the final three that they’ll have to film a 30 second promo in a prominent Vegas location. When Lisa had to do hers on a cable in a gigantic wine tower, she lost her focus and stumbled through her video shoot. Aaron walked and talked on the floor of a Vegas casino, while trying to get over his fear of the camera. Adam struggled mixing his lines with the choreography he was given to perform with Vegas showgirls. Guy takes all three tapes and brings them back to the judges for evaluation, with all three nervous about the performances they turned in. Read more »
On last Sunday‘s episode of The Next Food Network Star, the final three contestants headed to Vegas where they met up with Bobby Flat and Guy Fieri.  They each had to complete a 30 second promo video, set in a prominent Vegas location.  The finalists also had to prepare a buffet to serve to some of the best entertainers in Vegas.  Aaron, Adam, and Lisa all had great moments but they also each struggled in key areas such as presentation and food preparation.  When it was time for the selection committee to deliberate, they could not reach a decision and, for the first time, decided to send all three to the finale.  Today, Aaron, Adam, and Lisa spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview, dishing on each other, the judges, and their best moments this season!  Read on to hear what they had to say. Read more »
On tonight‘s finale of The Next Food Network Star, it‘s down to the final three contestants - Adam, Aaron, and Lisa.  The finalists meet with Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson to find out that for their final challenge, they‘ll have to produce their own pilot, which will be shown in front of a studio audience and the selection committee.  They meet with super Food Network producer, Gordon Eliott, who gives them a little time to plan out their ideas before sitting down with him to discuss them.  Gordon likes Lisa‘s "beautiful basics" idea the best but wants to make sure that she doesn‘t come off as a know it all.  Gordon also wants Aaron to call his show "Big Daddy‘s Kitchen", after a nickname that his friends gave him.  Adam uses an internet angle to reach out to his viewers that Gordon seemed to love. Read more »
On last night’s season finale of The Next Food Network Star, Aaron McCargo Jr. was named the winner and his new show, tentatively titled Big Daddy’s Kitchen, is supposed to debut on the Food Network next week. Though some fans may have been surprised by the outcome, many were not as the Food Network accidentally revealed the winner last Thursday, three days before the finale actually aired. The site featured a video with the three finalists that included the name of the winning contestant’s show. Food Network publicist Lisa Krueger released a statement apologizing and still encouraged fans to tune in to the finale, saying that the show is full of twists and turns. Read more »
Food Network will soon be holding auditions for the fifth season of its highly popular competitive reality series, The Next Food Network Star. Following the recently completed fourth season, which saw Aaron McCargo, Jr. as the winner, the show is now looking for prospective chefs and home cooks who will showcase their outstanding culinary expertise for a chance to star on his or her own Food Network series.According to the network‘s press release, The Next Food Network is inviting professional and amateur chefs to apply beginning Friday, October 3 from 10am to 3pm in Washington D.C. at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Washington. Read more »