Brett August, a native New Yorker and executive sous chef at Doral Arrowwood Hotel in Rye Brook, New York, didn’t think he would be leaving The Next Food Network Star in week 2. He struggled with the Esquire challenge in which he was supposed to create a recipe for the magazine’s “Recipe for Men” section and was consequently sent home. And if he had the chance to redo the challenges from the second episode, August reveals that he would have made different dishes.
“I needed to infuse my personality into the dishes I made, not just into the presentation of them. However, I was glad that my high energy level came across during the Esquire presentation, even if Bob Tuschmann referred to my presentation as ‘landing on Planet Brett.’ I can think of worse places to land,” August wrote on his blog.
In spite of a few mishaps, August wouldn’t change how he presented himself on The Next Food Network Star.
“I’m high energy, quirky and bring 110 percent of my personality and energy to everything that I do. I’m also brutally honest. Even though I think my honesty hurt me during the elimination, I would not have wanted to come across as fake or disingenuous.”
“Being eliminated may have been a huge disappointment, but competing on The Next Food Network Star was an amazing opportunity,” he added. “Looking back on the experience, I wish that America had the opportunity to experience who Brett really is in the kitchen and what he can deliver on-camera. Most of all, I wish I could have proven to the judges that I do have what it takes to be The Next Food Network Star.”
Last night, The Next Food Network Star sent home Eddie Gilbert, making him the third contestant eliminated on the show. Be sure to check back this week for more updates and episode previews!
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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