I know, this is the board for Top Chef and the one that isn't greatly enamoured of the Food Network in general. That said, what do you think of the prospects of this year's Next Food Network Star program? I'm asking this now as the first show premiere's tomorrow, Sunday, night.
For me, well, recently on my blog I put up a two-minute preview video and a list of the bios. And then i wrote about how, despite what's happened in the past seasons, this year's really looks like it might finally kick into high gear. I base this on what I've seen so far including bios that are the most heavy of any of the previous years with a combination of cooking experience and/or some kind of media experience.
Let's put it this way. We all love our cooks to be chefs and our chefs to be the best. That said, look at couple of the visiting judges on Top Chef this year. Koren Grieveson was boring as hell. Rick Tramonto was referred to on this board the other day as either "Mr. Excitement" or a bit of an ass -- either way you can you would never ever want to work for the guy, you can tell just by looking.
So just being a star chef doesn't mean riveting television. I would want neither of them doing a food show that's for sure. And they're just the tip of the iceberg. So it takes kitchen skills and a certain personality too to be on television successfully which NFNS targets on..
So are you going to give this season of NFNS a chance? And how do you think it will do?