So, this week's episode of Food Network Star seems so long ago already that I can't remember what happened. Good thing I took notes, huh? :)
Viet is up to bat first. He is shown a pan of sauteed peppers to use in his sandwich, but once the cameras start rolling, the peppers have vanished. All he can do is say, 'where are the peppers?" over and over and over again, like the mere fact that the peppers he once saw were now gone is messing with the synapses in his brain.
Half of the rest of the contestants handle things much better (and the other half does not). Russell just keeps on rolling as if nothing happened when the lights go out on him. Stacey makes do with a fork when the whisk she wants to use goes missing. Chad isn't quite as successful and lets Terrence's coughing fit take over the segment.
Overall, Rodney's performance impresses Giada the most and she gives him an advantage in the next challenge - "4th of July Live," an obviously fictional 45 minute show. Each Wannabe is assigned a cooking station by Rodney, who tries to match his opponents to their weaknesses.
There are 15 minutes for prep, but all of the actual cooking will be on "live" television. Most folks are in the studio, but Chad is outside at a vegetable stand with Farmer Lee Jones, and Stacey is paired with adorable lesbian butcher duo, Amelia Posada and Erika Nakamura of Lindy & Grundy.
Rodney doesn't do much better. He's making something with meringues. He's from Baltimore, and should know better than trying to make meringue in July, but hey, it's probably March and he's in LA and Pie Style knows no boundaries. His "live" caller wants a suggestion for a no-bake dessert, and Rodney babbles something about whipped topping and uses the word "sucker" at least twice while I'm shouting, "rice pudding! tapioca! watermelon!" at the TV. Whipped topping? As in Cool Whip? Sucker.
Nikki is making fried chicken for the very first time in her life, but she does a good job of sounding authoritative. Russell has reverted to his quiet, brooding self, but when Alton asks him to do a cut to commercial, he suddenly gets a personality.
On to Chris, who is making cole slaw and seems to know what he's talking about. Finally, Stacey does a bang-up job of making Lindy and Grundy seem like the real stars of her segment.
The "show" is over and the contestants put their dishes out for tasting. Alton, Bobby, Giada, and Tushface heap their plates with the offerings and prepare side dishes of Pepto Bismol and Tums.
After both the food and personalities were taken into account, Stacey is declared the winner, despite seeming a little "too perfect." (Whatever that means.) Chad, Nikki, Chris, Rodney, and Damaris are safe, leaving Russell and Viet on the bottom. While Viet is cute and charming and a great cook and all that, he just doesn't come off well on-screen. Russell has his occasional bright moment, which saved his bacon.
Posted on Minxeats.com.