During their hour, Vic gravitates toward Buon Italia because it fits his concept of All-Italian, All the Time. Jeff checks out sandwiches at Friedman's Lunch, and Susie is tasting anything she can put in her mouth. Her giant belch at the end is pretty amusing, but then she's never struck me as ladylike.
Back at the studio, Mary Beth is sure she has an advantage in this challenge because she's good with words. She's also easy to please.
Mary Beth talks about a crepe and I swear it sounds like she's calling it "crap." Gotta roll that "r"! Whitney, who also had a crap, I mean crepe, has to change the spiel she rehearsed in her head because Mary Beth took all of her good descriptors.
Speaking of which...the challenge this week is to put a spin on an "entertaining staple" - the roast. Not in my house - as much entertaining as I have done over the past 20 years, I've put a slab of meat in the oven exactly twice. Anyhoo, Jeff's advantage is that he gets to assign the proteins. He gives Whitney a crown roast of pork, Vic a prime rib, duck to Mary Beth, leg of lamb to Susie, and takes a rump roast for himself. I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere but I haven't yet had my coffee.
Back at the Flatotel, we see Susie having doubts about herself so she calls her sister for a
The next day, the Wanna-bes meet Bobby at the venue. He's standing in front of a sign that reads "Food Network Roast" and tells them that not only will they be preparing meat, they are also going to be roasted by a bunch of
Jeff has done comedy before, and thinks that performing in front of professional comedians is a lot of pressure. But he's not there to be funny - he's there to become a Food Network
Susie wants her dead father to feel honored to have a child like her. But I don't know how that's gonna happen since he's DEAD.
Vic goes first, serving up a huge slab of perfectly cooked prime rib. Aubrey Plaza says she's scared of his food and is not sure how to eat it. Vic, always the gentleman, volunteers to cut it up and feed it to her. Because she's cute. Anthony Anderson then tells Vic he's scared, too, but for some strange reason, Vic doesn't offer him the same service.
Mary Beth goes next, and after having issues with her duck, it's nice to see that everyone loved it. But while they enjoy the food, her academic blather bores the comedians. Anthony Anderson offers a backhanded compliment, saying "Food Aficionado" would be a better title for her show.
The suddenly terrified Jeff is next, but we don't get to see his presentation because there's a commercial break. One of the spots is for Caesar's Palace in Vegas, where apparently Bobby Flay routinely comes out to talk to Mesa Grill patrons. Then why didn't he come out and talk to Mr Minx and I when we were there in 2005? It was my birthday, dammit. Now I feel slighted.
Susie then comes out and serves her lamb with root vegetables, which Anthony Andrews calls the most flavorful dish of the day. She charms everyone with her story about growing up in Michoacán, Mexico, and how she comes from a family of migrant workers. And hey, did you know her father is DEAD? E-fricken-nuff already!
Later, in the Evaluation Chamber, Bobby compliments the group by saying that their food was at the high level expected from a Food Network Star. So I have to ask: where does Sandra Lee and her packaged taco seasoning fit in among the crown roasts of pork and duck with blackberry sauce?
As always, Susie is complemented up and down, with Flay calling her
Vic is questioned about his persona. Tushface doesn't want to see him morphing back and forth from Mama's Boy to Vic Vegas. Bobby suggests the he use his birth name and just be Vic
Bride of Fogelstein then raves about Jeff and his presentation and his
The best performers this week were Vic, Susie, and Jeff. Sexy Jeff gets the win. This leaves Mary Beth and Whitney up for elimination. Remember back in week 1 I predicted that Whitney, Jeff, and Orchid were going to be the final three? Well, so far I have gotten 2 out of 3 wrong....
A shame. I liked Whitney, live parents and all.
Next week- Iron Chef!
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