Who will be the Next Food Network Star?

Watch Season Three to find out!  And if you missed it, catch the recap on FoodNetwork.com by clicking here.  Ok, I missed it.  I didn't realize it was on again.  I also have to admit that I like Bravo's version of this food based competition (Top Chef) better. 

I haven't been that big of a fan of the past winners (sorry Guy Fieri.)  No one even remembers the "Hearty Boys."  I think what doomed those two from season one was the title of their show.  The food was catering food, not hearty food.  They were companions, not brothers.  The title misled the viewers.  We didn't quite know what to expect when we were watching the show.

And, while I like Guy's (season two's winner) attempt to match the title with the show, his food isn't really something new.  I also don't really like any cooking show that enlists the help of innocent bystanders into the cooking process.  If I cook a meal for someone, I do it for them.  I don't make them help cook, too.  It kind of defeats the purpose. 

Maybe this next batch of competitors will be up to my high standards of Food Network personalities.  Want to meet the new contestants?  Click here.

Who do you think stands out as a major competitor?


And the winner is: Tyler Florence

With the South Beach Food Network Awards over and done with, it's now onto the more important question; which male Food Network chef is the hottest?

The winner, not surprisingly, is Tyler Florence with 46% of the votes.  Not bad for a guy who makes the "ultimate" dish.  I guess HE is the ultimate dish.  OK that was a really bad joke and I apologize.

I was a bit surprised to see that Alton Brown, perhaps my favorite male chef, came in second with 21% of the total vote.  Maybe everyone really likes all of his gadgets...I think I'll leave that one alone.

Here are all of the results:

  1. Tyler Florence  46%

  2. Alton Brown  21%

  3. Bobby Flay  13%

  4. Dave Lieberman  10%

  5. Guy Fieri  8%

  6. Duff Goldman 2%

Poor Duff brought up the rear.  Maybe his explosions are only contained within the kitchen.

Do you disagree with the poll?  If so, feel free to let me know your thoughts.

This week's poll is along the same vein.  It's time for you to weigh in on the women.  Which female chef is the sexiest?


Football party help from the Food Network

footballNow this may surprise a couple of people who know me, but this weekend I actually found myself catching a couple of minutes of some football games.  OK I was stuck at an airport for five hours and didn't really have anything to do, so I popped my head into the bar.  But when I caught some of the game, I was enjoying myself.  I don't usually watch football or any sporting event for that matter.  People got so into that stuff, that I began to cheer with the rest of them.   

With playoffs in gear and Superbowl Sunday just around the corner, the Food Network helps you plan your parties by giving you some football munchies for those hoop and holler games.  Football week for the Food Network comes along in the beginning of February, but what if you need help now for those equally important playoff parties?  Don't fear, the Food Network website is here!  You can find yummy food bites and fun tips from Guy.  My personal favorite tip from Guy is tip number 3:

  • Consider setting up two televisions: one for the die-hard football watchers, and another for the social viewers.

What a great idea!  I've never heard of that before.  This way, when no touchdowns are happening and I'm a little lost on flags and penalties or whatnot, I can drift off to the non-sports fan tv and talk about non-related things like what recipe I made without disturbing the people who are arguing about whether one toe was in or two. 

Check out more tips from Guy and other fun things at the Food Network's website.

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