Next Food Network Star 6 Finale
Why does it seem like this season has been going on for years? Maybe because this was the weakest field of NFNS contestants to date. Of the twelve seven never stood a chance and an eighth was at best a dark horse. So that means there were only four legitimate contestants in the whole contest: Aarti, Brad, Tom and Herb. With the finale upon us three of those four remain – Aarti, Tom and Herb.
Many Tweeting the show and commenting on blogs across the Online have stated that they don’t really see anyone in this year’s cast that they think they could watch. In fact that seems to be the prevailing thought with most fans of the show. True there may not be another Guy Fieri in this group but for sure none of the final three are Aaron McCargo Jr or Amy Finley either. And let’s be honest, other than Guy, no one really watches the shows of NFNS winners.
Here are my thoughts on the final three contestants:
Aarti Sequeira – She has the most star potential. She brings something to Food Network that they have never had, an Indian chef. That is important because Bob Tuschman really wants an Indian show on the “big network.” But more than that Aarti has proven she has range. Throughout the competition she not only showed the flexibility of Indian cuisine but she also proved proficient in others having won challenges with Mediterranean, Spanish and Mexican dishes. Just think, Food Network hasn’t had a chef who’s specialty was an Asian cuisine since Ming Tsai. That was over a decade ago.
Herb Mesa – He is an immensely passionate person. His love for his family is something that I think everyone will take away from this season. In a country were many parents only go through the motions of parenthood, Herb attacks it with zeal. He is also a talented chef but unfortunately I think that the direction he wants to go, healthy food, is one that the Network has tried on many occasions with little success (see Kathleen Dahlman, Ellie Krieger and Juan-Carlos Cruz before he became a murder suspect). However, I think Herb’s point of view would make a highly successful show on the right network. I believe he is tailor made for Planet Green.
Tom Pizzica –What a fricking wild card! When Tom is on he is another Guy Fieri – humorous, stocky, funky hair and bold food. When he is off he just flat out sucks. Aarti I’d like to meet at a food bloggers conference, Herb I’d love to cook with but Tom . . . Tom I want to grab a beer with. He seems like the guy who’d sit through a marathon of South Park and then put in the movie. One thing is for sure, in his best challenge he made a potential employer out of both Bobby Flay and Todd English. I’d say he is already a winner.
Who do I think should win? After what we’ve seen this season I would have to say that Aarti has earned the win but not by much.
Who do I think will win? Again it is hard to go wrong with Aarti. Herb and Tom, though entertaining, do not bring anything new to the Network where as Aarti brings something they’ve never had and desperately want. Remember last year the race between Jeffrey Saad and Melissa D’Arabian was very close so ultimately, in my opinion, demographics decided the winner.
Thanks for playing:
Alexis Hernandez – went home week 1.
Doreen Fang – went home week 2.
Dzintra Dzenis – went home week 3.
Darrell “DAS” Smith – went home week 4.
Paul Young – went home week 5.
Brianna Jenkins – went home week 6.
Serena Palumbo – went home week 7.
Brad Sorenson – went home week 8.
Aria Kagan – went home week 9.
There was no real mystery in the final challenge; it’s how they always wrap things up. Each contestant shoots a pilot for their show concept while some Food Network star acts as the director. This year it was Rachael Ray. I highly doubt that the final challenge has ever really determined a winner. There’s the usual curtain call of former contestants and the seriously over played, mellow dramatic, extended pause before announcing the winner (seriously reality TV producers, that trick has gone stale).
So without further eloquence I would like to congratulate The Next Food Network Star . . .
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Congratulations to Aarti. Hopefully for season 7 I’ll be in her shoes or at least some that are similar to hers only in a size 13 extra wide. Until next year NFNS’ers!