One thing I noticed right off the bat is that not very many of these contestants are really that enjoyable to watch. Food Network seems so intent on trying to find over-the-top characters that they really just brought in a bunch of a-holes and d-bags without really caring how much talent they have for cooking. There are so many contestants that I honestly don't remember all of them or their names, but let me try to give a couple examples of what I'm talking about. Chris: Stereotype immature frat boy who wanted to buy beer on a team shopping trip and make his teammate buy less expensive chocolate for her dessert dish. Penny: A decidedly unsexy "sexy" chef who seems to think she gets paid by 1. how often she insults other constestants and 2. uses the word "sexy" awkwardly in every sentence. Vic Vegas: Dude looks like Vin Diesel, retarded tattoos and wears shirts that he got out of Guy Fieri's closet. Howie Drummond: Radio morning show host who again has douchey tattoos and admits up front he doesn't have talent for cooking (WHY THE EFF IS HE ON THE SHOW?). There were 2 or three contestants that weren't so terrible (Jeff and Orchid), but it's going to take a while before the wheat is separated from the chaff. That's why watching all of these cooking and camera challenges is going to be so brutal.
For the first cooking challenge the only requirement is that the contestants have 45 minutes to make a breakfast that "represents who they are". My first thought was that this was such a garbage challenge. If this were Top Chef (the show that FNS is blatantly copying here) their is no way the cheftestants would be handed such an easy challenge for a quickfire. If there was a quickfire with such loose parameters on Top Chef the expectations for the dishes would be incredibly high. It's obvious that Food Network is admitting that their potential "stars" are lacking a lot more in the talent department. There was nothing remarkable about the challenge itself, but it seems that some of them seem more polished in front of the camera while presenting dishes. However, some of them like Juba (Yes, that's his name) are painfully, seizure inducing bad. It is also noticeable that several of the women contestants might become incredibly grating over the course of a season. I'm looking at you Katy.
The elimination challenge had them team up in groups of 3 to shoot promos for their potential shows and make a 4 course tasting menu for the judging panel and a group of media "superstars" like
|Bye bye, Howie!|