Anyone watching Next Food Network Star?
I like the cast this year a lot. I was iffy on the Pageant Girl and the Italian Stallion, but they seem to have actual culinary chops. I've noticed that some FN seasons they're doing it just because the show itself gets ratings and fills a gap, and some years they use it to build up a stable of potential stars. This year seems to be about building up a stable of potential stars. At this point, there are several I would watch and I think some of the non-winners could very well end up with show on FN's sister station. I like the cowboy and the butcher. I don't like farm to table girl.
I'm often very good at picking the winner of FN, but never good at whether their actual show would be very good. Loved Damaris on FN. Thought her show would be a sure-fire hit. It's awful; I've yet to get through a single show of hers. Thought Jeff Morrow as a winner was just dumb--who the hell wants a show about just sandwiches, but it's so good, it's one of the few shows where I've actually made something I've seen.
Early favorites? Early ones you want to push under a food truck?