Monday, July 21, 2008
The Next Food Network Star
We have been rooting for Aaron from day one. He's a hospital chef, if you can believe that, but his food has the most appeal -- simple, hearty, bold, and so far, he's won almost every show when it comes to fan and judge favorites. They've started calling him "Big Daddy," and he's the most likable guy in the competition, hands-down. He's still stiff on camera, but getting better.
Until last night, Aaron seemed the obvious winner. Lisa comes across as hard-edged -- she can cook, but you get the feeling that if you crossed her, she would run over you in her Cadillac and not look back. Adam is relaxed and funny, but until last night, most of what he has cooked has been so-so, no real focus, and a few times, flat-out awful. (Last night, his dishes were the favorites among the show folk and the chefs.)
One of the judges joked that they should pick all three: Adam to open the show; Aaron to choose the food; Lisa to cook it ... and he had a point ...
Aaron faltered on his dishes, and he tanked on his presentation to the crowd. His promo went well -- best of of the three -- and considering that Adam is an actor and generally funny guy who does very well on stage, everybody figured he would win this one going away. He didn't. Even Lisa outdid him in the presentation, doing an acappella song about her food that was great -- the woman can sing, who knew?
Last night, there was no clear winner -- nor an obvious loser.
That's the way the judges saw it, too. First time, they ended up deadlocked hard enough so that they decided not to kick anybody off the island -- er, out of the casino. So next week, it's a three-way showdown, back in New York.
If Aaron can loosen up in front of the camera, he's an easy win. If he chokes ... ?
Oh, the humanity!