The Next Food Network Star IZZZZzzzzzzz…….

What the heck happened to The Next Food Network Star? Of all the food competition shows, this one has been consistently the best—even better than Top Chef—because it’s more than a competition. It’s a weeks-long interview for a real job—and a potential life-changing career as a celebrity chef with a valuable brand. Oh, I know some of the winners were controversial, and Guy Fieri is … Continue reading The Next Food Network Star IZZZZzzzzzzz…….

The Amazing Race Finale And The Value Of Tenacity

SPOILER WARNING: IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE FINALE OF THE AMAZING RACE, SPOILERS FOLLOW, INCLUDING THE WINNING TEAM. I love The Amazing Race, it’s hands-down my favorite of the reality competition shows. What I like most about it is its purity. Whichever team crosses the finish line wins. Period. No “voting off the island.” No judges making a decision based on subjective criteria. You step … Continue reading The Amazing Race Finale And The Value Of Tenacity

The Guy Fieri Kerfuffle: Branding And Overexposure

Unless you’ve been under a rock (or don’t read the entertainment and/or food sections of newspapers and websites) you’ve probably heard about how New York Times food critic Pete Wells’ review skewered (and barbequed) Guy Fieri‘s new Times Square restaurant, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar. A tidal wave of negative reviews and comments on foodie sites has followed, as well as articles and comments defending … Continue reading The Guy Fieri Kerfuffle: Branding And Overexposure

Reality TV Show Villains – Real Or Not Real?

I’m not one of those people who seek to trash reality TV or their viewers. Mainly, because I like some reality TV a lot. Mostly the competition shows, like The Amazing Race, Top Chef, Face-Off (my personal favorite) and Project Runway. The ones featuring celebrities who weren’t celebrities until they got a reality show aren’t my cup of tea, but to each their own. One … Continue reading Reality TV Show Villains – Real Or Not Real?