Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Next Food Network Star

Some of you may already have seen some promotional materials for Food Network's 4th season of "The Next Food Network Star" on TV or on other blogs. I was lucky enough to see the first episode already and I think it's going to be a killer sesason!

There might be a local showdown here in the Philadelphia area as two finalists are from our distinguised region:

Aaron McCargo Jr, 36 (Camden, NJ) is a family man who loves all things buttered and barbequed. Aaron got his start cooking in a local hospital at 13 and is the Executive Catering Chef for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Married with three kids, Aaron brings an easygoing presence to the kitchen with his warm smile and passion for down to earth cooking.

Adam, 30 (Philadelphia, PA) is an actor and server who has made the kitchen his stage! Adam is the former owner of The Smoked Joint – a BBQ joint he ran with his brother that brought ‘the barbeque experience’ to Philly. Currently starting up a catering company, he constantly searches for new ways to bring easy, approachable meals to the table with a side of fun.

I'm particularly interested in these two because of their proximity to me in real life. I also had the opportunity to sample Adam's BBQ before he closed The Smoked Joint and it was good. Unfortunately, I was turned off by his restaurant's childish slogans, and never returned. Can't wait to see how far these guys get in the competition.

I'll be watching the show as soon is it airs publicly and plan to give a little commentary along the way. I already have my two favorites and can't wait for a certain Diva from Texas who insists on cooking in heels to get a reality check.

Also, for the first time in this history of this show, viewers from home can have a say in who stays and who leaves. If you're a fan of The Next Food Network Star you can make your voice heard by logging on to and participating in the network’s first-ever “fan favorite” vote! Starting Monday, June 2nd, viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite contestants throughout the season. The finalist with the most votes will be crowned the “fan favorite” and will win assorted prizes.

June 1 at 10pm ET/PT
Season Premiere!

In the season four premiere of The Next Food Network Star, the 10 finalists are immediately thrown into their first challenge, before they are even unpacked! First up: the contestants are greeted by Alton Brown and must face their first on-camera challenge. Then, they are told to pair up in teams of two and cook for a really tough crowd—a table full of Food Network stars! In addition to Alton, Giada De Laurentiis, Sandra Lee, Gina and Pat Neely and Masaharu Morimoto share their thoughts on the finalists’ dishes with the selection committee (which this season features Bobby Flay as a permanent member). The first finalist is then eliminated.

Check out the promotional teaser above and tune in for the first episode, I guarantee you won't be dissapointed!


  1. Anonymous said...
    You would have loved Aaron McCargo's crab cake platter and New England Clam Chowder soup that he served at his restaurant next to Rutgers University in Camden.

    This man can really cook !!
    Anonymous said...
    YUMMY - those crab cakes were to die for. How about the California seafood salads and the chunky chicken salad. Best chicken salad I've ever had.

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