In the latest Ask Andy, I answer questions about two summer reality competitions.
Food Network Star
Food Network's competition between aspiring TV chefs premiered in 2005 and produced stars including Guy Fieri, Aarti Sequeira, and Jason Smith.
Food Network Star Jason Smith talks about judging Best Baker in America, and whether or not he’ll have his own show on the network.
Behind-the-scenes changes at Food Network has led to the exit of one of its most high-profile executives: Bob Tuschman, who has been for years the on-camera face of the network as part of its reality competition Food Network Star.
Alton Brown is out of Food Network Star, which will return with just Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay as judge/mentors. However, season 11 will include Volkswagen, which will be “organically woven throughout the series and helping propel the competition,” the network announced today. At least there’s that. Since season eight in 2012, the series’… continue reading
New details emerged late last week about the death of Food Network Star contestant Cristie Schoen Codd, who was pregnant, and her husband JT. The man charged with the murders, Robert James Owens, admitted he “stored and destroyed” the bodies in a wood stove. Owens admitted hitting and killing JT with a truck, but Cristie’s cause of death is… continue reading
A man has been charged with the murder of Food Network Star cast member Cristie Schoen Codd and her husband, Joseph “JT” Codd. She was 38 and five months pregnant; her husband was 45. Her Facebook page has public photos, posted last fall, of their wedding. They were reported missing Sunday, which Food Network Gossip reported on; Tuesday, a man was charged… continue reading
Food Network Star had an incredible season last summer, reinventing and reinvigorating the show with a new format that was reality TV’s best makeover ever. And then Food Network threw it all away and gave us a season that excised nearly everything good about last season. Genius. The previews hinted at the problems, but the… continue reading
Two competitions kicked off last night, a brand-new competition and a reboot of an old favorite. Here are my quick responses to both episodes: Animal Planet’s competition Top Hooker started strong: it was a great first episode. While I’m sure fishing purists–including the ones on the show–were frustrated by the lack of actual fishing until… continue reading
Food Network Star, one of the network’s few watchable reality TV shows, has announced its ninth season cast and twists, and they do not look good on paper: they include allowing an eliminated contestant to return (sigh), adding focus groups, and turning mentors Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis, and Bobby Flay into judges. Changes to… continue reading
Food Network Star, which keeps losing words from its title (it’s sometimes just referred to as Star now, but that’s dumb), remains one of TV’s best competitions. And in its seventh season, it did something remarkable: It changed things up and improved significantly from last season, which felt tired and predictable. CBS Eye Productions and… continue reading
Food Network’s usually strong competition Food Network Star is getting a makeover, which will hopefully help to pull it out of its increasingly familiar rut when it returns for an eighth season this summer. Judges Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will no longer judge, but instead will be joined by Alton Brown as mentors… continue reading
The creator and former producer of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, which stars Next Food Network Star winner Guy Fieri, says the star of his show is guilty of homophobic, sexist, and anti-Semitic behavior. Producer David Page, who created the show, sued the network for breach of contract earlier this year because he says… continue reading
Food Network Star dropped the word “Next” from its title this year, but it needs to rethink more than its title to stay fresh. The show’s seventh season concluded last night, and while judges and Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson remain among the best judges on reality TV, the show feels too… continue reading
Food Network’s excellent summer competition series Next Food Nework Star, which has changed its name by dropping the word “next” from the title, has added a new judge to its panel: Giada De Laurentiis. She joins Bobby Flay and the series’ real stars, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson. There’s no explanation for the name change… continue reading
The seventh season of Next Food Network Star is currently in production, and a report says that Courteney Cox has appeared as a guest judge, which was made possible by the fact that the studio the show uses is on the same lot as Cougar Town’s. Page Six reports on her appearance, quoting a source… continue reading