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Monday, June 11, 2007 | posted by Mike

I hope all of you are back to the work week and feeling chipper! I had a fun and eventful weekend, which you'll get to hear about in the relatively near future. But that's a story for another day...back to the business at hand.

Another episode of The Next Food Network Star has come and gone and so has another contestant, and this time it was the unfortunately-accented Nikki. The didn't let the fact that she's from Oakland prevent her from lapsing into an exuberant accent whenever she mentioned her "Jamaican Me Crazy Jerk Chicken!!!!" (Yes, those exclamation points accurately reflect her tone.) The judges didn't like the food or her overly-practiced delivery, and that was the end of that. No tears were shed in the TVFF household.

My issues with Nikki do include food-related matters as well. According to her page on the Food Network site, her bio lists:

Favorite food: Crab

Food you won't go near: Raw sushi

First off, is there really any reputable chef who won't eat sushi?

Secondly, the thought of eating raw fish repulses you but you have no problem eating a bottom-feeding crustacean? I've been crabbing quite a few times and let's just say they're not the most discriminating eaters in the animal kingdom.

Anyway, Rory and Michael both came off looking pretty good this week. JAG also showed some "mad skilz" (as the kids say), although the panel thought he was a bit too much of a "chef" and not enough of a "cook." The way he blazed through his segment of the group cooking demonstration was a site to behold, though. Colombe...well, I'll save that for later.

Is it me, or was the chicken pretty much completely raw? It was seared on one side for about a minute, and then it was thrown into a cold oven (remember, it was the first contestant's job to turn it on). I couldn't tell if it was swapped out or not.

Hey, I might not share Nikki's assessment of sushi, but I think we can all agree that the chicken from the demo is something you should avoid at all costs.



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