NFNS 5: Episode 3

June 21, 2009 at 9:05 pm

One Of You Will Be Going Home Tonight

Let the drama begin.  Tonight was the first night of back stabbing and teary-eyed cah cah.  I really could live without this stuff.  At least the challenges weren’t too lame. 


  • Brett – went home week 2.
  • Teddy – His energy was even keeled but his cooking was all over the board.  He’s a weak link to be sure.
  • Katie – much improved over previous weeks but still isn’t a contender.
  • Michael – he had a bad week.  His food was great but once again on his presentation he was hit otmiss.  Lost is an accurate description.
  • Debbie – enough with the histrionics already!  Stop sabbotaging the other contestants.  You’ve got a good shot at winning but not as long as you’re a back-stabber.
  • Eddie – Eddie’s presentation was good (for a change), his food wasn’t.  More ego than substance.
  • Jamika – Still a strong contender (and apparently a judge favorite).  Her food was good her presentation was calm and confident but seemed a little forced compared to previous weeks.
  • Jeffery – continues to distance himself despite getting the worst challenges.
  • Melissa – was strong although her food needed a little seasoning.
  • Jen – went home week 1.

Debbie and Teddy worked really well together.  When Debbie is on she is very good but she has a little crazy going on that makes her appear unstable, even evil.  Teddy’s dessert bombed.  Debbie turned on the tear machine and the entire situation went from good to bad quickly.  Teddy cried, geez.

The two strongest cooks, Michael and Jeffery, were teamed up and for whatever reason Michael was just off even locking up on his presentation.  Jefferey was strong as usual.  The food was the best as one would expect.  They took the competition.  When it comes to just plane cooking Jeffery and Michael are on a different level than the rest but this contest clearly is about more than just cooking. 

Jamika teamed with Katie and Katie’s presentation was very good but not good enough for Tuschman.  It reminded me of last year when he would nick-pick Kelcey whenever it was clear she had blown the competition away.  The difference here is that Katie isn’t blowing anyone away.

Eddie and Melissa did not fare well.  Eddie, to put it bluntly, was a jerk.  And he admitted to plagiarizing from a Paula Deen cookbook.  Melissa was good on her presentation and her food was fine though it needed more flavor.

As of Last Week – Who should win based on what we’ve seen so far: Jeffery

After This Week – Who should win based on what we’ve seen so far: Jeffery or Jamika

As of Last Week – Who will win based on what we’ve seen in the past: Jamika

After This Week – Who will win based on what we’ve seen in the past: Jamika

Winner(s) this week:  – the team of Michael and Jeffery.

The finalist who will be going home is . . .




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Stuart Reb Donald

Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."


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