Tonight was the first episode of this season of Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown. The theme was Comfort Food.
I felt strongly about the contestants from the get go. Rick Massa’s Cheese Lovers 5 Cheese Mac and Cheese sounded great, despite the judges’ concern that the blue cheese might be overpowering. I thought blue cheese sounded yummy. At any rate, he won round one and my sister wants the recipe. His grilled cheese and tomato soup won the episode for him. He deserved it.
On the other end of contestant spectrum was twenty-three year old Emily Hobbs. Though I’m excited by the concept of a young contestant trying to save money for culinary school, I was quickly perplexed by where Food Network found her. She seemed pretty unsure of herself (although she cooked decently) but it was her statements that really impressed me. She was nervous because judge Michael Psilakis “is really hot” and she’s apparently scared of Guy Fieri’s hair (side note: there is no T in Fieri…why does he call himself Guy Fieti? Makes me crazy) . At any rate, she didn’t win.
Next week’s contest: Burgers.
I’m really excited about some other shows that are starting soon:
January 13 10pm Chopped
January 15 10pm Ace of Cakes
January 19 8:30pm Will Work For Food (with Adam Gertler, who was my pick to win last season’s Food Network Star)
I’ll be tuning in and you can check here for my thoughts.