As I noted in yesterday’s post, I was worried. I was wringing my hands about the season finale of The Next Food Network Star because one of the finalists was going to be doing a pilot of a show where he cooked “live on the internet.”
I was worried that it would be so great that the network would be clamoring to make it a show and … well, you can read about my fears in Saturday’s post right here in What Do I Do Now??!!
Ok, so clearly, it’s possible to cook with an internet connection and a viewer — one viewer talking with you. The connection was fabulous. The audio was perfect. And there was ONE viewer. I could do this. I could set things up so that I had one viewer chatting with me live on their own webcam, but what fun would that be? I suppose there could be a market for one on one, individual help with cooking, but in that case it would be more fun to me if I had those kind of classes in person
So, let’s break down last night’s pilot by Adam. Oh, but first … I am happy that Aaron won. I only watched 4 episodes in the series, but from what I saw, Aaron had a personable and welcoming screen presence once he warmed up and got over the butterflies. And I think I’d enjoy eating the food he prepared. Back to Adam. The intro was misleading. From what they showed us of his pilot, he was really struggling and the interaction he had with the person on the other side of the iMac monitor on the countertop was really poking at him with quick fire questions. I noticed that the previews for the other two were not looking so good either and then it dawned on me … they were just teasers made to throw us off.
I suspect they took the lowest moments of the entire footage for each and spliced it (does anyone even use that word anymore?) together to have the viewers that edge of your seat kind of experience. It seemed to be this way for the promos they had them shoot as well. I thought for sure Lisa had blown it with her “climbing” up the wall of wine bottles bit, but when we saw the finished promo, it was not bad. Aaron’s was great and Adam’s was a bit awkward and uncomfortable, but it wasn’t horrific.
We get to Adam’s pilot and he pretty much sails though it. He put together a dish that worked and he managed to hold up his end of the conversation with the computer. It wasn’t the same as what I do — cooking, cleaning, interacting with multiple viewers while reading what they are “saying” in the chat room and putting together a meal that is worth eating each night, holding contests, answering questions, and more — but it was interesting to watch and frankly, a relief that The Food Network didn’t run away with the Justopian concept. Whew! 🙂