Monday, July 27, 2009
Keller mom Melissa d’Arabian of Next Food Network Star is no longer a Keller mom
She moved ahead this week and will be one of the two finalists. Like we care.
Sunday night after Sunday night, we've had our TVs faithfully turned to Food Network where we awaited the next chapter of "local gal" d'Arabian's ascent. How naive we were.
Admittedly, she's only lived here since 2006, and didn't have much of a local profile before the show. Regardless, we got behind her with all the gusto a local citizen on reality TV deserves. We postponed watching the premiere of Entourage on HBO so that we could witness her mini-revolt on episode six. We went to bed later than we should have so that we wouldn't miss her getting feisty on episode seven. Now we find out we've been investing our TV Time on someone who's been a resident of the Pacific Northwest?!
It's like the summer before your freshman year, when you met the cute guy at a softball game and discovered he'd be attending the same high school you were. So you decided you'd be "boyfriend and girlfriend." But then when you showed up on your first day of school you found out that, in the month since you made that pact, he'd hooked up with another girl. BUT YOU PROMISED.
Grinding the stake even further is the fact that d'Arabian has not only been living in Kirkland for more than a month, she's hosting a Next Food Network Star watching party at one Hector's Restaurant there. We have a Hector's on Henderson, and yet we never got a Next Food Network Star watching party here.
As an aside, d'Arabian made the cut this week, becoming one of the final two contestants, along with good-natured Jeffrey. "I'm Korean" Debbie was eliminated. They had to cook a three-course meal and do a demo for a panel of Food Network stars and chef regulars such as Tyler Florence. For the 30th time, Judge Bob said that he likes surprises and Melissa keeps surprising him. Her "surprise" this time was when she revealed during her little speech before the judges that her mother committed suicide. Surprise!
It paid off. The judges had to decide between Debbie and Jeffrey who would stay and who would go, while Melissa was a sure thing to move on to the finals next Sunday.
Not that we care.