When I first saw Kelsey Nixon compete on the Next Food Network Star last season, I knew there was something special about the perky blonde from Utah. Now, a year after she was kicked off the show, Kelsey is blazing a trail for herself in the food industry. Recently, I had the chance to chat with Kelsey and I was surprised to learn that while spirited, she's not overly hyper. Besides cooking with Spike Mendelsohn on her Food2 show, Kelsey's working as a kitchen consultant in New York City and is Pyrex's new spokeswoman. To find out what Kelsey thinks of Spike and see her impressions of the current cast of NFNS, keep reading
During the last season of the Next Food Network Star, many of you thought perky blond Kelsey Nixon had serious star potential and were shocked when she got kicked off the show. But the spunky home chef assured readers she wouldn't be going anywhere when she announced she was getting her own show with Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn on Food Network spinoff site Food2.
The enthusiastic contestant kept her word. Today, Kelsey & Spike Cook debuted on Food2's website with two episodes: one demo of easy-to-make steak and another featuring breakfast items. Unlike Food Network's other new show, 5 Ingredient Fix, I feel an instant connection with the duo — especially since we've gotten to know them on reality shows past.
They have a fun, lighthearted chemistry that holds my attention. Watch the video below and tell me what you think. Do you like the duo's dynamic? What do you think of the Food2 beta website and its other new shows?
Kelsey Nixon, the perky blonde contestant on the fourth season of the Next Food Network Star, is getting her own show. In the November issue of Utah Valley magazine, she discusses her new role at Food Network:
I've been approached by so many production companies, but I think Food Network is the route I should go. I'm working on a project with them right now — a web show about teaching cooking basics. . . My co-host on the show is Spike Mendelsohn from Top Chef and we have a great time. I'm the one to do the 'by-the-book' classic methods, and he uses crazy ingredients from all over the world.
The show will be a part of F2 a new website the Food Network is launching in early 09. According to Kelsey they plan to shoot 65 episodes and have wrapped filming on the first 13. This is an interesting move for Food Network and I definitely look forward to checking out the chemistry between bubbly Kelsey and spastic Spike. What do you think of the unlikely duo?
Last night on the Next Food Network Star, the final four arrived in Vegas, dined with Paula Deen, and competed in a scaled down version of Bobby Flay's Throwdown. Perky Kelsey was sent home for making dishes that were too complicated. Certain she was a Food Network shoo-in, I was shocked when the judges asked her to leave.
How abut you? What did you think of the elimination?
After putting their personal spin on the potato, the contestants on last night's episode of The Next Food Network Star created a branded product to dish out to food buyers. When surprise guest Martha Stewart did some sampling of her own, a few of the cooks were utterly overcome. Seriously, Lisa couldn't stop weeping.
Jeffrey's seasoned salt failed to impress the judges, and he went home. But it was Kelsey, the self-proclaimed "mini Martha Stewart," who dominated this episode with her undercooked pancetta potatoes and ultra-perky delivery. The judges thought she looked and sounded too forced and rehearsed, and I agree. Do you think she can tone it down enough to succeed?