Next Food Network Star Winner: Aaron McCargo

Shocking, really startling news, I know. We’ll have a kick-bass video of the only official Lisa Garza-watching party in Dallas online in a matter of hours, but first let us put this show to rest.

First of all, I’d like to welcome all of the new fans SideDish has made. Last Thursday night when we popped the Food Network for releasing the winners 3 days before the final show, the webby people at the FN decided to take down Bob’s blog and turn off all of comments and SideDish became the go-to-blog for Food Network talk. If you have a couple of hours, read the comments here. (Warning: crazy stuff!)

Secondly, I would like to congratulate Lisa for pulling off a great pilot for her Beautiful Basics cooking show. She pan-fried her inner I’m-not-good-enough demons and whipped the egg yolks of her savory zabaglione to the exact shade of her Carolina Herrera dress. (Hi Gilbert! Hi Ian!) Nice work, Lisa.

I learned a lot about the Food Network since this series began. I admit I don’t watch much of it–not because I think the shows are bad; I’m just not around a TV enough. I’m not tossing any judgment here, it’s just that the reality of my life leads me elsewhere.

That said, I feel sorry for the final three-I think the Food Network owes them an apology for spilling the favas before the ending. As I said the other day, all of the contestants sold their souls to the Foodie Devil when they signed the dotted line to participate. Even though they didn’t win, they are all still under contract and have to remit part of their earnings for the next two years to the Food Network. (Think American Idol.) Yes, I know it makes sense-they got an immense, to say the least, amount of promotion from the FN, and I’m sure Lisa’s catering line is ringing off the hook, but it still feels icky to me.

Aaron, I’d call you Big Daddy, but we already have one in our city and you do not want to mess with him. Good luck with Big Daddy’s House, I’m sure your mom and wife will watch. Adam, I thought those tong twirls would seal the deal for you. Sorry you lost, but you’re just a puppy. A few days on Lisa’s catering staff would get you up to speed.

Fightin’ Foodies of the SideDish Nation, the curtain is down on this phase of our journey but fear not, another drama (Hi Gina Campisi!) is about to begin on this very web page. We’d love to hear your final thoughts on last night’s Next Food Network Star show. Let it bleed.

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