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WATCH: Food Network Star Sends Star Contestant Home For Being Too Cheffy

We give up. We don’t know what to do with Food Network anymore. Their respect as a culinary authority has all but slid down a filthy grease trap, thanks to their insistence on casting racist diabetes shills and that Donkey Sauce Guy. We thought they were heading in the right direction with this reality competition show that seeks out fresh and exciting culinary talent, and then they vote off the actual chef, essentially on the grounds that he’s too cheffy.

We understand that on-camera presence is important. But notice that the judges discuss how warm Viet Pham’s smile is and how great he looks on camera. Notice that they tout his culinary abilities before going for the “the problem we see with chefs on this show…” jugular.

So, we’re doomed to have either this awkward-sexy airhead or that fedora-sporting, wannabe Blues Brother pie guy to look forward to on Food Network’s culinary landscape instead of a talented, informative voice on Asian cuisine. Thanks, producers. Good work.

Check out the clip of Viet’s axing below.

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