And the winner is...
Not Matt Locke.
I'd call that a major-league upset, right? I mean, Matt was the frontrunner pretty well from the get-go. And, I'd argue, his New Orleans design was hella better than hers.
So what happened? Was Jennifer just more fan-friendly? More accessible? Did Matt not stand out enough personality-wise? Was it simply luck-of-the-draw? Did the snoring do him in?
I have no idea at all. But I'm a little sad I won't get to see what kind of show Matt would have come up with.
On the show itself...
Goodness gracious that was a drawn-out finale. And where the hey was Mikey V?
I think "Next Food Network Star" has a better schtick, where the winner's show premieres a week after the finale (Jennifer Bertrand's show won't show up until January). Of course, "Next Food Network Star" was taped back in like February, so they couldn't do the viewer voting thing.