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Food Network Run Ends for Reston Chef

by Karen Goff July 13, 2015 at 9:30 am 1,093 14 Comments

Emilia Cirker of Reston (right) stands before Food Network judges/Credit: Food Network

Reston’s Emilia Cirker was sent packing on Sunday night’s episode of Food Network Star.

The 36-year-old Restonian had been doing progressively better as the competition to earn a Food Network show reached its halfway point.

Initially criticized for being somewhat cold on camera, Cirker seemed more relaxed each week and appeared to be enjoying herself, getting along well with the other contestants and cooking food the judges appreciated.

But a challenge in the style of a comedy club improv performance was Cirker’s undoing. The contestants had to “improv” a dish using assigned and unusual ingredients. Then they had to do a four-minute (an eternity in Food Network camera time) performance that included randomly selected topics.

One of Cirker’s: Watching Food Network. Cirker took a gamble and did some impressions of the other contestants, including one who works as a drag queen.

The judges were not impressed.

“It came off as mean spirited,” said Food Network executive Bob Tuschman.

Cirker said she stood by her performance. She said she knew “I have to do something risky, something that’s going to show who the real Emilia is.”

“I think that I definitely know what they meant that my performance came off as cold, as mean almost. I get it,” Cirker said in her Food Network exit interview. “But I wish what they had seen is that I took a huge risk and I put myself out there, and you’re not going to accomplish anything if you don’t take risks and you don’t fall flat on your face by taking risks, right?”

“So I stand by the fact that I took a risk; I wish I would have thought about doing it in a different manner. So that it was still funny and lighthearted and a new side of Emilia, but without making the audience feel like I was, like, honestly, throwing my finalists under the bus.”

The competition was filmed last spring in Los Angeles. Cirker, a graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, works by day as a software company executive. She is also a cooking instructor, as well as a former pastry chef for the Washington Redskins.

Read more about her in this previous Reston Now story.

Photo: Emilia Cirker of Reston (right) stands before Food Network judges/Credit: Food Network.

  • Ming the Merciless

    Ah well, good-looking women don’t need to be funny, so they don’t get much practice at it.

    • Mr Gopalakrishnapillaikumaresh

      its always the DBA fault, he did not patch the humour upgrade properly and now the software exec is spawning outdated jokes. I propose we install the trump connector so we can support this legaxy application.

  • j0n

    From those of us that are part of the DVR crowd and couldn’t watch real-time: Karen, thank you for spoiling the outcome of last night. >.<

    • Chill

      Lighten up Bro.

    • Emmanuel Goldstein

      Other spoilers. The chick on the bachelor doesn’t chose either guy although the final is between Nick & the guy with the big nose.

      Also, Snape killed Dumbledore. The Titanic sinks in the end. Rosebud was the name of the sled. And Soylant Green is people

      • Mike M

        Dang! Talk about a Monday morning rundown!

  • Headless Ned Stark

    Did someone say spoilers….

    Jon Snow is indeed dead now, but has been spotted with his long locks intact. Jon Snow can’t die, because he is from the blood of the Dragon. He is not illegitimate, but the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Ned Stark took him in to keep him safe from Robert Baratheon.

    Catelyn Stark is undead, having been resurrected with the same magic that Melisandre employs.

    • Mike M

      Thanks for reminding why I don’t watch that stuff. My advice: The real world is so much more interesting, and you can be a main character in the life you make for yourself.

      • Withheld

        Good points. Gwen Ames comes to mind.

        • Mike M

          Not funny. I meant figuratively undead.

          • Never Forget

            “The story revolves around the murder of an 18 year-old girl named Gwen Ames, in downtown Reston, Virginia. And it would appear that today is a most opportune time to be writing about this. I have a couple of different accounts as to the exact date of the murder, but it happened either on June 21 or July 13 of 1972.”
            So today. This is not a popularity contest about who is the funniest or the wittiest.

          • Mike M

            I was joking. Glad you weren’t. I know the basics of the story. The date I saw was June 4. May she continue to rest in peace.

      • Ming the Merciless

        Meh. She’s not funny. Cold and mean-spirited. Let her rot.

        • Mike M

          Different Kate, I’m certain.

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