The Food Network has hit upon a clever way of finding (and maintaining) a stable of on-air talent -- just create a cooking contest show that pits a dozen chefs against one another with the ultimate winner given his own Food Network series. It’s sort of like “cooking two birds in one oven” if you’ll pardon the expression. The network needs content, so they created a cook-off show (“Food Network Star”, “FNS”); and there’s always a need for fresh on-air talent, so they simply lift the winners from “FNS” and give them their own new series.

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