The Washington Post

Mary Beth Albright not “The Next Food Network Star”--- but the former lawyer knows how to talk

“The Next Food Network Star” contestant Mary Beth Albright. (Edward Chen/Creel Films)

More props for Washington foodies: D.C. food writer Mary Beth Albright survived weeks of stiff competition on “The Next Food Network Star.” The former lawyer, 38, was eliminated Sunday night (she just missed next week’s finale) but impressed the judges and won fans with her lively banter about cooking.

“I do have a wide spectrum of food knowledge, and I can bring that to life with cuisines across the spectrum, five stars or food trucks,” she told our colleague Joe Yonan. “There were definitely times I didn’t cook well, and other times I cooked well but didn’t bring my full energy to it because I spent my energy worrying about whether I cooked well. And that’s just silly.”

Albright’s highs were her meatloaf and cupcake recipes; she was voted off the show after a weak rack of lamb challenge. But judges Giada de Laurentiis and Bob Tuschman loved the way she described food.

Next up: Maybe a gig talking about food. “I want to bring that to a show, whether it’s a straight cooking show or a different genre,” Albright said. “And I think Washington is an incredible food city, so I’d love to do something involving that.”


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
This isn't your daddy's gun club
A look inside the world of Candomblé
It's in the details: Five ways to enhance your kitchen makeover
Play Videos
A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky
The rise and fall of baseball cards
Is fencing the answer to brain health?
Play Videos
John Lewis, 'Marv the Barb' and the politics of barber shops
How to prevent 'e-barrassment'
The art of tortilla-making
Play Videos
Circus nuns: These sisters are no act
How hackers can control your car from miles away
How the new credit card chip makes purchases more secure