It was a big week for Brigantine chef Nicole Gaffney to survive on The Next Food Network Star.  Nicole just barely survived her live demonstration on The Rachel Ray Show, but she lives to compete another week in hopes of earning her own pilot show on The Food Network.

During last night's episode of The Next Food Network Star, Nicole was charged with coming up with an out of the ordinary dinner recipe a meat-and-potatoes kind of family could enjoy.  Her choice of shrimp lettuce tacos impressed the judges, but her addition of a side sauce too spicy for the little kids nearly got her eliminated.  But they judges felt Nicole continued to improve on camera, and kept her in the competition, instead sending home Loreal.

Nicole moves on to next week's challenge, shooting a :30 second promo spot to promote the them of her pilot show.

Good luck Nicole!  You've got all of South Jersey rooting for you!