Welcome to Los Angeles!
In a special two hour premiere episode of The Next Food Network Star, twelve hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles to compete for the ultimate dream job: To host their own show on the Food Network. The competition starts right away as they face their first on-camera test: preparing a meal that best represents who they are. Next, the finalists are taken to Paramount Studios where an A-list Hollywood Director films 30-second promos for the show that each finalist wants to host. Finally, the finalists must each create a Power Lunch for L.A.'s biggest celebrity Chef, Wolfgang Puck.
Sweet to Savory Carnival
The remaining eleven finalists learn how hard it is to perform an assembly line demo in only eleven minutes. Then, special guest star Duff Goldman from "Ace of Cakes" presents their next challenge: Duff is throwing a party for a hundred of his closest friend on the Santa Monica Pier. The finalists must each take a classic carnival sweet and transform it into a savory party bite for the guest of honor and all of his friends.
Grammy Award Celebration
Ten remaining finalists get a crash course in the Hollywood way of life! First they have to present a dish to camera inspired by a classic Film Genre. Next they strut the red carpet at an After-Party for Grammy Award Winner Colbie Caillat. The twist: they also have to cater the event in teams of two.
The heat turns up on the remaining nine finalists. Pepper Master Bobby Flay assigns each finalist a pepper to cook with -- the winner's dish is put on the menu of Bobby's famous restaurant, Mesa Grill. Next, Bobby introduces three culinary legends who challenge the finalists to re-invent the best thing they ever ate.
Lunch Trucks with Paula
In a super-sized episode, the remaining eight finalists have to create their very own food product in a jar. The twist: instead of presenting the product to camera, they must do a live demo in front of a crowd of hundreds. Then, special guest Paula Deen reveals four lunch trucks, and challenges the finalists (in teams of two) to create and operate their very own lunch truck business at Venice Beach.
Retro Palm Springs
The seven remaining finalists must prove that they have another essential trait for a Food Network star: the ability to entertain. Special guest Ted Allen assigns each finalist a party theme "in a basket." The finalists much create a party bite, and give an entertaining tip to camera. Next, the finalists head to Frank Sinatra's Estate in Palm Springs where they must serve a retro dish for a table of special guests.
Secret Supper Club
The remaining six finalists are thrilled to meet last year's Next Food Network Star winner, Melissa d'Arabian. Melissa challenges the finalists to cook "dinner for breakfast" with Kellogg's cereal. Next, the finalists band together to serve some of L.A.'s culinary elite at an Underground Supper Club location.
Cooking for Eva Longoria
The five remaining finalists are excited when Giada reveals they will cook their all-time favorite signature dish and present to camera, but surprise -- there's a twist! It's not that easy, they have to add their least favorite ingredient which was delivered by the family members of each finalist. After recovering from the emotional reunion of seeing their families, finalists are each assigned "an emotion" and must cook a dish and tell a story inspired by that emotion for special guests Eva Longoria and Todd English at their restaurant, Beso.
Iron Chef Battle
The final four arrive in New York! Alton Brown meets them at Food Star's version of "Kitchen Stadium" to explain that the finalists will compete in a real Iron Chef America battle! The challenge is two-pronged: one pair will battle in the kitchen head to head, while the other pair will act as commentators for the battle, try to outdo each other's knowledge and camera presence. The Selection Committee and guest Iron Chefs Michael Symon, Cat Cora, and Masaharu Morimoto will judge.
Rachael Ray Directs
The final three arrive at the Food Network Kitchens and are blown away when RACHAEL RAY walks in to explain that she's going to take her years of experience and direct THEM in their pilots this year! Then the pilots will be shown to a focus group of Food Network fans, while the selection committee gauges their reactions and the finalists' performances as the pilots play. Meanwhile, the finalists will watch all of this remotely-anxiously awaiting their fate and trying to read every sign. After deliberation, finalists are called back into the studio and the Next Food Network Star will be announced!
Lights, Camera, Cook
Fifteen eager Food Network Star Finalists arrive at Hollywood's famous Grauman's Chinese Theater where they meet each other for the first time and are welcomed by Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis. For their first Camera Challenge, the finalists must create a breakfast dish that reflects their personality and culinary point of view. Their first Star Challenge finds them shooting promos for their shows as well as cooking for a panel of Hollywood's press, including Mario Lopez from T.V.'s Extra. The first finalist is sent packing.
In the Line of Fire
The 14 remaining finalists must create a pizza that reflects their culinary point of view. A surprise elimination shocks the finalists. The pressure is really on for the group during the Star Challenge when they have to cook in front of a panel of Food Network Superstars!
The finalists have their work cut out for them during the Camera Challenge when they must use a sweet Hershey's product to turn dessert into dinner. Special guests Duff Goldman and Robert Irvine challenge the finalists to create a Dueling Desserts party. When the finalists are split into two teams, tension mounts as they struggle to work together to beat their opponents and save themselves from elimination.
Cougar Town and Paula Deen
Food Star alum Melissa d'Arabian challenges the finalists to use a Kellogg's product to create a sophisticated and impressive hors d'oeuvres for a surprise guest. Paula Deen makes a surprise visit to the Food Star Kitchen. At the Star Challenge, the finalists go Hollywood as they team up to feed the cast and crew of the hit show Cougar Town.
Diners, Drive-Ins and 4th of July
Guy Fieri rolls up in his classic red Camaro to guide the finalists through a segment of Diner's Drive-ins and Dives. Then the finalists head out to a 4th of July bash where they must re-create American classic dishes AND perform their first cooking demo on stage.
Food Truck Face-Off
It's Food Truck time! Tyler Florence splits the finalists into three teams. In addition to agreeing on a menu for their food trucks, each team must create a commercial to drive up the sales.
Dinner Party for Wolfgang Puck
For their mid-term cooking challenge, the finalists have to cook their signature dish for the judges. Adding to the pressure, they also must incorporate everything they've learned up to this point. Next, Wolfgang Puck shows up for dinner at the finalist's house and one finalist gets an impromptu cooking lesson from the master.
Ina Garten & Rachael Ray
Who better to judge a cupcake challenge than The Barefoot Contessa? Ina Garten is the guest judge for a challenge which throws all of the finalists into a baking frenzy. Then Food Network Star returns to the Rachael Ray show for the ultimate pressure-cooker: a live-audience cooking demo.
For the first time on Food Network Star, the finalists will try their hand at Best Thing I Ever Ate, with Bobby Flay showing them the ropes. Then the joke is on the finalists as they are subjected to a roast by an All-Star line-up of top comedians; Louie Anderson, Gilbert Gottfried, Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Anderson and Judy Gold.
In the ultimate Food Star challenge, the finalists face off in the Iron Chef Kitchen Arena. Alton Brown hosts the showdown while guest judge and Iron Chef Michael Symon lends his palate to the panel.
Food Network Star 7 Reunion
For the first time since Week 1, all 15 finalists are back together. They'll be joined by the Selection Committee as they look back on the biggest fights, failures, successes, plus unseen footage from the entire season. We'll also check in on the most memorable finalists from past seasons. This will all lead into the finale where one of the final three will be crowned a Food Network Star.
Cook For Your Life & Pilots
The three remaining finalists think they are all making a pilot, but are shocked to find out there is one challenge left. It's time to "Cook For Your Life" and everyone must pull out all the stops to create their ultimate dish. After one finalist is sent packing, it's down to the final two. Guy Fieri returns to direct them in their pilots, and in a surprise twist, all of the eliminated finalists return as the focus group who will help decide who will win the ultimate prize -- their own show on Food Network.
In the premiere episode of Food Network Star, 15 hopefuls arrive in New York to compete for the ultimate dream job: to host their own show on Food Network. The finalists arrive at the Food Network kitchens to greet their team leaders, Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, and meet their rivals for the first time! Special guest Robert Irvine gives the finalists their first Star Challenge: to create their very own Pop-Up restaurant from the ground up -- with an extremely limited budget and very little time.
NYC on the Go
This week's challenge is a food tour of New York! The finalists are split into three teams and will each take a busload of tourists on a tour of three different New York neighborhoods. How entertaining are they? What landmarks will they highlight? How much food knowledge do they impart? Then each finalist will have to prepare and serve a dish to the judges based on the research they do in the neighborhoods.
Dessert Chopping Block
The 13 remaining finalists meet Chopped judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Scott Conant, and Marc Murphy and are given their Star Challenge: desserts. But it's not just any dessert challenge. Each team must use a basket of ingredients to create their best sweet concoction in a head-to-head inter-team battle -- Chopped style!
Fashion Week Food Makeover
It's Fashion Week in New York and the finalists are thrilled to learn that, as potential stars, a "makeover" is essential ... but THEY aren't being made over; it's a food "makeover!" Each finalist will have to "make over" a bland dish, making it look (and taste) good for the most fashionable crowd on the planet. Ted Allen will be on hand to judge the fashion shows, plus an extra prize is announced for the winning finalist.
A Food Network Star must be ready at any moment for Food Network to ask them to participate in a television special; this week, each team will do just that. Each finalist will have to create and perform a live, themed television special based on a holiday or event. Food Network Star season two winner Guy Fieri hosts each special and gives feedback on which team and individuals performed the best.
Iron Chef Food Court
Ten finalists remain to compete for the title of Food Network Star. This week, each finalist must elevate iconic food-court food while adapting to the limitations of a kiosk. The challenge is taken to another level when they learn they'll be feeding Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian in addition to 150 hungry shoppers! Tensions mount as Zakarian provides an Iron Chef-worthy secret ingredient that the finalists will have to incorporate in their dishes.
Meet the Press-ure
Being a Food Network Star requires handling yourself with ease in the glare of the media spotlight. Finalists will be more exposed than ever as they film their own promotional video -- without the support of their producers! A panel of journalists grills each of the finalists with tough questions about their techniques, personal background and the show they want to bring to Food Network. Who can handle the journalists and who cracks under the pressure?
Deen Family Beach Party
This week, the finalists head to Miami for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Paula Deen is having a summer beach party for friends and family at SOBE -- and the finalists are cooking up the meal! Each finalist must create an adult dish for the party and a kids' version of the dish for this beachside bash. The final eight will also have to perform a 30-second "entertaining tip" on camera, which will be watched by the judging table.
Deliciously Unpredictable Demos
This week the seven remaining finalists are invited to be guests at a SOBE cooking-demonstration tent. Upon arrival, the tables are turned -- and the finalists will be asked to take the stage for their very own SOBE demo in front of the huge crowd! Unbeknownst to the finalists, during their demos, each one of them will face a technical glitch set up by the producers. Tensions are high as each finalist struggles to save themselves from elimination.
Pilot Green Lights
They wanted a show, they got one! The six finalists left will star in promos for their own Food Network shows, directed by their producers: Bobby, Alton and Giada. A focus group made up of A-list Food Network stars gives feedback on the promos and only three finalists make the cut. The finalists who survive will get to make pilots for their very own show led by their producer. The pilots will air for all of America to see, and then viewers will get to vote on which finalist deserves his or her own show on Food Network.
Finale: A Star Is Born
America has voted and a Food Network Star will be crowned tonight! After taking an emotional look back at each of the four remaining finalists' journeys, Bobby, Alton and Giada discuss why they think their finalist should win. The finalists' families join the final four and America's vote is revealed!
Are You Ready for Prime Time?
In the premiere episode of Food Network Star, 12 hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles to compete for the ultimate dream job: to host their own show on Food Network. The finalists arrive at the Food Network kitchens to greet their mentors; Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown, who help prepare the finalists for the biggest audition of their lives. Each finalist films a pitch tape and prepares one dish to present to the network, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson, and to a focus group of Food Network viewers who will help decide who has a shot at becoming a Food Network Star.
This week, Food Network Star is throwing its very own Burger Bash, an over-the-top burger competition. The remaining finalists are tasked with creating the best burger of their lives and presenting it to 100 burger enthusiasts. After the presentations, the burger fans must decide whose burger they want to try based on their live-demo presentation. After a vote on which burger has the best flavor, the least successful finalist is sent home.
A Star is Chopped
In this week's episode, someone is getting Chopped. A Food Network Star must have the knowledge and ability to use a wide range of ingredients and be able to take any combination to new culinary heights. Each of the 10 remaining finalists will be given an exotic ingredient and must be able to use their palate to identify and present what it is. The top two winners will win a seat at the judge's table, alongside Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli, while their competitors battle it out in the kitchen, Chopped style.
Big Screen Bites
From foods, to products, to restaurants, Food Network Stars are participating in the latest culinary trends. The movie theater experience is being transformed with luxury cinemas popping up all over the country. This week, the finalists will compete at a one of these extravagant cinemas. Paired into teams of three, they will have to create a menu and a movie trailer for a focus group of movie enthusiasts. Whose concept will be a hit at the box office and who will go home?
4th of July Live
Food Network Stars often participate in live TV events where they're required to think on their feet and react to any situation thrown at them. Special guest, Terrence Jenkins, from "E! News," will host our finalists as they do live cooking demos -- with some curveballs. Then, the finalists participate in "4th of July Live" a one-take interactive show that helps the viewers at home with must-have recipes and tips for summer parties.
Food Network Stars need to communicate big ideas quickly, so this week, each finalist will have to come up with a product representing their unique brand and culinary style and then create, package and pitch the product to a tough panel of successful food executives from Target, Kellogg's and Kraft. The selection committee will decide who did best overall, and who will go home.
Star Charity Auction
This week, the finalists are challenged to be adventurous, both on screen and in the kitchen. They each much use an unusual ingredient to create a dish which they will then auction to a roomful of adventurous eaters. The better their presentations, the higher the bids will get and the finalist whose dish fetches the highest price is safe from elimination. The selection committee will pick the best overall dish and send one finalist home.
Food Stories From the Road
Since Food Network Stars are always describing food in a way that brings it to life, the finalists are divided into teams to film a three minute "food story show" about a pizza joint and a donut shop. Guest judges from The Hollywood Reporter screen and critique the shows, and the least successful team lands in the bottom three.
A Food Network Star must be able to offer tips and solutions for any culinary situation. Guest Robert Irvine leads the finalists on an "impossible" challenge: They must rehabilitate failing or outdated dishes on a restaurant's menu. The least successful finalist is sent home.
The four finalists get their chance to pitch a show to Food Network. Executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson are back to choose the final three: Based on the finalists' presentations, Bob and Susie will greenlight three concepts, which will be made into pilots directed by season two Food Network Star winner Guy Fieri.
America Picks a Star
The results are in as America has voted to determine who will be the next Food Network Star. Before the winner is revealed, the finalists are back in the studio to tell all and view never-before-seen footage from the season. Bobby, Alton and Giada each share their favorite moments during an emotional look back at remaining finalists' journey to the finale. Then, suspense rises as the time comes to reveal who will walk away as the new Food Network Star.
Twelve hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles to compete for the ultimate prize: their own show on Food Network. The finalists meet mentors Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay, who help prepare the finalists for their big debut at a Hollywood Premier Party, where each contestant must prepare and present one party appetizer to Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson and a party full of Hollywood insiders, including E!'s Ross Mathews, who help decide who has a shot at becoming a Food Network Star. One finalist's dream ends here, and the remaining eleven continue their Star journey.
Please Try This At Home
A Food Network Star must be able to teach home viewers how to prepare great meals. In the Mentor Challenge, Alton Brown challenges the finalists to teach him a recipe. Then for the Star Challenge, the finalists must create a video demonstrating one of their own dishes for the home viewer. What they don't know is that Chef Alex Guarnaschelli will be playing along, trying to make the dish. After Alex is revealed to the finalists, she helps the selection committee decide who will be sent home.
Cutthroat Food Star
A Food Network Star must have the knowledge and ability to adapt to any circumstance that arises. In two heats of five, the finalists bid on sabotages to saddle their competitors with then battle it out in the kitchen, Cutthroat Kitchen style. Alton Brown runs the festivities, then the finalists' dishes are critiqued by Bobby Flay and Chef Jet Tila. The winning finalist in each heat keeps their winnings, while the least successful competitor hits the road.
Internet Marketing Video
Today's Food Network Stars must have a multi-platform presence. In the Mentor Challenge, Bobby Flay tests the social-media acumen of the finalists by having them each create a Behind-The-Scenes video selfie in the Food Network Star Kitchen. For the Star Challenge, the finalists are teamed up to make an internet marketing video for a Hershey's candy product. The videos are shot at YouTube's soundstages and judged by two YouTube executives. Whose video will have the judges wanting to hit "forward" and whose will have them "deleted" from the competition?
Live Demo at Knott's Berry Farm
Live demos are a staple of every Food Network Star's repertoire. In this week's challenge the finalists take the stage at Knott's Berry Farm -- an amusement park built on a deep culinary tradition -- to perform a food demo for hundreds of park visitors. The finalist who fails to wow the crowd with their show and their food goes home.
Each finalist is tasked with creating a product that represents their unique brand and culinary style. After receiving feedback from the judges, the finalists make a commercial for their product in an unorthodox setting.
Vegas Pool Party
Each finalist is challenged to create a dish which represents them, and describe it to guests at a pool party at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The selection committee decides who did the best overall and sends one finalist home.
As Las Vegas is all about one-of-a-kind experiences, the finalists are divided into two teams who must each create a memorable dining experience for the selection committee along with special guest, Penn Jillette. The team voted least successful lands in the bottom three.
Rachael Ray Show
Testing their ability to think on their feet and react to any situation thrown at them, the finalists are tasked with solving a culinary problem for a Rachael Ray viewer. They must create a dish which addresses the viewer's problem, then perform a demo of their dish on the Rachael Ray Show. The selection committee watches the action backstage and determines who will continue on.
Promos and Pilots
The final four contestants shoot a promo for the show they want on Food Network while being coached by Alton and Giada. Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson are back to pick the final three, who will make pilots for their shows, which are directed by the toughest star on the network: Robert Irvine! After the episode airs, viewers will be able to vote online and via phone to determine who wins the ultimate prize at next week's finale.
A Food Star is Born
The results are in as America has voted to determine who will be the next Food Network Star. Before the winner is revealed, all the finalists are back in the studio to tell all and view never-before-seen footage from the season. Bobby, Alton and Giada each share their favorite moments during an emotional look back at the final three's journey to the finale. Then, suspense rises as the time comes to reveal who will walk away as the new Food Network Star.
Food Star Food Festival
The 12 Food Network Star Finalists hit Los Angeles running, tasked with making an introductory video for the food festival being held the following day, where they will serve their signature dish. Along with Mentors Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay, their dishes and presentations will be judged by Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson, joined by People Magazine's JD Heyman.
The Finalists are tested on their adaptability in the two challenges today. First, they create inspiring dishes using leftovers, which they present to Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and guest judge Melissa d'Arabian. Then, they serve and present a savory dish inspired by the world of desserts to five of the country's finest pastry chefs. Guest Judge Alex Guarnaschelli will help Giada and Bobby determine which Finalist will be going home.
It's all about keeping up with the latest food trends when the Finalists first create and photograph their own version of tiny foods, and then create a five-course meal where each course corresponds to a buzzword. The Kitchen's Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian join Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay to decide which Finalist failed to trend.
4th of July Cookout
The Finalists are split into teams of three, tasked with creating and presenting a cohesive menu to a crowd of hungry families at a 4th of July cookout. Guest judge Bobby Deen joins Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay to determine which team is safe, and which Finalist will be sent home.
The Perfect Match
In the Mentor Challenge, the Finalists' favorite ingredients are swapped with that of another Finalist for a dish they prepare for Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay. Then, they arrive at Patina Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles where they are paired up to collaborate on a dish that blends their culinary styles, presenting that dish to first-time daters from Match. Anne Burrell and Joachim Splichal, Master Chef of Patina Group, join Giada and Bobby at the judging table.
In the Mentor Challenge, the Finalists are tasked with creating and presenting an enticing pizza with kicked-up flavors for Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, and guest judges Duff Goldman and Darin Harris, CEO of CiCi's Pizza. In the Star Challenge, Bobby and guest David Alan Grier randomly assign each Finalist several criteria for their dishes, which they'll present in a demo for a crowd filled with food and comedy fans. Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman assist Giada and Bobby in eliminating the least successful Finalist.
Food Truck Throwdown
In their first challenge, the Finalists create and present a portable version of their favorite brunch dish to Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay. Then, guest judge Richard Blais pairs the Finalists into teams, who create a social media promo video for their own food trucks. These videos will be shown to food truck enthusiasts, who will get food from the truck they most want to taste.
With a focus on their lifestyle brands, the Finalists first create and present a dish that a home cook can prepare in 30 to 45 minutes. Then, they cook and film a video for a dish that reflects a holiday through their culinary point of view. Damaris Phillips serves as guest director for their video presentations, and then joins Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman at the judging table.
The Finalists learn that there are no second takes in live TV in this week's challenges. After cooking and demoing a dish based on an assigned theme, the Finalists cook a dish and host their own segment of a live ensemble show. The Kitchen's Jeff Mauro and Katie Lee assist Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay in determining which Finalist had the worst performance.
Dish of a Lifetime and Pilots
The winner of Star Salvation rejoins the competition, and the remaining four Finalists each choose a sous chef from the eliminated contestants to help them cook the best dish of their lives. Following their presentations, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman will determine which three Finalists will get to film pilots directed by special guest Rachael Ray.
We Have a Winner
The final three are joined by the nine eliminated Finalists to view their pilots, along with Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman. After the screening, the Selection Committee deliberates, and Brooke Johnson, President of Food Network, announces the winner of Food Network Star!
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro serve up a battleground where one ousted Finalist can fight all the way back to rejoin Food Network Star for a second chance at his or her own show. The fierce and unforgettable returning Finalists include Matthew Grunwald, Rosa Graziano, Rue Rusike, Emilia Cirker, Dom Tesoriero and some other surprises.
Comeback Kitchen: Second Chance at First Place
Seven competitors from previous seasons return for a second shot at becoming the next Food Network Star. For the first challenge, hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence ask the competitors to redeem themselves by making a dish that haunts them from their first go-around, then shoot a one-minute video to explain what they've been up to and how they've improved. Based on the dishes and videos, the least-improved alumnus is eliminated.
Comeback Kitchen: Baking Battles and Diner Duels
Heading into week two, the Food Network Star alumni trying to stand out as they take on a new-school baking challenge, but using old-school tools. Then, the winner of the first challenge determines the amount of time each competitor gets to recreate a traditional diner dish.
Comeback Kitchen: A Final Shot at Stardom
The final five Food Network Star alumni battle it out for a coveted spot in season 12. A surprise elimination occurs after the first challenge, where the competitors must conduct a fast-paced live webstream. Then, for the final challenge, the pressure is turned up further when they must work together to put on a 20-minute live show in front of a studio audience.
The finalists shoot 30-second screen tests to explain what they are all about, which are then screened at a VIP event in Los Angeles in front of a Hollywood crowd. Mentors Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay surprise the finalists when an eliminated contestant from a previous season also joins the competition, then Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence help decide who will be the first to be sent home.
Cooking Channel's Haylie Duff and Rev Run join as guest judges, and first, Haylie helps Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay determine which pair of competitors should earn an advantage based on their culinary travelogue report. Then, Rev Run challenges the finalists to mash up two different cooking styles into one dish and compete in the food world equivalent of a rap battle! In a surprise twist, two finalists are sent packing.
The finalists pair up to shoot a promo for their version of a show called "Family Road Trip!" Whether their destination is camping, the state fair or even Grandma's house, their promo and dishes had better impress Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and the guest judges, Food Network Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Maile Carpenter and actress Ali Larter!
Room Service Revenge
First, the finalists try their hand at delivering a trendy remote food report for Entertainment Tonight hosts Kevin Frazier and Nancy O'Dell. Then, as the finalists take over the kitchen in an upscale hotel and prepare a special tableside dining experience, they are tested on how well they can handle curveballs thrown at them by YouTube sensation Hannah Hart and Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Chef Robert Irvine shows his love of NASCAR and the inevitable tailgating that comes along with it as he challenges the finalists to create a dish worthy of a world-class tailgate party! Then, Robert and fellow guest judge Katie Lee help Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay decide who is sent home.
Good Mythical Morning
Duff Goldman joins Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay as the finalists take their culinary prowess to new levels with "edible art." Then, Rhett and Link, hosts of the wildly popular YouTube channel "Good Mythical Morning," challenge the finalists to take a spin as a guest on their show. Each finalist participates in their very own "Will It?" segment, pairing unlikely ingredients and asking questions like "Will It Jell-O?" and "Will It Cookie?"
First, special guest judge Lorraine Pascale helps Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay determine the best dish made from frozen foods. Then, it's time for one of the most festive trends -- a tiki party! In teams of three, the finalists create an island-inspired menu, then take the stage for a team food demo to a crowd of party-goers. Anne Burrell joins as guest judge to help pick the best tiki team.
Guilty Pleasures Dinner
The finalists join forces to create a five-course meal composed of nothing but indulgent, over-the-top, guilty pleasure dishes. Each finalist gives a presentation of their course, describing their unique take on the dish and all its guilty glory to Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, and guest judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Trisha Yearwood.
Food Holiday Fray
For the next challenge, the finalists are each assigned a different holiday party -- St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve, or Easter -- and take turns planning and hosting their own holiday special. Tia Mowry and Donal Skehan, hosts of Food Network Star Kids, are on hand to help Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay taste the food and judge the holiday specials.
Star Salvation 2
One ousted rival will rejoin the competition, but only if he or she can survive a six-week journey on Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Eddie Jackson.
Pushing for a Pilot
It's down to three finalists, but there's a surprise in store when an eliminated contestant reenters the competition after winning Star Salvation on FoodNetwork.com. The final four then battle it out with former finalists helping as their sous chefs. Food Network Star winner Aarti Sequeira joins to help select the final three to shoot pilots, which they then film with help from another winner: Guy Fieri!
A New Food Network Star
After ten grueling weeks of the toughest challenges on television, the final three watch their pilots with Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay. One winner is selected and will go on to shoot their very own show on Food Network!
Comeback Kitchen: A Fresh Star(t)
Former finalists return to the Food Network Star kitchen for a second shot at stardom! Hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence kick off the proceedings by identifying what kept each of the alumni from prevailing in their previous season. Then, the alumni each take on a retro dessert in desperate need of a comeback and shoot an Instagram video about their updated version. Duff Goldman joins Valerie and Tyler to help judge the results, and one contestant will be eliminated from the competition.
Comeback Kitchen: Dinners of the Decades
For the Mentor Challenge, the competitors each take on a forgotten pantry ingredient and perform a live web stream, demonstrating how they used their ingredient in a creative and modern way. For the Star Challenge, the finalists go head-to-head, traveling back in time to a past decade and working with the tools of that era to create a decade-appropriate dish. After each alumnus presents their dish to co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence, another competitor is sent packing.
Comeback Kitchen: Passing the Bar
The final five competitors hack a classic salad bar, harvesting ingredients to create a dish while telling the entire tale in an Instagram Story. One alumnus is sent home based on the results. Then, for the final challenge, the remaining four competitors battle it out for the coveted spot as the 13th finalist on the new season of Food Network Star by creating their own dinner party and a video invitation to attract potential dinner guests. Co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence attend each dinner party and determine the ultimate winner.
Twelve Food Network Star hopefuls arrive at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles in search of their big break. Upon their arrival, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay greet them with the troubling news that they must pass one more big audition before they will officially be considered finalists. On top of that, they learn there is one more person joining the competition: the winner of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen. Special guests Monti Carlo and Robert Irvine help Giada and Bobby decide who will be the first competitor sent home.
The ten remaining finalists divide into two teams, with each team creating a five-course menu for an experiential restaurant. Diners will experience a completely different environment for each course, such as an appetizer in the jungle and a main course in the desert. Each finalist must also make a video menu describing their dish for the diners, who will select which one they want to taste. Special guest Tyler Florence dines with Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay and helps decide which finalist is sent home.
The remaining finalists are divided into teams and sent into the wilderness. When they arrive at a campsite, they must use whatever camping food is in the back of their cars to create a "glamping" meal. Each team will present their dishes to Giada De Laurentiis, along with guests Melissa d'Arabian and Andrew Zimmern, who will decide which finalist successfully elevated camping food to glamping dishes and gave the best tips for working with wilderness fare.
Sunny's Kitchen Hacks
First, the finalists pair up and take on a typical shopping budget problem while creating an Instagram Story about their shopping trip, with special guest Hannah Hart helping Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay judge their efforts. Then it's time for Sunny Anderson to hit the Food Network Star kitchen, bringing several of her favorite problem-solving segments from The Kitchen for the finalists to perform in front of a studio audience.
Summer Party Playoffs
It's halfway through the competition, so it's time for midterms! Each of the remaining seven finalists must make their best potato dish and overcome the one thing in the competition that has been holding them back. Then it's time to celebrate summer with Tiffani Thiessen, who helps Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay judge the finalists' efforts as they each host a summer social gathering for a crowd of people in a park.
Beat Bobby Flay
The finalists take on the hit Food Network show, Beat Bobby Flay! In the first round of cooking, the finalists go head-to-head to determine who will take on the master himself, Bobby Flay, in round two. Anyone who can beat Bobby is safe from elimination, but those who are not up to the challenge may lose their spot in the competition. Special guest Anne Burrell helps determine which finalist will not be moving on.
Game Day Special
The four remaining finalists try their hand at reporting live on location by visiting popular food trucks while Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and special guest Sabin Lomac watch from the studio. Then, it's time for each finalist to partake in their own segment of a special called "Up Your Game (Day)," performing a demo of a special game-day dish while also tackling surprises along the way. ESPN's Jemele Hill and special guest Jaymee Sire watch the special with Bobby and Giada to help decide which finalist goes down in defeat.
Who Wants a Pilot?
The three remaining finalists are in for a shock when they learn that a previously eliminated finalist is reentering the competition after winning Star Salvation on FoodNetwork.com. With the help of former finalists, the last four competitors must cook the dish of their lives for the privilege of making a pilot. Former Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson is back to help select the three finalists, who then shoot pilots directed by none other than Guy Fieri!
The Newest Food Network Star
It all comes down to the final week, as Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay watch the Food Network pilots for the three finalists. Watch what happens behind the scenes of Food Network Star, and then find out who joins the Food Network family and is crowned the newest Food Network star!
Star Salvation 3
One ousted rival will rejoin the competition, but only if he or she can survive a six-week journey on Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro.
Comeback Kitchen: Reheat or Reinvent
Eight former finalists are back in the Food Network Star kitchen for a second shot at stardom. Co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence challenge the alumni with reinventing a TV dinner while demonstrating that they've improved upon their flaws from the past. For the Star Challenge, the finalists have to marry two unlikely favorites, cereal and dessert, and show off their creations in a one-minute demo. In the end, one hopeful is eliminated from the competition.
Comeback Kitchen: Food Delivery, Reimagined
The pressure is on as the Food Network Star alumni face an elimination after every challenge. For the Mentor Challenge, the competitors are expected to create something new using the ingredients of bizarre vintage dishes. The least successful contestant is eliminated. For the Star Challenge, the contestants divide up into two teams to plan and create a menu for delivery. Then each team shoots a one-minute video to promote their delivery dishes, and yet another contestant is sent home.
Comeback Kitchen: One More Shot at Stardom
The remaining five competitors battle for a coveted spot as a finalist on Food Network Star. In the first challenge, the alumni have to put an international spin on classic New York deli dishes and create an Instagram story about the creation of their dish. One contestant is eliminated, setting up a showdown of the final four. In the final challenge, each competitor is given a summer theme and must livestream for eight minutes, but to make it harder, fellow contestants join each other's streams to ask challenging questions. Co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence determine who wins and moves on to take their spot on Food Network Star.
Are You a Main Attraction?
Ten Food Network Star hopefuls are greeted by Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay at Universal Orlando Resort's Volcano Bay to kick off the competition with a surprise -- the results of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen and who will be joining the competition. Then each finalist must create a portable version of their signature dish and go head-to-head with another competitor to convince park guests to try their dish. The heat is on, and it's not just the volcano, as Giada and Bobby decide who gets sent home in the first elimination.
The remaining finalists enter the popular world of podcasting as they team up to create food podcasts about colorful snacks. Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and guest judge Richard Blais listen and critique. After deciding whose voices paint the prettiest picture, the finalists are split up into two teams for field reports from Los Angeles' hottest food hall, The Proud Bird. These destination videos are screened and critiqued by Bobby, Giada and Food Network Star alum and co-host of Southern and Hungry, Damaris Phillips, to determine which competitor is eliminated.
Summer Bite Bash
The remaining finalists think they're cooking solo at an exclusive private event for foodies and tastemakers, but en route to their destination, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay reveal a twist -- they'll be cooking and presenting in teams. When they arrive, each team discovers their event theme, ingredients and decor in the trunk of their vehicle. They must pull together an international-themed party and team demo for the crowd, which includes Bobby, Giada and guest judge Tyler Florence, with one finalist eliminated at the end of the day.
Panic on the Panel
It's the halfway point in the competition, so for the first challenge the finalists are judged on their progress so far. But the tables are turned when they find out they must judge themselves! Then they're thrown in the deep end when People Magazine editor-in-chief Jess Cagle splits them into two teams to judge and evaluate mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis on their own dishes. What the finalists don't know is that the bottom two on each panel will compete in a sudden death cook-off, and two finalists will be sent packing.
Take This Title and Run With It
With the field narrowed to six finalists, the group goes Hollywood for their first challenge as they whip up dishes inspired by characters from the movie Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Special guest Fran Drescher, who voices the character Eunice in the movie, joins Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay at the judging table. Then it's back to business when the finalists are asked to give their take on new Food Network titles: Ooey Gooey, Cheat Eats and Stacked Snacks. Two finalists each take on a title and are judged head-to-head by Bobby and Giada along with guest judges comedian Loni Love and Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. In the end, one finalist's shot at stardom will be finished.
Shark Night Dinner
In the first challenge, the remaining finalists have to update their family favorites with a culinary twist. They have to film an Instagram story about their process while they cook, too, and food blogger Molly Yeh pops in to help judge. Then the finalists head to the aquarium to cater a five-course, VIP dinner in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Shark Night. Each course is inspired by an ingredient in a different shark's diet. Man v. Food's Casey Webb helps Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay decide which finalist will be eliminated.
Can You Host an Icon?
The competition is down to the final four, and it's time to see if the finalists can handle the rigors of live television. Each finalist must make a "share-worthy" dish live on Food Network's Facebook page, and their demo is put to the test when special guest Anne Burrell is revealed as the on-camera talent. The finalists have to act as producers, guiding Anne through the demo using a wireless earpiece. The pressure continues to escalate when each finalist hosts their own live "in the kitchen" show with a special guest who's familiar with the format ... Food Network's Ree Drummond! Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay decide which finalists best handle these pressure-packed challenges and earn a spot in the final three.
Star Salvation 4
One ousted rival will rejoin the competition, but only if he or she can survive a four-week journey on Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli.
Who Gets a Pilot?
The final three finalists become four again when a previously eliminated competitor re-enters the competition thanks to a win on FoodNetwork.com's Star Salvation. With the help of eliminated finalists to serve as sous chefs, the final four must cook for their lives to determine which three will get a chance to shoot their own pilot. Former Food Network Star winners Tregaye Fraser and Jason Smith help determine which three finalists will move on to shoot pilots directed by Food Network's Sunny Anderson, Duff Goldman and Robert Irvine.
The Newest Star
The pilots are in, and Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay determine the fates of the three finalists. Watch what happens behind the scenes and find out who will join the Food Network family and become a Food Network Star!