The Next Food Network Star

FN Star On the Go

Season 4, Ep 2, Aired 6/8/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Robert Irvine (Dinner: Impossible) has a rude –and very early – awakening in store for the finalists tonight when they're wakened at 3:00 am for an unusual shopping trip that will test their knowledge and prep skills. Then their forward motion becomes continuous as they must prepare and serve brunch on a moving train. The prize: a feature in USA Weekend magazine. Mini Challenge: Ingredient Search – Food Knowledge Test or Prep Task to Make Ingredient Choice Main Challenge: Train Challenge – Prepare and Serve Brunch to the Committee and 30 Passengers Incorporating All Three Ingredientsmoreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bob Kirsh

  • Bobby Flay

    Host / Judge

  • Bob Tuschman


  • Donna MacLetchie

  • Susie Fogelson


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This was one of the better twists in a while. I like the Dinner Impossible scenario. It is a shame that The Food Network is too high and mighty to let him continue in his show.

    By QuakertownBob, Jun 23, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Kevin: (about his dish) It represents my culinary point of view, being a single guy who likes to date and romance, and hopefully one day fall in love. I think the crostini is sexy. Jeffrey: I have no idea what is romantic about a crostini.

    • (Adam has suggested a skit for their presentation.) Aaron: I said, "Oh, hell no!" I'm from Camden; I'm black. And I'm not robbin' no train, and I'm, like, "He's crazy if he think I'm going out there to do this." I'm not even funny.

    • Kevin: (of his team's ingredients) We have semolina raisin bread, a big ball of fresh mozzarella, and a duck breast. We could be in trouble.

    • (Nipa is still getting ready, while the other teams have left already.) Shane: It's not being a team player when you know we have a team challenge, and you're moving like a slug.

    Notes (4)

    • According to Susie Fogelson's vlog, the reason Nipa gave the judges for storming off the set was that she hadn't realized they would be so mean. Bob and Susie were hurt because they feel that's the last thing they bring to the competition. Bobby was offended because he felt she didn't appreciate the opportunity she'd been given. She also addresses why Nipa was not eliminated. The feeling the committee had was that Nipa's point-of-view was attractive and very marketable. She's certainly on the fence after her outburst, but the one who was eliminated had a point-of-view that "sucked" and didn't bring passion to the presentations.

    • This episode was filmed in January, before Robert Irvine's fall from grace when it was discovered he'd padded his resume and was subsequently fired by the network.

    • Special Thanks to the Morristown & Erie Railway.

    • It appears that the staging site for the train challenge was the Whippany Railroad Museum. The train used was likely one of the ones used during the summer, Easter and Christmas for themed scenic excursions.

    Trivia (1)

    • Train Challenge Dishes: Gray Team: Aaaron, Adam & Jennifer (Brioche, Ricotta, Strip Steak) • Savory French Toast (Jennifer) • Sunny-side-up Eggs Topped with Savory Ricotta and Crème Fraîche Mixture (Adam) • Bold New York Strip Steak with Orange Glaze (Aaron) Blue Team: Lisa, Nipa & Shane (Day-old Baguette, Danish Bleu Cheese, Lamb) • Romaine & Herb Salad with a Fig Vinaigrette and Bleu Cheese Crumbles (Shane) • Six-spice Lamb Kebab (Nipa) • Crostini-style French Toast with Honey Crème Fraîche (Lisa) Green Team: Jeffrey, Kelsey & Kevin (Raisin Semolina Bread, Mozzarella, Duck) • Mozarella Crostini with a Fig & Honey Reduction Sauce (Kevin) • Duck Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette & Apricots and Raspberries (Kelsey) • Bourbon Bread Pudding with Raspberry Coulis (Jeffrey)

    Allusions (1)

    • Robert Irvine: This week I gave you a very difficult Dinner: Impossible-style challenge. This references an episode from his own show, "Race on the Rails: Dinner Train: Impossible," where he made a five-course dinner for 160 guests on the Sierra Railroad Sunset Dinner Train.

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