Alton, Bobby and Giada coach the remaining four finalists as they shoot promos for potential Food Network shows. After seeing the results, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson send one finalist home, while the final three make pilots directed by Robert Irvine (Restaurant Impossible, Dinner Impossible).
Mentor Challenge: Film a Promo That Encompasses Your Show Idea and Point-of-View
Star Challenge: Film a Pilot Segment
The contestants visit restaurants that offer one-of-a-kind dining experiences in Las Vegas, and then are split into teams of three and tasked with serving the panel and a Vegas star a unique multi-course meal.
Mentor Challenge: Experience a 360 Culinary Adventure
Star Challenge: Create Your Own Culinary Experience
The finalists are tasked with creating products that represent their culinary points of view. Then they film green screen commercials with mismatched locations after the mentors give their feedback.
Mentor Challenge: Personify Your Point of View in a Packaged Food Product
Star Challenge: Sell Your Product by Creating a Commercial
Twelve hopefuls arrive on a Hollywood Backlot where they will be catapulted into a food star's life and responsibilities.
Mentor Challenge: Tell the Mentors What Is Unique about You
Star Challenge: Cater Your Own Hollywood Premiere. Introduce Your Dish and Point of View on the Red Carpet
All the finalists and the selection committee gather for a recap of the season, including new behind-the-scenes footage. Then the winner is announced as chosen by viewer votes.
It's show time. Each of the four remaining finalists must now design a show that realizes their culinary points of view and that will appeal to the Food Network viewers. The elimination will greenlight three of the four finalists who will then make their pilots under the direction of Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives), season two winner of The Next Food Network Star.
Mentor Challenge: Pitch Two Potential Pilots to the Mentors
Star Challenge: Film Your Pilot, Then Pitch It To the Network
Live events present a whole different set of challenges, and tonight the finalists will confront them head on. First up are live cooking demos with changes thrown at them during the demo. Then they will help out with an interactive event that includes advising home viewers on party tips and recipes.
Mentor Challenge: Present a Sandwich in a Live Demo
Star Challenge: 4th of July Live!
Twelve new finalists make their way to Food Network's Los Angeles kitchen and meet their mentors. Tonight is about introductions. They will be introduced to the camera, they will introduce themselves to the committee with their first dishes and pitch tapes, and they will introduce themselves to the newest element of the competition—and perhaps the most controversial ever, since it depends on the dubious taste of the public—a focus group made up of Food Network viewers.
Mentor Challenge: Film a 30-second Pitch Tape
Star Challenge: Cook a Dish Using the Unforgettable Potato, Then Present It To the Selection Committee and Focus Group