Twelve new finalists make their way to the 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: 30-second Pitch Tape
Star Challenge: Cook an Unforgettable Dish Using a Potato Then Present It to the Selection Committee and Focus Group