Season 12 Episode 8

Food Network Stars!

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 22, 2012 on Food Network

Episode Recap

Melissa d'Arabian of Ten Dollar Dinners and winner of The Next Food Network Star season 5 competed on behalf of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in New York, New York.
Amy Finley of The Gourmet Next Door and winner of The Next Food Network Star season 3 competed on behalf of The Lois Merrill Foundation in San Diego, California. 
Jeff Mauro of Sandwich King and winner of The Next Food Network Star season 7 competed on behalf of Opportunity Knocks in River Forest, Illinois.
Aarti Sequeira of Aarti Party and winner of The Next Food Network Star season 6 competed on behalf of the Central City Community Outreach in Los Angeles, California. 
Appetizer Baskets:
Smoked Kippers
Hard Boiled Eggs
Sparkling Cider 
Chef Melissa - Apple Cider Blini with Kipper and Egg Rillette 
Chef Jeff - Smoked Kipper Salad Sandwich
Chef Aarti - "Brandade" Breakfast Taco
Chef Amy - Bittersweet Bistro Salad with Smoked Kippers
Chef Jeff Mauro was chopped after the Appetizer round.
The judges noted that he left the bones in the kippers.
Entrée Baskets:
Black Chicken
Cream of Coconut
Chef Aarti - Escarole Curry with Grilled Black Chicken
Chef Amy - Black Chicken Noodle Bowl with Escarole
Chef Melissa - Red Wine Braised Black Chicken with Escarole
Chef Amy Finley was chopped after the Entrée round.
The judges did not think the vision of her dish was matched by the product.
Dessert Baskets:
Cinnamon Toast Cereal
Japanese Mayonnaise
Frozen Peas 
Chef Melissa - Cinnamon Toast Cake with Pea Cream
Chef Aarti - Cinnamon Cereal Pudding with Pea Sauce
Chef Melissa d'Arabian was chopped after the Dessert round.
The judges described the buttery mousse in her Appetizer and the guava seeds in her Entrée as the basis of their choice.
Chef Aarti Sequeira won the $10,000 prize on behalf of Central City Community Outreach.

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