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 remaining finalists shoot promos that will determine the final three.
The contestants are whisked away to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where they take part in a challenge with a buffet theme. Later, they create small dishes to serve at a pool party. Meanwhile, the Star Salvation winner rejoins the competition.
Mentor Challenge: Make Giada Hungry by Describing Three Buffet Dishes
Star Challenge: Cook a Dish for a Pool Party and Describe It To the Party Guests
This week the finalists endure a Mentor Challenge With an evil twist. Next they demonstrate their food patter. It will take a high level of creativity and spontaneity for one of the two teams to prevail on this challenge about saying nothing and everything. The finalists must pull stories from their own lives to make the food - a pizza or donut - relatable and attractive to viewers. Meanwhile, the winner of Star Salvation returns to the main competition.
Mentor Challenge: Make and Describe an Italian Dish in a Way That Makes the Mentors Hungry
Star Challenge: Create, Write, Produce and Direct a Food-Based Field Story
The five remaining contestants visit Food Network headquarters in New York City, where they get their feet wet with faux live reports from a food court. Next they take their experience and apply it to live segments on Rachael Ray's daytime show.
Mentor Challenge: Do a Live Field Story from Chelsea Market on a Summer Staple
Star Challenge: Make a Dish That Solves a Family's Problem and Present the Dish Live
Tonight the finalists work on demonstrating points of view, and presentation skills. First up they must describe a dish in a way that tempts the home viewer. Next, the finalists must create a dish that promotes their view to a focus group - a foodie club. Then their dishes are auctioned off to the foodies after they present the dishes.
Mentor Challenge: Describe Bobby's Dish Compellingly without Crutch Words
Star Challenge: Create a Distinctive Dish That Shows Why You Should Be a Food Network Star; Put Dish up for Auction
Tonight it's food expertise theme and a reality show within a reality show. The finalists use mystery ingredients to compete for a huge advantage in the Star Challenge. The rest compete in a Chopped-like competition where they must demonstrate their creativity and adaptability by creating delicious dishes from impossible ingredients.
1. Make a dish from a mystery ingredient
2. Present dish with authority to Alton and Bobby
1. Make a dish from the four ingredients in your basket
2. Present dish to the focus group
The finalists take a foodie tour of New York City, and then must create a dish influenced by the tour.
The finalists will be tested on creativity and their ability to effectively hawk goods tonight. Each one must develop, make, package and present a product that encompasses their cooking style and chosen brand.
Mentor Challenge: Create Two Food Products That Represent Your Point of View and Develop Your Brand
Star Challenge: Pitch Your Chosen Product To an Expert Focus Group
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!
Tonight the finalists take on changes at movie theaters. They must divide into teams and create a menu and a movie trailer for a focus group at a luxury theater.
Mentor Challenge: Serve Theme Meals to Movie Goers with Sophisticated Palates
Star Challenge: Film a 60-Second Movie Trailer That Promotes Your Menu
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
Still in South Beach, Miami, this week the finalists deal with orchestrated breakdowns during cooking demonstrations so the judges can evaluate seat-of-pants adaptability and grace under pressure.
Sabotage is on the menu when the remaining finalists are split into two teams of five for a challenge inspired by the Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen.
Cutthroat Challenge Heat One: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Cutthroat Challenge Heat Two: Breakfast Plate
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
Fifteen new finalists are introduced to their mentors and then given their first challenge without a chance to take a breath. Tonight they must create restaurants from scratch with limited time and budgets. Each will also shoot his or her first pitch segment in conjunction with the team leader/producer.
A television special can be a last minute network order, so this week the finalists will experience a taste of that and get a chance to prove their adaptability and ability to perform under pressure.
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
Twelve hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles in the Season 11 premiere, where they are instructed to produce a 30-second introductory video and prepare their signature dish, which will be served at a food festival attended by Food Network fans and a Selection Committee which includes Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay.moreless
It is a day of unhappy surprises as the finalists create pizzas that encompass their points-of-view, only to be told one of the finalists won't proceed to the Star Challenge. Then the Star Challenge is an early run-in with an all-star Food Network panel—in front of which they must cook!
Camera Challenge: Make a Pizza that Reflects Your Culinary and Present It to Camera with a Personal Story
Star Challenge: Make Restaurant Food Accessible and Then Prepare It While Maintaining Your Composure in Front of a Firing Line of All-Star Judges
Tonight the finalists are tested on their fix-it skills and food vision. First the finalists will raid the Food Network Kitchen pantry, then Robert Irvine (Dinner: Impossible, Restaurant: Impossible) asks them to help turn around a failing restaurant's menu. Each finalist will be given an outdated or unsuccessful dish to update and make spectacular enough to not only please the current clientele, but also attract new business.
Mentor Challenge: Cook a Tasty, Well-Balanced Dish from Home Pantry Ingredients
Star Challenge: Give a Restaurant's Classic Dishes a Culinary Makeover
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
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.
Presentation is today's theme, and the finalists will travel to "the oldest theme park in America" for a live demo. After a trip to Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, the cooks are asked to celebrate the 4th of July. There, in the famous Ghost Town, they will create their take on classic American food combos, after which they must demonstrate the dishes to a 400-person audience. The question is, can each finalist demo the food, make the presentation engaging while tying-in their point of view, and make an edible dish.
Mentor Challenge: Create a 4th of July Food Pairing
Star Challenge: Live Demo Dish to an Audience of 400 People
The finalists cater Paula Deen's party for family and friends attending Food Network's South Beach Wine & Food Festival. They also must shoot a 30-second entertainment tip that will be part of the evaluation process.
The finalists visit Culver Studios' Mansion House, a Hollywood landmark, but sightseeing isn't on the menu. They must create the best burger they've ever made and do a live demo for 100 burger lovers who will decide by vote which of them must go home.
Mentor Challenge: Create a Burger for Burger Enthusiasts
Star Challenge: Give a Two-Minute Demonstration of Your Burger
The finalists must create a dessert from the ingredients they find in their baskets.
The finalists must create haute cuisine from typical mall food tonight, but the challenge will get harder when they find out where they are cooking, and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian introduces a secret ingredient that needs to be incorporated into each dish.
The finalists meet the Fourth Estate tonight, and they will need to be on their mettle. First up they each shoot a promotional video, but Alton, Bobby and Giada will not be available for direction. Then they face questions from journalists who will grill each of them about points of view, backgrounds and the shows they envision.moreless
The finalists attend New York's Fashion Week and find out makeovers are part of a star's perks. What they aren't prepared for is what, not who, the stars being made over are. Each finalist must overhaul his or her assigned boring dish, making it sparkle enough to impress Fashion Week attendees – a crowd not easily wowed.moreless
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
The finalists set out to prove their social-media savvy which is part of the responsibilities of being a network star. They must create a behind-the-scenes presentation. Later they will attempt marketing videos which are viral-worthy.
Mentor Challenge: Create a Cooking "Video Selfie" That Breaks the Fourth Wall
Star Challenge: Film a Buzzworthy Online Marketing Video
It's all about education tonight, with a dash of cooking. The finalists must teach two dishes to a judge and a surprise celebrity chef, all while maintaining enthusiasm, camera presence, instructions that can be followed, and making an edible dish.
Mentor Challenge: Without Cooking, Instruct Alton Brown How to Prepare a Dish
Star Challenge: Cook and Teach a Dish Made from Pantry Ingredients to the Audience
A look at how Alton, Bobby and Giada chose their team members. A process that began with sifting through thousands of applications, live auditions and the final choices made. Get a glimpse of behind-the-scenes action and the thoughts behind the decisions in this unique special that kicks off the redesigned competition.moreless
Alton, Bobby and Giada campaign for their finalists one last time after a video retrospective, and the results of viewers' voting announces the winner.
The 15 finalists are brought back together to reflect on the season and their experiences, and the Selection Committee will join in with their perspectives, too. Plus, just for fun, there will be a "Where Are They Now?" segment, stuff that didn't make the final cut and a gag reel.
Food Network gives fans a glimpse into the upcoming ninth season by outlining this year's changes, introducing the new finalists, and showing some behind-the-scenes clips.
Bob and Susie recall some of their favorite moments from preceding seasons, and past winners and finalists get to have their say.