The Next Food Network Star

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    • 3/19/06
      The eight finalists in the running for the Next Food Network Star are introduced. They are each given their favorite ingredient, and allotted 30 minutes to prepare a dish that showcases their ingredients and themselves. Next the contestants meet Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, and Mario Batali from the Food Network TV Show, Iron Chef America. The contestants are put through their paces, demonstrating their culinary skills for the Iron Chefs.moreless
    • The Next Food Network Star, Episode One
      In the first episode of the two-part series premiere, each of the finalists is introduced along with clips of their audition videos, and reminiscing from the likes of Alton Brown and Mario Batali. Then it's on to their first challenge: the candidates must cook that simplest of all dishes: an egg. But here's the catch. They must create and demonstrate an egg dish that shows off both their skills and their personalities.moreless
    • Second Elimination
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Only seven finalists remain, and their first challenge is a Satellite Media Tour that includes preparation of their chosen dishes, then it's back to Studio B to create a pasta dish that reveals their culinary "point of view."
    • 3/19/06
      Rachael Ray, Food Network diva and star of 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels, Inside Dish with Rachael Ray and $40 a Day, teaches the contestants about show pacing, swap-outs, and never stopping tape. Contestants then take turns preparing a portion of a dish with the cameras rolling.
    • Holidays with Giada
      Holidays with Giada
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      The finalists' challenges range from gender- to holiday-specific tonight as two sister magazines, Esquire and Good Housekeeping, host them. First up is a manly meal challenge, and then they apply their culinary points-of-view to different holidays.
    • Iron Chef Battle
      Iron Chef Battle
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      The four remaining finalists travel back to Food Network's New York City home for their hardest challenge to date, an Iron Chef America competition that will test their camera skills, food knowledge and cooking ingenuity—all for the price of one. Camera Challenge Portion: Show Audience Engagement and Food Knowledge as a Floor Reporter Star Challenge Portion: Demonstrate Creativity with the Secret Ingredient for the Iron Chefs and the Panelmoreless
    • Dish of a Lifetime and Pilots
      Season 11 - Episode 10
      The winner of "Star Salvation" rejoins the competition; and the four remaining contestants are presented with the challenge of cooking the single best dish of their life with help from a familiar sous chef. Later, it's revealed that Rachael Ray will direct each of the three finalists in a pilot.
    • Iron Chef Showdown
      Iron Chef Showdown
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      Guest host Alton Brown calls the action as the four finalists must become Iron Chefs. In two battles, each finalist must complete three dishes with the assistance of a surprise sous chef: an eliminated finalist. As two finalists battle, the remaining two must act as floor commentators, demonstrating their knowledge of ingredients, and ability to speak extemporaneously in front of the camera. Judges Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson are joined by Iron Chefs Bobby Flay (also a guest judge) and Cat Cora, who evaluate the contestants dishes.moreless
    • Finale
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      The votes have been cast for the Next Food Network Star. This episode reveals which of the remaining two contestants will be awarded their own six-episode series on Food Network.
    • FN Star Miami VIP
      FN Star Miami VIP
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      It's all about the movies tonight as the three remaining finalists choose which course they'll prepare of a three-course dinner served to culinary bigwigs who have just screened the film Julie & Julia, partly inspired by Julia Child's life, but first there's lunch with Emeril.
    • Meet the Press
      Meet the Press
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      With three finalists left, it's time to face the media and an audience. First off, each finalist puts their best face forward when they're interviewed for the print media, on XM Radio, and has their first photo shoot. Later, each finalist must demonstrate their signature dish in five minutes on Rachael Ray's morning talk show.moreless
    • TV Guide Press Conference
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      The remaining four finalists compete for two spots in tonight's two episode event. The contestants are first given ingredients to select so they can make two dishes, but there's a nasty surprise awaiting them. Then they must demo an appetizer at a TV Guide press conference. Contestants are interviewed by reporters about their culinary ideas, why they want to be the next Food Network Star, and their opinions on the other contestants.moreless
    • Paula Deen Pilots
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      The three remaining finalists go into the last elimination challenge, a demo at the Early Show with Julie Chen. Once the final two are selected, Paula Deen gives them tips on how to connect with the viewers on their own TV show before they go off to film their sample pilots.moreless
    • Promos and Pilots
      Season 10 - Episode 10

      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 Giada Elimination
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      The six finalists explore teamwork when they meet season one winners, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh before being paired into teams themselves for a dish creation and demo. Then it's on to Giada De Laurentiis who gives them helpful hints on multitasking before they must demo two dishes simultaneously.
    • Retro Palm Springs
      Retro Palm Springs
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      Expertise in food and entertainment are tonight's challenges. First the finalists are asked to create an appetizer and then give their best party tip to the camera. Next, they travel to Palm Springs where they must each create a retro dish with an elegant pop for guests dining at Frank Sinatra's estate. Camera Challenge: Create a Unique Party Bite from the Three Ingredients in the Basket and then Demo It with Tips Star Challenge: Reinvent a Classic Dish with a Modern Twistmoreless
    • Alton Brown TV101
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Alton Brown gives the contestants a chalk talk about how to pitch a television show concept to network executives.
    • Ina Garten & Rachael Ray
      Ina Garten & Rachael Ray
      Season 7 - Episode 8
      It's a dessert challenge, and baking no less, when the remaining finalists are asked to make cupcakes. Next up is another live cooking demo, but this one is on national TV for the Rachael Ray Show.
    • Pilot Greenlights
      Season 8 - Episode 10

      The remaining finalists shoot promos that will determine the final three.

    • Demos Challenge
      Demos Challenge
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      It's time for the finalists to face the camera for their first cooking demonstrations. Adding to the tension is guest judge Alton Brown, who brings both culinary and filmmaking skills to the competition. For the first challenge, the finalists must present a dish made of three randomly selected ingredients. Later, they face their worst nightmare: cooking with the ingredient they least like to use. This time, it's a five minute demonstration of a dish centered around the ingredient.moreless
    • Savory Baking
      Season 11 - Episode 2
      Melissa d'Arabian judges the hopefuls on their ability to create an inspiring dish using only ingredients and leftovers found in an average family's refrigerator. Later, they must create a savory recipe inspired by the world of desserts to impress chef Alex Guarnaschelli.
    • The Perfect Match
      Season 11 - Episode 5
      The finalists swap favorite ingredients in the Mentor Challenge; and later, work in pairs to create dishes that blend their culinary styles for first-time daters and guest judges Anne Burrell and Joachim Splichal.
    • Miami Up All Night
      Miami Up All Night
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      Taking a page from Top Chef, Ted asks the remaining finalists to create dishes for a restaurant at John F. Kennedy Airport, and the winner gets an advantage after they fly to Miami for the main challenge: throwing a hip party at the Nikki Beach night club.
    • Live TV
      Season 11 - Episode 9
      Jeff Mauro and Katie Lee help the finalists meet the challenge of live TV.
    • Fort Dix Challenge
      Fort Dix Challenge
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Giada deLaurentiis is guest judge for the first of two challenges which take the contestants to Fort Dix, New Jersey. In this competition, the finalists must add some flavor to an Army MRE (Meal Ready to Eat.) Later, Guest Chef Paula Deen joins the group, who must prepare a "home cooking" style meal in teams of two, to be served to 750 soliders from the base.moreless
    • Rachael Ray Directs
      Rachael Ray Directs
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      Audience feedback will play a pivotal role in tonight's selection, but first the three remaining finalists must create their pilots, which Rachael Ray will direct. Then, in a first for the competition, the pilots are screened in front of a focus group whose reactions will be used by the selection committee to choose the Next Food Network Star.moreless
    • Cooking for Eva Longoria
      Cooking for Eva Longoria
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      Family and emotions play a key role in tonight's challenges as the finalists are delivered an unexpected twist to the camera challenge by people they know, and then must devise a dish with a meaningful story for some star clients based on an emotion. Camera Challenge: Create a Signature Dish Featuring Your Least Favorite Ingredient Star Challenge: Cook a Dish Based on the Emotion Assigned to Youmoreless
    • Enticing and Easy with Bon Appetit
      Tonight's challenges focus on the home viewers' needs. Iron Chef Cat Cora will hand out two challenges, one that deals with making the home cook feel they're experiencing the dish firsthand, and then one that simplifies a dish so it can be made at home. The prize: a feature in Bon Appétit magazine. Mini-Challenge: Create an Original Dish from Six Ingredients, then Describe it On-Camera Main Challenge: Reinvent a Complicated Dish, Making it Accessible to the Home Cook, along with Two Side Dishes, then Present it to Bon Appétit staff.moreless
    • Lunch Trucks With Paula
      Lunch Trucks With Paula
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      Mid-terms bring tough critiques and even tougher challenges. First, the finalists play with merchandising as they are asked to create a product that fits in a jar, and then present it to a live audience. Next, Paula Deen and Bobby pair them and put them into lunch trucks where they will need to appeal to the quirky Venice Beach crowds in order to win the challenge. Camera Challenge: 1. Create a Food Brand 2. Use the Product in a Dish and Demo It to Camera Star Challenge: Teams Combine Points-of-View into Food Truck Faremoreless
    • Vegas Pool Party
      Season 10 - Episode 7

      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

    • Vegas Throwdown
      Vegas Throwdown
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      Tonight's challenge takes a page from judge Bobby Flay's book. The finalists compete head-to-head, making ultimate versions of both their signature dishes and their competitors' while being grilled mercilessly by the committee. Mini-Challenge: None Main Challenge: Make Your Own Signature Dish While also Making and Out-Doing Competitor's Signature Dish; Perform Quick Interview During Challenge with Extra's Dayna Devonmoreless
    • Into the Studio
      Into the Studio
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      The finalists' skills are tested tonight with the creation of a healthy meal for, and in consultation with, a Brownie Girl Scout, and then – the surprise – its presentation on the Rachael Ray Show with the young assistant. Mini-Challenge: None Main Challenge: Create a Meal that's Innovative, Nutritious and Pleases a Child's Palate then Demonstrate the Meal to Camera in Four Minutesmoreless
    • Spicy Competition
      Spicy Competition
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      There is a mad dash to claim the best pepper when Bobby announces the winner will be featured on his Mesa Grill menu, but first they must make dishes that are worthy with excellent presentations. Next, they must delve into their own childhoods as they put new spins on three master chefs' childhood favorites. Camera Challenge: Create a Dish Featuring a Chili Pepper Star Challenge: Reinvent Each Chef's Favorite Childhood Dishmoreless
    • Potluck, Cakes, and Wedding Challenge (Part II)
      Having survived the wedding cake challenge in Part I, the heat is on in Part II when Guest Chef Robert Irvine (Dinner Impossible) presents an even bigger challenge: cater a wedding reception for 100 guests. The contestants are divided into two teams, headed by previous challenge winners Colombe (Orange Team) and Amy (Green Team), and must stay on time and within budget while they prepare, present and serve a buffet dinner, with one addedd twist: the bride is a vegetarian, but the groom is not!

      After the dinner, the finalists return to the guest house for the first evaluation session, where the first two are eliminated.moreless
    • Welcome to Los Angeles!
      Welcome to Los Angeles!
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      12 new finalists make their way to their new home in the Hollywood Hills and three grueling days of challenges. First they must show who they are with the plainest of ingredients, chicken and potatoes, and then present the dish to the camera. Then everyone's off to Paramount studios where they shoot the first of their 30-second promos for the show each wants to host under the direction of a top Hollywood director. Finally, they each must create a power lunch for a mysterious celebrity chef. Camera Challenge: "You on a Plate" Star Challenge: 1. Film Show Promo 2. Cater Lunch for a Celebrity Chefmoreless
    • Secret Supper Club
      Secret Supper Club
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      A busy home cook herself, last year's winner, Melissa D'Arabian, drops by to task the finalists to relate to the busy home cook by making "dinner with breakfast" using cereal. Then they must relate to hardcore foodies when they team together to create an underground supper club, the members of which count among the culinary elite. Camera Challenge: Make Dinner with Breakfast Star Challenge: Work as a Team to Open Your Own Supper Clubmoreless
    • Food Stories from the Road
      Season 9 - Episode 8

      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

    • Cook for Your Life & Pilots
      Cook for Your Life & Pilots
      Season 7 - Episode 11
      The last three finalists prepare for their pilots, but there is a nasty surprise around the corner for them. Guy Fieri directs the pilots, but the finalists may not like quite as well the members of the focus group who will influence the committee's choice for this season's Food Network Star.moreless
    • A Food Star Is Born
      Season 10 - Episode 11
      The winner is revealed during the Season 10 finale, which also includes a tell-all reunion between the contestants and never-before-seen footage. In addition, Bobby, Alton and Giada are on hand to share their favorite moments.
    • Rachael Ray Show
      Season 10 - Episode 9

      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

    • Food Truck Throwdown
      Season 11 - Episode 7
      The finalists work in pairs for a challenge that finds them operating their own food trucks and creating a social media promo video to entice people to try their dishes. Richard Blais is the guest judge.
    • 4th of July Cookout
      Season 11 - Episode 4
      The finalists are split into teams to feed guests, including judge Bobby Deen, at a Fourth of July cookout.
    • Potluck, Cakes, and Wedding Challenge (Part I)
      Season Premiere. The third season premiere of The Next Food Network Star introduces eleven new contestants and many new challenges! Guest Chefs Bobby Flay (Throwdown with Bobby Flay), Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes) and Robert Irvine (Dinner Impossible) join the finalists, presenting their first challenges.

      The action begins after a greeting from Emeril Lagasse (Emeril Live). The finalists gather in Food Network Studio A, when the they face their first challenge: prepare an original dish to be presented at a dinner for the selection committee. The next day, the heat is on when the finalists meet their first guest chef: Duff Goldman, who challenges them to decorate a wedding cake, something most of them have never done. But things look impossible when Guest Chef Robert Irvine prsents the day's second challenge.

      This season's Judges Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson are joined by Guest Judge Bobby Flay as members of the selection committee for the first round of challenges.moreless
    • Star Quality
      Star Quality
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      Ten new finalists are introduced tonight through challenges that focus on each one's "culinary point-of-view," how he or she translate that view into cuisine, and his or her ability to adapt the view in collaboration. All this presented to some of the Food Network's biggest stars.

      Mini Challenge: State Your Culinary Point-of-View in One Sentence to the Camera

      Main Challenge: Teams Prepare Three Dishes that Show Individual Culinary Points-of-View and a Melding of the Two Views in 30 Minutesmoreless
    • You… In a Jar
      You… In a Jar
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      Tonight the finalists concentrate on their point-of-view and the personal touch as they create signature dishes using a potato as a blank canvas, and then package themselves into a product for presentation to high-end buyers and a very special guest. Mini Challenge: Express Your Culinary Point-of-View through the Potato and Then Present It to the Selection Committee via Camera Using a Personal Story Main Challenge: Create Your Own Food Product in a Jar and Present Samples to 50 Food Buyersmoreless
    • Grammy Award Celebration
      Grammy Award Celebration
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      The finalists explore inspiration tonight—finding it in the food as they make dishes based on film genres, and then sharing the inspiration with their audience. Next, they get a taste of life in the public eye before pairing up to cater an after-party for Colbie Caillat. Camera Challenge: Create a Dish Inspired by a Classic Movie Genre and Present It to the Camera Star Challenge: 1. Red Carpet Challenge 2. Create Solo Dish Using Swag Bag Ingredient, and Make Collaborative Dish with Both Ingredientsmoreless
    • Red Lobster Battle on the Beach
      Red Lobster Battle on the Beach
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      A live TV segment tests the finalists' skills at flying seat-of-pants when complications arise, and the Red Lobster product placement returns as they battle it out Iron Chef-style with wood grills to see whose dish will land on the restaurant's menu.
    • FN Star On the Go
      FN Star On the Go
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      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
    • Sweet to Savory Carnival
      Sweet to Savory Carnival
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      The finalists must demonstrate their ability to think on their feet as they each demonstrate a piece of a recipe breakdown in front of the camera. Then Duff Goldman asks them to cater the party he is throwing for friends at the Santa Monica Pier, but using sweets to inspire savory treats may be just as hard as presenting to the live audience. Camera Challenge: Step-by-Step Recipe Breakdown Relay Star Challenge: Create a Savory Party Bite out of Carnival Sweetsmoreless
    • Comedy Roast
      Comedy Roast
      Season 7 - Episode 9
      Thinking on the fly is tonight's skill as the finalists try their hands at a segment of the Best Thing I Ever Ate. Then they must brace themselves and shore up their sensitive sides, because some legendary comics are putting on a roast and the topic is the finalists' menus.
    • Star Charity Auction
      Season 9 - Episode 7

      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

    • Ultimate Vegas Buffet
      Ultimate Vegas Buffet
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      The three remaining finalists get to see a little of Las Vegas tonight as they visit different Vegas hot spots to tape sample promos, then they rub elbows with performers and chefs from the strip as they try to improve upon one of Vegas' classics – the buffet. Mini-Challenge: Deliver a Scripted 30-second Promo for Your Show on Camera Main Challenge: Create a Lavish, Over-the-Top Monster Buffet and Entertain the Entertainersmoreless
    • Being an Expert
      Being an Expert
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      It's all about culinary expertise tonight as Tyler Florence puts the finalists through their paces with skills demonstrations, and the new Iron Chef, Michael Symon, challenges their skill, creativity, and their sea legs as they serve a seafood lunch aboard a Coast Guard cutter. The prize: a place on Red Lobster's menu. Mini-Challenge: Produce a Technique Video in 60 seconds Main Challenge: Fresh Fish Challenge – One Fish, Two Waysmoreless
    • NYC on the Go
      Season 8 - Episode 2

      The finalists take a foodie tour of New York City, and then must create a dish influenced by the tour.

    • A Star Is Chopped
      Season 9 - Episode 3

      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.

      Mentor Challenge:
      1. Make a dish from a mystery ingredient
      2. Present dish with authority to Alton and Bobby

      Star Challenge:
      1. Make a dish from the four ingredients in your basket
      2. Present dish to the focus group

    • Product Pitch
      Season 9 - Episode 6

      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

    • Lights, Camera, Cook
      Lights, Camera, Cook
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      Fifteen finalists meet Hollywood at an iconic location, but there is no time for sightseeing. They must keep their head in the game, because they are immediately asked to prepare a breakfast dish that best tells who and what they represent. Next up is a press tour by tasting menu and a promo. Camera Challenge: Create a Sophisticated Breakfast Dish that Is "You on a Dish," then Present It to Camera Star Challenge: 1. Team Promos 2. Prepare Four-course Tasting Menu for the Pressmoreless
    • Press Party for Food Network's 16th Birthday
      The 10 new finalists arrive at Food Network and are immediately thrown to the sharks. The selection committee informs them that they are catering the network's "Sweet 16" party, and not only will they be serving the press, but some of their FN heroes as well.
    • 4th Of July Live
      Season 9 - Episode 5

      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!

    • Big Screen Bites
      Season 9 - Episode 4

      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

    • Are You Ready for Prime Time?
      Season 9 - Episode 1

      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

    • Diner's, Drive-Ins and 4th of July
      The finalists join Guy Fieri in an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Then they must throw a 4th of July Food Festival that celebrates all-American foods. But that's not all. The festival will include the finalists' first live cooking demo.
    • Cutthroat Food Star
      Season 10 - Episode 3

      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

    • Improv
      Season 11 - Episode 6
      Pizzas with "kicked up" flavors are created to impress guest judge Duff Goldman, plus the winner will inspire an upcoming item on a Cici's menu. Later, the finalists are randomly assigned dish requirements, which they'll present during a four-minute live demo for food and comedy fans.
    • One-of-a-Kind Experience
      Season 10 - Episode 8

      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

    • Hollywood Calling!
      Season 10 - Episode 1

      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

    • Trendy Dinner
      Season 11 - Episode 3
      The contestants create and photograph trendy "tiny" foods; and later, compete in two teams tasked with creating a five-course meal inspired by buzzwords.
    • Deliciously Unpredictable Demos
      Season 8 - Episode 9

      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.

    • Guy Live
      Season 8 - Episode 5

      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.

    • Impossible Beginnings
      Season 8 - Episode 1

      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.

    • Dinner Party for Wolfgang Puck
      Dinner Party for Wolfgang Puck
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      It's time for midterms, when the finalists must cook their signature dish and include everything they have learned so far. Afterward, there is no rest for the wicked, or the angelic, because Wolfgang Puck drops by the finalists' house for an impromptu dinner party and one lucky person will get an impromptu cooking lesson.moreless
    • Food Network Star Festival
      Season 11 - Episode 1

      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.

    • Bon Appetit Challenge
      Bon Appetit Challenge
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Giada deLaurentiis is the guest judge as the competitors have their first chance to appear before the camera, each presenting one minute of her recipe for Chicken Florentine. Later, the finalists compete for the cover of the July Bon Appétit magazine, preparing a grill-themed dish that best represents them.
    • In the Line of Fire
      In the Line of Fire
      Season 7 - Episode 2

      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

    • FN Star – Finale
      FN Star – Finale
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      The two remaining finalists have returned to New York where they'll conceptualize their pilots and then film them, but in the midst of this hectic pace they'll have to make time for an interview with the editor of Food Network Magazine, and for Alton who'll review their culinary points-of-view. Later, the winner will be announced during a live segment.moreless
    • Menu: Impossible
      Season 9 - Episode 9

      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

    • Network Pitch
      Season 9 - Episode 10

      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

    • Dueling Desserts
      Dueling Desserts
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      Dessert becomes dinner when chocolate takes center stage for both of tonight's challenges, one of which becomes a team event. Meanwhile, Chefs Duff Goldman and Michael Symon drop in to lend their assistance.
    • Deen Family Beach Party
      Season 8 - Episode 8

      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.

    • America Picks a Star
      Season 9 - Episode 11

      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.

    • Live Demo at Knott's Berry Farm
      Season 10 - Episode 5

      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

    • NBA Chocolate Challenge
      NBA Chocolate Challenge
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Guy Fieri, Season Two Next Food Network Star winner, is the guest judge along with NBA star Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins. For their first challenge, the finalists must compete to prepare and present the best dish using chocolate. Later, their second challenge is to prepare and serve updated stadium food to fans at a New Jersey Nets game.moreless
    • Cougar Town and Paula Deen
      Cougar Town and Paula Deen
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      Melissa D'Arabian returns, but given her stellar performance last year they have moved her up in the series and changed her from dinner to hors d'oeuvres—but still there's the Kellogg's cereals. Elsewhere there's a surprise guest and Paula Deen will no doubt expect everyone to deep fry something when they are asked to cater for the Cougar Town cast and crew.moreless
    • Burger Bash
      Season 9 - Episode 2

      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

    • Please Try This at Home
      Season 10 - Episode 2

      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

    • Iron Chef
      Iron Chef
      Season 7 - Episode 10
      The Iron Chef showdown returns to the competition, along with the pressure it brings to bear on the finalists. Alton Brown will provide criticism from his usual commentator's spot, and Michael Symon will join the judging panel.
    • Dessert Chopping Block
      Season 8 - Episode 3

      The finalists must create a dessert from the ingredients they find in their baskets.

    • Iron Chef Food Court
      Season 8 - Episode 6

      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.

    • Meet the Press-ure
      Season 8 - Episode 7

      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.

    • Fashion Week Food Makeover
      Season 8 - Episode 4

      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.

    • Internet Marketing Video
      Season 10 - Episode 4

      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

    • Food Truck Face Off
      Food Truck Face Off
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      The ultimate team challenge returns! The remaining finalists are divided into three teams which will conceptualize their food trucks. This year they will also create an advertisement. Last year's Next Food Network Star winner pays a visit.
    • Product Commercial
      Season 10 - Episode 6

      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

    • Finale
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      The remaining three finalists return to New York and the Food Network studios where they pitch ideas for their pilots and then tape a version of the show, these are then screened in front of the Selection Committee, their fellow eliminated finalists, families and the press. This is their last chance to shine before the committee names this year's Next Food Network Star. Mini-Challenge: None Main Challenge: Create a Fully-Produced Pilot Presentation of Your Showmoreless
    • Finale
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      The finalists, Amy and Rory, return to New York for the announcement of the Next Food Network Star. Amy and Rory's culinary history, along with recaps and clips of each episode including reflections by the eleven contestants lead up to the reveltion of the winner by the Food Network's first star, Emeril Lagasse.moreless
    • Finale: A Star Is Born
      Season 8 - Episode 11

      Alton, Bobby and Giada campaign for their finalists one last time after a video retrospective, and the results of viewers' voting announces the winner.

    • Food Network Star Casting Special
      Food Network Star Casting Special
      Season 8 - Episode Special

      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.

    • We Have a Winner
      Season 11 - Episode 11
      Season 11 comes to a close with a winner being named by Food Network president Brooke Johnson. But first, the nine eliminated finalists are invited back to view their former rivals' pilots with Bobby, Giada, Susie and Bob.
    • Lifestyle Brand
      Season 11 - Episode 8
      The finalists are tasked with doing a video presentation showcasing a dish that can easily be recreated by a home cook in a short amount of time; and later, Damaris Phillips directs them as they express their culinary point of view with a holiday recipe.
    • Guilty Pleasures Dinner
      Season 12 - Episode 8
      A five-course meal composed of nothing but over-the-top guilty pleasure dinners is prepared by the remaining finalists during a challenge that ends with one hopeful going home.
    • Food Network Star Reunion
      Food Network Star Reunion
      Season 7 - Episode Special

      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.

    • Auditions
      Season 13 - Episode 1
      Twelve Food Network Star hopefuls arrive in search of their big break. Upon their arrival, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay greet them with the news that they must pass one more big audition before they will officially be considered finalists. On top of that, they learn there is one more person joining the competition: the winner of "Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen." Special guests Monti Carlo and Robert Irvine help Giada and Bobby decide who will be the first competitor sent home.moreless
    • A New Food Network Star
      Season 12 - Episode 12
      The final three watch their pilots with Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay. One winner is selected to shoot their very own show on Food Network in the Season 12 finale.
    • Cooking Goes Live!
      Season 13 - Episode 8
      The finalists must try their hand at something big, taking their inspiration from Josh Denny and his hit Food Network show, "Ginormous Food." Then, it's time for the up-to-the-minute trend of live cooking while streaming on social media. Each finalist streams their take on a start-to-finish 15-minute weeknight meal, while viewers cook along with them. Surprise guest Alex Guarnaschelli provides feedback on the finalists' performances.moreless
    • Beat Bobby Flay
      Season 13 - Episode 7
      The finalists take on "Beat Bobby Flay." In the first round of cooking the finalists go head-to-head to determine who will take on Bobby Flay in Round 2. Anyone who can beat Bobby is safe from elimination, but those who are not up to the challenge may lose their spot in the competition. Special guest Anne Burrell helps determine which finalist will not be moving on.moreless
    • Glamping
      Season 13 - Episode 4
      The remaining finalists are divided into teams and sent into the wilderness. When they arrive at a campsite, they must use whatever camping food is in the back of their cars to create a "glamping" meal. Each team will present their dishes to Giada De Laurentiis, along with guests Melissa d'Arabian and Andrew Zimmern, who will decide which finalist successfully elevated camping food to glamping dishes and gave the best tips for working with wilderness fare.moreless
    • Sunny's Kitchen Hacks
      Season 13 - Episode 5
      First, the finalists pair up and take on a typical shopping budget problem while creating an Instagram Story about their shopping trip, with special guest Hannah Hart helping Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis judge the finalists' efforts. Then Sunny Anderson brings with her several of her favorite problem-solving segments from "The Kitchen," with the finalists tasked to perform a demo with Sunny in front of a studio audience.moreless
    • Beauty and the Beast
      Season 13 - Episode 2
      The finalists host a party celebrating Disney's live-action feature "Beauty and the Beast." The finalists are divided into three teams, with each team drawing inspiration from one of the iconic rooms of the castle to decorate a serving station and cook up a dish before presenting to a ballroom full of party guests. Special guest Sandra Lee attends the event with Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay to help pick a winning team, then two finalists from the losing team are sent home.moreless
    • Good Mythical Morning
      Season 12 - Episode 6
      Duff Goldman issues an edible art challenge. Later, the seven remaining finalists are invited to pair unlikely food ingredients together for a segment on the Internet talk show "Good Mythical Morning."
    • Summer Party Playoffs
      Season 13 - Episode 6
      Each of the remaining seven finalists makes their best potato dish and must overcome the one thing in the competition that has been holding them back. Then it's time to celebrate summer with Cooking Channel host Tiffani Thiessen, who helps Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis judge the efforts of the finalists as they each host their version of a summer social gathering for a crowd of people in the park. One finalists' summer ends early and is sent home.moreless
    • Pushing for a Pilot
      Season 12 - Episode 10
      The three finalists are surprised by the arrival of a former contestant, who's back in the competition after winning "Star Salvation." Later, Aarti Sequeira helps choose who gets to shoot a Food Network pilot directed by Guy Fieri.
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      Game Day Special
      Game Day Special
      Season 13 - Episode 9
      The four remaining finalists try their hand at reporting live on location, each visiting a popular food truck while Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and special guest Sabin Lomac watch from the studio. Then, it's time for each finalist to partake in their own segment of a recorded ensemble special called "Up Your Game (Day)," performing a demo of a special game-day dish, while also tackling surprises along the way.moreless
    • Motorsports Tailgating
      Season 12 - Episode 5
      Robert Irvine challenges the remaining finalists to create a dish worthy of a world-class motorsports tailgate party.
    • Comeback Kitchen: A Fresh Star
      Season 15 - Episode 1
      Former finalists return to the Food Network Star kitchen for a second shot at stardom. Hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence kick off the proceedings by identifying what kept each of the alumni from prevailing in their previous season. Then, each alumni take on a retro dessert and shoot an Instagram video about their updated version. Duff Goldman joins Valerie and Tyler to help judge the results, and one contestant will be eliminated from the competition.moreless
    • Tiki Takeover
      Season 12 - Episode 7
      The six remaining finalists are tasked with baking a dish from a pantry stocked only with frozen foods; and later, they are split into two teams of three to throw a tiki party with an island-inspired menu.
    • Room Service Revenge
      Season 12 - Episode 4
      Nine finalists remain for the challenge of delivering trendy remote food reports for "Entertainment Tonight." And later, creating an upscale room service experience proves tricky when dodging comedic curveballs from guest judges Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hannah Hart.
    • Show Promos
      Season 12 - Episode 3
      The finalists work in pairs to shoot a promo for their version of a show called "Family Roadtrip!" Among the judges they must try to impress are Ali Larter and Food Network Magazine editor-in-chief Maile Carpenter.
    • Season 11 Sneak Peek
    • Star Salvation 2
      Star Salvation 2
      Season 12 - Episode 10
    • Cinematic Debut!
      Season 12 - Episode 1
      Season 12 begins with the hopefuls shooting a 30-second screen test to be shown at a VIP event in Los Angeles.
    • All-Terrain Eats
      Season 13 - Episode 3
      The 10 remaining finalists divide into two teams, with each team creating a five-course menu for an experiential restaurant. Diners will experience a completely different environment for each course, such as an appetizer in the jungle and a main course in the desert. Each finalist must also make a video menu describing their dish for the diners. Special guest Tyler Florence dines with Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay and helps decide which finalist is sent home.moreless
    • Mash-Up Throwdown
      Season 12 - Episode 2
      The 12 finalists are paired up for the task of shooting a culinary travelogue report. Later, two different cooking styles are mashed up into one dish during the food-world equivalent of a rap battle.
    • Food Holiday Fray
      Season 12 - Episode 9
      Holiday specials are hosted by the finalists, who must plan menus to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve and Easter.
    • Season 9 Sneak Peek
      Season 9 Sneak Peek
      Season 9 - Episode Special

      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.

    • FN Star – Rachael Ray
      FN Star – Rachael Ray
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      It's all about the kiddies tonight as Rachael Ray has the finalists prepare dishes for her charity event, and then they get face time on her talk show where kids food is transformed to adult fare.
    • The Next Food Network Star, Episode Two
      Part two of the series premiere features a warm-up and two challenges as the finalists continue to attempt proficiency in stressful situations on-camera. First up is an exercise using the teleprompter, but of course there's a catch. Then they are assigned the different tasks to frost a cake but must think on their feet when complications are thrown at them. Finally, Bobby Flay is on hand as a guest judge and the finalists must prepare and present one of Bobby's signature dishes, tag-team style.moreless
    • Next Food Network Star, Episode Three
      Tonight's theme is the finalists' culinary philosophy, and Mario Batali is part of the first segment as he discusses his own and gives them their first challenge: design a pizza that demonstrates the finalist's philosophy. Next, the contestants take the night to create a pitch for their "show," and finally they create a dish using the theme, "Summer Celebration."moreless
    • Next Food Network Star, Episode Four
      Tonight is all about multi-tasking, and Paula Deen drops by for a demonstration of the art. Two finalists go home tonight amid three challenges. First they must each choose two of Paula's dishes to demonstrate in seven minutes, then it's on to a free-form video cast about one of the ingredients in each of the contestants' signature dishes. Finally, the apex of multi-tasking is reached as they demonstrate their signature dishes whilst answering questions from the media.moreless
    • Next Food Network Star, Episode Five
      Tonight's extended finale is chock full of tasty events as the four remaining finalists present a dish for a morning show, and then create a "mini-pilot" of the show they've conceptualized. Then, as the public votes online or via text messaging, the eliminated finalists are brought back for a reunion before the winner is announced live.moreless
    • Dinner at Ina's
      Dinner at Ina's
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      The finalists demonstrate their ability to gab and grab for Tyler when they grocery shop on-camera. Then they take off for the Hamptons where they must cater an elegant meal for Ina and her guests.
    • The Ultimate American Meal
      The Ultimate American Meal
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      The finalists put their spin on the classic burger for Bobby, and then Guy takes them aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum where they get boxes of international ingredients that must be transformed into dinner for some home-bound patriots.
    • Best of Food Network Star
      Best of Food Network Star
      Season 7 - Episode Special

      Bob and Susie recall some of their favorite moments from preceding seasons, and past winners and finalists get to have their say.

    • Who Wants a Pilot?
      Who Wants a Pilot?
      Season 13 - Episode 10
      The three remaining finalists are in for a shock when they learn that a previously eliminated finalist is re-entering the competition. With the help of former finalists, the last four competitors must cook for the privilege of making a pilot. Former winner Eddie Jackson is back to help select the three finalists, who then shoot pilots directed by none other than Guy Fieri.moreless
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