The Next Food Network Star

Season 2 Episode 1

The Next Food Network Star 2, Premiere

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 19, 2006 on Food Network

Episode Recap

The first injury on-set occurred when Beth sliced open her finger with a knife. Showcase Dishes: Reggie – Fig Salad (Figs) Andy – Pork Tenderloin (Pork) Carissa – Pan-seared New York Strip Steak (Beef) Beth – Mediterranean Vegetables, Mussels and Shrimp (Shrimp) Nathan – Bulgogi (Cabernet Sauvignon) Guy – Onion Rings (Sweet Onion) Yvette – Potato Omelette (Potato) Jess – Panko-crusted Prawns (Shrimp) Morimoto tests the contestants on their knife skills by requiring them to fine-dice an onion, julienne a carrot, and a filet a fish. Batali tests the contestants on their ability to describe a prepared dish. Flay presents the contestants with a set of ingredients to test their presentation skills. No contestants were eliminated at the end of this episode. The judges decided that they did not know the contestants well enough to eliminate anyone.