The Next Food Network Star

Sunday 9:00 PM on Food Network Premiered Jun 05, 2005 In Season




  • Season 4 Episode 9: Finale

  • Main Challenge Dishes:
    • Lisa – Beautiful Basics – Black Cod with Dill Sabayon and Crispy Leeks

    • Adam – Hungry in Philadelphia – "Faux-becue" Dancing Beer-Can Chicken with Garlicky Green Beans

    • Aaron – Big Daddy's Kitchen – Jerk Rib Eye with Honey-Glazed Plantains and Sautéed Collard Greens

  • Goof: Neither Lisa nor Susie seemed to know which sauce was being made, pronouncing a hybrid of zabaglione (zah-bahl-YOH-nay) and sabayon (sah-bah-YAWN ) – although, technically, they are the same sauce.

  • Season 4 Episode 8: Ultimate Vegas Buffet

  • Mini-Challenge Venues:

    • Lisa – Aureole, owned by Charlie Palmer, at Mandalay Bay
    Task: Perform lines while being a "Wine Angel"
    • Aaron – Planet Hollywood Casino at Planet Hollywood Resort
    Task: Walk and talk first shot on casino floor, deliver multiple lines with dice roll at roulette table
    • Adam – Donn Arden's Jubilee at Bally's Task: Perform lines with choreographed moves and showgirls

  • Main Challenge Dishes:

    • Smoked Pork Chops
    • Smoked Chicken Wings
    • Smoked Mushroom Pizza
    • Sweet Potato Fries
    • Crab Salad
    • Banana Cream Pie

    • Sirloin Bruschetta
    • Orzo Salad
    • Chicken Bow-Tie Pasta
    • Chicken Tortellini Salad
    • Crab Cakes
    • Chocolate Fondue

    • Monkfish Piccata
    • Pork Roast
    • Twice-Baked Potatoes
    • Asparagus Vinaigrette
    • Tomato and Mozzarella Salad
    • Poached Pears

  • Season 4 Episode 7: Vegas Throwdown

  • Main Challenge Dishes:

    Lisa (Cassoulet) vs. Adam (Macaroni & Cheese)

    • Cassoulet with Duck Confit, Chicken Sausage, Topped with Spinach Pesto
    • Macaroni & Cheese Topped with Roasted Tomato and Grilled Poblanos

    • Lobster Mac
    • Cassoulet with Chicken, Pork, and Lamb Sausage

    Kelsey (Chicken Parmesan) vs. Aaron (Stuffed Pork Loin)

    • Chicken Parmesan – Skewered Medallions
    • Layered Pork Tenderloin

    • Stuffed Pork Loin with Honey Dijon and Chipotle Glaze
    • Chicken Parmesan with Garlic Cream Sauce and Spicy Sweet Marinara

  • Season 4 Episode 6: Into the Studio

  • Main Challenge Dishes:
    Aaron (Mikayla)
    • Broccoli & Burger Pizza

    Kelsey (Dimitra)
    • Breakfast Meatball Sandwich with Eggs & Cheese
    • Banana Boat

    Shane (Francesca)
    • Puffed Rice Chicken Cordon Bleu
    • Vegetable Ratatouille

    Lisa (Hailey)
    • Flatiron Steak with Horseradish Cream
    • Herbed Couscous
    • Sautéed Broccoli

    Adam (Shynaisha)
    • BBQ Chicken-Packed Pita
    • Fruit Kebabs

  • Season 4 Episode 5: Enticing and Easy with Bo...

  • Mini-Challenge Dishes (Baskets):

    • Shane (Avocado, Habanero, Flank Steak, Anchovy, Cumin & Garlic) – Flank Steak with Habanero Butter and Avocado Purée [Described by Kelsey]
    • Kelsey (Cod, Saffron, Blood Orange, Fennel, Polenta, & Onions) – Cod with Saffron Polenta, Fennel and Blood Orange Beurre Blanc [Described by Shane]
    • Aaron (Strawberries, White Rum, Pound Cake, Dark Chocolate, Coconut Chips & Cinnamon) – Chocolate and Strawberry Cake with Toasted Coconut & Rum Glaze [Described by Adam]
    • Adam (Napa Cabbage, Turkey, Mushrooms, Cilantro, Heirloom Tomatoes & Gala Apples) – Shiitake Mushroom & Turkey Salad over Napa Cabbage [Described by Aaron]
    • Jennifer (Basil, Swiss Chard, Prosciutto, Pork Tenderloin, Mango & Almonds) – Seared Pork Tenderloin with Swiss Chard, Mango & Almonds [Described by Lisa]
    • Lisa (Udon Noodles, Beets, Ginger, Lemon Chicken & Scallions) – Ginger Udon Noodles, Lemon Chicken with Scallion Beet Butter [Described by Jennifer]

  • Main Challenge Dishes:

    • Aaron and Adam – Coq au Vin served with Spaghetti with Herbed Butter and Polenta
    • Lisa and Jennifer – Turducken served with Roasted Haricots Verts (Jennifer Unable to Serve Her Side)
    • Shane and Kelsey – Beef Wellington Served with Creamed Pearl Onions and Roasted Vegetables

  • Season 4 Episode 4: Being an Expert

  • Mini-Challenge Tasks:
    • Adam – Break Down an Artichoke
    • Aaron – Cut a Pineapple
    • Kelsey – French a Rack of Lamb
    • Shane – Open a Coconut
    • Nipa – Clean Fresh Squid
    • Lisa – Truss a Chicken
    • Jennifer – Shuck an Oyster

  • Main Challenge Dishes:

    Red Lobster Dish
    • Kelsey – Tilapia Cake with Chipotle Mayonnaise
    • Adam – Olive Oil-Poached Halibut in a Chive Crêpe
    • Jennifer – Beer-Battered Mahi-Mahi with Mango Salsa
    • Nipa – Tandoori Trout with Saffron Sauce
    • Lisa – Arctic Char Tartare with Crispy Wontons
    • Shane – Sole with Orange Liqueur-Cream Sauce
    • Aaron – Cod Cake with Homemade Tartar Sauce

    Iron Chef Dish
    • Kelsey – Macadamia-Crusted Tilapia with White Chocolate Beurre Blanc
    • Adam – Halibut Sandwich with Poblano Pepper Tartare, Chipotle, and Garlic Caramel Sauce
    • Jennifer – Fruity Cereal and Coconut-Breaded Mahi-Mahi
    • Nipa – Grape Jelly, Cilantro and Mint-Marinated Trout Topped with Yogurt Raita
    • Lisa – Coffee-Hoisin Glazed Arctic Char with Ginger Rice
    • Shane – Panko-Crusted Sole on Top of Parsnip-Roasted Garlic Purée with Marshmallow Cream
    • Aaron – Cola-Marinated Cod with Cucumber-Tomato Coulis and Sticky Rice

  • Season 4 Episode 3: You… In a Jar

  • Mini Challenge Dishes:
    • Adam – Bacon Cheese Fries
    • Kelsey – Pancetta Potato Gratin
    • Jeffrey – Sophisticated Home Fries
    • Nipa – Rasavaalu Batata Nu Shaak
    • Aaron – Bacon-Wrapped Potato
    • Shane – Mushroom, Leek & Potato Soup
    • Jennifer – Mashed Potato Grilled Pizza
    • Lisa – Poached Potato with Smoked Trout

  • Main Challenge Dishes:
    • Adam – Adam G's Smoke It Please BBQ Rub Served on Smoked Chicken
    • Aaron – McCargo's Autumn Apple Cider Vinaigrette Served on Mesclun Salad
    • Nipa – Nep's Sweet & Spicy Peanut Seasoning Served on Peanuts
    • Kelsey – All-in-1: Sweet, Spice & Everything Nice Served on Sloppy Joes
    • Shane – Cherri-gac Steak & Meat Sauce Served on Flank Steak
    • Lisa – Basil Balsamic Orange Marmalade Served on Phyllo with Brie
    • Jeffrey – The Soul of Jeffrey Seasoned Salt Served on Catfish
    • Jennifer – Jenny Lynn's 3-Cheese Cream Sauce Served on Pinwheel Pasta

  • Season 4 Episode 2: FN Star On the Go

  • Train Challenge Dishes:

    Gray Team: Aaaron, Adam & Jennifer (Brioche, Ricotta, Strip Steak)
    • Savory French Toast (Jennifer)
    • Sunny-side-up Eggs Topped with Savory Ricotta and Crème Fraîche Mixture (Adam)
    • Bold New York Strip Steak with Orange Glaze (Aaron)

    Blue Team: Lisa, Nipa & Shane (Day-old Baguette, Danish Bleu Cheese, Lamb)
    • Romaine & Herb Salad with a Fig Vinaigrette and Bleu Cheese Crumbles (Shane)
    • Six-spice Lamb Kebab (Nipa)
    • Crostini-style French Toast with Honey Crème Fraîche (Lisa)

    Green Team: Jeffrey, Kelsey & Kevin (Raisin Semolina Bread, Mozzarella, Duck)
    • Mozarella Crostini with a Fig & Honey Reduction Sauce (Kevin)
    • Duck Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette & Apricots and Raspberries (Kelsey)
    • Bourbon Bread Pudding with Raspberry Coulis (Jeffrey)

  • Season 4 Episode 1: Star Quality

  • Main Challenge Dishes:

    • Shane & Nipa – Purple Team

    Pork Tenderloin (Shane)
    Suki Bhaji – Curried Potatoes (Nipa)
    Curried Squash Soup (Team)

    • Lisa & Kevin – Gray Team

    Poached Salmon (Lisa)
    French Kiss Onion Soup (Kevin)
    Arugula Salad (Team)

    • Adam & Jennifer – Blue Team

    Potato Gratin (Adam)
    Glazed Carrots (Jennifer)
    Meatloaf (Team)

    • Kelsey & Aaron – Green Team

    Orzo Salad (Kelsey)
    Cajun Salmon Sandwich (Aaron)
    Tomato Soup (Team)

    • Cory & Jeffrey – Burgundy Team

    Honey-glazed Salmon (Cory)
    Deviled Eggs Provençal (Jeffrey)
    Parsnip Potato Pancake (Team)

  • Season 3 Episode 9: Finale

  • The original plan was for finalists Amy and Jag to cook for the Food Network Stars participating in the South Beach Wine and Food Festival as part of the finale. The Festival was held the last weekend in February, and the Food Network held two major events. However it is unclear whether the segment was ever shot, and it would have to have been scrapped following the Jag's removal from the competition.

  • Season 3 Episode 8: Meet the Press

  • Season Three of The Next Food Network Star concluded filming in late February, 2007 with Jag and Rory as the finalists. On June 1, Jag gave an interview to the magazine Army Times, where he discussed his background, including his culinary training and military service. Inconsistencies in his story lead the magazine to investigate his military service. Following their investigation, it was determined Jag had not served in the infantry nor had he deployed to Afghanistan with the Marines, as claimed, but rather was asked to leave the Corps eight months early due to his involvement in a hazing scandal. Upon further investigaion, the AT also learned Jag attended, but did not graduate from culinary school as claimed. Given an opportunity to address these revelations in a June 11 follow-up interview, Jag failed to provide any explanation, and offered to reveal the second finalist, in violation of his confidentiality agreement, if the magazine withheld what it knew.

    Upon publication of the story later in June, Jag was recalled to New York, where he explained his remarks and was allowed to withdraw from the competition. That same day, Rory, who had also been brought to New York as well, learned she would be competing against Amy in the US vote. Although Jag appeared to withdraw that day, Amy and Rory's presence in New York the same day indicates Jag's fate was determined in advance.

  • The three remaining finalists' five-minute cooking demonstrations were broadcast on the Rachael Ray Show on Friday, July 13, 2007. They appeared in a different order than this episode presented the edited versions of their demos: first Rory, then Jag, and finally Amy.

    Among the crucial moments edited from the show was an incident where a kettle Amy expected to be full of water was empty, forcing her to quickly pretend it had water in it. Also edited were two incidents where Rory was thrown off her presentation by Ray's interruptions, which she handled smoothly, and Jag's repeatedly calling Ray "honey" or "baby."

    Most telling was Susie's signaling Jag with a big smile, then as he started, two thumbs up. None of the judges provided any such signals or encouragement to Amy or Rory.

  • Season 3 Episode 7: Iron Chef Showdown

  • During Battle Chicken with Amy and Jag, the burning fat from Jag's chicken set off the smoke alarms. Alton Brown noted that during Iron Chef America they often use theatrical smoke to add atmosphere, but this was the first time they'd had real smoke on the set.

  • The Iron Chef battles take place at the Institute of Culinary Education, a notable school of culinary arts in New York City.

  • Season 3 Episode 6: Demos Challenge

  • This episode was also known as "Alton's Classroom."

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