The Next Food Network Star

Season 4 Episode 8

Ultimate Vegas Buffet

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 20, 2008 on Food Network
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Ultimate Vegas Buffet
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

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  • They had to do the ultimate buffet, and each of them had their good parts and their not so good. I think they gave Lisa the toughest promo shoot, and they played into Adam's strong points and gave Aaron a gimme.moreless

    This was an interesting show. I do respect what each of them went through, and Adam did not have any food issues, but Lisa had a overcooked dish and Aaron had mediocre food for the most part.

    The presentations they gave were totally different. Lisa blew me away with her song, Adam missed for the most part, and Aaron completely missed.

    I do think they judges did the right thing, all had strong parts and bad parts, and to give them one last shot I think is the right thing to do. I can see Lisa winning, I do not see either of them with the skills or personality. Who ever wins will be better than the last year or the first year.moreless
Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri

Guest Judge/Challenge Presenter

Guest Star

Danny Gans

Danny Gans


Guest Star

Nathan Burton

Nathan Burton


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • 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

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Adam: (about the main challenge) It's gonna be a cooking challenge, and it's probably gonna be a big one. I'm going against Aaron and Lisa, (laughs) and I know what the Vegas odds-makers are saying about that.

    • (About making his own meat smoker.)
      Adam: I mean, it's definitely a risk, but… if I gotta go down, I gotta go down smoking.

    • (Lisa has flubbed another line high in the wine tower.)
      Guy Fieri: You're kinda burnin' daylight there, sunshine, let's come on down.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Also Featured:

      > Diane Palm – Assistant Company Manager, Donn Arden's Jubilee
      > Gregory Gaskill – "Tony & Tina's Wedding," Rio Las Vegas
      > Charlotte Snow – "Tony & Tina's Wedding," Rio Las Vegas
      > Bryan Lefeber – "Spamalot," Wynn Las Vegas
      > Lenny Daniel – "Spamalot," Wynn Las Vegas
      > Paula Holmwood – "Le Rêve," Wynn Las Vegas
      > Whitney Lefler – "Le Rêve," Wynn Las Vegas
      > Mark LoRusso – Executive Chef, Botero at Encore Suites at Wynn Las Vegas
      > Rene Lenger – Executive Chef, the Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas
      > Wesley Holton – Executive Chef, Daniel Boulud Brasserie at Wynn Las Vegas
      > Frank Marino (Joan Rivers) – "An Evening at La Cage," Riviera Hotel
      > Chris Woods (Diana Ross) – "An Evening at La Cage," Riviera Hotel
      > Steven Wayne (Cher) – "An Evening at La Cage," Riviera Hotel
      > Tiffany Coyne – "Sirens of TI," Treasure Island
      > Mark Weinhandl – "Sirens of TI," Treasure Island