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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 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
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
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
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
Tonight the finalists are tested on their fix-it skills and food vision when Robert Irvine (Dinner: Impossible, Restaurant: Impossible) ask them to help turnaround a failing restaurant's menu. Each finalist will be given an outdated or unsuccessful dish to make current and spectacular enough to not only please the diners, but attract new business.moreless
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.moreless
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.
It's a reality show within a reality show with a food expertise theme tonight. The finalists use mystery ingredients to compete for two spots at the judges' table, leaving the rest to 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 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.
The finalists must create the best burger they've ever made and do a live demo for 100 burger lovers who then will decide by vote on which of them must go home.
Twelve new finalists make their way to the 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: 30-second Pitch Tape
Star Challenge: Cook an Unforgettable Dish Using a Potato Then Present It to the Selection Committee and Focus Group
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 remaining finalists shoot promos that will determine the final three.
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.
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.moreless
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.moreless
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.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 must create a dessert from the ingredients they find in their baskets.
The finalists take a foodie tour of New York City, and then must create a dish influenced by the tour.
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.moreless
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