Food Network, in a case where imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, takes a page from the Top Chef cookbook and offers eliminated finalists a chance at salvation and a return to the competition. The challenges emphasize cooking excellence, but not camera readiness although that factor caused a number of the finalists' eliminations.
Season 12 – Hosted and judged by Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef America, The Cooking Loft, Alex's Day Off) and Eddie Jackson (Food Network Star season 11 winner; BBQ Blitz )
Season 11 – Hosted and judged by Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef America, The Cooking Loft, Alex's Day Off) and Jeff Mauro (Food Network Star season 7 winner; Sandwich King, The Kitchen)
Season 10 – Hosted, judged and mentored by Geoffrey Zakarian (Iron Chef America, In the Kitchen, and The Lambs Club restaurant) and Damaris Phillips (Food Network Star season 9 winner; Southern at Heart). Each episode was divided into two parts
Season 9 – Hosted and judged by Robert Irvine (Dinner: Impossible, Restaurant: Impossible).moreless