A New ‘Star’ Will Be Born: The Return of Food Network Star

by in Shows, April 13th, 2011
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Food Network Star Season 7 Finalists

Food Network’s number one series, Food Network Star returns June 5 with a set brand new hopeful contestants. Returning to host and judge season seven is chef Bobby Flay, along with judges Bob Tuschman, General Manager of Food Network and Susie Fogelson, SVP of Marketing for Food Network. This year, Giada De Laurentiis will also be making the move from mentor to judge.

Meet the 15 finalists : Mary Beth Albright (Washington, D.C.), Justin Balmes (Marietta, Ga.), Whitney Chen (New York), Katy Clark (Long Beach, Calif.), Penny Davidi (Los Angeles), Justin Davis (Minneapolis), Howie Drummond (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Jyll Everman (Glendora, Calif.), Susie Jimenez (Carbondale, Colo.), Juba Kali (New Orleans), Jeff Mauro (Elmwood Park, Ill.), Vic “Vegas” Moea (Las Vegas), Chris Nirschel (Hoboken, N.J.), Orchid Paulmeier (Bluffton, S.C.) and Alicia Sanchez (New York).

The season will make its premier in Los Angeles, where their challenge is staged at Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the city’s Original Farmer’s Market. According to LATimes Daily Dish, “Finalists will also visit the set of ABC’s hit series ‘Cougar Town’ and create custom meals for cast and crew, including Courteney Cox […] and there will be stop-ins with the likes of such network celeb chefs like Anne Burrell, Paula Deen, and Rachael Ray.”

For casting videos, behind-the-scenes interviews and more, visit FoodNetwork.com/Star.  While you’re there, cast your pre-season predictions in the Fan Forecast Vote.

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Comments (72)

  1. carol says:

    I've been an avid watcher of Food network for years. Lately, I've been watching other shows, or reading. I was really disappointed with the people on the SEARCH for the NEXT STAR. You can tell these people are picked for ratings. We ALL disliked Penny. You guys all knew she wouldn't make it. How about picking people who others would really watch. I'm sick of Bobby Flay, he displays such arrogance. Tired of the grill shows. Turn him off when ever he's on. Tired of Guy…over exposure. The Mealy's are annoying and sugary sweet…OFF they go too. Thank goodness for Paula. At least she's down to earth. They all change when they start raking in the $$. Takes away from the point where we enjoyed watching them. What is with that STUPID new cookie show?????? How phony and annoying. I turn it right off!! Come on get some people who know how to develop shows. Get rid of the phonies. We all have a brain and can see right thru them.

    • Jaedyn says:

      I'm tired of Bobby Flay too…he has a "better than thou" aire to him – he comes off as arrogant and cocky. I hate when these celebrity chefs forget they were once at the "bottom of the food chain" too.

  2. Pat says:

    Well, the show is over and overall was a big disappointment. I was hoping to see more skill and less drama. there were some highlights and the good ones rose to the top for the most part, but when contestants start stratigizing (sp) rather than digging deep into their creative culinary skills, that's when I stop watching. I hope the "next" food network star won't be a repeat of this season.

  3. betty hoke says:

    I love to cook and so does my husband. We have a cabin in Al and spend our summers there. I could totally see a show called Cabin Cooking. My husband and I work together to prepare beautiful dinners for family and friends. He works grill- pork butt barbecue and I make family meals my 3 grown children adore. I invite your to come share Cabin Cooking with our family in Wedowee

  4. Lin310 says:

    Does anyone know if Jeff Mauro is still on Sunday mornings at 11:30 AM, EST ?

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