All Posts By Maria Russo

Maria Russo is an editor at Food Network, now living in New York City after being born and raised in the great state of Michigan. She likes her eggs runny, her pasta cheesy and has been known to throw back dozens of oysters at a time.

Caption It: High-Five to Us

by , May 13th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12Let's be honest. The stress of Comeback Kitchen is real and likely all-consuming for the competitors. After all, finalists have just three weeks to prove themselves worthy of a second shot at Stardom — and one of those weeks is already behind them....

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Chefs Answer: What’s the Job of a Food Network Star Like?

by , May 12th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12After 11 weeks of camera challenges, timed cooking tasks and seemingly unending competition pressure, one finalist will be shining the brightest — and Food Network's newest Star will be crowned. It's then that the winner will be part of the Food Ne...

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Food Network Chefs Reveal Their Culinary Mentors

by , May 12th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12When Food Network Star kicks off next week, all eyes will be on the finalists as they begin the long road toward the coveted crown. But to lead the hopefuls on their journeys and give them the feedback they'll need to grow, mentors Bobby Flay and Gi...

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The Top Recipes from Past Food Network Star Winners

by , May 11th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12When a Food Network Star winner graduates from the 11-week competition and earns the crown of victory, you can be sure he or she is equipped with not only the charm and charisma to capture a TV audience, but also the culinary chops to wow you with mu...

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What Not to Do to Succeed on Food Network Star

by , May 11th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12Act naturally, command your culinary point of view, demonstrate complete mastery in the kitchen and make the camera your friend. After 11 seasons of Food Network Star, we know that having and demonstrating these essential abilities will go a long way...

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Food Network Star Finalists Answer: “What Do You Make for Dinner on a Regular Tuesday Night?”

by , May 10th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12In just a few short weeks, the spotlight will shine on Food Star Kitchen, and this year's cast of Food Network Star hopefuls will have to wow mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis not just on camera but also on the plate. From day one the final...

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PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes of the Premiere of Comeback Kitchen

by , May 9th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12You see the challenges and deliberations, and you watch intently as the Comeback Kitchen mentors deliver the news of elimination. But what happens when the cameras stop rolling? For an all-access look at what goes down on set between takes, browse th...

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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 9th, 2016

Roasted Cauliflower SteaksNow, this is a kind of steak that we crave come Meatless Monday. Instead of beefy chops, make vegetables the star of the meal, as Valerie Bertinelli does with this fuss-free dish featuring cauliflower from Food Network Magazine.

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Bobby and Giada Reveal Their Keys to Success As Food Network Stars

by , May 9th, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12When Food Network Star kicks off on May 22 (at 9|8c), mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will have one job before them: Find Food Network's next famous face. It's up to them to guide the rivals through 11 weeks of competition, challenge them ...

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A Tour of Mom-Tested Sabotages — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, May 8th, 2016

It wasn’t long ago that grandmas entered the Cutthroat Kitchen arena for their turn at old-fashioned eviliciousness. Tonight, though, the focus shifted to the younger generations, as moms and daughters teamed up for a special Mother’s Day episode designed to bring out the most-diabolical sides in everyone. Judge Jet Tila was on hand to watch this not-so-sweet competition unfold, and after wrapping up three rounds of battle, he met host Alton Brown in the beauty parlor to dish on the gossip of the day during Alton’s After-Show. The pink-seat shop at which Jet and Alton sat was home to one of the day’s most-evilicious sabotages. For the mother-daughter duo saddled with this challenge, the Bob-style manicure to which they were treated was all but a relaxation treatment. “They had to do everything with one hand,” Alton explained of their prep work. “And occasionally the Bobs, with their creepy little raccoon, gecko hands, would change, and [the mother-daughter team] would have to [prep] on the other side.”

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