All Posts By Sara Levine

Sara Levine is a Senior Online Editor at and a culinary-school-trained home cook. Several years ago she quit her magazine job to go to Le Cordon Bleu, which led to a stint in Food Network Kitchen. Although cooking professionally wasn’t her thing, she loves frequenting restaurants and putting her own amateur culinary skills to work in her tiny kitchen.

Team Bobby Falls to Three

by , June 5th, 2012

When it came down to Eric Lee and Ippy Aiona in the Producers’ Challenge, Bob and Susie said it was one of the toughest decisions they’d ever faced in eight seasons of Star. Both talented chefs consistently impressed everyone with their food, but struggled to find a sweet spot on camera. In the end, Team Bobby’s Eric was the one to say goodbye.

Eric left the pitch room with the same humble, gracious attitude he maintained throughout the competition. “I just want to thank you for the opportunity to work with Bobby,” he told the judges. “It is just incredible how great of a mentor he is.” Bobby, in turn, had high praise for his mentee: “Eric may be the best cook in the entire competition.”

Hear more from Bobby, Susie and Eric in his exclusive exit interview. Do you think Eric deserved to go home?

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Leaders Hold Strong: Your Week 3 Fan Vote Picks Revealed

by , June 4th, 2012

Our week three Fan Vote results are in, and it seems that fans are staying loyal to their favorite finalists. Team Giada’s Martita Jara and Ippy Aiona hold tight to first and second place, with Ippy (18%) closing in on Martita’s (19%) lead this ...

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Caption It: Challenge Unveiled

by , June 1st, 2012

Last week, the finalists faced Chopped baskets filled with wacky ingredients like grape soda and black lava salt. What awaits under silver domes in this Sunday’s Fashion Week challenge? Here, Malcolm gets his first glimpse of what could be in ...

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Poll: Who Went Home Too Soon?

by , May 31st, 2012

No Star hopeful wants to make an early exit from the competition, but unfortunately, someone always has to be the first, second or third to go. Cristie Schoen, Kara Sigle and Josh Lyons — eliminated in episodes one, two and three, respectively —...

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Restaurant Revisited: Pollard’s

by in Shows, May 30th, 2012

On the latest episode of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert headed to Memphis to help Pollard’s, a barbecue restaurant that was at risk of going up in smoke. The eatery was experiencing growing pains after upgrading from a takeout operation to a giant dine-in establishment. We checked in with owners Tarrance and Torria Pollard to see how business is going after their Restaurant: Impossible intervention.

A few months after Robert’s Restaurant: Impossible makeover, sales at Pollard’s Bar-B-Que have grown an impressive 20 percent.

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Team Giada: Down to Four

by , May 29th, 2012

Team Giada held strong in the first two episodes. Week one, Josh Lyons made it successfully through the pitch room, and then the team took home a win in week two’s food tour challenge. Giada still had all five of her finalists going into week three — but not for long.

After ending up in the bottom of the Chopped desserts challenge, Josh faced the Producers’ Challenge once again, and this time Giada’s pitch-room plea wasn’t enough to save him from elimination. Bob and Susie thought that as the front man of a rock band, Josh would be more comfortable in the spotlight, but he continued to stumble over his presentations. “I think he’s talented,” said Giada. “I just don’t know that he was ready for this.”

Hear more from Giada, Susie and Josh in his exclusive exit interview. Do you think it was Josh’s time to go?

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Team Alton Cracks the Top Three: Your Week Two Picks Revealed

by , May 29th, 2012

Our week two Fan Vote tally is in, and Team Giada’s Martita Jara and Ippy Aiona continue to duke it out for first place. Martita regained her preseason lead this week with 24% of your votes, while Ippy stayed strong at 21%. But this week, Team...

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Caption It: Goofing Around

by , May 25th, 2012

This Sunday’s new episode of Star is an intense one. Just when they’re getting comfy in their teams, the finalists must compete against their own teammates in Chopped-style dessert battles. When the wacky mystery baskets are revealed, th...

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Star Poll: Pick Your Dish

by , May 24th, 2012

For the bus tour challenge, Team Giada ended up right in their mentor’s comfort zone: Arthur Avenue, the Bronx’s answer to Little Italy. Maybe this added a little pressure — as Team Giada, they couldn’t mess up Italian food! They...

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Restaurant Revisited: University Grill

by in Shows, May 23rd, 2012

University Grill

At the University Grill in Burlington, N.C., Robert Irvine faced three co-owners who refused to get along. Siblings Eleni, George and Manny opened the restaurant five years ago to help provide for their retired parents, but they were facing failure when Restaurant: Impossible came along to help. We checked in with the siblings after their restaurant’s makeover to see how business is going.

A few months after Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team arrived on the scene, sales at the University Grill are up 15 percent. “Everyone loves the new decor,” says Eleni.

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