Rachael Ray hosted the final five, as well as Alton, Bobby and Giada, on her talk show during last week’s episode, and tasked the finalists with helping to solve a common problem: dinnertime struggles. After several successes (and also several failures), Star Talk wanted to catch up with the host herself to find out her thoughts on the show.
Star Talk: Rachael, what are your final thoughts on how the final five performed in this episode? Rachael Ray: I think overall they did really well. I think some of them were a little more comfortable than others, but you know, it’s a really tough thing to try to master working in front of a camera and a live studio audience and having the family that you’re cooking for literally at the counter. So it was sort of a triple threat. I thought once they each got into it, even those that weren’t as comfortable found their rhythm eventually.
Time flies when you are watching hoping-to-become celebrity chefs duke it out on camera. Two months ago, we were introduced to 12 hopefuls, and one by one, the mentors have crushed the dreams of all but five of them. Now in New York City, the competitors are given a heaping helping of “It’s Getting Real,” which is one of my favorite buffet-style dishes.
They stop by Food Network HQ, which Sarah says feels “like Christmas morning.” I still get that feeling when I stop in. This reminds me, I have a mood ring that belongs to one of Susie Fogelson’s kids’, and I need to give it back.
If the competitors had mood rings, the rings would turn black the second it’s revealed that the gang will be doing a live field story in Chelsea Market. It sounds simple. The gang will head to a vendor downstairs. There they will find a summer staple (think ribs, lobsters, ice cream, yogurt-based dips and corn) and report to the Mentors back upstairs.
If you’ve seen an episode of Star Salvation, you probably know that it takes much more time to actually film one episode than the 10 to 13 minutes that is shown on FoodNetwork.com. So what happens to all that lost footage?
Click play on the video above to watch the hilarious cuts that didn’t make it on the Web series.
Last week, Luca returned from Star Salvation, and Chris couldn’t prove himself as the culinary elevator. Emma showed her silver tongue describing her food, and Lenny was deemed “the man to beat.” As the competition rages on in Las Vegas, we see a poker-faced dealer flanked by Giada an Alton.
The gang is dealt a single card with the name of a world-class Vegas Eatery. Little do they know, each contestant will use his or her edible experience to craft a course in a team-based tasting menu, to be presented at Guy Savoy. Alton reminds the gang that the food is just a part of a world-class dining experience — ambiance, showmanship and presentation are crucial as well. Bob and Susie will be back, joined by Penn Jillette, who will hopefully make terribly good fun of the soon-to-happen disasters.
After ousting six hopefuls (including two fan favorites) in Star Salvation, Luca proved himself worthy of a second chance. He entered back into the competition as the remaining finalists traveled to Las Vegas, and he even took one of the top two spots for the episode.
Relive Luca’s journey by clicking the play button below.
Last Sunday the gang of seven stared into the greenscreen of death with their POV-packed products in hand. Only six survived, and they headed to Las Vegas. Insert obligatory “steaks/stakes” joke here!
Salvation: If you didn’t know it, over here on the Internet, Luca has been on a rampage in Star Salvation. After plowing through two fan favorites from previous seasons and the rest of the eliminated finalists, Luca walks back onto the set. The gang of six is now seven, and everybody’s looking like they might get an endorsement deal for adult undergarments.
Nicole points out that Luca hasn’t had as much of an opportunity for growth. While I agree to some extent, Luca has the confidence boost of personally slaying every other competitor.
Bacchus and Havoc: Giada offers to take the gang out to eat at Bacchanal Buffet. What sounds like a fun afternoon turns out to be Giada chewing up the contestants like they are linguistic linguini. Indeed, the crew must taste multiple dishes and articulate to Giada what makes each so tasty. Describing food is crucial to the career these cats covet, but only a few have a tongue that can taste and talk.
Reuben’s the sixth and final eliminated hopeful to attempt redemption on Star Salvation — but he’s got to go through Chad and Luca first. After being ousted for his struggles to command on camera, he must pursue this last-ditch effort to rejoin the competition. “I am so fortunate that I’m getting a second chance,” Reuben reflects. “I just want to show these people that I am that person you need on the network.”
Find out if Reuben makes it all the way. Click the play button on the video above to see the first part of the episode, then head over to Star Salvation headquarters to catch the second part.
Tune in to Food Network this Sunday to see who makes it back to the competition: Sunday, July 139|8c.