Judge Spotlight: Giada’s Take

by in Behind the Scenes, June 14, 2011

Giada De Laurentiis

This season is Giada De Laurentiis’ first as a full-time judge on Food Network Star. The Giada at Home star and cookbook author came on board last year as a mentor for the finalists and then moved into a seat on the selection committee with Bob, Bobby and Susie.

Giada was actually discovered by one of her fellow judges almost a decade ago: Back in 2002, Bob Tuschman saw a magazine article about her and her food-loving Italian family and was intrigued. He gave her a call and soon thereafter Giada had her first show, Everyday Italian.

As someone who once feared the camera herself, Giada has a unique perspective on what it takes to be a star. Even though she’s no longer their official mentor, she has some sage advice for the finalists. Check out our behind-the-scenes interview with Giada to hear her best tips for the finalists and which of the hopefuls reminds her most of herself! Do you see similarities, Star fans?

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    I just caught an episode of Bobby Flay's The Main Ingredient filmed back in 1997 the show was Dinner for 20 in 20 Minutes. Watching him as he hurriedly tried to make several dishes at once had me feeling anxious watching the show. I reflected back on him now judging The Next Food Network Stars contestants. So many of them performed just like he did in this particular episode. Just shows how hard cooking on tv trying to make it look easy really is. He's mastered it over the many years of doing it though. I've been a big fan of his since Grillin & Chillin!
    I also saw the Chefography show on Giada's television debut. She was terrified of the camera! I believe Bobby Flay is a natural. Giada definitely is not. Bobby has such variety in his shows and Giada's shows are repetitious also a little boring. I'm not sure she is the right fit to be a judge on the Next Food Network Star.

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