Caption It: Cooking With Cameras

by in Food Network Star, July 6, 2012

Week after week, we see that for many Food Network Star finalists, the camera proves to be their toughest challenge. It forces them to look past the lens and make a connection with viewers, while, of course, remembering to speak clearly, explain their dishes, weave in personal stories, integrate their culinary points of view and more – all in a matter of seconds.

But one aspect of Star that’s rarely shown is what it takes to cook in the midst of cameras, to slice and dice ingredients, sauté on the stove, work kitchen appliances and more while multiple cameras are watching and recording every move. In this sneak-peek shot from Sunday night’s episode, we get a feel for the conditions in which Martie, Justin, Michele, Nikki and the others are working. Do these seemingly larger-than-life cameras distract the finalists, or are they just used to them by week nine? Heading into the final few weeks of the competition, will they be able to keep their cool on camera?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c, we’re challenging you, Star fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this close-up moment in the comments below.


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Comments (111)

  1. FanFare57 says:

    "Shoot. The tin foil won't come off this Swanson tv dinner."

    • Pierogi Dumpling says:

      Ahhhh, TV dinners. Remember (back in the day) when you had to actually bake them in the oven and you actually watched TV when you ate them?

      • FanFare57 says:

        Yes, I do. It was every Saturday night before my parents went out for evening: Swanson's fried chicken dinner...

        • Pierogi Dumpling says:

          Yum! Mine was the Salsbury Steak with peas and a mystery brownie...ate it watching evening TV (usually a Muppets special) on real a TV tray.

    • Esther says:

      ha ha good one

  2. FNWatcher says:

    "Camera, Camera on call, who's the best cook of us all?"

  3. Whining FN fan says:

    If they eliminate someone this week, I'll never watch ever again!

    • Pierogi Dumpling says:

      Unfortunately they have to eliminate someone unless there's some sort of magical reunion we don't know about...

  4. Ang says:

    Nikki: Thanks for sticking me on the end where my microphone pack looks like I have a huge hump on my back!

    Marti: I'm on the end too hon and all the cameras are on you.

    Michele: That's because they are all looking down her top!

    Justin: (Snorts).....Can anybody pass me the......

    Michele: (Under her breath) lipstick?

    Marti: Can't we all just get along?

    Alton: All of you.........just STFU and cook!

  5. Jason says:

    Oy vey! Power outage! Nobody move till we get the cameras rolling again.

  6. Jill says:

    On Masher on Dicer! On Mixer and Cumin! On Crusher on Slicer! On Bakin' and Stewin"! Each contestant is ready with all of their might! Merry Cooking to all and to all a good fight!

  7. Lee says:

    Bobby: They need to work on eye contact
    Giada: Ya think?
    Alton: lol

  8. Pierogi Dumpling says:

    How about, 'If we all look busy and don't look up, no will know we delayed 30 seconds.'

    • bobby_fillet says:

      Funny, I was watching the PBS show, Americas Test Kitchen yesterday and the host took a cheap shot at FN. He said that FN trains their chefs/cooks to cook while looking at the camera instead of the food. These 4 need more training.

  9. Guest says:

    Anybody ever wonder how Martita is getting votes, when no one on the blog even likes her? Well, perhaps I should say no one is wanting her to win or thinks she deserves to win.

  10. Denny says:

    ...wish I 'd kept that appoint at the nail salon...