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What do you get when you put a dozen rivals in a pressure-packed environment, surround them with famed faces from the food world and ask them to compete in three months of challenges — all in the name of scoring their ultimate job? A summer of heated culinary competition that takes contenders coast to coast.
You heard it here first: Food Network Star is returning this June for an unprecedented season of contest, and superstar chefs Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will be at the helm as mentor-judges. As this year marks the 10th anniversary of the series, the stakes will be higher, the challenges more demanding and the dreams greater than ever as 12 eager hopefuls will put their reputations on the line in the job interview of a lifetime. Beginning in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 1 at 9|8c and continuing for 11 weeks to Las Vegas and ultimately New York City, the competition will force the finalists to go head-to-head with their rivals in Mentor and Star Challenges that test not only their cooking chops under pressure, but their on-camera know-how and innate ability to attract an audience as well.
For a few eliminated finalists, however, the road to victory may still be within their reach — but only if they can survive Star Salvation, a Web-exclusive series on FoodNetwork.com. In celebration of the show's 10-year run, two hopefuls from past seasons — both looking for redemption — will return in the premiere Salvation episode. Hosts of Star Salvation Geoffrey Zakarian and Food Network Star, Season 9 winner Damaris Phillips will lead ousted rivals through a multi-week test of determination, but only one hopeful will prove they're worthy of salvation and the right to return to the on-air competition.
This year the decision on the winner is in your hands, fans: It will be up to you to support your favorite remaining rival and vote for who you want to claim the win.
Want to meet your potential future Star? Check out the Season 10 rivals below.
Aryen Moore-Alston (Memphis)
Chris Kyler (Stafford, Va.)
Christopher Lynch (New Orleans)
Donna Sonkin Shaw (New York City)
Emma Frisch (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Kenny Lao (New York City)
Lenny McNab (De Beque, Colo.)
Loreal Gavin (Indianapolis)
Luca Della Casa (San Antonio)
Nicole Gaffney (Atlantic City)
Reuben Ruiz (Miami)
Sarah Penrod (League City, Texas)
Finding yourself dancing along to this season's new Food Network Star promo? No need to search for the song — you can download the tune, On Our Way by The Royal Concept, on iTunes now.
Tune in to the premiere of Food Network Star, Season 10 on Sunday, June 1 at 9|8c.