Loreal Gavin, 26, is motorcycle-riding, guitar-playing chick who loves tattoos, and she's been trained in culinary arts, baking and pastry. She was raised by her grandmother, who taught her to cook from her soul. Read on below to hear from Loreal, and learn about her style of cooking and thoughts on the competition.
Describe your cooking style or culinary point of view — in one sentence, if you can.
Loreal: I have a grandmother's soul from the Deep South and an insatiable lust for adventure.
How did you prepare for the competition?
Loreal: I didn't. I just knew that I had to come in here and be myself.
Which mentor are you most excited to learn from?
Loreal: Alton Brown
Which mentor do you find to be the most intimidating?
What is one thing you really want to convey to the judges about you or your food or your would-be show on Food Network?
Loreal: I am very unique, and the path that I've chosen is, like, bizarre-o world for a lot of 26-year-old women, 'cause I've been a butcher for the last three years.
What’s your Achilles’ heel ingredient, one that you hate to work with?
Loreal: I've been asked this question several times before, and it's kind of funny, kind of not. I usually just say "crap." I hate when you're working somewhere and your executive chef gives you a box of green tomatoes and wants you to make an amazing marinara out of it. So if anything, just products of a low integrity.
What's your guilty pleasure food?
What's your favorite late-night snack?
Loreal: I love Kit Kat bars.
What's one must-have at your last supper?
Loreal: Probably a bone-in prime, dry-aged rib eye encrusted in porcini powder and Kona coffee
Rapid fire: Think fast!
Ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise? Ketchup
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
Cream cheese or butter? Butter
Coffee or tea? Coffee
French fries or onion rings? French fries
Burgers or hot dogs? Burgers
White meat or dark? Dark
Cake or pie? Pie
Beer or wine? Beer
Pancakes or waffles? Waffles
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It's going to be a summer of heated competition as Food Network Star gears up for its most-explosive season yet, a 10th year of putting hopeful rivals through the job interview of their lives. To make it to August and ultimately land a sought-after television career — Food Network show host — finalists will have to impress mentor-judges Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis with the coveted combination of cooking chops and on-camera charm. Season 10 kicks off Sunday, June 1 at 9|8c, but before then, FN Dish is introducing fans to all of the contestants. This year's crop of competitors boasts business owners, executive chefs, world travelers and farm-to-table enthusiasts — not to mention fiery personalities, over-the-top entertainers and undeniable competitive spirits. Check back every day to meet another finalist, then learn more about each of them by checking out their casting videos.