Caption It: A Surprise(d) Guest

by in Food Network Star, June 6, 2014

Alex GuarnaschelliFrom their fellow rivals' histories to the details of a challenge, much of the Food Network Star competition is a surprise to finalists, although often all it takes is an initial introduction or the how-tos of a specific test to reveal the ins and outs. But what if competitors aren't given all of the information? Then they're in for additional challenges, which is likely just what the mentors had in mind.

On Sunday's all-new episode, the finalists will receive one such hefty surprise when they learn they're instructing their video demos to not just at-home viewers, but also to Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, who wows them with an unexpected visit. Given the sneak-peek photo above, however, it appears that the competitors aren't the only ones being surprised. Alex also appears shocked by the contest with a jaw-dropped gaze and frozen-in-place stance. What might have caused her reaction, and which contestants might be capable of eliciting it? What kinds of surprises would you like to see Food Network Star finalists tasked with overcoming?

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

Don't miss a brand-new episode of Food Network Star on Sunday, June 8 at 9|8c.

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Comments (23)

  1. Maureen says:

    So far, I'm not impressed by anyone, least of all the pseudo cowboy. What a stupid act and get rid of the pageant queen, please. The rest are so-so. No Guy Fieri's among this group.

    • Annette says:

      God saves us from another loud, obnoxious Fieri type who dresses like a slob.

      • Guest says:

        While I understand Guy's style, I do tire of the yelling. Imagine if you had to live or work with a person who actually spoke that way in every conversation.
        I might enjoy the cowboy if he did not come off as a Hee Haw Clown. Cowboys are real. I am not inclined to receive cooking tips from a clown.

  2. Colleen says:

    For sure. People who call Sarah the pageant girl are probably just jealous that they were never in a pageant. Anyway, it was in the very beginning. If she cooks and is well-spoken, then who cares about blowing a kiss? Not the greatest idea but so what? It's over. Time to move on. What matters is their ability. Kenny is scattered and I don't remember anyone saying they like Chris Lynch's personality. I think the Cowboy will be more wild and outrageous than anything Sarah did. I've had enough of the overly in your face people. One Guy Fieri is plenty.

    • Buffy says:

      I have not said anything about Chris' personality because I do not have a words to describe his tight personality. His food looks good and he appears to know how to place his spin on an old recipe well. I am not sure he has a sense of humor. I kind think he is the kind of person that may be one person on camera and a different person off camera. And those who personally know him and work with him really know him.
      The cowboy... as one person has stated "people from Colorado do not speak that way." I am trying to figure out why he is throwing this crazy misplaced drawl in our face. Especially since he has a nice technique.

      • girloftheworld says:

        Sarah.. poor sarah...she must have something because she got a second time up at bat... She needs a Point of View.... My Prediction... a very touching AH HA moment between her and ALton when she realizes what she wants to say and it alllllll comes together

        • Simone says:

          ? She has a POV. Date-night. She teaches clearly. She didn't have any trouble saying what she wants to say w/Alton in the kitchen about the onions. Every year, its bash the blonde. If it wasn't Sarah it would be whoever else. Pffft! Maybe next year they should all just dye their hair. btw - I'm brunette.

  3. Buffy says:

    I am interested in seeing this competition. A chef is a leader and sets the tone for the kitchen. It will be interesting to see who has the true ability to share their "passion" for cooking with others as their "mentors" shared with them.

    • James says:

      Leadership is good. It comes from a good knowledgebase and confidence through experience, then expressing it in a non-technical way for us viewers. Add a good smile and I'm in. So far, Nicole fits that best for me.

  4. Louise says:

    I think the cowboy is the Rodney (the pie man) from last season. At least this guy doesn't sing if you can call it that.

    • girloftheworld says:

      This guy can at least cook and is quite refined in what he puts out...The"upscale" ranch food is akind of trendy... but if he can quit the goomer pyle eye-bugging ..he play well...

      Demarris is much more endearing in her show thanshe was on the first over the top "LOOOOOOOK AT ME" days

  5. Jana says:

    The chunky butcher chick lost personality points with me with her sing-song "You can't cooo---ook". Not nice just doesn't fly! Sorry.

    • Guest says:

      Really. That's all it takes? If an Iron Chef or someone on Beat Bobby Flay told an opponent "You're goin' Doowwwwn" would you think it mean and want that person to lose?

    • Shannon says:

      Jana, she lost major points with me as well, It was not like she said something in the heat of battle, she was like a "mean girl" for lack of a better term when she did that sing-song thing. Yep I was shocked too when Kenny made a cooking 101 mistake, but her mocking response was uncool.

  6. Jodie says:

    Kind of hard to consider it mean when it's so obviously correct.You said it yourself. A cooking101 mistake.

  7. Kim says:

    During the 2nd cut, Giada was dressed so inappropriate and unprofessional. Why does she always have to flaunt her breasts all the time, reduces her credibility.

    • Tucker says:

      Bitter bitter Kim.........try wearing green (the color of envy) to enhance your flat chest.

    • girloftheworld says:

      We have proven this over the previous seasons. Her head is large. The low cut shirts hep balance out her body. She is beautiful.

      • Fran says:

        Can she do something with her hair to make her head look less big? Then she wouldn't need those low necklines.

  8. Amy says:

    Are they going to make only the first episode available for viewing online? In previous seasons, they put up each episode on Monday morning. It's almost Tuesday, and still no episode available from Sunday . . .

  9. girloftheworld says:

    The butcher is boring soooooo boring.... She has a great stylist..and looks fabulous wearing the latest Cherry Velvet but..... she does not have the sincerity to back it up... she is a swamp baby trying to to be a Rock-a-Billy bad girl perhaps she should have just come on and been herself.

  10. Dommie Natrix says:

    Mean girls. Mean boys. Mean finalists? In the next show they sabotage each other in a cutthroat kitchen theme. What if someone you already like dishes out quite a difficult sabotage to someone else? Will you praise them for thinking on their feet, seizing opportunity and a competitive desire to win or will you suddenly think they are mean and no longer root for them? Aren't they all supposed to be cutthroat this time?