PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes of Episode 7

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, July 5, 2016

Food Network StarFrom a frozen baking task in the Mentor Challenge to an impromptu tiki party in the Star Challenge, the Food Network Star finalists were pressed for patience, time and entertaining this week. The drama unfolded both in the kitchen and onstage, and it ultimately concluded when Joy, a fan-favorite finalist, was sent home in an emotional elimination, while her teammate Ana was spared yet another week. There were strong performances, plenty of laughs and some tears (and even shouts of "Tiki! Tiki!). And after the cameras stopped rolling, the on-set photographers captured what was going down behind the scenes. Browse the insider snapshots below to see what the finalists and the mentors were up to on set this week, then check out more candid photos from past episodes.

Ready, Set, Freeze
As the finalists stormed the freezers to get their hands on the frozen ingredients up for grabs, a cameraperson was stationed nearby to capture the action.

Food Network StarBakers, Beware
Both Damiano and Erin, bakers by trade, weren't pleased with the mandate to use only frozen goods in their baked dishes.

Food Network StarAll Smiles
Lorraine Pascale and Bobby were visibly pleased with the performance they saw unfold before them.

Food Network StarThe Queen Reigns
As finalist after finalist failed to out-perform her, Tregaye continued to be the remaining champ of a game Bobby likened to "King of the Hill."

Food Network StarFacepalm
Bobby couldn't help but cover his eyes while watching a demonstration unfold.

Food Network StarEngaging the Crowd
Even the guests of the tiki party were clapping and having a good time during Tregaye and Damiano's presentation.

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