All Posts By Maria Russo

Maria Russo is an associate editor at Food Network, now living in New York City after being born and raised in the great state of Michigan. She likes her eggs runny, her pasta cheesy and has been known to throw back dozens of oysters at a time.

Chatting with the First Eliminated Star Finalist

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, June 1, 2014

Despite Food Network Star finalists' highest hopes for success and their best attempts to at once craft top-quality dishes and present a winning personality on camera, week after week another rival will be sent home, unable to survive in the face of stardom. It's up to judge-mentors Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De LaurentiisRead more

Caption It: Multiple Mentor Reflections

by in Food Network Star, May 30, 2014

We're just days away from the Food Network Star premiere, and while fans have already met the 12 hopefuls in a series of exclusive interviews and their casting videos, this Sunday will mark the first time they go head-to-head in battle. For the next 11 weeks, the rivals will be at the mercy of theirRead more

Help Your Favorite Finalists Top the Fan Poll

by in Food Network Star, May 29, 2014

You've read their first exclusive interviews, watched their earliest casting videos and heard all about their signature dishes, and on Sunday's premiere episode of Food Network Star (at 9|8c), you'll see the Season 10 finalists face off in the job interview of their lives. Now you can help your early favorites claim the top seatRead more

Watch: The Making of the Cast

by in Food Network Star, May 26, 2014

You've already met this year's 12 Food Network Star hopefuls, and just this month Star Talk shared the first exclusive interviews with each finalist to showcase their goals for the competition and their thoughts on the mentors. Now, just ahead of Sunday's all-new Season 10 premiere, it's time to reveal a look at the contestants before theyRead more

Star Kitchen Preview: Finalists Reveal Their Signature Dishes

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 21, 2014

Earlier this month FN Dish introduced each of the Food Network Star finalists, and for the first time, fans learned more about the competitors' culinary points of view (POVs), plus insider details, like their hopes for the contest, thoughts on the mentors and go-to midnight snacks. Much like POVs, cooks' signature dishes often reveal theirRead more

Food Network Chefs Offer Star Finalists Expert Industry Advice

by in Food Network Star, May 20, 2014

For 12 hopeful Food Network Star finalists, the journey to potential stardom is just beginning, and the world of food television is likely still endlessly exciting and overwhelmingly daunting at once. As they prepare for the ultimate hands-on interview and attempt to score the sought-after job of Food Network host, they'll need all the guidance andRead more

Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Food Network Star Mentors?

by in Food Network Star, May 17, 2014

No strangers to Food Network, Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are culinary superstars — and just the kind of icons that the Food Network Star finalists are hoping to become. To achieve such a level of fame both in the kitchen and on television, the contestants will have to prove to Alton,Read more

Star-a-Day: Sarah Penrod

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 16, 2014

Sarah Penrod, 30, is a born-and-bred Texan who comes from a family of entertainers. She's been performing for her whole life and also has serious culinary chops, as she now owns her own business. This feisty chef has worked with celebrities and athletes, and she always keeps things entertaining in the kitchen. Read on below toRead more

Star-a-Day: Reuben Ruiz

by in Community, Food Network Star, May 15, 2014

Reuben Ruiz, 27, grew up in a traditional Cuban family that owns restaurants, and he started working in kitchens when he was just 10 years old. After struggling with his weight for many years, he now specializes in healthy dishes with a Latin influence, and he's honest, outspoken and high energy with a strong workRead more

Star-a-Day: Nicole Gaffney

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 14, 2014

Nicole Gaffney, 29, isn’t just another personal chef — her magnetic personality and innate culinary talent set her apart from the crowd. She grew up cooking with her Sicilian grandparents and comes from a family of commercial fishermen, and her "coastal cuisine" take on food is heavily influenced by her family and growing up inRead more