All Posts By Maria Russo

Maria Russo is an 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.

Caption It: When the Cameras Aren’t Rolling

by in Food Network Star, June 3, 2016

Food Network StarOn the set of Food Network Star, the hours are long and the days are many. So when there's a break in filming and the mentors are left simply hanging out between takes, they do what anyone would likely do in their position: pose for the photographer and snap some candid shots, of course.

Take a peek at the photo above. It was taken behind the scenes of Sunday's all-new episode, in which finalists work in teams to film promos for a would-be Food Network show. While both mentors are smiling for the photographer, Bobby Flay has taken to doing a little dance. Or perhaps he's striking a pose. Or showing off his slick shoes. To be honest, we're not exactly sure what he's up to, but there's no doubt he and Giada De Laurentiis appear to be having fun.

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Make All of the Winning Recipes from Food Network Star

by in Food Network Star, Recipes, June 2, 2016

Food Network StarGood news, fans. If you've ever watched mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis swoon over an especially impressive dish from a finalist on Food Network Star and wished you, too, could experience what they're tasting, you're in luck. We're collecting all of the winning recipes from each challenge in every episode and sharing them with you so you can try them at home.

No matter if you're craving Rob's succulent crab cake or Ana's Cuban-inspired burger from the premiere, or Damiano's seafood taco or Jernard's Greek-inspired mac and cheese from Week 2, we've got the how-tos for you to make these dishes and others. Check them out below, and keep coming back here to find the latest recipes available.

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Take a Photo Tour of Food Star Kitchen

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, June 1, 2016

Food Network StarThough the Food Network Star finalists met in Food Star Kitchen for evaluation in the premiere episode, Week 2 marked the first time they cooked in the arena. This massive space, complete with an expansive pantry, a demo kitchen, a wall of ovens and more cameras than you see on TV, is the ultimate in function. And with the lights, Star logos, and abundant supply of common and next-level ingredients alike, it's pretty cool too.

While we were on set, we snapped photos throughout Food Star Kitchen, from the shelves full of tools in the pantry and the produce picks up for grabs to the finalists' workstations outfitted with handy gear and seasonings. Read on below to check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of the set that you won't see while watching the competition unfold on your TV. Plus, find out little-known culinary trivia about the show from the culinary producers.

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WATCH: Aaron’s Tough Parting Words for the Mentors

by in Food Network Star, Videos, May 31, 2016

No finalist enjoys being sent home from the Food Network Star competition. After all, this contest has the potential to change hopefuls' lives and ultimately set them on a much-coveted career path, so when the mentors deliver the news of elimination, it's simply crushing to the ousted rival. But on Sunday night's new episode of Food Network Star, when a double elimination shocked the cast, Aaron was particularly upset to be among the bottom-four rivals.

During evaluation, Aaron attempted to defend his Star Challenge dish to the panel, telling Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, "I threw in some bacon, just to give it a little depth of flavor — all the love that I put into that." But in the end Giada told him his plate just didn't best Rob's, and Aaron wasn't satisfied with the feedback. "It's complete BS," Aaron said in the stew room. "My dish was great, you know? I tasted everything, over and over and over." And when he learned that he'd be going home, Aaron became only more displeased. Before leaving the competition, he offered the judges one final parting line: "Suck it."

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 29, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be bringing you the first exclusive exit interviews with the ousted finalists as they're sent home. Check back here every Sunday night for new one-on-one chats to hear from the just-eliminated competitors, learn their thoughts on the competition, and find out how they feel about the mentors' critiques of their final dishes and presentations. We're about to break down the ins and outs of tonight's new episodes and reveal who went home, so if you've yet to watch the show, read no further until then.

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 29, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be bringing you the first exclusive exit interviews with the ousted finalists as they're sent home. Check back here every Sunday night for new one-on-one chats to hear from the just-eliminated competitors, learn their thoughts on the competition, and find out how they feel about the mentors' critiques of their final dishes and presentations. We're about to break down the ins and outs of tonight's new episodes and reveal who went home, so if you've yet to watch the show, read no further until then.

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Caption It: Controlled Chaos

by in Community, Food Network Star, May 27, 2016

Food Network StarIt was only last week that the Food Network Star finalists, in the competition for all of a few minutes, received the first of many surprises when Martita, a former finalist and the winner of Comeback Kitchen, joined the cast. And this week they're about to receive yet another unexpected shock: a double elimination. But before two hopefuls will say goodbye, the contestants will endure their first team challenge and enjoy a mash-up rap battle at the hands of the mash-up master himself, Rev Run.

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Exclusive: Haylie Duff Previews Her Star Appearance and Talks Teamwork

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, Judges, May 26, 2016

Food Network StarAs the host of Cooking Channel's The Real Girl's Kitchen, Haylie Duff is familiar with heading out of her kitchen and going on location to chat with local chefs. On Sunday's new episode of Food Network Star, finalists will do something similar as they create their own travelogues; Haylie, who's set to guest-judge that challenge, knows just what it takes to pull off a successful report. Recently we caught up with her to find out about her appearance on the show, and she dished on the nerves she feels as a judge. Read on below to hear what she had to say.

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WATCH: Martita Makes an Entrance

by in Food Network Star, Videos, May 25, 2016

After three weeks of hard-fought competition on Comeback Kitchen, Martita, a Season 8 finalist, earned the right to join the cast of Food Network Star, Season 12 and kick off yet another journey to Stardom. Just when her would-be rivals were least expecting it, mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis shocked them with the news that she'd be joining them in the contest. And the reactions were ... interesting. While seemingly everyone was shocked by Martita's surprise appearance, a few were downright upset at the prospect of yet another competitor, though Jernard was quick to admit, "I'm not sweating at all."

Click the play button on the video above to watch what went down.

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Behind the Scenes of the Food Network Star, Season 12 Premiere

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, May 24, 2016

Food Network StarA no-nonsense first challenge, a surprise 13th finalist and a pan set ablaze in the kitchen — Sunday's Food Network Star premiere was full of flare-ups and near meltdowns that kept the competitors guessing at every turn. But while the action was unfolding on-screen, there was no shortage of antics taking place behind the scenes either. Check out these insider photos from the set to see what the cast, mentors and crew were up to between takes, and find out what it takes to make this show possible.

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