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.

New Format and Chefs’ Takes — Star Commentary

by in Food Network Star, May 16, 2012

The eighth season of Food Network Star may have only just begun, but it is already off to an intense start. We know that you all had a lot to say about the jam-packed premiere episode, particularly in regards to the new style of Star and this season’s opponents. Fans Tweeted @FoodNetwork, left messages on our Facebook page and commented onRead more

Star Commentary: Cheers to Jeff!

by in Food Network Star, August 16, 2011

After a neck-and-neck race to the finish line, Jeff Mauro inched out fellow finalist Susie Jimenez to become the season 7 winner of Food Network Star. Dedicated viewers and opinionated commenters on Food Network’s Facebook page and our Star blog offered countless hearty congratulations to the newly crowned Sandwich King. Many complimented his vibrant “charismaRead more

Caption It: Guy’s Big Advice

by in Food Network Star, August 12, 2011

The competition wraps up this Sunday night, but before the next Food Network Star is chosen, two of the remaining three finalists will film their show pilots to be reviewed by the selection committee and an esteemed (and opinionated) focus group: the previously eliminated contestants. Who better to coach the lucky two as they attemptRead more

Star Commentary: Finale Loyalties

by in Food Network Star, August 9, 2011

Well, there’s only one episode left. Come Sunday night,  Vic "Vegas" Moea, Susie Jimenez or Jeff Mauro will officially be named the next Food Network Star. After 10 episodes of trying challenges, dramatic exchanges and emotional moments, loyal viewers and eager commenters on Food Network’s Facebook page and our Star blog have become attached toRead more

Caption It: Look Who’s Back

by in Food Network Star, August 5, 2011

No, this is not a recycled image from a previous episode. This sneak peek shot was taken on the set of Sunday’s episode of Star, during which the most recently eliminated contestants – Chris, Penny, Jyll and Whitney – return as their former fellow finalists’ sous chefs in an Iron Chef battle. Don’t let theirRead more

Star Commentary: Roasted, With a Side of Funny

by in Food Network Star, August 3, 2011

For the first time in seven seasons, Sunday night’s episode of Star featured a panel of comedic guest judges brought on to roast the remaining five contestants and their food — aptly, variations on the classic roast. This unique challenge elicited mixed reactions from the passionate and opinionated commenters on Food Network’s Facebook page andRead more

Star Commentary: Time to Get Serious

by in Food Network Star, July 29, 2011

After Jyll was sent home on Sunday night, the conversation on Food Network’s Facebook page and our Star blog turned to the remaining five contestants: Who among them has a clear enough culinary point of view (POV) to deliver creative, approachable and TV-worthy recipes to a viewing audience every week? After all, Jyll was eliminated because ofRead more

Caption It: And Then There Were 6

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, July 22, 2011

How do you top last week’s shocking double elimination on Star? With a trip to New York City, a visit from Ina Garten and an on-air spot on the Rachael Ray show, of course. This Sunday, the top six hit the Big Apple and face their next round of Camera and Star Challenges, which includeRead more

Star Commentary: Aaaaand She’s Out

by in Food Network Star, July 20, 2011

Well, it finally happened. The moment many of you have been waiting for came on Sunday night: Penny Davidi, the Middle Eastern Mama, was sent home. But not necessarily because of her food. After seven weeks of mostly stellar dishes that the judges described as “great,” “very well-seasoned” and having “lots of great flavors and textures,”Read more

Caption It: Hands-On Edition

by in Food Network Star, July 15, 2011

This week’s jam-packed episode of Star is full of surprises, tears, drama and a double dose of shocking eliminations. The one-and-only Mr. Wolfgang Puck guest-judges, as the remaining finalists face him and the selection committee for their midterm examinations. In this sneak-peek shot, Star finalist Susie Jimenez relieves the pressure of test-taking by getting upRead more