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.

The “Mama Orchid” Fan Club

by in Food Network Star, July 12, 2011

Early front-runner and Star fan favorite Orchid Paulmeier was driven out of the competition on Sunday night after a sub-par food-truck performance. Judge Bob Tuschman told the barbecue-loving, restaurant-owning mom of three that she tends to “simmer” while other finalists “are at full boil” in the competition. Immediately following the shocking elimination, comments on FoodRead more

Caption It: Vegas-Style

by in Food Network Star, July 8, 2011

This Sunday on Star, tough guy Vic “Vegas” Moea dons big, dark glasses and a less intimidating baguette bat while filming the next Camera Challenge, a commercial advertising his food truck — bank robbery-themed, perhaps? Will guest judge and food-truck fanatic Tyler Florence and the selection committee approve? Before you tune in this Sunday atRead more

Star Spotlight: Focus on Fieri

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, July 6, 2011

Guy Fieri can identify with this season’s Star finalists better than most. As the winner of season 2, he is no stranger to Camera and Star Challenges and remembers the pressure and anxiety that go along with them. Well, that stress has done Guy well, as he has proven that super-stardom is super possible forRead more

Caption It: Guy’s Watching You

by in Food Network Star, July 1, 2011

On this Sunday’s episode, Food Network superstar Guy Fieri — a Star alum from Season 2 — joins the remaining 10 contestants on location. Here, Guy offers Chris Nirschel some sage advice as he coaches the finalists through a unique camera challenge — one that's very close to Guy's heart. Will Chris get tripped up during filming orRead more

Star Commentary: The Great Debate

by in Food Network Star, June 29, 2011

Sunday’s episode of Star was jam-packed with surprises: celebrity guest appearances from the cast of Cougar Town, Southern queen Paula Deen, Iron Chef Michael Symon and season 5 Star winner Melissa d'Arabian. But perhaps the most unexpected moment of the night came not from the kitchen or behind the camera but during elimination: Justin Balmes was sent home.    Read more

Star Commentary: Bake or Be Baked

by in Food Network Star, June 22, 2011

On Sunday’s episode of Star, Alicia Sanchez, a former bakery owner, was sent packing as the fourth finalist eliminated. Despite her proclamation that she is “good at cakes,” Bobby Flay told her that the cupcake pop on which she took the lead for her team was “under-baked” and that the guests were “spitting it out.”Read more

Caption It: What’s Up, Duff?

by in Food Network Star, June 17, 2011

On the upcoming episode of Star, cake master Duff Goldman stops by to guest judge alongside Dinner Impossible chef Robert Irvine. Here, Duff visits the kitchen and checks in with Orchid during a lighthearted moment of challenge prep. Will his presence throw her off track or be just the encouragement she and her fellow finalists needRead more

“Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, Penny’s Coming for Ya”

by in Food Network Star, June 15, 2011

Finalist Chris Nirschel warns his fellow Star constants in this video that they better be prepared for Middle Eastern mama Penny Davidi. In one of the most buzzed-about moments of the second episode, Penny strategically placed Orchid Paulmeier, an early frontrunner and favorite of the judges, on the all-male team of Justin B., Vic andRead more

Caption It: What’s So Funny, Guys?

by in Food Network Star, June 10, 2011

Chefs Anne Burrell and Scott Conant guest judge (along with Pat and Gina Neely!) on the upcoming episode of Star and prove it’s not all work and no play on the set. Don’t let them fool you, though. This week’s challenges — one of which goes down in Chef Conant's restaurant kitchen at Scarpetta in BeverlyRead more