All Posts By Sara Levine

Sara Levine is a Senior Online Editor at FoodNetwork.com and a culinary-school-trained home cook. Several years ago she quit her magazine job to go to Le Cordon Bleu, which led to a stint in Food Network Kitchen. Although cooking professionally wasn’t her thing, she loves frequenting restaurants and putting her own amateur culinary skills to work in her tiny kitchen.

Poll: Who’s Your Least Favorite Finalist?

by in Community, August 10, 2011

We're down to three Star finalists remaining and just one episode to go until one of them has a new show on Food Network. You've been voting for your Fan Favorite all season, but now we've got another question. Of the 12 eliminated finalists, who was your least favorite? Cast your vote for the finalistRead more

Star Spotlight: Comic Relief

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, August 1, 2011

This week’s challenge brought something totally different to the Star set. Usually the finalists are trying to impress Food Network stars – members of the elite club that they’re vying to join. The surprise guests for the Roast were stars from the comedy world: Anthony Anderson, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Louie Anderson and Aubrey Plaza.Read more

Double Star Spotlight: Ina and Rachael

by in Behind the Scenes, July 27, 2011

This week’s episode featured two Food Network superstars: the queen of 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray, and the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten. Needless to say, it was an intimidating double-whammy for the finalists. Whitney got so emotional upon seeing Ina – the woman who taught her to cook – that she burst into tears.Read more

Guest Star Spotlight: Wolfgang Puck

by in Food Network Star, July 19, 2011

At the Food Network Star dinner table this week sat a culinary icon: Wolfgang Puck, one of the first-ever "celebrity" chefs. We stole a few minutes with him to chat about everything from his favorite comfort foods to his own first on-camera experience. Jyll, don't sweat it — Wolfgang knows what it's like to beRead more

Star Spotlight: It’s Paula, Y’all!

by in Behind the Scenes, June 28, 2011

Behind the scenes of this week's Cougar Town challenge, we caught up with our favorite Southern cook. Paula's tips for being camera-ready? "Being rested...and of course, having the greatest makeup and hair people helps!" The Star finalists were star-struck when they learned that this Food Network icon would be tasting their food, but who would Paula herself mostRead more

Caption It: Goofing Around

by in Behind the Scenes, June 24, 2011

On the next episode of Star, headband-clad Jeff and usually stoic Justin B. share a lighthearted moment on the set of Cougar Town — where their next Star Challenge goes down. What's going on here? Are the guys trying to impress Paula or Courteney Cox with an interesting form of martial arts? Before you tune in thisRead more

Listen to Duff: Dudes Can Bake, Too!

by in Behind the Scenes, June 21, 2011

  "Not only can dudes bake," says the Ace of Cakes himself, Duff Goldman, "it's cool to bake!" Jyll's strategy for the dessert duel was to avoid the guys, and ultimately it backfired when her all-girl team — "Duff's Angels" — was bested by the boys (and Penny) of Team Robert. Check out this video for Duff'sRead more

Judge Spotlight: Giada’s Take

by in Behind the Scenes, June 14, 2011

This season is Giada De Laurentiis’ first as a full-time judge on Food Network Star. The Giada at Home star and cookbook author came on board last year as a mentor for the finalists and then moved into a seat on the selection committee with Bob, Bobby and Susie. Giada was actually discovered by oneRead more

Guest Star Spotlight: Impress the Press

by in Behind the Scenes, June 6, 2011

"One of the most important aspects of a star's life is the press," said tough-guy Vic Vegas, sounding not-so-tough after learning who would be judging the first elimination challenge. "They make you or they break you." When our finalists entered the dining room of STK to present for their Star Challenge, they faced an intimidatingRead more

You’re Invited!

by in Food Network Star, June 3, 2011

Join us for a live Twitter party to celebrate the premiere of Food Network Star Season 7 — and dish on every little detail, of course. An all-star guest list has already RSVP’d: Judges Bobby Flay (@bflay), Giada De Laurentiis (@gdelaurentiis) and Bob Tuschman (@bobtuschman) will be tweeting along with special guests from episode one. Alton Brown (@altonbrown),Read more