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Luca Looks Back on a Wild Ride

by in Interviews, August 12, 2014

Luca Della Casa, Food Network Star Season 10Italian-born Luca Della Casa came into the competition with his heritage as a point of view, and while his culinary offerings were strong, he struggled with camera work so much so that he was first sent home in Episode 2. After winning Star Salvation, however, he remained long enough to earn a spot in the final three, and he was ultimately named the first runner-up of the contest.

Star Talk caught up with Luca the day of the finale to talk about his time on the show, what he would cook Giada if he got the chance and who he thought was the most-intimidating mentor. Read his interview below.

Star Talk: Luca, making it to the final two is an incredible achievement and you obviously fought to get here. Was this competition everything you thought it would be?
Luca Della Casa: Oh, absolutely and even more. It's been a fantastic journey. It started good in the first episode and then it went south, so I thought I lost it. And then I had the opportunity to come back through Star Salvation and find my way back. I'm so excited about being here right now.

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Robert Irvine’s Advice for Any Future Star

by in Interviews, August 6, 2014

Robert Irvine's Advice for Any Future StarNo one accomplishes a mission quite like Food Network's resident fixer-upper Robert Irvine, and that makes him an ideal mentor to guide Lenny, Luca and Nicole as they film their pilots. Star Talk caught up with Robert while he was mentoring the final three to ask him a simple question: What one piece of advice did you share with each of them?

Star Talk: What were your initial reactions watching and guiding Lenny, Luca and Nicole? And what advice did you share with each of them?
Robert Irvine: It's really interesting because I never had to go through this rigmarole of trying to prove that you can host a show, cook, deal with people and answer questions all at the same time. So to me when I mentor somebody, I tell them one simple thing: Be who you are and it will shine through. You can learn the tricks of the camera and you can learn timing, but what you cannot learn is how to be yourself. People see through cameras and televisions like it's not even funny. If you be yourself, then you'll always be successful.

You have to imagine your boyfriend, girlfriend, mom or whoever is special to you, and think you're having a conversation with them. And that's it. The rest — once you've done that a couple of times and settled down — it's just that easy. And I know when we first start in this business people will say: "Oh, there's a camera. Oh, there are four cameras." People watch you all the time. It's the same as a camera. Just don't worry about the cameras. And these folks — to be in the final three of the Food Network Star competition, it's huge. Not many people get to that point, and one of these folks is going to have a show of their own. Thankfully I'm not the one who is going to be voting on that. Because I gotta tell you, so far, it can go numerous ways. I think it's going to be a tough competition. It's anyone's game.

Watch the Pilots and Vote for the Next Food Network Star

by in Food Network Star, August 5, 2014

Watch the Pilots and Vote for the Next Food Network Star, Season 10Time is running out to vote for this year's newest Food Network Star. Will you join Lenny on the range? Will you learn the secrets to Italian cooking with Luca? Or will you dive into the seas with Nicole?

Watch all three pilots now and vote for your favorite:

 

 

Guess Who’s Back: Luca

by in Videos, July 16, 2014

Luca Della CasaAfter ousting six hopefuls (including two fan favorites) in Star Salvation, Luca proved himself worthy of a second chance. He entered back into the competition as the remaining finalists traveled to Las Vegas, and he even took one of the top two spots for the episode.

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What You Didn’t See on TV — Star Las Vegas Edition

by in Behind the Scenes, July 15, 2014

Food Network Star Behind-the-Scenes, Episode 7It takes dozens of crew members to pull off a production as large as Food Network Star, no matter if the show is being filmed in a studio or on location. This week the show traveled to Las Vegas. Unlike when taping in Food Star Kitchen, the production team had to deal with outside elements, like the weather (which turned out to be pretty windy during Episode 7).

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Only One Will Receive Salvation — Watch Now

by in Videos, July 9, 2014


Reuben's the sixth and final eliminated hopeful to attempt redemption on Star Salvation — but he's got to go through Chad and Luca first. After being ousted for his struggles to command on camera, he must pursue this last-ditch effort to rejoin the competition. "I am so fortunate that I'm getting a second chance," Reuben reflects. "I just want to show these people that I am that person you need on the network."

Find out if Reuben makes it all the way. Click the play button on the video above to see the first part of the episode, then head over to Star Salvation headquarters to catch the second part.

Tune in to Food Network this Sunday to see who makes it back to the competition: Sunday, July 13 9|8c.

Star Judges’ 4th of July Recipes Won’t Disappoint

by in Recipes, July 1, 2014

Star Judges 4th of July Recipes

On last Sunday's episode of Food Network Star, finalists had to come up with their most-inventive takes on some favorite Fourth of July recipes. While some recipes produced smiles from the judges, others failed to impress. Want to wow your guests this holiday weekend? Inspired by the episode, Star Talk has rounded up the best takes on these dishes from Star judges Bobby, Giada and Alton.

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Watch Now: Will Luca Take Advantage of His Second Chance on Star Salvation?

by in Videos, June 11, 2014

Luca joins Star Salvation this week, along with remaining competitors and fan favorites Martie and Chad. Luca is soon confronted by an issue that he struggled with in Episode 2. "You kind of had a hard time connecting with the viewer and the camera," Geoffrey reminds him before introducing the next test, which is to make a 30-second video demonstrating a single culinary tip.

Luca and Martie will demonstrate a similar tip, but each with their own approach. Chad, however, tackles what he does best. Who will move on and who will say goodbye?

Click play on the video above to watch Part 1 of Star Salvation now (watch Part 2 here), and see if Luca can claim Salvation — or if the fan favorites will continue to move on.

 

Will Donna Rejoin the Competition?

by in Videos, June 4, 2014

An ousted rival will rejoin the competition after a journey on Star Salvation, an exclusive Web series hosted by Damaris Phillips and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Damaris says it best when she explains, "This season is all about fan favorites." She and fellow Salvation host Geoffrey welcome past competitors — Season 8's Martie Duncan and Season 9's Chad Rosenthal — to battle Donna, the first finalist eliminated from Season 10. For their premiere challenge, they're tasked with presenting themselves and their culinary points of view on pizzas in only 25 minutes.

Click play on the video above to watch Part 1 of Star Salvation now (watch Part 2 here), and see how Donna fares.

 

Behind-the-Scenes Moments from the Premiere (Photos)

by in Behind the Scenes, June 3, 2014

Top Moments of the Premiere (Photos)Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make Food Network Star and go inside the finalists' challenges with weekly memorable moments galleries like the one from the premiere. The photos below didn't make the gallery, but Star Talk fans can get a glimpse of the mentors and Selection Committee when the director yells, "Cut!"

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