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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

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 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

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

Been There, Done That: 10 Tips From Melissa

by in Behind the Scenes, Recap, June 9, 2011

Melissa d'Arabian won Star season 5 and has been loving her Food Network adventure ever since. Her show, Ten Dollar Dinners, premieres its fifth season on July 2. As a Star veteran watching from her couch at home, Melissa shares her insider's take on what went down each week. I feel a bond to eachRead 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