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Chatting with Guest Judges Jemele Hill and Jaymee Sire

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, Judges, July 27, 2017

Food Network StarThe Food Network Star competition has narrowed to just four remaining hopefuls, which means that this week, with just a few challenges left until the finale, the pressure will be on the competitors to deliver Star-worthy performances every step of the way. In addition to Bobby and Giada, two perfect-for-the-job judges will be on hand Sunday night to help evaluate finalists' presentations. ESPN's Jemele Hill and guest Jaymee Sire, who's set to be the floor reporter on the upcoming series Iron Chef Showdown, will join the Up Your Game Day Star Challenge, featuring a series of shared segments and culinary demos. To be successful in a livelike setting, the rivals must execute on multiple tasks at once, and no one knows the demands of that more than game-day enthusiasts Jemele and Jaymee. We caught up with them on set to get their take on the challenges ahead, their advice to guarantee game-day success and their own tailgating traditions at home.

Tell me a little bit about how food plays a role on game-day.
Jaymee Sire: I think food is the one thing that everybody can rally around. Everybody has their different team or their different players, but everybody can agree that you need good food on game day, and you need to fuel up, especially if you’re going to be drinking. It’s definitely something that everybody can rally around.
Jemele Hill: In a way, a game-day food is more challenging, because you’re taking fairly basic things and you have to find a way to make them special. Of course, at any game-day party — nachos. OK, basic dish, but what kind of nachos? How will your nachos be different? Will there be seven layers? Will there be three? Will there be no layers? You have to take some of the most-basic things and figure out a way to make them special, and the worst thing you can have, especially when people are trying to have a specific sports experience, is have a dish that bombs. If you have the dish that bombs that just chilling on the table that nobody’s eating, that’s so awkward.

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, July 23, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greatest potential for success. Week after week finalists will fall in a series of eliminations, and following each gut-wrenching exit, we here at Star Talk will bring you insider interviews with the fallen hopefuls. If you haven't watched the latest episode, don't read any further until you do, because we're about to break down the show and talk to the person sent home.

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist Eliminated from the Competition

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, July 16, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greatest potential for success. Week after week finalists will fall in a series of eliminations, and following each gut-wrenching exit, we here at Star Talk will bring you insider interviews with the fallen hopefuls. If you haven't watched the latest episode, don't read any further until you do, because we're about to break down the show and talk to the person sent home.

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Star Report: Who Flunked Midterms and Who’s in Good Shape for the Second Half

by in Food Network Star, Recap, July 10, 2017

Food Network StarWeek 6 is often the point in the season when the tide starts to turn — a few people start to break out from the pack, while others get left behind. This year's midterm challenges brought those results once again, and we're here to break down the what's, why's and how's right here. Join us for an insider's recap.

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, July 9, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greatest potential for success. Week after week finalists will fall in a series of eliminations, and following each gut-wrenching exit, we here at Star Talk will bring you insider interviews with the fallen hopefuls. If you haven't watched the latest episode, don't read any further until you do, because we're about to break down the show and talk to the person sent home.

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Star Recap: There’s a Lot to Love (and Hate) About Live Television

by in Food Network Star, Recap, July 2, 2017

Food Network StarYes, there were two challenges in this episode, but the biggest OMG-what-just-happened moments came from the Star Challenge, which brought the finalists into their first forays of Live TV. There's no going back now. A few competitors rose to the occasion here and brought their A-games, both in terms of talking in front of a studio audience and demoing their dishes. And then there were those who didn't. Join us as we look back on the highs and lows.

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, July 2, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greatest potential for success. Week after week finalists will fall in a series of eliminations, and following each gut-wrenching exit, we here at Star Talk will bring you insider interviews with the fallen hopefuls. If you haven't watched the latest episode, don't read any further until you do, because we're about to break down the show and talk to the person sent home.

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Star Report: 6 Surprising Things That Happened in the Great Outdoors

by in Food Network Star, Recap, June 26, 2017

Food Network StarSo, the finalists are officially out of the cozy comforts of Food Star Kitchen and knee-deep in the wilderness of Southern California. This change of scenery brings everyone around a few open-flame grills with classic campfire fixings. Also, mud. There's a lot of mud happening here. Join us as we look back on some of the most-memorable moments.

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One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, June 25, 2017

Food Network StarThe nature of the Food Network Star beast is such that no matter how much mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have to teach the finalists, their time is limited, which means they're forced to make quick decisions about who has the greatest potential for success. Week after week finalists will fall in a series of eliminations, and following each gut-wrenching exit, we here at Star Talk will bring you insider interviews with the fallen hopefuls. If you haven't watched the latest episode, don't read any further until you do, because we're about to break down the show and talk to the person sent home.

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Chatting with Alex and Jeff, the Mentors of Star Salvation

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, Judges, June 22, 2017

Star SalvationNearly four weeks into the Food Network Star competition, several finalists have already experienced the sting of elimination and left the contest in defeat — but perhaps they'll be back. Starting Sunday night immediately after the new episode of Food Network Star, which premieres at 9|8c, Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro will come together to mentor those ousted competitors on Star Salvation. This web-exclusive series on FoodNetwork.com will feature six weeks of challenges for the finalists eliminated along the way, and in the end one hopeful will earn the ultimate redemption: a chance to return to Food Network Star and rejoin the competition.

We checked in with Alex and Jeff on the set of Salvation about what they're looking for in a Star hopeful and their own roads to Stardom on Food Network. Read on below to hear what they had to say.

You've both mentored on Star Salvation before. What have you learned before that you’re bringing to the competition this year?
Alex Guarnaschelli: My co-hosts always went to the culinary school of Food Network, so to speak. I think I bring the street smarts half, which is someone who offers advice about how to do a few fundamental things in front of the camera without having gone through this exact process. Plus a few totally impossible things that I actually learned from working with Bobby Flay: "Hey, relax and be yourself. Hey, if you don’t like the shirt you’re wearing, change into one that’s comfortable. Hey, if you make it like that at home, chances are you should have the nerve to make it here, in this competition, the exact same way."

Jeff Mauro: Follow my instincts and look for the complete package, and look for somebody who is maybe looked over because of a bad day or a bad dish, and see through that one flub.

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