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

by in Interviews, June 15, 2014

Star has seen many themed challenges over the seasons, including takes on Chopped, Burger Bash and even Thanksgiving Live. But for the first time in Star history, finalists faced off in a round of Cutthroat Kitchen-inspired competition. Alton brought all of his antics and even Cutthroat judge Jet Tila made a special appearance. If youRead more

“This Challenge Was Like a 20-Layer Sandwich.” — An Interview with Alex Guarnaschelli

by in Interviews, June 10, 2014

Alex Guarnaschelli is no stranger to Food Network Star. We've seen her dish out her opinions on the judging panel of two Chopped-themed episodes during seasons 8 and 9. But this past Sunday, Alex took off her judge's hat and took to the kitchen. During the Star Challenge, the remaining finalists were tasked with tapingRead more

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

by in Interviews, June 8, 2014

With the first challenges behind the them, the remaining 11 finalists took to Star Kitchen and were hit with two big surprises this week: teaching Alton how to prepare two of his favorite dishes (Green Bean Casserole and Chicken-Fried Steak) in the Mentor Challenge and having Alex Guarnaschelli follow along their live cooking demos inRead more

Chatting with the First Eliminated Star Finalist

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, June 1, 2014

Despite Food Network Star finalists' highest hopes for success and their best attempts to at once craft top-quality dishes and present a winning personality on camera, week after week another rival will be sent home, unable to survive in the face of stardom. It's up to judge-mentors Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De LaurentiisRead more

Alton Explains What Not to Do, the Deal with POVs and the Hardest Part of Being a Judge

by in Interviews, Judges, May 27, 2014

As Food Network's resident food historian and overall respected voice of reason, Alton Brown has a lot to say when it comes to finalists vying for the ultimate job — the job that will allow one person to join the roster that he shares with fellow judges Giada and Bobby. Star Talk: What are youRead more

Bobby Talks Pet Peeves, the Biggest Mistake Finalists Always Make and Cooking vs. On-Camera Skills

by in Interviews, Judges, May 23, 2014

Earlier this week Giada dished on her fellow judges and behind-the-scenes moments (read the interview here.) Now we're asking Bobby Flay about his time on Star, what it's like to be a judge, what mistakes he's tired of seeing and if he could have survived the show as a contestant. Star Talk: What are youRead more

Star Kitchen Preview: Finalists Reveal Their Signature Dishes

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 21, 2014

Earlier this month FN Dish introduced each of the Food Network Star finalists, and for the first time, fans learned more about the competitors' culinary points of view (POVs), plus insider details, like their hopes for the contest, thoughts on the mentors and go-to midnight snacks. Much like POVs, cooks' signature dishes often reveal theirRead more

Giada Talks Star Season 10, Her Fellow Judges and Behind-the-Scenes Moments

by in Interviews, Judges, May 19, 2014

Before Season 10 kicks off, the editors of Star Talk wanted to sit down with show's ultimate trio of stars, Giada, Bobby and Alton, to talk about what fans can expect, their favorite elements of the show, as well as what they think of each other. First up, Giada De Laurentiis. Star Talk: How hasRead more

Star-a-Day: Sarah Penrod

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 16, 2014

Sarah Penrod, 30, is a born-and-bred Texan who comes from a family of entertainers. She's been performing for her whole life and also has serious culinary chops, as she now owns her own business. This feisty chef has worked with celebrities and athletes, and she always keeps things entertaining in the kitchen. Read on below toRead more

Star-a-Day: Nicole Gaffney

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 14, 2014

Nicole Gaffney, 29, isn’t just another personal chef — her magnetic personality and innate culinary talent set her apart from the crowd. She grew up cooking with her Sicilian grandparents and comes from a family of commercial fishermen, and her "coastal cuisine" take on food is heavily influenced by her family and growing up inRead more