Let's be honest. The stress of Comeback Kitchen is real and likely all-consuming for the competitors. After all, finalists have just three weeks to prove themselves worthy of a second shot at Stardom — and one of those weeks is already behind them. The remaining six rivals have just two weeks left to demonstrate their growth, prove their culinary prowess on the plate, and convince mentors Tyler Florence and Valerie Bertinelli to choose them for the ranks of Food Network Star, Season 12. So when they finish a challenge — no matter the outcome — there's indeed reason to celebrate.
After 11 weeks of camera challenges, timed cooking tasks and seemingly unending competition pressure, one finalist will be shining the brightest — and Food Network's newest Star will be crowned. It's then that the winner will be part of the Food Network family, ready to begin the job of a lifetime. Recently Star Talk caught up with current Food Network chefs, the very people who occupy the job all 12 finalists are vying for, to find out what it's like to live and work as a Food Network star. "Expect to work incredibly hard, much harder than you've ever worked in your life," Duff Goldman, a premier pastry chef and a co-host of Kids Baking Championship, advises the future winner. Bobby Flay, too, is quick to note that the role is, above all else, "a job, and it's not just this glamorous moment."
When Food Network Star kicks off next week, all eyes will be on the finalists as they begin the long road toward the coveted crown. But to lead the hopefuls on their journeys and give them the feedback they'll need to grow, mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis must utilize their combined decades of experience to offer the finalists insider tips for bettering their performances. After all, with a hefty handful of shows between them, they're qualified to offer the finalists insider tips and been-there-done-that advice for bettering their performances. It's true no one else knows quite what it takes to succeed at Food Network stardom quite like this powerhouse.
When a Food Network Star winner graduates from the 11-week competition and earns the crown of victory, you can be sure he or she is equipped with not only the charm and charisma to capture a TV audience, but also the culinary chops to wow you with must-try recipes. That's why these dishes from the likes of Eddie Jackson, Justin Warner, Melissa d'Arabian and Guy Fieri are ones you can trust. Check out their back-pocket picks — including a hearty macaroni and cheese, a weeknight-friendly chicken dinner and a craveable chocolate pudding — to complete your recipe repertoire with a mix of sweet, savory, satisfying, healthy and decadent staples.
Act naturally, command your culinary point of view, demonstrate complete mastery in the kitchen and make the camera your friend. After 11 seasons of Food Network Star, we know that having and demonstrating these essential abilities will go a long way toward impressing Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis. But how about the things that finalists ought not to do? We checked in with both mentors, plus a whole roster of Food Network chefs, and it turns out that their advice is pretty straightforward. "I think what they should not do is over-rehearse," Giada told Star Talk. For Bobby, authenticity reigns supreme. "They need to be who they are and not try to be somebody who is already on the network," he revealed.
In just a few short weeks, the spotlight will shine on Food Star Kitchen, and this year's cast of Food Network Star hopefuls will have to wow mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis not just on camera but also on the plate. From day one the finalists will be expected to demonstrate their culinary points of view and no-doubts-about-it cooking chops with inspired dishes. But before the contest begins, Star Talk is catching up with them to see what goes on in their own kitchens, away from the competition and when challenges aren't at play. Read on below to find out what they're making for dinner on an average night at home.
You see the challenges and deliberations, and you watch intently as the Comeback Kitchen mentors deliver the news of elimination. But what happens when the cameras stop rolling? For an all-access look at what goes down on set between takes, browse these brand-new photos of the Comeback Kitchen premiere from inside Food Star Kitchen.
When Food Network Star kicks off on May 22 (at 9|8c), mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will have one job before them: Find Food Network's next famous face. It's up to them to guide the rivals through 11 weeks of competition, challenge them to grow and improve, and ultimately decide who among them has the bright light of Star power — just like the mentors have. Recently Star Talk chatted with Bobby and Giada, who looked ahead to what's in store for the finalists this season and reflected on their own roads to stardom — and how they've claimed the spotlight as their own.
Let's call this the calm before the storm. Comeback Kitchen premieres Sunday (at 8|7c), and for the seven returning hopefuls, that means there's just days left until they begin the winding road to redemption. Challenges, critiques and constant pressure — it's all waiting for them as they prepare to fight for the sole spot in the cast of Food Network Star, Season 12.
The countdown is on to the premiere of Food Network Star, when this year's eager hopefuls will begin the job interview of their lives. They've been working toward this moment their entire careers — their entire lives, really — and what happens after Sunday, May 22 is up to them. When their Star journey begins, they'll have Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis to guide them through the challenges and offer constructive criticism and been-there-done-that feedback that could ultimately shape their success in the competition, should they heed Bobby's and Giada's critiques. But until then, they have only their training and instincts to rely on, and much of that stems from the mentors they've followed along the way.
Recently Star Talk checked in with all of the finalists, and they told us all about the professional or personal mentors they've enjoyed working with and growing alongside. Read on below to hear whom each credits with instilling in them a foundation for learning in the kitchen.