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Food Network Star Finalists Answer: “Who’s Been Your Culinary Mentor So Far?”

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 5, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12The 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.

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Comeback Kitchen According to Mentor Valerie: “This Is Like the Roughest Boot Camp You Could Ever Imagine”

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, Judges, May 4, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12Recently Star Talk brought you a one-on-one interview with Tyler Florence, and today the focus shifts to the other half of the Comeback Kitchen mentor duo, Valerie Bertinelli. Together these Food Network chefs will not only guide the returning rivals through three weeks of no-nonsense challenges, but they'll also decide who is most prepared to secure the sole spot in the cast of Food Network Star, Season 12.

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QUIZ: How Far Would You Go on Food Network Star?

by in Food Network Star, May 3, 2016

Comeback Kitchen Mentor Tyler Previews What’s Ahead: “I Always Pull for the Underdog”

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, Judges, May 3, 2016

Food Network Star, Season 12The countdown. Is. On. There are just days left until the premiere of Comeback Kitchen (on Sunday at 8|7c), when seven Food Network Star alumni return to the starting line for the redo of a lifetime. Recently Star Talk caught up with Tyler Florence, one of the two judge-mentors who will ultimately decide which hopeful rival will earn that coveted second chance at Stardom. Tyler has nearly two decades of experience on Food Network, so he knows just what it takes to succeed in the job these hopefuls are fighting for. Read on below to find out what he thinks the finalists ought to do to grow in this contest, and hear his been-there-done-that advice to the returning rivals. Plus, hear from Valerie in an exclusive interview to get her take as well.

Comeback Kitchen has never been done before, and there’s so much at stake. What are you most excited about in being part of this new series?
Tyler Florence: I always pull for the underdog — somebody who has all the heart and soul and potential in the world, and occasionally they miss it by a point or two when they [don't] win. It's really nice to see a whole very enthusiastic group of people that have already been through it once, and Valerie and I have a ball, hanging out together. She’s got a very unique perspective on television, with a career as long as she’s been doing [this]. … It is just amazing to get a chance to actually coach a very talented group of people and really polish them up so they are prepared for this next competition.

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Recipes You Can Count On: Bobby’s and Giada’s Best Plates

by in Food Network Star, Recipes, May 2, 2016

Recipes You Can Count On: Bobby's and Giada's Best PlatesWhen Food Network Star premieres on Sunday, May 22 at 9|8c, this year's cast of hopefuls will quickly learn that when it comes to succeeding at Stardom, there's no such thing as "good enough." Both on the camera and on the plate, they'll be expected to demonstrate mastery and confidence — just as their mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis do on-air and in their dishes. This all-star duo knows just what it takes to not only wow an audience on TV but also to combine flavors, highlight the simplicity of fresh ingredients and teach others how to do the same with their go-to recipes.

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WATCH: Comeback Kitchen Finalists’ Early Days of Stardom

by in Food Network Star, Videos, April 28, 2016

WATCH: Comeback Kitchen Finalists' Early Days of StardomIn just a few short weeks, eager Comeback Kitchen finalists will enter the hallowed arena that is Food Star Kitchen — again. These seven hopefuls have competed on Food Network Star before but were eliminated before they reached full Star power. Now, though, with one season behind them and plenty of been-there-done-that learnings in their back pockets, these returning rivals are ready to demonstrate their growth and show off their readiness for a second chance at Stardom.

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QUIZ: Which Food Network Show Would You Win?

by in Food Network Star, April 27, 2016

Exclusive: Giada on the “Ballet” of Camera Work, Plus Her Take on the Job of a Food Network Star

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, Judges, April 26, 2016

Just yesterday we brought you the first exclusive interview with Bobby Flay, one half of the mentoring duo that will make up the judges' panel on Food Network Star, Season 12. Today it's all about Giada De Laurentiis, who will join Bobby in both guiding the finalists through the competition and ultimately sending them home week by week.

Read on below to hear from Giada about what she sees as similarities among the past winners of the show and how she's come to master the craft of Stardom. Plus, find out how the first impressions finalists leave on her and Bobby have lasting consequences for the hopefuls.

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Exclusive: Bobby on the Importance of Focus, the Meaning of Star Power and the Advice He Follows

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, Judges, April 25, 2016

Exclusive: Bobby on the Importance of Focus, the Meaning of Star Power and the Advice He FollowsFood Network Star, Season 12 kicks off in less than a month (tune in to the premiere on Sunday, May 22 at 9|8c), and just as the 12 finalists are anxiously awaiting the job interview of a lifetime, mentor-judges Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are preparing for their roles as the deciding factors in whose culinary dreams will be made true or ultimately ended. Their expert takes on both this contest and the job of a Food Network Star make them uniquely prepared for the 11-week journey they're undertaking with the finalists and for the challenges they're set to dole out.

Recently Star Talk caught up with Bobby to chat about how he balances his dual role of mentor-judge and the value he places on first impressions. Read on below to hear about his mentoring strategy and find out if his own participation in competitions like Beat Bobby Flay affects the way he judges. Plus, see what he thinks about the elusive Star power, and get his take on the job of a Food Network Star.

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Look Who’s Back: Meet the 7 Returning Rivals Competing on Comeback Kitchen

by in Food Network Star, April 15, 2016

Food Network Star: Comeback KitchenThey. Are. Back. Seven previously ousted finalists from past seasons of Food Network Star have returned to the hallowed Food Star Kitchen for their second chance at stardom, and this time, with an entire season of competition behind them, they're more primed for success than ever.

Just as they were expected to combine stellar culinary chops with a knack for on-camera charm when they battled on Food Network Star the first time, so too will they have to demonstrate a mastery of these Star basics when they face off on Comeback Kitchen. Mentor-judges Tyler Florence and Valerie Bertinelli will have only the highest expectations for this crop of hopefuls, as they have just three short weeks to find a worthy contender among the cast — someone who can join the ranks of Food Network Star, Season 12 finalists and ultimately the race for the prize of Star.

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