From missing ingredients and gadgets to fake fire alarms, Sunday's episode of Star
challenged the remaining contestants' culinary skills as well as their patience, live-demo capabilities and on-the-spot thinking.
Click play on the video above to watch some of the funniest and most awkward moments that prove anything can happen when the cameras go live.
Vote now: What was your favorite live TV moment?
Food Network Star isn't just a job interview, it's a learning process. It's akin to studying for a Ph.D. in public speaking or training for the culinary version of Battle Royale. With every learning process there are markers for self-evaluation. In Food Network Star U, they are called "midterms" and they're designed to thin the pack once the stragglers have been picked off. Simultaneously, the midterms provide a glimpse into the very harsh reality that none of the competitors "have it in the bag," regardless of what is said in the comments below.
Test #1: Giada in Prank-a-dise
Remember last year when I had to do a "live" demo with a "charismatic co-host"? The fish bones? The awkward start? It was easily one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. How could it be worse? Well, Giada summons one Terrence Jenkins — co-anchor of E! News — aka the smoothest dude in the game — this time around.
This week on The Next Food Network Star, Ms. Paula Deen steps in and gives her take on the Season 6 finalists (and their dishes).
How would you caption this pic of Paula?