by Maria Russo in Food Network Star, Recipes, June 30, 2016
by Maria Russo in Food Network Star, Videos, June 29, 2016
Though all of the Food Network Star finalists' finished dishes should be camera ready and pleasing to look at, this week's Mentor Challenge put a special emphasis on artful culinary designs. Smiley faces, turkey patties a la turkeys, flowers and fish — they all made appearances on the plate with the help of almost-too-cute-to-eat foods. And best of all, most of the dishes tasted as impressive as they looked. Come the Star Challenge, "the wheel of mythicality" struck and helped influence the competitors' next offerings, and even in spite of some oddball ingredient combos — think kimchi and bread pudding — the results were successful.
We collected the winning recipes from both of the challenges. Check out the mentors' top picks of plates below, then browse more of the best dishes from past episodes.
by Alex Guarnaschelli in Food Network Star, Recap, June 26, 2016
Let's be honest: There was pretty much no chance that Rhett and Link's Wheel of Mythicality was going to yield such friendly "Will It" combos as peanut butter and jelly or strawberries and cream on Sunday's latest episode of Food Network Star. But the pairings that resulted from a quick spin of this diabolical wheel turned out such shocking and oddball mash-ups that some finalists could hardly handle it. Kimchi and bread pudding, anyone? How about octopus and macaroni and cheese? Those were the combinations that Joy and Tregaye were saddled with, respectively — and they didn't take too kindly to them.
Click the play button on the video above to watch the pairings get dealt one spin at a time, and see how the competitors reacted to receiving these unexpected combinations.
by Maria Russo in Food Network Star, Interviews, June 26, 2016
The pressure mounts. The finalists dwindle in numbers. The nerves are frayed. Want the truth? I have picked my potential winner. That’s right. And I’m wondering if you’ve picked yours. (Tell me in the comments, if so!) But don’t think it’s so easy to tell whom my money is on for the win.
by Maria Russo in Food Network Star, June 24, 2016
With only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be bringing you the first exclusive exit interviews with the ousted finalists as they're sent home. Check back here every Sunday night for new one-on-one chats to hear from the just-eliminated competitors, learn their thoughts on the competition, and find out how they feel about the mentors' critiques of their final dishes and presentations. We're about to break down the ins and outs of tonight's new episodes and reveal who went home, so if you've yet to watch the show, read no further until then.
by Food Network Kitchen in Food Network Star, Recipes, July 15, 2015
Food Network Star mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis expect the best from the finalists in terms of on-camera charm and culinary expertise. And the mentors know just how to deliver no-nonsense challenges that test both skills, as they are keenly aware of the traits needed to be successful onscreen and at the stove. Six weeks into the contest, the remaining competitors are halfway to the finish line, so the judges' expectations are getting only higher and more demanding. But that doesn't mean the judges don't know how to have a little fun on set too.
Check out the above photo from Sunday's all-new episode. Along with guest judge Duff Goldman, who's on hand for the Mentor Challenge, the mentors are simply cracking up at the scene unfolding before them. While Bobby leans over in grinning laughter, Giada covers her face and Duff looks on with a smile — all three enjoying themselves and letting loose at the judges' table. What do you think has them in stitches? Who could be making them laugh like that?
by Maria Russo in Community, Food Network Star, July 14, 2015
By Leah Brickley
During the Food Network Star Mentor Challenge this week, the finalists had barely any time to get their pizzas topped and baked — and sadly, many of the pizzas were underdone (except Dom’s, as he wisely used the stovetop to crisp up his crusts). We were reminded of an amazing timesaving pizza dough recipe we recently tested in Food Network Kitchen. It calls for only two ingredients — self-rising flour and Greek yogurt — and no special equipment or proofing time needed. You can mix, knead, roll and top within minutes.
Put 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour and 1 cup full-fat or 2% Greek yogurt in a large bowl. Use your hands to work into a shaggy dough. Then knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Roll out into 1 large round or 2 smaller ones. There’s no need to let it rest! Top and bake how you would normally — we like to use a 500 degree F oven with a preheated baking stone on the bottom rack. You can also refrigerate the dough up to two days and let it come to room temperature before rolling out.
And then there were six! Tune in Sunday at 9|8c to see which Food Network Star finalist goes home next.
Photo courtesy of Heather Ramsdell
by Jeff Mauro in Food Network Star, Recap, July 13, 2015
It was Emilia's plan all along on Sunday night to take a grand risk in front of the judges, as she explained of her plans for her comedy club performance in front of mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, plus Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson, "I know going into this presentation I have to do something risky, something that's going to show who the real Emilia is." While she indeed delivered on her risk, it surely didn't pay off; by roasting her fellow finalists during her demo, mocking them, and calling to attention their perceived flaws and quirks, she came off as "mean-spirited," according to Bob. Bobby, too, noted the awkwardness of her performance, as he said, "It got a little uncomfortable there at the end." And Susie admitted, "I felt slightly abused by her."
But Emilia told her side of the story in her exclusive exit interview with Star Talk and explained, "I stand by the fact that I took a risk; I wish I would have thought about doing it in a different manner." Though she added later, "I knew the guys would laugh. ... You know, they're like my brothers, so I'm allowed to make fun of them."
We want to know what you, the fans, think of Emilia's presentation. Did she go too far in mocking and insulting her fellow finalists, or was it simply all in the name of good fun and a laugh? Cast your vote in the poll below to share your thoughts.
by Maria Russo in Food Network Star, July 10, 2015
The finalists start this week with a fresh new attitude. So long, bickering and negativity; hello, pizza and Duff Goldman.
Challenge numero uno is a pizza extravaganza judged by Duff and the CEO of CiCi’s Pizza, Darin Harris. The winner of this Mentor Challenge will not only receive glory, but also have his or her original pizza creation featured on the menu at CiCi’s Pizza. They have only 30 minutes to bake the pies, so I am predicting a lot of soggy, undercooked, white-crusted pizzas. And they begin ...
Photos: Inside the Pizza Challenge
Dominooch is ecstatic to sling some stovetop sweet sausage pizza; Alex believes a pizza is just an open-faced sandwich; Arnold’s going the clever samosa pizza; Michelle is sticking to her Mediterranean guns; Eddie is making a fruity Caribbean pie; and Emilia is also doing a samosa pizza.
Time’s up. Hands up. Jay begins with another fluid delivery. The guy might as well be hocking Satsuma ShamWows at 3:00 a.m. on QVC. Unfortunately, his pizza is piqued. Arnold’s presentation begins with some promise, but again he fizzled out midway. Wisely, he remembers to take a bite of his pizza and FOCUS ON THE FOOD, which totally saved his dying presentation. Alex read a recipe out loud again and delivered a lackluster pie.
by Sarah De Heer in Interviews, July 6, 2014
From towering elegant designs ideal for picturesque weddings to colorful creations in the shape of famed figures and objects, Duff Goldman's cakes are known for delivering wow factor, both in terms of presentation and flavor. That next-level excellence is precisely what he'll demand of the remaining Food Network Star finalists when he stops by to judge the Mentor Challenge on Sunday night, a brand-new pizza test that he and the mentors, as well as the CEO of CiCi's Pizza, will oversee.
Check out the sneak-peek photo above for the first look at this week's show. Duff's chatting with Giada in Food Star Kitchen, seemingly using his hands to count off something. What do you think he's dishing about here? Are he and Giada plotting the details of the pizza challenge, or are they discussing the finalists' performances?
Being a Food Network Star means not just hosting a television show, but building a brand indicative of a unique point of view, and Episode 6 was all about honing that perspective and the products that would support it. The seven remaining finalists had to create products and package them in this episode, but then they also had to sell them in commercials that forced them into oddball places — thanks to a special green screen.
If you haven't yet watched the episode, don't read any further. Star Talk is about to break down the ins and outs of the episode — and reveal who was sent home.