There are traditional job interviews, which are surely daunting, then there's Food Network Star: an intense 11-week journey that requires nothing short of flawless technique in the kitchen and a downright sparkly personality on camera. Beginning June 7 at 9|8c, 12 all-new rivals will put their dreams on the line as they endure mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis' lofty challenges, all in the hopes of scoring the most-sought-after culinary career: Food Network host. Star Talk is bringing you the first look at each of the finalists in exclusive, candid interviews, and today we're introducing Arizona's Matthew Grunwald.
Matthew, 22 (Scottsdale, Ariz.), is the youngest finalist, but don’t let his age and exuberance fool you; he’s got the experience of a chef twice his age. He began working in professional kitchens at 16 and became a food writer by 17. Matthew eats, sleeps and breathes food, and is dedicated to bringing today’s online food trends and social-media experience to the masses.
Describe your culinary POV in one sentence — if you can.
Matthew Grunwald: Millennial, social media-driven, youthful cuisine
If you could ask Bobby and Giada to teach you one thing in the kitchen, what would it be?
MG: To sit down with Chef Flay and just have him teach me everything he knows about Southwestern cuisine, and also I would love to talk to him about running restaurants from a business perspective and how he manages all that.
From Miss Giada, I would say a lesson in the biz. A lesson on TV chops. I would love to sit down with her and kind of pick her brain.