The vote is now closed and it's just a waiting game until the newest Star winner — chosen by you! — is crowned in Sunday night's finale. In preparation for viewing parties across the country, Martie, Yvan, Michele and Justin each created an original snack recipe especially for their fans.
The final four learned a thing or two from Alton, Bobby and Giada during their successful Star runs — devoted fans could likely guess which POV-perfect snack belongs to each finalist just by looking at them. Martie goes with her twist on a party staple, chips and dip. Yvan parties family-style with a batch of empanadas. Michele serves up a New England spin on deviled eggs. And Justin creates a rebellious take on a favorite nacho cheese-flavored chip.
Check out our gallery of Star-worthy snacks and serve them at your viewing party to cheer on your favorite Food Network hopeful. And of course, don't miss the finale this Sunday at 9pm/8c!
In just a few weeks, you'll get to know the 15 new finalists on Season 8 of Food Network Star. Catch the casting special on Saturday, May 12 at 9pm/8c for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at each finalist's road to Star-dom, including footage of their final one-on-one auditions with their respective team leader.
To give you a sneak peek at the personalities of Team Alton, Team Bobby and Team Giada, we're introducing a finalist per day leading up to the bigger-than-ever Star premiere on Sunday, May 13 at 9pm/8c.
Today, we kick things off with Alton's fellow Southerner, Martie Duncan, a "slightly over 40"-year-old entertaining enthusiast from Birmingham, Alabama.
Fun facts about Martie from Food Network Magazine:
- Claim to fame: Martie has been shot at, beaten up and run over in her previous job as a Birmingham police officer. More recently, she traveled the world to play polo.
- Dream-show concept: Stress-free entertaining. "Honestly, you can take a frozen lasagna, bake that sucker and sprinkle really good Parmesan over it. A party doesn't have to be perfect."
- Secret ingredient: Cayenne. She spikes a lot of dishes with it, including dessert.
Get to know Martie in her Star bio video:
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