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Season 11

"Food Network Star 2015," Season 11 is a reality competition series that returns with culinary icons Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay as mentors and judges, joined this season by a roster of top-notch special guests and judges.

Season 11 features a cast of twelve talented hopefuls competing to become the next new face in food television. In the biggest audition of their lives, the finalists battle in a series of unique challenges designed to determine who has the personality, on-air charisma and cooking skills to win the ultimate prize — their own show on Food Network. Exclusive web series "Star Salvation" also returns, giving one eliminated contestant the opportunity to rejoin the competition.

The finalists are Emilia Cirker (Reston, Virginia); Jay Ducote (Baton Rouge, Louisiana); Christina Fitzgerald (St. Louis, Missouri); Rosa Graziano (Los Angeles, California); Matthew Grunwald (Scottsdale, Arizona); Eddie Jackson (Houston); Michelle Karam (Santa Barbara, California); Sita Lewis (New York); Alex McCoy (Washington, D.C.); Arnold Myint (Nashville, Tennessee); Rue Rusike (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Dominick Tesoriero (Staten Island, N.Y.).

In the season premiere, the twelve hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles and are introduced to food icons Giada and Bobby. Each finalist must produce a 30-second introductory video and make their signature dish for a food festival to be held the next day. At the festival, attended by a crowd of Food Network fans, each video is screened and signature dish tasted by a judging panel including Giada, Bobby, Food Network executives Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman, and People Deputy Editor J.D. Heyman. For one finalist, their dream ends, while the remaining eleven continue on their journey. Ensuing episodes include a dazzling Fourth of July-themed celebration, intense food truck/social media challenge and do-or-die live television demo.

Special guests/judges this season include Food Network personalities Sunny Anderson, Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Melissa d'Arabian, Bobby Deen, Duff Goldman, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, Damaris Phillips, Rachael Ray, Geoffrey Zakarian and comedian David Alan Grier.

"Food Network Star" is produced by LEG/Triage Entertainment.


Season 10

"Food Network Star 2014," Season 10 is a reality competition series that returns with culinary icons Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay leading the charge to discover the next promising face in food television.

The twelve new contenders are put to the test in a season filled with unique competitions challenging their kitchen and on-camera chops, to find out who has the talent and charisma to follow in Alton, Giada and Bobby's footsteps and helm their own show. Exclusive web series "Star Salvation" also returns, giving one eliminated contestant the opportunity to rejoin the on-air competition, which culminates in an audience vote to determine who wins the ultimate prize — their own show on Food Network.

The Season 10 contestants are Luca Della Casa (San Antonio); Emma Frisch (Ithaca, N.Y.); Nicole Gaffney (Atlantic City, N.J.); Loreal Gavin (Indianapolis); Chris Kyler (Stafford, Va.); Kenny Lao (New York); Christopher Lynch (New Orleans); Lenny McNab (Debeque, Co.); Aryen Moore-Alston (Memphis); Sarah Penrod (League City, Texas); Reuben Ruiz (Miami) and Donna Sonkin Shaw (New York).

In the season premiere, the contestants are welcomed to Los Angeles for their Star-making journey by Alton, Giada and Bobby, who invite the cast to their own red carpet premiere party that very night at a Hollywood studio backlot. Each finalist must present themselves to a select group of tastemakers, including E! personality Ross Mathews, and prepare their most impressive party bite for the challenge judges Alton, Giada, Bobby and Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson.

Upcoming episodes feature a "Cutthroat Kitchen" competition, viral video challenge from YouTube Space La., visit to Knott's Berry Farm, Las Vegas buffet and pool party-themed challenges and an on-camera appearance on "Rachael Ray." Guest stars include Food Network personalities Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Jet Tila and Rachael Ray.


Season 9

"Food Network Star 2013," Season 9 is a reality competition series that returns with fresh talent, intense challenges, and culinary icons Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay leading the charge to discover the best and brightest new faces in food television.

In the season premiere, the twelve contestants arrive in Los Angeles, ready to kick off the biggest audition of their lives to find out who has the personality, on-camera charisma and kitchen chops to follow in their idols' footsteps and helm their own show. In new twists, focus groups of Food Network fans will also have their say on contestant performances and one finalist will be brought back after elimination for another chance at victory. Viewers will again be able to vote online or via phone before the finale to determine who will win the ultimate prize: their own show on Food Network.

The finalists are Nikki Dinki (New York), Andres Guillama (Waynesville, N.C.), Rodney Henry (Baltimore), Chris Hodgson (Cleveland), Connie "Lovely" Jackson (Los Angeles), Russell Jackson (San Francisco), Danushka Lysek (New York), Daniela Perez-Reyes (Haleiwa, Hawaii), Viet Pham (Salt Lake City), Damaris Phillips (Louisville, Ky.), Stacey Poon-Kinney (San Diego) and Chad Rosenthal (Ambler, Penn.).

Each episode before the finale features a first-round Mentor Challenge, second-round Star Challenge and an elimination determined by the selection committee, including returning judges Food Network executives Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman.

In the season premiere, Alton, Giada and Bobby greet the finalists and immediately kick off their life-changing Star journey. Each finalist is challenged to refine their personal point of view and film a pitch tape in the season's first Mentor Challenge, and convincingly explain why they are the best person to win their own show. In the second round Star Challenge, each contestant must prepare and present one dish to Food Network executives Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman and a focus group of Food Network fans.

Upcoming episodes feature a "Chopped"-themed mystery ingredient challenge before "Chopped" judge Alex Guarnaschelli; an anything-can-happen live, on-camera test with E! News co-anchor Terrence Jenkins; a fresh Italian-themed challenge with a twist using Buitoni products; a pantry cook-off with Kellogg's Special K Cereals and Snacks; a Star-making screening evaluated by The Hollywood Reporter Editorial Director Janice Min and Senior Writers Gary Baum and Leslie Bruce; and guest appearances by Guy Fieri and Robert Irvine.


Season 8

"Food Network Star 2012," Season 8 returns to New York City this May with fifteen talented hopefuls and completely new twists  — this year, returning stars Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis move from behind the judge's table to square off with culinary favorite Alton Brown for a three-way team competition to find the next "Food Network Star." Bobby, Giada and Alton, all television producers in addition to being culinary superstars, lead the charge to find and develop the new talent by each hand-selecting a team of five finalists, who they will produce and mentor through the "Star" experience to find one winner who possesses personality and kitchen chops. Viewers can also glance into the "Star" finalist selection process, with a casting special airing on May 12th and in another turn to the series plot, viewers will vote online before the July 22nd finale to determine who will receive the ultimate prize: their own Food Network show, to be produced by their "Star" team leader.

"Food Network Star 2012" contestants include Philip "Ippy" Aiona (Kamuela, Hawaii), Judson Allen (Chicago), Martie Duncan (Birmingham, Ala.), Emily Ellyn (Orlando, Fla.), Martita Jara (San Diego), Eric Lee (Petaluma, Calif.), Yvan Lemoine (Maspeth, N.Y.), Josh Lyons (Jupiter, Fla.), Linkie Marais (North Attleborough, Mass.), Nikki Martin (West Hollywood, Calif.), Malcolm Mitchell (Washington, D.C.), Michele Ragussis (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Cristie Schoen (New Orleans), Kara Sigle (Chicago) and Justin Warner (Brooklyn, N.Y.).

In the premiere episode, the fifteen hopefuls arrive in the Food Network Star kitchen in New York City to meet Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown — the culinary superstars who hand-selected them to compete on their teams. After meeting with their team leader, special guest Robert Irvine challenges the teams to their first "Star Challenge" — to create their own pop-up restaurant from the ground up, with an extremely limited budget and very little time. Each episode also features a "Producer's Challenge," where the contestants up for elimination each shoot a segment with their 'Star' mentor/producer to be presented to the selection committee in the "pitch room." Returning judges Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson decide who stays and goes, along with a roster of guest judges scheduled to join.

Upcoming episodes feature amped-up challenges to see who has true Star quality, including a Chopped-style battle judged by Alex Guarnaschelli, Scott Conant and Marc Murphy; a Ted Allen-hosted New York Fashion Week food makeover challenge with a cash prize courtesy of Discover Card; holiday-themed specials hosted by Guy Fieri; and a Miami beachside competition where finalists shop at Target to style a VIP event for Paula Deen. Season guest stars also include Food Network's Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, Melissa d'Arabian, Jeff Mauro, Aaron Sanchez and Geoffrey Zakarian, along with Entertainment Weekly's Jess Cagle and Jill Bernstein, "Entertainment Tonight's" Christina McLarty and "Serious Eats'" Ed Levine.

"Food Network Star" Season 8 is produced by CBS Eye Too Productions. 
 

Season 7

"Food Network Star 2011," Season 7 is back with the most intense tests of talent and exciting guest stars steering the 15 finalists towards the ultimate dream job: his or her own Food Network show. With the drive to follow in the footsteps of their culinary idols, the finalists must first prove they have the charisma and culinary prowess to host/judge Bobby Flay, the judges' newest addition Giada de Laurentiis and the Food Network executives on the star-making selection committee.

The "Food Network Star 2011" contestants include Mary Beth Albright (Washington, D.C.), Justin Balmes (Marietta, Ga.), Whitney Chen (New York), Katy Clark (Long Beach, Calif.), Penny Davidi (Los Angeles), Justin Davis (Minneapolis), Howie Drummond (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Jyll Everman (Glendora, Calif.), Susie Jimenez (Carbondale, Colo.), Juba Kali (New Orleans), Jeff Mauro (Elmwood Park, Ill.), Vic "Vegas" Moea (Las Vegas), Chris Nirschel (Hoboken, N.J.), Orchid Paulmeier (Bluffton, S.C.), and Alicia Sanchez (New York).

In the two-hour season premiere, the finalists get their first taste of Los Angeles with challenges staged at Grauman's Chinese Theater and the city's Original Farmer's Market. Alton Brown lends his behind-the-camera, know-how to mentor teams in developing promotional TV commercials, later critiqued as contestants serve-up a four-course meal served to the judges and special guests, Jess Cagle, Managing Editor, Entertainment Weekly, "Extra TV" host Mario Lopez and Hal Rubenstein, Fashion Director, InStyle.

With a variety of challenges designed to separate a true star from just another cook in the kitchen, this season's highlights include creating and advertising a unique food truck under the watchful eye of Tyler Florence, adding fireworks to a meal with MGD 64 for an All-American 4th of July Food Festival hosted by Guy Fieri, throwing an impromptu dinner party for Wolfgang Puck, having their menus "roasted" by some legendary comedic faces, using Kellogg's cereals, toaster pastries, and snacks to create an impressive appetizer and competing head-to-head Iron Chef America style in Kitchen Stadium. The finalists also visit the set of ABC's hit series "Cougar Town" and create custom meals for cast and crew with special guest stars, Courteney Cox and show creator Bill Lawrence. This star-studded season also features the industry's biggest stars and culinary authority such as Alton Brown, Anne Burrell, Scott Conant, Melissa D'Arabian, Paula Deen, Ina Garten, Duff Goldman, Robert Irvine, the Neelys, Rachael Ray and Michael Symon.

The selection committee including Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Food Network executives Bob Tuschman (General Manager/SVP, Programming and Production) and Susie Fogelson (Senior Vice President, Marketing, Creative Services & Brand Strategy), narrow the field before reaching the finale.

The season-long trials and triumphs culminate in the finale on Sunday, August 14th 9pm ET/PT, where the finalist proven to have the ultimate recipe for success is revealed and films a six-episode Food Network series to premiere in August 2011.


Season 6

"The Next Food Network Star 2010" is the Food Network's number one series. Season 6 returns with the most exciting and intense season to date. Shot in Los Angeles on a brand-new studio set, season 6 follows 12 hopefuls competing for the ultimate dream job: his or her own Food Network show. With this coveted prize on the line, the finalists strut their star power and culinary chops for host Bobby Flay and the selection committee to see if they stack up against the competition. Under the mentorship of Giada De Laurentiis, the series kicks off with the finalists getting a taste of Hollywood with a trip to Paramount Studios and a six-course lunch for L.A.'s biggest celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck.

The 12 finalists include: Dzintra Dzenis (Austin, Texas), Doreen Fang (Los Angeles, California), Alexis Hernandez (Clarksville, Indiana), Brianna Jenkins (Atlanta, Georgia), Aria Kagan (Hollywood, Florida), Herb Mesa (Atlanta, Georgia), Serena Palumbo (New York, New York), Tom Pizzica (San Francisco, California), Aarti Sequeira (Los Angeles, California), Darrell "DAS" Smith (Los Angeles, California), Brad Sorenson (Austin, Texas) and Paul Young (Chicago, Illinois).

This season, the finalists travel to Los Angeles where they are put through the ringer to prove their culinary talent and impress the industry's biggest stars. Challenges include a crash-course in red-carpet glamour while catering a star-studded MGD 64 after-party with Grammy-winner Colbie Caillat, serving up savory dishes inspired by classic carnival sweets at the Santa Monica Pier, creating and operating lunch trucks on Venice Beach, and using Kellogg's breakfast cereals to cook dinner with breakfast. The contestants must also impress special guest stars Eva Longoria Parker and Todd English by illustrating an "emotion" through a dish at their restaurant, Beso.

All season long, the finalists receive extra insight and encouragement from a host of guest stars including Wolfgang Puck, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Rachael Ray, Alton Brown, Duff Goldman, Ted Allen, Melissa d'Arabian, Grammy-winner Colbie Caillat, acclaimed chef Todd English and mega-star Eva Longoria Parker. The selection committee comprised of Bobby Flay and Food Network executives, Bob Tuschman (Senior Vice President, Programming and Production) and Susie Fogelson (Senior Vice President, Marketing, Creative Services & Brand Strategy), narrow the field down until the finale. The winner receives a six-episode show that premieres in August 2010.


Season 5

The stakes are higher than ever when "The Next Food Network Star" returns with a star-studded fifth season on Food Network. As television's most challenging food fight, the series provides 10 hopeful TV chefs the chance to compete for the ultimate dream job: his or her own Food Network show. Iron Chef Bobby Flay leads the selection committee that ultimately decides the winner's fate and launches one lucky man or woman into a food and television celebrity. When the series kicks off its fifth season, the finalists cater Food Network's "Sweet 16" party with network talent and media there to judge.

The 10 finalists include: Brett August (Washington Heights, New York), Katie Cavuto (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Melissa d'Arabian (Keller, Texas), Teddy Folkman (Alexandria, Virginia), Eddie Gilbert (Manhattan Beach, California), Jen Isham (Orlando, Florida), Debbie Lee (West Hollywood, California), Jamika Pessoa (Atlanta, Georgia), Michael Proietti (New York, New York and Jeffrey Saad (Los Angeles, California).

This season's finalists must prove their culinary expertise and star potential through a series of complex challenges. In each episode, their cooking chops will be put to the test to see who can handle the pressure and present the most mouth-watering food. Challenges include catering a party for a roomful of Food Network stars, impressing the "Barefoot Contessa" herself in the Hamptons and preparing a comforting meal for returning soldiers on the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. The show also flies to sunny Miami for the first time where the finalists must survive a beachside wood-grilling challenge for Red Lobster and create a delicious dinner for a group of culinary elite). Throughout the season, they will also have to prove they have star quality and dazzle a variety of media outlets with their personalities, including Access Hollywood, Good Housekeeping, Esquire, Food Network Magazine, and USA Weekend.

Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown, Guy Fieri, Ina Garten, Emeril Lagasse, Gina and Pat Neely, Masaharu Morimoto, Ted Allen, Tyler Florence, Michael Symon and the season four winner, Aaron McCargo, Jr., will appear throughout the season to help guide the finalists through the challenges. The selection committee comprised of Flay and Food Network executives, Bob Tuschman (Senior Vice President, Programming and Production) and Susie Fogelson (Vice President, Marketing and Brand Strategy), will narrow the field down until the finale. The winner will receive a six-episode show that will premiere in August 2009.





Season 12

 

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