"Food Network Star 2016," Season 12 is a reality competition series that returns with culinary icons with culinary icons Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Fla. looking to discover the next promising food television star.

Thirteen talented culinary hopefuls are put through the ringer this season, battling it out in challenges that not only test their kitchen skills but also their on-camera chops, to find out who has the talent and charisma to follow in Giada and Bobby's footsteps and win the ultimate prize: their own Food Network show. New this year, "Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen," co-hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence, premieres with seven former "Food Network Star" finalists returning to compete over three episodes for a coveted spot as the thirteenth finalist within season twelve's premiere. Web series "Star Salvation," hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and last season's "Food Network Star" winner Eddie Jackson, returns again to give one eliminated finalist the opportunity to rejoin the competition during the season.

On "Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen," seven unforgettable former finalists enter the Star kitchen for another shot at stardom. When co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence introduce the first challenge, the competitors are forced to face their pasts by attempting to redeem the dish that was the downfall in their respective season. The alumni must then shoot a one-minute "Where Are They Now?" video, updating viewers on what they've been up to and how they've improved since their "Food Network Star" appearance. Through three episodes, Valerie and Tyler determine who has earned a spot on the new season of "Food Network Star."

In the season premiere of "Food Network Star," the finalists must shoot a thirty-second screen test to give viewers a quick culinary preview of what they are all about. The videos debut during a VIP event at a luxury theater in Los Angeles in front of an audience; but when Bobby and Giada surprise the finalists with news that the "Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen" winner will also join the competition, how will they handle this twist? "Comeback Kitchen" hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence help Giada and Bobby decide who will be the first to be sent home. During the season the finalists encounter challenges that not only test their culinary skills, but also their on-camera presence, from trying their hand at delivering food reports for "Entertainment Tonight" co-hosts Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier, to shooting a promo for their own show, the finalists are challenged to not only create great food but great TV.

The finalists competing this season are Rob Burmeister (Staten Island, N.Y.); Erin Campbell (Woodbury, Minn.); Damiano Carrara (Moorpark, Calif.); Aaron Crumbaugh (Spokane, Wash.); Tregaye Fraser (Atlanta, Ga.); Yaku Moton-Spruill (San Francisco, Calif.); Melissa Pfeister (Los Angeles, Calif.); Ana Quincoces (Coral Gables, Fla.); Monterey Salka (Nashville, Tenn.); Joy Thompson (Thomasville, N.C.); Havird Usry (Augusta, Ga.); Jernard Wells (Atlanta, Ga.), and the winner of "Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen."

"Comeback Kitchen" competitors battling it out to join the new season are Penny Davidi (Season 7); Matthew Grunwald (Season 11); Martita Jara (Season 8); Brianna Jenkins (Season 6); Chris Kyler (Season 10); Michele Ragussis (Season 8) and Dominick Tesoriero (Season 11).

Throughout the season, Bobby and Giada are joined by special guests who help determine who has what it takes to be the next face of Food Network including, Anne Burrell, Food Network Magazine Editor-in-Chief Maile Carpenter, Haylie Duff, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Hannah Hart, Robert Irvine, Ali Larter, Katie Lee, Tia Mowry, Lorraine Pascale, Rev Run, Aarti Sequeira, Donal Skehan, Trisha Yearwood and Internet stars Rhett & Link.

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


Network: Food Network
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: June 5, 2005
Seasons: 12
Production Company: LEG/Triage Entertainment

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rickandmary says:
i cant wait till brianna goes home. i hate her attitude. she comes a cross as cold and i would never watch her show. she absolutely does not have the talent to be the next food network star. i have no clue why the judges like her. cant they see she is so fake. she acts like she is all that and then some.callling herself hot over and over. come on people dont want to see that on food network channel. it just looks kinda trampy. i wouldnt expect the judges to like that. get her off the show. and also not a fan of herb.
tvbroadcaster says:
I quit watching after they sent Brad home. Did you notice that Brad's bios were just fine. No one with any talent is left. Who wants to see Arti win. Watch her stupid online videos and you will see that, She stinks. How do I know? I make real TV shows that people watch. I mean who wants to eat all the Indian spicy food anyway. And Artesia, CA WAS a Dutch community before it was invaded by Indians. He is one place where the cowboys lost.
angelfeb says:
the la times actually blew the secret about 2 weeks ago when they had what chefs would be at their food and wine festival. they had aartia and under her name next food network star.
madfinnegan says:
I agree that losing Brad was a sad day...and either one of the guys would have been a great pick but they will lose the bet with Aartie's show for many reasons. Yuck!

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