If you love watching Food Network Star on FoodNetwork.com you will be excited to know that Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay return as mentors along with other special guests and judges in the eleventh Season Premiere on Sunday, June 7th at 9pm ET/PT. The twelve talented hopefuls compete to become the next new face in food television.
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, which is their own show on Food Network. On Sunday, June 28th exclusive web series Star Salvation, the six episode culinary competition that gives eliminated finalists a chance to re-join the competition returns, giving one eliminated contestant the opportunity to rejoin the competition on Sunday, August 9th. The winner will be crowned in the season finale on Sunday, August 16th.
It is fun for many viewers to follow the journey of Food Network Star contestants as they develop from aspiring newcomer to confident pro. 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.
Upcoming 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. This season also features a fully integrated, multi-platform partnership with Volkswagen, organically woven throughout the series and helping propel the competition.
A Food Network Star contestant’s success requires an uncompromised drive to stand out and shine, and having the right partners, tools, and expert guidance allows this group to compete at the level they need to excel and, for one, to ultimately win.
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