Food Network Star Festival Twelve hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles in the Season 11 premiere, where they are instructed to produce a 30-second introductory video and prepare their signature dish, which will be served at a food festival attended by Food Network fans and a judging panel who includes Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay.
Savory Baking Melissa d'Arabian judges the hopefuls on their ability to create an inspiring dish using only ingredients and leftovers found in an average family's refrigerator. Later, they must create a savory recipe inspired by the world of desserts to impress chef Alex Guarnaschelli.
Trendy Dinner The contestants create and photograph trendy tiny foods; and later, compete in two teams tasked with creating a five-course meal inspired by buzzwords.
Fourth Of July Cookout The finalists are split into teams to feed guests, including judge Bobby Deen, at a Fourth of July cookout.
The Perfect Match The finalists swap favorite ingredients in the Mentor Challenge; and later, work in pairs to create dishes that blend their culinary styles for first-time daters and guest judges Anne Burrell and Joachim Splichal.
Improv Pizzas with kicked up flavors are created to impress guest judge Duff Goldman, plus the winner will inspire an upcoming item on a Cici's menu. Later, the finalists are randomly assigned dish requirements, which they'll present during a four-minute live demo for food and comedy fans.
Food Truck Throwdown The finalists work in pairs for a challenge that finds them operating their own food trucks and creating a social media promo video to entice people to try their dishes. Richard Blais is the guest judge.
Lifestyle Brand The finalists are tasked with doing a video presentation showcasing a dish that can easily be recreated by a home cook in a short amount of time; and later, Damaris Phillips directs them as they express their culinary point of view with a holiday recipe.
Live TV Jeff Mauro and Katie Lee help the finalists meet the challenge of live TV.
Dish Of A Lifetime And Pilots The winner of Star Salvation rejoins the competition; and the four remaining contestants are presented with the challenge of cooking the single best dish of their life with help from a familiar sous chef. Later, it's revealed that Rachael Ray will direct each of the three finalists in a pilot.
We Have a Winner Season 11 comes to a close with a winner being named by Food Network president Brooke Johnson. But first, the nine eliminated finalists are invited back to view their former rivals' pilots with Bobby, Giada, Susie and Bob.