Cinematic Debut! The finalists shoot 30-second screen tests to explain what they are all about, which are then screened at a VIP event in Los Angeles in front of a Hollywood crowd. Mentors Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay surprise the finalists when an eliminated contestant from a previous season also joins the competition, then Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence help decide who will be the first to be sent home.
Mash Up Throwdown Cooking Channel's Haylie Duff and Rev Run join as guest judges, and first, Haylie helps Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay determine which pair of competitors should earn an advantage based on their culinary travelogue report. Then, Rev Run challenges the finalists to mash up two different cooking styles into one dish and compete in the food world equivalent of a rap battle! In a surprise twist, two finalists are sent packing.
Show Promos The finalists pair up to shoot a promo for their version of a show called "Family Road Trip!" Whether their destination is camping, the state fair or even Grandma's house, their promo and dishes had better impress Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and the guest judges, Food Network Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Maile Carpenter and actress Ali Larter!
Room Service Revenge First, the finalists try their hand at delivering a trendy remote food report for Entertainment Tonight hosts Kevin Frazier and Nancy O'Dell. Then, as the finalists take over the kitchen in an upscale hotel and prepare a special tableside dining experience, they are tested on how well they can handle curveballs thrown at them by YouTube sensation Hannah Hart and Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Motorsports Tailgating Chef Robert Irvine shows his love of NASCAR and the inevitable tailgating that comes along with it as he challenges the finalists to create a dish worthy of a world-class tailgate party! Then, Robert and fellow guest judge Katie Lee help Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay decide who is sent home.
Good Mythical Morning Duff Goldman joins Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay as the finalists take their culinary prowess to new levels with "edible art." Then, Rhett and Link, hosts of the wildly popular YouTube channel "Good Mythical Morning," challenge the finalists to take a spin as a guest on their show. Each finalist participates in their very own "Will It?" segment, pairing unlikely ingredients and asking questions like "Will It Jell-O?" and "Will It Cookie?"
Tiki Takeover The six remaining finalists are tasked with baking a dish from a pantry stocked only with frozen foods; and later, they are split into two teams of three to throw a tiki party with an island-inspired menu.
Guilty Pleasures Dinner A five-course meal composed of nothing but over-the-top guilty pleasure dinners is prepared by the remaining finalists during a challenge that ends with one hopeful going home.
Food Holiday Fray Holiday specials are hosted by the finalists, who must plan menus to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve and Easter.
Pushing For A Pilot The three finalists are surprised by the arrival of a former contestant, who's back in the competition after winning "Star Salvation." Later, Aarti Sequeira helps choose who gets to shoot a Food Network pilot directed by Guy Fieri.
A New Food Network Star The final three watch their pilots with Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay. One winner is selected to shoot their very own show on Food Network in the Season 12 finale.