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15 hopefuls arrive in New York to compete for the ultimate dream job: to host their own show on Food Network. The finalists arrive at the Food Network kitchens to greet their team leaders, Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, and meet their rivals for the first time! Special guest Robert Irvine gives the finalists their first Star Challenge: to create their very own Pop-Up restaurant from the ground up - with an extremely limited budget and very little time.
NYC On The Go
This week's challenge is a food tour of New York! The finalists are split into three teams and will each take a busload of tourists on a tour of three different New York neighborhoods. How entertaining are they? What landmarks will they highlight? How much food knowledge do they impart? Then each finalist will have to prepare and serve a dish to the judges based on the research they do in the neighborhoods.
Dessert Chopping Block
The 13 remaining finalists meet Chopped judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Scott Conant, and Marc Murphy and are given their Star Challenge: desserts. But it's not just any dessert challenge. Each team must use a basket of ingredients to create their best sweet concoction in a head-to-head inter-team battle - Chopped style!
Fashion Week Food Makeover
It's Fashion Week in New York and the finalists are thrilled to learn that, as potential stars, a "makeover" is essential... but THEY aren't being made over; it's a food "makeover!" Each finalist will have to "make over" a bland dish, making it look (and taste) good for the most fashionable crowd on the planet. Ted Allen will be on hand to judge the fashion shows, plus an extra prize is announced for the winning finalist.
A Food Network Star must be ready at any moment for Food Network to ask them to participate in a television special; this week, each team will do just that. Each finalist will have to create and perform a live, themed television special based on a holiday or event. Food Network Star season two winner Guy Fieri hosts each special and gives feedback on which team and individuals performed the best.
Iron Chef Food Court
Ten finalists remain to compete for the title of Food Network Star. This week, each finalist must elevate iconic food-court food while adapting to the limitations of a kiosk. The challenge is taken to another level when they learn they'll be feeding Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian in addition to 150 hungry shoppers! Tensions mount as Zakarian provides an Iron Chef-worthy secret ingredient that the finalists will have to incorporate in their dishes.
Meet The Press-ure
Being a Food Network Star requires handling yourself with ease in the glare of the media spotlight. Finalists will be more exposed than ever as they film their own promotional video -- without the support of their producers! A panel of journalists grills each of the finalists with tough questions about their techniques, personal background and the show they want to bring to Food Network. Who can handle the journalists and who cracks under the pressure?
Deen Family Beach Party
This week, the finalists head to Miami for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Paula Deen is having a summer beach party for friends and family at SOBE -- and the finalists are cooking up the meal! Each finalist must create an adult dish for the party and a kids' version of the dish for this beachside bash. The final eight will also have to perform a 30-second "entertaining tip" on camera, which will be watched by the judging table.
Deliciously Unpredictable Demos
This week the seven remaining finalists are invited to be guests at a SOBE cooking-demonstration tent. Upon arrival, the tables are turned - and the finalists will be asked to take the stage for their very own SOBE demo in front of the huge crowd! Unbeknownst to the finalists, during their demos, each one of them will face a technical glitch set up by the producers. Tensions are high as each finalist struggles to save themselves from elimination.
They wanted a show, they got one! The six finalists left will star in promos for their own Food Network shows, directed by their producers: Bobby, Alton and Giada. A focus group made up of A-list Food Network stars gives feedback on the promos and only three finalists make the cut. The finalists who survive will get to make pilots for their very own show led by their producer. The pilots will air for all of America to see, and then viewers will get to vote on which finalist deserves his or her own show on Food Network.
Finale: A Star Is Born
America has voted and a Food Network Star will be crowned tonight! After taking an emotional look back at each of the three remaining finalists' journeys, Bobby, Alton and Giada discuss why they think their finalist should win. The finalists' families join the final three and America's vote is revealed!
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