Food Network Star

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  • TV-G
  • 2005
  • 15 Seasons
  • 6.2  (1,233)

The Food Network Star is a popular cooking reality show that first aired in the year 2005. The show, starring renowned chefs Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, and Food Network executive Bob Tuschman, aims to find the next big celebrity chef. Each season of the show starts with an open call, where thousands of aspiring chefs and cooks come to showcase their cooking skills, on-air presence, and charisma. The selected contestants then participate in a series of challenges that test their culinary abilities and ability to present themselves on-camera.

The challenges vary from simple tasks, such as creating a dish using a particular ingredient, to more complex challenges like hosting their cooking show. The contestants are judged based on the taste, presentation, creativity of their dishes, as well as their screen presence, likability, and overall personal brand, by the judging panel which includes Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Bob Tuschman.

As the season progresses, contestants are eliminated based on their performance in the challenges, until the final few contestants are left. The winner is chosen in the finale, where they are given an opportunity to create and host their own food show on the Food Network.

Apart from the challenges, the show also includes other exciting segments, such as behind-the-scenes footage of the contestants’ lives, tips from Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, and expert feedback from the judges.

The show has been praised for its ability to showcase cooking talent from all backgrounds and for providing a platform for aspiring chefs to kickstart their careers. It has also been credited with launching successful TV careers for some of its winners, such as Guy Fieri, who went on to host popular shows on the Food Network, such as Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

In addition to helping contestants launch their careers, the show has also inspired millions of viewers to experiment with cooking and to appreciate the art of gastronomy. The judges’ feedback and critiques have also helped viewers improve their cooking skills, which has led to an increase in home cooking across the country.

Overall, Food Network Star is an engaging and thrilling cooking reality show that aims to discover the next big culinary superstar. With engaging challenges and dynamic judges, the show provides a unique platform for aspiring chefs to showcase their skills and launch their careers.

Food Network Star is a series that is currently running and has 15 seasons (147 episodes). The series first aired on June 5, 2005.

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The Newest Star
9. The Newest Star
August 5, 2018
The pilots are in and Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay determine the fates of the final three finalists. Watch what happens behind the scenes and find out who will join the Food Network family and become aFood Network Star!
Who Gets a Pilot?
8. Who Gets a Pilot?
July 29, 2018
The final three finalists become four again, when a previously eliminated competitor re-enters the competition having won Star Salvation on With the help of eliminated finalists to serve as sous chefs, the final four must cook for their lives to determine which three will get a chance to shoot their own pilot. Former Food Network Star winners Tregaye Fraser and Jason Smith help determine which three finalists will move on to shoot pilots directed by Food Network's Sunny Anderson, Duff Goldman and Robert Irvine.
Can You Host an Icon?
7. Can You Host an Icon?
July 22, 2018
Now that it's down to the final four, it's time to see if they can handle the rigors of live television. Each finalist must make a "share-worthy" dish live on Food Network's Facebook page; but their demo's relatability is put to the test when it turns out that special guest Anne Burrell will be the on-camera talent, performing the livestreams that each finalist prepared. The finalists' job is to produce Anne throughout by giving her guidance through a wireless earpiece. The pressure continues to escalate when the competitors host their own 'in the kitchen' show, while having to impress a special guest who is very familiar with the format - Food Network's very own Ree Drummond! Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis must decide which finalists handle these pressure-packed challenges best for a spot in the final three.
Shark Night Dinner
6. Shark Night Dinner
July 15, 2018
In the first challenge the remaining finalists are asked to update their family favorites with a culinary twist, along with having to film an Instagram story to convey the process while they cook. Popular food bloggerMolly Yeh pops in to help Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis decide which competitors shine. The finalists then head to the aquarium to cater a five-course VIP dinner in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Shark Night. Each course is inspired by an ingredient in a different shark's diet, with the finalists having to impressMan vs. Food's Casey Webb, who helps Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis decide which finalist will be eliminated.
Take This Title and Run with It
5. Take This Title and Run with It
July 8, 2018
With the field narrowed to just six finalists, the group goes Hollywood for their first challenge as they must whip up dishes inspired by characters from the new movie Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Special guestFran Drescher, who voices Eunice in the movie, joins Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis at the judging table to see which finalists accomplish their task. Then it's back to business when the finalists are asked to give their take on some new Food Network titles: Ooey Gooey, Cheat Eats and Stacked Snacks. Two finalists each take on a title and are judged head-to-head in an intimidating boardroom setting, led by Bobby and Giada, and guest judges Loni Love and Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. In the end, one finalist's shot at stardom will be finished.
Panic on the Panel
4. Panic on the Panel
July 1, 2018
It's the halfway point in the competition, so for the first challenge the finalists are judged on the progress they have made so far. But the tables are turned when the competitors find out they must judge...themselves. In the second challenge, People Magazine editor-in-chief Jess Cagle splits the finalists into two teams, as the two panels of finalists must judge and evaluate Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis' dishes. What the finalists don't know is that the bottom two on each panel will compete in a sudden death cook-off! The two finalists who cannot cut it will be sent packing.
Summer Bite Bash
3. Summer Bite Bash
June 24, 2018
The remaining finalists think they're cooking solo at an exclusive private event for foodies and tastemakers. But en route to their destination, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay call to reveal a twist - they will be cooking and presenting in teams. When the finalists arrive, each team opens the trunk of their vehicle to discover their event theme, ingredients, and décor. Each team must put on an internationally inspired party and a team demo for the crowd, which includes Bobby, Giada, and guest judge Tyler Florence, with one finalist eliminated at the end of the day.
Destination Videos
2. Destination Videos
June 17, 2018
The remaining finalists enter the popular world of podcasting as they team up to create culinary podcasts about colorful snacks. Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay are joined by guest judge Richard Blais to decide whose voices painted the prettiest picture. The finalists are then split up into two teams for field reports from LA's hottest new food hall, as these destination videos are screened and critiqued by Bobby, Giada andFood Network Star alum and co-host of Southern & Hungry, Damaris Phillips, to determine which competitor is eliminated.
Are You a Main Attraction?
1. Are You a Main Attraction?
June 10, 2018
Ten Food Network Star hopefuls are greeted by Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay at Universal Orlando Resort's Volcano Bay to kick off the new season, with the finalists being surprised to learn the results of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen and who will be joining the competition. After the introductions each finalist must make a portable version of their signature dish as they go head-to-head against each other, trying to convince park guests to taste their creations. The heat is on and it's not just the volcano, as Bobby and Giada decide who will be the first sent home.
Where to Watch Food Network Star
Food Network Star is available for streaming on the Food Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Food Network Star on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Food Network, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 5, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (1,233)