About the Show
In the three-week journey on Comeback Kitchen, beginning Sunday, May 8 at 8 E/P, seven former finalists from past seasons of Food Network Star will return, and they have one common goal: a second chance at stardom. They'll work with mentors Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence, who will not only challenge them with weekly camera and culinary tests, but will ultimately determine which rival is worthy of joining the ranks of Food Network Star finalists yet again. This winner will be revealed in the Food Network Star season 12 premiere Sunday May 22 at 9 E/P.
Culinary icons Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay lead the charge to discover the next promising food television star. Thirteen hopefuls are put through the ringer this season, battling it out in challenges that not only test their kitchen skills but also their on-camera chops, to find out who has the talent and charisma to follow in Giada and Bobby's footsteps and win the ultimate prize: their own Food Network show. The web series Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and last season's Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson, returns again to give one eliminated finalist the opportunity to rejoin the competition during the season.
Judge and Mentor
Giada De Laurentiis
Emmy Award-winning personality Giada De Laurentiis has become a household name. With an impressive background of culinary training and a unique, personable charm, she is a globally revered celebrity chef who continues to prove her skill and accessibility not only with her expanding presence beyond Food Network but also with the great success of her cookbooks, brand alliances, newly launched food products and recurring role on Today.Read More
Judge and Mentor
Bobby Flay's versatility is evident in the multiple talents he brings to the field as a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and media personality.
Bobby discovered his culinary identity at the age of 17, working as a cook at the famed theatre district haunt, Joe Allen's. The job had been arranged by his father, who was a partner in the restaurant. After a short time, Joe Allen himself became so impressed by Bobby's talents that he paid the young cook's tuition to The French Culinary Institute.