About the Show
Twelve passionate Food Network Star hopefuls head to Los Angeles for the toughest and most rewarding job interview of a lifetime. At the end of this 11-week journey, one hopeful will win their very own Food Network show! What does it take to win? The winner will have not just a solid resume and memorable first impression but simply flawless culinary technique, a sparkly TV presence and the ability to hook an audience using little more than a camera lens.
Two culinary icons lead the charge to discover the best and brightest new faces in food television, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay. Along with Giada and Bobby, a rotating panel of special guest judges including Duff Goldman, Sunny Anderson, Richard Blais and David Alan Grier will help pick the winners of each week's Mentor and Star challenges. For those hopefuls eliminated on this journey, they still have a shot for the Food Network Star title by competing in Star Salvation. This web-exclusive series, hosted by Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli and Food Network Star Season 7 winner Jeff Mauro, will find the one eliminated finalist who is still worthy to rejoin the contest and has a shot at the culinary big time.
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.