Star Scrapbook: Christopher Lynch

Christopher Lynch was the fifth finalist eliminated on Food Network Star, Season 10. Relive the memorable moments from his time on the show.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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Christopher Lynch

An executive chef from New Orleans, Christopher was the fifth finalist eliminated from the Season 10 competition. Although there was no question about his top-notch cooking chops, the mentors couldn't let him continue after weeks of watching him struggle in front of the camera and on stage. 

Eyeing the Competition

Each finalist was given a journal to use during the competition, and Christopher filled his with recipe ideas, his thoughts on the challenges and the details of his point of view, which he penned as "bringing restaurant-caliber foods through a New Orleans lens." As the weeks ticked away, Christopher kept a running list in his scrapbook of the remaining rivals in the competition.

Early Reservations

Even from the first Mentor Challenge on the Hollywood back lot, the mentors noticed Christopher's hesitations in presenting. "I feel like you're not giving us a lot," Giada told him.

A Chef's Work

While Bobby admitted that "Christopher was not completely comfortable" at the podium during the Hollywood premiere party, true to form, Christopher shined when he was in the kitchen, turning out crave-worthy boudin balls. The mentors and partygoers alike were wowed by these bites, as one guest declared, "I could have a whole plate of these things."

Diced Misstep

In a test to teach Alton one of the host's own recipes, Christopher made the first grievous error in the challenge when he instructed Alton to dice instead of slice into rings the onions for the crispy topping on a green bean casserole. Sarah was left to pick up the pieces, much to Christopher's frustration.

From Chef to Chef

In Episode 2's Star Challenge, Christopher and the other rivals were tasked with instructing a viewer — who just happened to be Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli — a go-to recipe. But during his demonstration, Christopher rattled off chef-speak instead of approachable terms and language for home cooks. "You can tell this guy is a restaurant chef," Alton noted, "because he's taking for granted the amounts that we really need to know."

Cutthroat Glory

For the first time in the contest, Christopher placed among the most-successful finalists in week three when he delivered a unified story and dish during the Cutthroat Kitchen-style challenge. His pasta-and-meatballs plate was inspired by the famed Bloody Mary bar at his restaurant, and he sold the pitch in such a way that guest judge Jet Tila admitted, "I understand your POV."

Solid Technique

Fresh off of his win in week three, Christopher attempted to keep up the momentum in what Bobby deemed "a video selfie" meant to showcase a culinary tip and the behind-the-scenes happenings on set. Christopher mixed up "a universal spice mix," and Bobby found him to be "calm and relaxed" on camera.

Viral Video Extra

Although Christopher worked on developing a jaw-dropping viral video, his part was "the most subdued," according to one YouTube executive. "He's there, but he doesn't want to be there," Giada said of Christopher's performance.

Targeted Cooking

In what would be his final week in the competition, Christopher headed into Knott's Berry Farm for the finalists' first-ever live demonstrations. "I probably got, like, the best dish — at least for me," Christopher said of his assignment of shrimp, plus corn and tomato salad, which fit ideally into his point of view. 

Delayed Demo

It took Christopher nearly two of the allotted three minutes in his demo to begin teaching with food, and as the mentors looked on from the audience, Alton was forced to say of the competitor's performance, "Something's gone wrong."

The End of the Journey

Although the judges found Christopher's shrimp dish to be the most impressive of the day, his weak presentation forced his exit after five weeks of competition. "Because this was a live demo, we had to look at who actually demoed something," Giada explained.

One-on-One with Christopher

Hear from Christopher in an exclusive exit interview to learn his thoughts on the competition and plans for the future.

A Chance at Salvation

Christopher joins Luca and fan-favorite Chad in the latest episode of Star Salvation for a chance to re-enter the competition. Watch the Web series now.

Go Behind the Scenes

Browse insider snapshots of the finalists and mentors to find out what went down on set when the cameras weren't rolling.

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