Star Scrapbook: Loreal Gavin

Loreal Gavin was the ninth finalist eliminated on Food Network Star, Season 10. Relive the memorable moments from her time on the show.

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Loreal Gavin

After surviving nine weeks in the competition and making it to the final leg of the journey in New York City, Loreal was sent home on account of her inability to successfully teach an audience.

Hand Drawn

Finalists were given journals to use during their runs in the competition, and Loreal filled hers with recipe ideas, reflections on mentors' reviews and realistic drawings of ingredients, as seen here.

Breakthrough

Even from her first pitch to the mentors, Loreal was deemed "genuine," by Bobby, after she mentioned her history as a butcher. That night at the Hollywood party, she continued to impress, as she delivered a presentation with what Alton deemed "authenticity" and a pound cake that made Bob Tuschman believe "she cooks with finesse."

Quieted Version

"I need to speak slowly and clearly to make sure everyone understands what I'm saying," Loreal says of her plans for an on-camera culinary how-to for guest judge Alex Guarnaschelli. It turns out that Loreal may have taken that idea too far, as Bobby finds her to be "way too laid-back."

Loreal's Loves

"Butter; fresh air; dragons; taking chances; jet skis; costume jewelry; loud trucks; forgiveness; [and] cookies" are just some of the things Loreal jotted down when she wrote, "I love."

Seeing Through Her

In the Cutthroat Kitchen-inspired challenge in week three, Loreal was sabotaged with a snow cone machine that she had to use to grind the meat for her meatballs. Although she attempted to hide the poorly textured meat with other flavors, Alton caught on to her plan, explaining: "Your meatball wasn't great, but it wasn't nearly as bad as the things you did to cover it up."

Lackluster Performance

Loreal, Sarah and Chris worked together at YouTube Space LA on a video promoting Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars, but ultimately it was only Chris who was highlighted in the tape. "Sarah and Loreal didn't have any impact," Bobby noted.

4th of July on a Plate

Loreal imagined her "Mamaw's Tater Salad" and "Hoosier Ribeye" in drawings when she concocted the steak-and-potatoes plate she'd serve at Knott's Berry Farm for the 4th of July celebration.

Not Bringing the Butcher

In her first live demonstration of the contest, Loreal proved that she was "fun," as Alton noted, but the mentors agreed that her steak-and-potatoes offering was lacking. "If she's going to be the Butcher Babe, she needs to have recipes that are going to bring flavor to people's plate," Bobby explained.

Double Duty

It was up to the finalists to conceive of a few design options for packaging their signature products in Episode 6, and Loreal penned these ideas for "Dang!," what she called her "2-in-1 meaty marinade and hot sauce."

Loreal vs. Tomatoes

While some finalists were stuck with presenting their products in front of depictions of faraway places like Paris and even the moon, Loreal pitched hers from a giant tomato garden — and she successfully sold it. "In 30 seconds you got across you, your point of view, your product and a whole lot of fun," Bob told her.

Mixed Results

One of only seven finalists to enter the competition in Las Vegas, Loreal wowed at the pool party with a surf and turf that boasted "a lot of flavor," according to Giada, but her presentation wasn't as successful, as she didn't have time to finish.

Missed Message

"In theory it was going to work, but it pretty much just weirded everybody out," Loreal said after she showered the judges' table with rose petals in an effort to further her team's theme of a godlike menu. The effect was nearly lost on the Selection Committee, which also wasn't impressed with her individual offering of langoustines.

Lost Opportunity

"I'm the Butcher Babe; I better nail it," Loreal said of broadcasting live from Dickson's Farmstand Meats in Chelsea Market. Despite her hopes, however, her pitch flopped, as she failed to include information that would have confirmed her culinary expertise. "I have so many facts and tips in my brain, but it's hard for me to explain things concisely," she said.

Lofty Expectations

Loreal was tasked with creating a grab-and-go meal option for a family pressed for time, and unfortunately she offered something even she had trouble executing under pressure on The Rachael Ray Show. "I know I've overcomplicated things," she said.

Loreal's Exit

Although Loreal surely delivered commendable moments throughout her nine-week journey in the competition, she ultimately didn't achieve stardom, as Alton explained, "She does not have a critical piece of the skill set, which is the ability to talk about what she does." Looking back, Loreal said, "I'm so happy that I even made it this far."

One-one-One with Loreal

Hear from Loreal in her first exclusive exit interview to learn her thoughts on the contest and her plans for the future.

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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