Star Scrapbook: Vic Vegas Moea

Flip through a Food Network Star finalist's scrapbook for an up-close-and-personal look at journal entries and snapshots taken inside the Star house.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P.

Tough Guy?

Vic "Vegas" Moea, a Las Vegas chef, may look like a tough guy, but he's really a cuddly Mama's Boy. Vic had a rocky start, but then hit his stride and made it to the final three.

Star Journals

Upon arrival in L.A., the finalists were given Food Network journals. Vic filled his with personal reflections that he labeled "deep thoughts."

Tatted Up

At the Farmer's Market Challenge, Vic showed off his abundant body art. It didn't take long for his fellow finalists — and the selection committee — to get past his intimidating appearance.

POV Redo

After ending up on the bottom in the first couple of challenges, Vic brainstormed new angles for his point-of-view. He hoped to channel the food that his mom and grandmother taught him.

Slow Start

In the very first challenge, Vic failed to complete his breakfast dish. He made up some ground with a camera presentation that cracked up Bobby Flay: "I like him. I want to know more about him."

Missing Home

In his journal, Vic writes about missing his dad. He's trying to figure out a way to go back to his roots with his new POV.

Kitchen Chops

Soon enough, Vic started to get comfortable in the kitchen and turned out some dishes that the judges loved.

Pride

Vic gave himself a boost of confidence with this journal entry recounting the success he's achieved as a chef.

Life Off-Camera

The finalists were also given digital cameras to document life behind the scenes in the Star house. A fellow finalist took this shot of Vic in the mansion's kitchen.

"Next Try"

Vic quickly scrapped his first POV, "Chop Shop," and settled upon the one that carried him through the season: "Mama's Boy."

Home Away From Home

Vic snapped this shot of a bedroom several of the guys shared in the Star house.

Meeting an Idol

"Holy cow! I got to meet my idol, Robert Irvine!" Vic wrote in his journal after the dueling dessert pastry challenge. Robert loved Vic's cream puffs, and they helped lead his team to a win.

Dedicated Student

Vic listened closely to Robert Irvine's advice during the pastry challenge. "Of course it's baking, what I do the least!" he wrote in his journal.

Identity Crisis

On this journal page, Vic listed different versions of his name. At the very end of the season, he dropped the "Vic Vegas" act and introduced himself by his real name.

Bonding

The 4th of July Challenge with Guy Fieri was a high point for Vic. He gave someone his digital camera to take this shot as a reminder of that great day.

Family Man

After a long run on the show, Vic wrote again about missing his family. He was ecstatic that he got to talk to his daughter: "I am sooo happy right now! The Rocky music is playing in my head!"

Iron Chef Vic

Vic won Battle Rack of Lamb in the Iron Chef challenge and moved on to the finale. A surprise Camera Challenge knocked him out of the race before he got a chance to make a pilot for Mama's Boy.

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