The Mentors' Competitive Strengths — All-Star Academy, Season 2

Alex Guarnaschelli, Andrew Zimmern, Curtis Stone and Robert Irvine reveal their strengths in competition, how they approach teaching their students and what sets each of them apart.

Photo By: Jason DeCrow ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Photo By: Jason DeCrow ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jason DeCrow ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jason DeCrow ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Customized-Cooking Coaching — Curtis

"For me, you have to really personalize when you mentor someone. They’re very different. They have different stresses and obstacles, pleasures, and it’s up to you as their mentor to really get in tune with that and help them along."

Seeing Through a Personal Perspective — Alex

"I get totally lost in people’s lives and their stories. I’m emotional, I’m mercurial, I’m human. And I’m also a mother who has a mom who cooks. So, I’m a professional chef who really understands what home cooking is, and I intend to use both bodies of knowledge to teach."

A Journey Toward the Goal — Robert

"My life is about mentoring people in how to get a better life, how to fix their restaurant, how to eat healthier, how to work out. ... I don’t consider this [a competition] — although it is a competition. I consider this, you know, me with two people, for as long as that goes, [taking] them that extra step on a journey to reach their final goal."

The Secret Weapon: Worldly Experience — Andrew

"I think that I have a patience and a tolerance and an understanding for people that comes from spending a life on the road and practicing those values in my own life. ... Curtis, Robert and Alex are all friends of mine. ... [But] I think I’m unique in that I’ve had a collective group of experiences that make me something of a secret weapon."

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