The Recipe for Success: The All-Star Academy Mentors Reveal Their Winning Strategies

Winning a competition isn't easy, but when the stars align just right, that chance becomes a possibility. The All-Star Academy mentors reveal what they think will win it for them.

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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: Chris Amaral ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

The Winning Recipe

What does it take to mentor one of these home cooks toward a win? Find out what mentors Alex, Andrew, Curtis and Robert each think will bring them success in the competition, and learn how they approach the challenge and how they plan to ultimately win.

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Expanding from the Comfort Zone — Alex

"I think, really, asking a home cook to make a list of all the things they really love to make at home, that they're comfortable with, and hugging that comfort zone and then embellishing on that, is the way to win."

Striking the Right Balance — Curtis

"What does it take to win the competition? Getting your hands on the right students. Striking a nice balance between stamina and precision, and a lot of hard work."

Making a Difference at the Core — Andrew

"I don't know what the recipe for success is in this competition. … I don't really care for the competition side of this. What I care about is the opportunity to work with young people and make a difference in their lives."

Pushing the Limits — Robert

"The recipe for success for me in this competition is to do what I know, listen to the student, what they're comfortable with, and find that fine balance between pushing them to the edge of their limit with that they know, and adding the technical and the presentation skills that they don't know."

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