Top Moments from the Finale of All-Star Academy

Relive highlights from the last three cooking challenges and find out which home cook ultimately won the $50,000 grand prize.

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Anders Krusberg ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

"A Dream Come True"

"You're going to have to take us through a day in the life of any home cook," Ted tells the mentors, and that means three rounds: breakfast, lunch and dinner. And for the first round, mentor and mentee will team up. "Having Michael with me by my side creates a confidence that I can't even explain," says Vanessa.

Concentration vs. Frustration

"I feel like I've given him everything I can possibly give," Bobby says about Joseph, "and he's been a sponge." The two work well together, whereas Alex is disappointed with August, who can't seem to cook fried eggs correctly. "You're making me nervous," she tells him. "Please just focus on the eggs."

Who Better to Judge?

"I am so proud of all these cooks," says mentor Curtis Stone, who surprises everyone by returning as guest judge. Upon tasting Team Michael's dish, Curtis calls the scrambled eggs "luxurious" and likens the pancakes to a cloud, naming the team's dish the best. Michael and Vanessa earn an advantage.

Michael's Got a Beef with Bobby

With the advantage Michael gets to decide who has to use lamb, beef or pork for the burgers-and-fries challenge. He gives Bobby beef, saying he's doing it "because I don't know if a plain cheeseburger's going to get him to the next round." Alex disagrees, saying, "I would never give beef to Bobby Flay."

Mama Mentor Can't Help Now

Alex compares her relationship with August to a mother and son "who coexist lovingly in the same kitchen." Like any mother, she wants to help him, but in this case she can't: "I am handcuffed to this catwalk, and all I can do is look down," she says, because Michael's the only mentor who's allowed to use his SOS button.

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A Frenzied Finish

"Don't smash that burger or I will smash you," Michael yells at Vanessa as she nearly overworks the ground lamb while forming the burger patties. He ends up using his advantage to come down in the final minutes to show her how to assemble the dish. "That's going to be your best one," he points out.

Eliminated Yet Again

"I think you want to thank [Michael] for not letting you overwork that meat," Curtis tells Vanessa, whose dish he likes the most. In the end he names August's pork burger his least favorite, which means it's over for Team Alex. "To go through it twice sucks," says August about his second and final elimination.

Cooking All on Their Own

"It's time to let the chefs showcase what they're capable of," Michael says. Neither mentor can use his SOS button in the final challenge. "I have to be confident in my skills and my palate," says Vanessa. Ted points out that both teams are cooking bass. "We have a lot of similar feelings about food," Michael responds.

Pride Is on the Line

"This is about bragging rights for me and Michael," says Bobby, now that winning is between the two best friends. Bobby has complete confidence in his mentee: "I'm seeing Joseph act like a cook," he says. "I'm constantly checking it to make sure that the flavors are coming through," says Joseph.

It Comes Down to Seasoning

"There's a lot of flavor in there," Curtis tells Joseph, noting the "ridiculous salinity" of his dish. Conversely, he finds Vanessa's dish is "lacking that tiny bit of salt." Curtis names Joseph the $50,000 winner. "I got [Michael] today, but I'm sure the next day he'll get me," Bobby comments on his team's win.

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