Season 6, Episode 1

Welcome to Los Angeles!

In a special two hour premiere episode of The Next Food Network Star, twelve hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles to compete for the ultimate dream job: To host their own show on The Food Network. The competition starts right away as they face their first on-camera test: preparing a meal that best represents who they are. Next, the finalists are taken to Paramount Studios where an A-list Hollywood Director films 30-second promos for the show that each finalist wants to host. Finally, the finalists must each create a Power Lunch for LA's biggest celebrity Chef, Wolfgang Puck.
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Recipes From This Episode

Red Lentil Soup

Beignets with Rosemary Caramel and Local Honey

Pan Seared Salmon with Asparagus Lemon Salad, Red Wine Reduction and Watercress Puree

Pan Fried Chicken Thighs with Pancetta Cream over Confit Potatoes

Yukon Gold Potato Soup with Chive Oil, Beet Reduction and Sweet Garlic Confit Croutons

Chicken and Potato Napoleon with Spicy Tomato Sambal Sauce

Crab and Guacamole Salad

Zesty Roasted Chicken with Mediterranean Potatoes

Ceviche with Crispy Plantains

Limoncello and Meyer Lemon Sabayon with Crispy Macadamia Cakes and Candied Lemon Rind

Santa Barbara Olive Focaccia with Baked Goat Cheese

Orange Chicken Scaloppine and Sunburst Squash Escabeche with Roasted Pepper Puree

Stuffed Chicken Breast in Curry Sauce over Roasted Potatoes and Cauliflower

Mojo Marinated Chicken with Grilled Purple Potatoes and Charred Corn and Black Bean Salsa with Grilled Flour Tortilla

Chinese Five-Spice Chicken with Red Cabbage and Potato Gratin

Pan Roasted Chicken Breast with Pecan and Potato Hash and Spicy Brown Butter Sauce

Roasted Chicken Breasts with Orange, Cardamom and Turmeric

Sticky Figgy Chickie (Stuffed Chicken Breast)

Crispy Chicken with Jalapeno Beurre Blanc and Spicy Poblano Pepper Puree

Spiced Seared Scallops with Potato-Pear Pancake and Champagne Beurre Blanc

Chicken Roulade with Mixed Vegetables and Pan Fried Potatoes

Arugula and Fennel Salad with Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette

Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Spaetzle and Apple Cilantro Salsa

Pan Sauteed Butter Chicken and Potatoes

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