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

Pan Fried Chicken Thighs with Pancetta Cream over Confit Potatoes

Sticky Figgy Chickie (Stuffed Chicken Breast)

Roasted Chicken Breasts with Orange, Cardamom and Turmeric

Stuffed Chicken Breast in Curry Sauce over Roasted Potatoes and Cauliflower

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

Zesty Roasted Chicken with Mediterranean Potatoes

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

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

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

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

Chinese Five-Spice Chicken with Red Cabbage and Potato Gratin

Crispy Chicken with Jalapeno Beurre Blanc and Spicy Poblano Pepper Puree

Chicken and Potato Napoleon with Spicy Tomato Sambal Sauce

Ceviche with Crispy Plantains

Beignets with Rosemary Caramel and Local Honey

Crab and Guacamole Salad

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

Orange Chicken Scaloppine and Sunburst Squash Escabeche with Roasted Pepper Puree

Santa Barbara Olive Focaccia with Baked Goat Cheese

Pan Sauteed Butter Chicken and Potatoes

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

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