Behind the Scenes of Food Network Star, Season 13

See what Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and the finalists are up to between take while on the set of Food Network Star.

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Week 4: On-Set Antics

Giada took her place in the kitchen as she filmed a video segment for the finalists.

Roughing It

The crew did their best to relocate all the camera and set equipment from the cozy comforts of the studio to a muddy field in the wilderness.

Taking Inventory

The teams were quick to dig through their coolers to find the entirety of the ingredients they'd have access to.

Quick Check-In

The judges visited Rusty at the campfire to gauge his progress as the challenge unfolded.

Selfie Time

Andrew snapped a shot of himself and his fellow judges during a brief break in filming.

Let's Go Glamping

Complete with strung lights (and plenty of cameras), the lodge at the "glamping" grounds was decked out for a series of family dinners.

Celebrations

The team of Jason, David and Cao came together for a group hug after learning of their victory.

A Careful Conversation

Melissa and Giada chatted intently as they debated who to send home this week.

Prepped and Posed

Giada took her place in the studio to smile for an impromptu shot.

Making Do

A minor blender blunder didn't stop David from executing his cauliflower puree.

A Crowd of Cooks

Cao, Jason and Addie headed straight for the stove to work on their courses for the upcoming dinner.

Team Effort

As orders for Cory's tuna dish flowed in, Rusty and his fellow teammates put together plates in a hurry.

Tight Squeeze

Space was at a premium in the production kitchen behind the scenes.

Feeling Fine

Bobby let his signature swagger shine during a brief break in filming the experiential dinner.

Director's Cut

Team captain Amy took a load off while watching her teammates execute their video segments.

What's So Funny?

We only wish we knew what these two were laughing about.

Tense Moments

The tension in Food Star Kitchen during deliberation was palpable, even through the camera monitors.

Week 2: On Location

The crew traveled with the finalists to the French grocery store to capture all the action.

Making Do

With such a tight space in the kitchen, finalists were forced to utilize any and every available spot in order to store and prep their ingredients.

Honest Reaction

It seems that Addie wasn't exactly thrilled with all pieces of table decor.

Prepping Matters

Nancy, Cao and Matthew took their time readying their table as they set up their tablescape.

Team Hugs

Toya and Nancy came together for a quick embrace in the kitchen before moving on to their presentations.

Welcome, Guests

The elegantly adorned ballroom inside the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles hotel was an ideal space to host the finalists.

All Business

When guests weren't flocking their table, Jason and Rusty put their heads down and worked on plating their offerings.

Mixing and Mingling

As the guests approached them for samples, Toya and her fellow finalists dished out their plates and quickly chatted with the crowd.

Setting the Scene

In true Beauty and the Beast fashion, guests could help themselves to roses as they made their way around the expansive space and tasted finalists' plates.

Week 1: Mentor Scenes

The finalists weren't the only ones who'd be smiling for the cameras. Bobby and Giada too posed on stage for a quick snap.

A Hearty Welcome

Giada and Bobby kicked off Season 13 in grand fashion by bringing the competitors to the elegantly adorned Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

Familiar Surroundings

"It's like being at home," Matthew said of returning to the same kitchen where he competed in Comeback Kitchen (twice) and Season 11 of Food Network Star.

Prep Work

Addie went hands first into a bowl of greens as she worked on a garnish for her BLT sandwiches with salmon.

The Plantains That Weren't

Despite his best efforts, Blake's mixture of pureed plantains didn't pan out as he'd hoped, and he was forced to abandon that element of his shrimp dish.

One-on-One Coverage

A cameraperson stood opposite Suzanne to cover the competitor's prep work as she executed her Middle Eastern-inspired stuffed tomato.

Glam Team

During a brief break in filming, Giada sat for a quick hair touchup.

A Dark Entrance

During a brief break in filming, Giada sat for a quick hair touchup.

A Light Atmosphere

Though the finalists were likely full of anxiety as they endured their first evaluation, Bobby and Giada tried to keep the atmosphere positive with plenty of smiles on set.

Moving Forward

As the finalists who were deemed safe prepared to exit the kitchen, they congratulated each other and thanked the mentors for their feedback.

Early Farewell

Blake's fellow competitors Nancy and Toya came together to console him after he was ousted from the contest after just one week.

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Contestants Amy Pottinger and Cory Bahr talking to teammates while shopping for ingredients for the Star Challenge Be Our Guest!, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 13.

Contestants Matthew Grunwald, Coadan Tran, Addie Gundy, Jason Smith and Amy Pottinger plate their dish, Hawaiian Garlic Butter Prawns w/ Grilled Pineapple and Pickled Serranos, for the Star Challenge Experiential Restaurant, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 13.