Behind the Scenes of Star Salvation

No matter the high stakes of the competition, the cast and mentors manage to let loose on set.

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

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Photo By: Eddy Chen

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Week 4: Sandwich Showcase

Jeff, who's the official Sandwich King, of course, doled out a doozy of a sandwich challenge this week, asking finalists to not only turn their signature dishes into between-bread creations, but also to showcase them in what he calls "a teachable tweet about what they made."

Shrimp 2.0

For newcomer David, this challenge gave him the chance to showcase shrimp and grits, which he turned into a po' boy. Jeff is so wowed by the flavor and David's ability to deliver solid information in his tweet that David earns the win this week.

Making Strides

Addie's putting her signature party-planner touch on cheesy buffalo chicken sliders, and Jeff is mostly pleased with the flavors. He takes issue, however, with the seemingly rogue piece of celery skewered to the top of the slider. "It's like a canoe paddle," he jokes.

Leaving Accomplished

Trace's impressive four-week journey on Star Salvation ultimately comes to an end this week after he tweets a bun-focused picture of his ground-pork sliders. But on top of the photo misstep, the flavors aren't a huge win for Jeff. "It's good, but it's a little too sweet for my liking," says Jeff of Trace's bourbon-brown sugar barbecue sauce. Looking back on his progress, Trace notes, "I'm still just so excited to have made it this far in the competition."

Week 3: An Iron Chefs' Take

Nope, Alex isn't fighting for Food Network Stardom. But she did join the finalists in the kitchen to show them how an Iron Chef and longtime Star takes command of an ingredient — in this case, bacon. 

Life Behind the Scenes

Finalists are all but surrounded by cameras as they take their place in Food Star Kitchen.

Mission: Bacon Party

Party-planner Addie was the newest finalist to join the competition this week, and she put her entertaining expertise to use here by making bacon "cups," which she filled with a gorgonzola mixture.

A Skilled Hand

Needless to say, Alex's bacon-wrapped scallops were executed extremely well.

Surveying the Scene

The finalists — and Alex — came together once the cooking ended to check out each other's dishes.

Determined Judge

Jeff put his head down and focused on the task of judging as the finalists moved to the demo stage for a live-stream demo of their dish.

Bringing the Flavor

Like Addie, Trace too offered a cheesy dish, featuring a baguette topped with mascarpone and bacon-laced onion jam. 

Making Strides

Not only were Addie's bacon cups a hit with the judges, but her demo impressed them well, as she showed an ease and comfort on camera. She claimed the win today and advanced to next week's penultimate episode. 

Toya's Time Is Up

Though the judges were mostly pleased with her macaroni and cheese, her demo left them wanting more, especially in the way of food authority. She was ultimately sent home from the competition, three weeks into her journey for redemption.

Week 2: Battle Burger

Cao joins the competition this week, and when tasked to transform the best dish she's ever eaten into a burger, she opted to feature — wait for it — a burger. She did dress it up a bit, however, by stuffing a spiced burger patty inside an eggroll-type wrapper to create a package that she deep-fried. Unfortunately, though, her oddball "nunya business" mention in the video left the judges perplexed, and the meat is a bit underdone for the judges' tastes. Ultimately, she's asked to leave after just one week.

Just Making It

True to her New Orleans roots, Toya delivered a burger inspired by shrimp étouffée, complete with a super-cheesy, creamy sauce. Though she sold it well on-camera, the burger itself could have been better, as it was far too undercooked to be edible in the middle. Nevertheless, though, she advanced to the following week's contest.

Tense Moments

As the seconds ticked away in the cooking portion of the challenge, Jeff and Alex looked on with excitement and a bit of nervous energy, unsure if the finalists would finish on time.

The Tasting Effect

For Trace, meatloaf was the name of the game this week, and he put his spin on it by using bison meat to star in the burger patty. The judges were wowed by the flavor he achieves, and they liked his top-snap video too, especially the part where he took a bite on-camera. He was deemed safe this week and advanced to Week 3.

Focus On: Fruit

Blake got creative with his top-snap introduction for Snapchat by having a producer toss him a pineapple to tease the pineapple "buns" he used for his burger. The judges weren't wowed by the results of his video, and the meat-fruit ratio of his burger was off, so he was ultimately sent home in a double elimination. 

Week 1: #SnackAndAHack

To prove themselves worthy of Salvation, the first five finalists had to both create a can-do snack but also demo a cool hack. For some, the double whammy of to-dos was tricky, and time ticked away too quickly in the kitchen.

Finishing Touches

Trace sprinkled basil atop his new-fangled caprese salads, which he featured as a layered stack inside individual serving bowls for an easy presentation. The mentors were pleased with his hack, which he showcased well in his Facebook Live demo.

Should Have Listened

Though Alex asked Blake if he'd seasoned his potatoes, the finalist ended up serving an sweet potato that was in dire need of salt, according to Alex. Blake's presentation, however, was strong, and he earned the right to continue to next week.

A Live Letdown

Unfortunately for Nana Nancy, the intricacies of Facebook Live proved too much to handle, and she struggled to present her peach-toast hack within the given time. Ultimately, she was sent home after just one challenge, ending her journey to Salvation once and for all.

A Missed Opportunity

Though the flavors of Suzanne's Middle Eastern kebab were on-point, her presentation was a miss. She could hardly manage the demands of the Live stream and failed to fully demo her hack. Like Nancy, she too was sent home this week.

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