Food Network Star, Season 10: Top Moments of Episode 7

Get an inside look at the finalists' challenges and relive memorable moments from the seventh episode of Food Network Star, Season 10.

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Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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Welcome to Sin City

The competition has moved east to Las Vegas, and Giada tells the rivals, "If you're hungry in Vegas, it's time to hit the buffet." She challenges them to make her mouth water over some of the city's best buffet food. "I'll be judging you on how hungry you make me with your descriptions," she says.

Salvaged

After besting his rivals and fan favorites on Star Salvation, Luca, who was previously eliminated during Episode 2, earned the opportunity to re-enter the competition after a six-week journey on the Web series. "I'm not going to be an easy contestant to go against," he promises.

More: Star Salvation Ep. 6, Part 1

Missing the Mark

"The flavors are hard to describe," Sarah tells Giada of the three plates in front of her, which she is tasked with describing in detail. Ultimately Sarah flops in this challenge, as Giada explains: "When you tell me something is really hard to describe, chances are I won't want to taste it."

Better Than Before

Luca was originally sent home for his inability to connect with the viewers, so this test will show whether or not he improved during Star Salvation. He manages to successfully explain his first dish and moves on to the second before Giada praises his effort: "I love those descriptions." 

Mission Complete

"I'm remembering: Tie these foods to personal, emotional experiences," Emma says of her plan for the Mentor Challenge. She's the only finalist who completes the test in full, effectively making Giada hungry for all three dishes. "So well-done," Giada tells Emma.

The Dial of Doom Is Back

At a pool party on the deck at Caesar's Palace, finalists must make their best alfresco bites and tempt guests to try them with a winning presentation. But, Alton notes, the partygoers can sample only three finalists' offerings, so the hopefuls' pitches must be solid. He introduces "the Dial of Doom" — first seen in Season 9 — and each audience member will use one of these to rate the contestants' performances.

Dibs on Beef

Wasting no time in the kitchen once cooking begins, Chris snags the only available beef tenderloin, forcing Sarah to rethink her meaty menu in honor of Texas. "It is a competition," he explains, as he works on his dish of steak and mushroom chips. "There's only one Star."

Key Words

Lenny's grilling burgers today, and he woos guests to his station when he pitches the dish like "such a great salesman," according to Loreal. His promise of a future belly flop in the pool — and the spot-on flavors of his dish — is enough to draw lines of guests to his station. "My line is so big that you think people are standing at Sarah's station, but they're just waiting to get to my station," Lenny says.

Impersonating Ham

"I'm guessing that no one at this party is going to be able to tell the difference between Serrano ham and prosciutto," Nicole says, after she's claimed to have wrapped ham around her scallops, when it's actually prosciutto. It turns out, however, that both Giada and Alton immediately spot the discrepancy, and Giada tells her, "Don't misguide [viewers] because they will never trust you again."

Missing the Explanation

A self-described "entertainer," Chris has no trouble delivering an enthusiastic presentation, but Alton admits, "He still cannot actually describe his own food." Alton and Giada are pleased with Chris' offering of mushroom chips, but Giada finds Chris' steak to be "overcooked."

Mixed Results

"I got my token's worth here," Alton says of Loreal's take on surf and turf. Although the mentors and guests alike are wowed by her dish, her presentation falls short, as she doesn't have time to finish and hardly touches upon her dish.

Belly Down

Lenny keeps his word at the end of the party with a no-holds-barred belly flop after earning the most guest tokens of the day. "And that's pretty much the closer," Alton jokes.

"The Comeback Kid"

"This second time around, my strategy is [to] just be relaxed and have fun," Luca says of his second chance in the contest. After he takes the stage at the pool and offers a well-executed seafood salad, his rivals and the judges are pleasantly surprised by the progress he's made, so much so that Giada deems him "the comeback kid."

Flawless Front-Runner

"You presented perfectly. The highest rating on the dreaded dials of doom by a long shot," Alton tells Lenny. "Your lamb burger was perfectly handled. It was a winner dish. I got nothing to say to you other than you're pretty much the guy to beat here now."

Chris' Exit

On account of inferior food and lackluster performances, Chris, Emma and Sarah all face potential elimination, but ultimately Chris is sent home after Alton notes, "Chris seems to know who he is, but he can't deliver on it." Looking back on the journey, Chris notes, "Just to be on this show is a blessing and a gift to me."

More: Star Scrapbook: Chris Kyler

One-on-One with Chris

Hear from Chris in his first exclusive exit interview to learn this thoughts on the competition and hopes for the future.

Go Behind the Scenes

Browse insider snapshots of the finalists and mentors to find out what went down on set when the cameras weren't rolling.

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