Food Network Star, Season 11: Top Moments of Episode 6

Get an inside look at the finalists' challenges and relive memorable moments from the sixth episode of Food Network Star, Season 11.

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Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Photo By: Eddy Chen ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Next-Level Pie

Pizza may be a go-to pick on family dinner tables, but tonight it's the subject of the finalists' brand-new challenge. Not only do they have to make a pie for the king of all things dough, Pastry Chef Duff Goldman, but they must bring "kicked-up flavors," according to Duff, and present the pie to Darin Harris, the CEO of Cici's Pizza.

From Staten Island to Star

"Pizza is a way of life," Dom says, excited to get to work on what he calls "the Dominooch," in honor of his nickname. His pie with sausage and peppers gets rave reviews, but once again, his performance lacks. After he stumbles in his speech and finishes with extra time, Duff advises him, "Stop thinking about this stuff and just be yourself."

Raw Dough Happens

Despite Jay's clever story about the similarities between the citrus on his pizza and the satsumas in Louisiana, he offers the panel a pizza that's severely undercooked. "I'm cringing right now," Jay says afterward.

Touchdown for Eddie

No matter its dinner traditions, pie shines for dessert when Eddie's in charge. His fruity pineapple-mango-peach pizza, laced with jalapeno for boldness, is a hit with the panel, so much so that Darin from Cici's tells him: "The pizza was a great fit for our brand. We need that dessert pizza." Ultimately, Eddie's quality pizza and stellar performance earn him the win in this challenge.

When Food Meets Funny

It's all about improv come the Star Challenge, and no one knows that quite like comedian David Alan Grier. "I would like to play a game that I will call Improv Chef," David says, before he, Bobby and finalists work together to assign each rival a purposefully tricky set of four elements, all of which must be represented on the plate. Think calamari and frozen pink lemonade, chicken livers and caramel squares, and duck breast and marshmallows.

Only OK

Michelle's been given guanciale for a protein and the mandate to make breakfast, and once she learns what it is — a pork product similar to bacon — she gets to work on green eggs and ham. "Very clever," Bob admits of her dish, but her presentation leaves much to be desired. "I like her, but I get bored because she's not giving me anything to go away with."

Asking for Trouble

"I'm not sure what that umeboshi is," Arnold tells Bobby as the mentor's assigning ingredients, which is enough to land Arnold the product for his dish. Arnold manages to incorporate the plum-like fruit into his breakfast hash, and according to Giada, it's "very well done." His performance, too, is well-received, especially since he's managed to interact with the audience.  

On-Stage Disaster

With a whopping four minutes on the clock, each finalist must give a food-prep demo — plus endure more oddball mandates from David, including specific stories to tell and culinary tips to give. For Alex, his entire time on stage is simply an "epic fail," Bobby says, on account of Alex's inappropriate cussing and missed demo. His dish, however, is impressive given the required stipulations, which included chicken livers, caramel squares, the color blue and dinner.

Better Together

"It really does feel like the David and Eddie show," Eddie says assuredly, sharing the spotlight with David and together making the crowd laugh. Eddie wows the Committee with what Bob calls his "confident, charismatic, funny" personality, and his food — fried-chicken-inspired quail with a chip crust — is successful too. "I'm putting that on my menu," Bobby declares.

Risk Without Reward

Emilia's set on taking a risk this week, and she indeed delivers with a shocking presentation that leaves the Committee and crowd simply stunned. In telling a story about watching Food Network, she gives "the behind-the-scenes look" at her fellow cast mates, which includes imitating and mocking them. Bobby admits that "it got a little uncomfortable." And Susie explains, "I felt slightly abused by her."

Time Is Not Up

Duck breast, marshmallows, the color orange and a lunch dish — those are Dom's requirements for the challenge, but it turns out that they're not the most-difficult part for him. In true Dom fashion, he struggles with stage presence, so much so that once again, he simply walks off the stage with time left. "I don't know what else to say or do," Dom says. "When it was over, it was over." Like in weeks past, though, his food is strong.

Delivering on Fried Glory

By now fans and the Committee have come to expect wowing presentations from Jay, and tonight he doesn't let them down. "He's such a good storyteller," Bob says after Jay presents, speaking of his tendency to fry anything and everything in the South. He's made fried calamari tonight, and it's a sure-fire success, as Bob declares, "I can't stop eating it." Like Eddie, Jay, too, is one of this challenge's winners.

Halfway to Stardom

It's midway through the competition, Bob tells the finalists at evaluation, and since Dom, Alex and Emilia are on the bottom this week, one will not survive to see the second half of the contest unfold. "This is awfully tough," Susie says as she and her fellow Selection Committee members begin deliberation.

Emilia's Exit

"To us it came off as mean-spirited," Bob tells Emilia during evaluation, and while she apologizes for that portrayal, it's not enough to save her this week. "I know that I took a big risk, and you know what, this sucks. I wanted to be the last chick," she says, reflecting on her elimination.

Photos: Star Scrapbook: Emilia Cirker

One-on-One with Emilia

Hear from Emilia in her first exclusive exit interview for her thoughts on the contest, and find out what's next for her.

A Second Chance at Stardom

Though Emilia's been eliminated, there's a chance she could rejoin the competition. She and the other previously eliminated rivals are off to battle in Star Salvation, a six-week Web-exclusive contest hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro. At the end of the journey, one finalist will be allowed back into the Food Network Star race.

Watch : Star Salvation

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Photos: Behind the Scenes of Food Network Star, Season 11

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