Food Network Star, Season 12: Top Moments of Episode 4

Get an inside look at the finalists' challenges and relive memorable moments from the fourth episode of Food Network Star, Season 12.

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The Realities of Live TV

For the finalists' first forays into live-style television, Bobby and Giada set them up for remote interviews with two people who know the live game well: Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier from Entertainment Tonight. Working in teams of three under umbrellas of food trends including "Frugal Is Fashionable" and "Sheet Pan Dinners," the rivals will show off the themed dish they made while fielding questions from Nancy and Kevin.

The Basics of Baharat

"The bahatram. Bahat-bahatma. What is it?" Rob asks as he attempts to pronounce "baharat," which he's working with for the "Trendy Ingredients" theme. He's yet to master the correct pronunciation come interview time with Nancy and Kevin, and he delivers multiple incorrect pronunciations in his segment.

Missing the Mark

A member of the "Sheet Pan Dinners" team, Damiano must prep an entire meal on a sheet pan, but he opts to prepare just one element of his tiramisu — the cake — on the pan, and he assembles the dessert in a small bowl instead. "Where's the pan?" Kevin asks. "I don't think he understood the challenge," Giada notes simply.

Sharing the Spotlight

Although Tregaye initially struggles with the technical logistics of live television and fails to respond to Kevin's and Nancy's prompts, she catches on eventually — and then she can't stop talking. "I'm trying to give them the information, and they keep on asking me questions in between me talking," Tregaye notes. The judges see what's unfolding, and Giada says simply of Tregaye's presentation, "She's just going to talk right over them."

All-Around Success

Monterey, Yaku and Jernard compose the "Frugal Is Fashionable" team, and all three of them showcase strong interview segments. While Jernard has no trouble keeping up with Nancy's and Kevin's questions, and Monterey proves herself to be "natural and focused," according to Jernard, Yaku wows with a good-to-know tip for creating veggie chips out of broccoli stems. The group scores the win in this Mentor Challenge, and all three finalists earn an advantage come the Star Challenge.

The Making of a Menu

Following their winning interviews with Nancy and Kevin, Monterey, Yaku and Jernard enjoy the advantage of being captains of their teams and picking their teammates in the Star Challenge at The Park Plaza hotel, where they'll be cooking themed menus for VIPs. 

Rewriting the Plans

Bobby has warned the finalists, "You have to be prepared for anything," and soon they realize what he means by that. No sooner do Joy, Jernard and Rob start prepping their "Afternoon Tea" menu than Joy receives a call about some requested tweaks to their menu, including nixing the fried aspect of Jernard's dish, skipping the pumpernickel in Rob's and introducing a new flavor cake to Joy's, which forces them to rethink their items. "I just hope I wasn't too rough on them," guest Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a star on Modern Family, admits.

A VIP Revealed

"I am as nervous as a long-tailed cat on a porch full of rocking chairs," Joy jokes after realizing that Jesse was the caller. In her presentation not only does she struggle to light the torch for her dessert, but she also offers a noticeably long-winded presentation. And on top of that, they're not wowed by her dish, which features both lemon and vanilla pound cakes. "There's really no real texture," Giada notes.

Missing His Mojo

Instead of simply using a bread other than pumpernickel, Rob features his lobster on lettuce leaves, and he admits that the finished dish "is something I would never eat." The judges notice his lack of confidence, as Jesse says, "I feel like maybe he wasn't really proud of his dish." Bobby says the lobster is "beautifully cooked," but he and the other judges aren't impressed with Rob's concept of roll-up lettuce cups.

A Different Jernard

"After my tableside element, I'm feeling pity and shame on myself," Jernard admits. For the first time in the contest, he doesn't offer a complementary story with his dish, a baked-not-fried rangoon. "That's not me," he says of his sorry performance.

The Retort of All Retorts

After Jesse calls Monterey's team and delivers a round of changes to the spa-focused menu, Monterey features sea bass instead of crab in her dashi. The dish is successful, but her presentation is a miss. "Be patient," Monterey quips to Bobby after the mentor tries to coax an explanation from her otherwise quiet presentation.

Meet the "Nut Girl"

Ana deems Monterey her "designated nut girl" to help with toasting the nuts for her salmon dish, much to the humor of the judges' panel. In terms of Ana's presentation, the judges wish she had highlighted her choice of fig jam, as Bobby is pleased with its "Mediterranean sweetness," and Jesse deems it "really smart."

Mixed Reviews

Although Giada finds Erin's story of her and her mom to be the most successful on the team, she isn't wowed by Erin's mousse, which featured almond paste instead of white chocolate, on account of Jesse's request. "It's the texture problem," Giada says of the too-loose dessert. 

Looking for Love

Hannah Hart, the YouTube star who hosts My Drunk Kitchen, surprises Yaku's team members, who are planning a menu for honeymooners, with changes to their dishes. With dairy-based gelato out of the question, Damiano resorts to strawberry sorbet, which "plays to his strengths," Bobby says of Damiano and the dish. It's his presentation, though, that causes concern, as he focuses more on his family than romantic love.

Confident and Strong

"I'm feeling so relaxed right now," Tregaye declares of speaking in front of Hannah and the judges. She tells a story of her own marriage and offers a striking — and smoking — shrimp dish, both of which impress the mentors. "I thought Tregaye's presentation was fantastic," Giada says. Tregaye's plate, which features cilantro per Hannah's request for Mexican flair, is "delicious," according to Hannah. And Bobby says, "The potatoes are cooked perfectly."

Surf and a New Turf

At the request of Hannah, Yaku skips the red meat in favor of chicken to pair with his lobster, but it turns out the seafood is raw. His presentation, too, is a miss, as the panel continues to look for more personal stories from him. "I know there's something interesting about him," Bobby says. "I just don't know that he's going to give it to us here."

The Bottom Bunch

With each team encountering its share of struggles in the Star Challenge, Bobby declares, "There was no winning team this week." Yaku, Jernard and Rob are all plagued by problems with both their plates and presentations, and they all face potential elimination this week.

The End of the Road

Ultimately, it's Yaku who's sent home. "Sorry, Yaku. You're a good guy and a great cook," Bobby tells him.  

One-on-One with Yaku

We checked in with Yaku following his elimination. Hear what he had to say about the competition and learn his thoughts on the remaining finalists in an exclusive exit interview.

Go Behind the Scenes

See what the mentors, finalists and crew are up to between takes by checking out insider photos from the set.

More: Behind the Scenes of Food Network Star, Season 12: Part 1

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