Food Network Star, Season 13: Top Moments of Episode 4

 Relive the best moments of Week 4, and go on set with Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and the finalists.

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Welcome to the Wilderness

Far away from the cozy comforts of Food Star Kitchen, the teams of finalists arrive in a muddy park outside L.A., hardly prepared for the "glamping" challenge that Giada dishes out. They must create family meals for real parents and kids—but the trick is that competitors have access only to traditional camping fixings, like potato chips, canned veggies and a single live fire.

 

A Close Call

"My throat's itching. My tongue is swollen," worries David, who's allergic to peanuts, after he tastes a bite of his team's pudding dessert, which, unbeknownst to him, contains peanuts. Lucky for him, he realizes the peanut before he swallows it, which saves him from a more severe reaction, and he's able to continue unscathed.

Making Do

"Something's off," Trace declares as he stirs together his tomato-vegetable soup. He wasn't keen on the idea of using so many canned products to begin with, but given the circumstances, he moved forward with a soup plan. Before serving, he attempts to adjust the taste and texture.

S'mores 2.0

Just when the finalists least expect it, guest Andrew Zimmern reveals yet another element to the challenge: a s'more-inspired dessert that brings the classic campfire treat to a new level. Though the key is to transform s'more ingredients into a next-level dish, Addie falls short in making S'more Bark for her team, as it's deemed "not a reinvention at all," guest Melissa d'Arabian says.

Putting the "I" in Team

"This is Food Network Star, not Food Network Team," Matthew says simply. He's set on making himself known in his team presentation alongside Cory and Amy, and though he succeeds in that attempt, it's not for the better, as Giada tells him, "You sort of jumped in and dominated too much." 

Highs and Lows

Amy bears the brunt of Matthew's over-the-top behavior, as he cuts her off while speaking, and she didn't have it in her to stop him. "I'm disappointed that I don't feel like Amy really presented," Melissa explains. Nevertheless, though, Amy's potato cake is a success, more so than Matthew's too-greasy stuffing.

Strong Showing

Though Cao leaves out crucial details from her presentation, her Hash Brown Potato Salad is a win. Her teammates, Jason and David, wow the family guests with their dishes, and their speeches are a hit too. "David underneath it all has a bit of a Star quality," Melissa says, "and that cannot be taught." This trio wins the challenge and is deemed safe from elimination.

Sorry Soup

Though Melissa notes the "cute" factor in his bell-pepper bowls, Trace's tomato soup is a flat-out miss in terms of both flavor and texture, and the judges can hardly eat it. Rusty too makes grave errors with his food — his cornmeal cakes are "an epic fail," according to Andrew, since they fall apart easily — though Addie's performance is stronger, if only just barely. Ultimately this team lands among the bottom performers, and they all face potential elimination.

Trace's Time Is Up

This elimination comes down to "potential," Giada explains, and ultimately Trace is sent home. "I feel like I fell short," Trace admits. "I had a lot more to show and to offer, so, yeah, it is disappointing." 

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