Food Network Star, Season 7: Behind the Scenes of Episode 2

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and relive all the highlights of episode two of Food Network Star, Season 7.

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Top 10 Moments: 1. Juba's Early Exit

An early elimination threw the finalists for a loop. Juba, whose stellar cooking skills couldn't compensate for his awkwardness on camera, is sent packing after the episode's first challenge.

2. Penny Takes a Win

Penny wins the pizza challenge ...

3. Penny Aims for Orchid

... and then makes more than a few enemies with her "strategic" picking of teams for the Star Challenge. Her (admitted) goal: Get rid of Orchid.

4. Orchid and the Boys

Penny puts Orchid on a team that has to reinvent an abalone dish. "Going up against Justin B., Vic and Chris, Orchid's going to fail," Penny says.

5. Judges' Panel = Firing Squad

For their Star Challenge, the finalists enter the Scarpetta kitchen to find a selection committee of superstars: Scott Conant, Anne Burrell and Pat and Gina Neely.

6. Gotta Impress These Guys ...

"If this table of judges looks like a firing line," says Bobby, "that’s because it is."

7. And These Guys.

The challenge is to make restaurant food accessible to the home cook, something that the Neelys know a thing or two about. They'll be firing questions at the finalists as they cook.

8. Nervous, Anyone?

This panel intimidates even the most confident of finalists.

9. What's Pernod?

Chris starts off cocky, putting on a show with fire in his pan. Then he trips up when asked about the liqueur he is using and embarrasses himself in the kitchen.

10. Keep Smiling, Katy

Always-bubbly Katy is the second finalist sent home this week: "Even though I'm not the next Food Network Star, I'm still smiling. No one can steal my smile!"

Bonus Highlights: The Play-by-Play

We've covered the top 10, but there was a lot more going on this week. The finalists literally leap to their Camera Challenge: creating a pizza that reflects their culinary style.

A Closer Look

Giada takes a whiff of Justin B.'s pizza.

Striving for Redemption

"Today is the day for me to start my comeback," says Vic Vegas. "A pizza challenge is a great chance for redemption. It's totally in my world. If you cut my arm open, I will bleed marinara."

Bobby in the House

Having Bobby Flay walking around the kitchen has got to be nerve-wracking, but Orchid remains calm.

Fancy Technique

Whitney breaks out the blowtorch — not your average pizza-parlor tool.

Pizza Two Ways

Katy's "half light, half luscious" pizza wins some fans on the selection committee. "This is a reality for me as a mom," says Susie Fogelson. "I kind of like this concept."

Alicia Warms Up

Alicia's story about a bad date during her pizza presentation gets laughs from the judges.

Middle Eastern Mama

Penny's POV does a 180: "Stilettos in the kitchen are out. Middle Eastern mom is in." She works on a pizza with feta, kalamata olives and eggplant.

Wisconsin Gal

Jyll presents her "my husband's out of town" ratatouille pizza. The judges are all smiles: "Jyll, that was fun!" says Susie.

Crunch Time

Juba has some struggles in the kitchen: "I may or may not have bit off more than I can chew here," he says. His dough hits the floor, so he has to remake it.

Camera Shy

Once again, Juba stumbles over words as soon as the camera turns on. "All it takes is that one little mistake and it spirals down from there," he laments.

Bottom Three

Justin B. ends up on the bottom for his dismal camera performance, despite delicious pizza. Vic also freezes up during his turn in front of the camera after serving a pie that the judges loved.

Close Call

It's Juba who won't make it to the next Star Challenge. "You are such a likeable guy and a good cook," says Bob. "You need to have more authority in your presentations or you can't be a star."

The Show Must Go On

There's not much time to reflect after Juba heads home. "We need to get back to business," says Bobby. The challenge: Make restaurant food accessible.

Cooking at Scarpetta

In the Scarpetta kitchen, the finalists break into groups to recreate three restaurant dishes so they're easy to make and still high quality. Penny gets to pick teams and puts herself on this one.

A Four-Star Panel

The selection committee and guest judges waste no time before firing questions at the finalists as they cook.

Don't Sweat It

Jeff is funny and likeable, but his profuse sweating in the kitchen as he prepares his pork dish is not appetizing. "You gotta wipe yourself down!" advises Giada.

Out of Her Element?

Orchid's been doing well so far, but this challenge might stump her: "Abalone. Why is that not accessible to the home cook? Because we don't know what it is!" (For the record, it's a large sea snail.)

Ball's In Her Court

"I picked the teams, so I have to make sure that I deliver," says Penny.

Judges' Critique

Fortunately for Penny, the judges generally liked her skirt-steak sandwich with creamy curry aioli.

Hitting Her Stride

Mary Beth rises up from her dreaded "mediocre" in this challenge. "I really enjoyed watching you cook," says Anne Burrell. "You were very comfortable."

Pat's Favorites

Pat Neely has high praise for Whitney's biscuits and gravy: "I should take this back to the South; they'd go nuts!"

Holding It Together

"I know that my performance was not what they were looking for," says Katy after facing her review. "I just have to keep smilin'."

Stew Room Blues

Mary Beth and Susie hope for the best after their group is finished.

The Selection Committee

The finalists move on to a second round of evaluation from the selection committee.

Justin B. Smiles!

Justin B., often called out for being deadpan and expressionless, is all smiles when he's named the winner of the abalone group. His calamari dish "was the best thing I ate yesterday," says Bobby.

Justin D.'s Got Flair

"You're starting to come into focus for me," says Bob. "You've got that Pee-Wee Herman meets Elvis Costello meets Alton Brown look."

Mary Beth Shines

Mary Beth beats out Penny and takes the win for the short rib group. "You were fun and witty," says Giada. "You really blossomed."

More Tears

Alicia ends up on the bottom again, but makes it through since the judges saw a spark in her pizza presentation. "She's so frantic. Can she just relax and deliver?" wonders Bobby.

Tough Decisions

When it's time to review the bottom three and send someone home, the mood is tense in the evaluation room, even for the judges.

Dodged a Bullet

Despite his frat boy antics, Chris is deemed safe. "I'm gonna practice every day until I get there," he says with a big sigh of relief. "This was a huge wakeup call."

Going Home Early

In the end, peppy food and fitness coach Katy is the one to go. Despite her tears, she leaves with a smile.

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