Food Network Star, Season 8: The Most Memorable Moments

Relive the most shocking moments from all 10 episodes leading up to Food Network's Food Network Star 's season finale.

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Photo By: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

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Star's New Style

The season eight premiere introduced 15 Food Network Star hopefuls and a brand-new setup to the series. For the first time ever, the finalists were hand-picked by three Food Network all-stars, Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay, who mentored their teams throughout the season.

On-Stage Acrobatics

Attempting to give the judges a memorable performance, Josh somersaulted on stage to present his team's pop-up restaurant. His move proved unsuccessful and he ended up in the Producers' Challenge.

Eating New York

The finalists explored three of New York's most culinarily rich neighborhoods, Manhattan's Lower East Side and Harlem and the Bronx's Little Italy, and cooked up their own versions of local recipes to serve the judges during a bus tour of the city.

Team Giada Goes Two for Two

Team Giada was on a hot streak, sailing through week two of the competition with all five contenders remaining. At the end of the second episode, Team Bobby and Team Alton had lost one finalist each.

Chopped: Stars and Sweets

The finalists were presented with a Chopped basket full of mystery ingredients. In just 30 minutes, they had to turn pancetta and chocolate, coconut and popcorn, pineapple and pasta and more into winning desserts to serve to Chopped judges Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy and the network.

Hats Off to Ham

Tasked with transforming a not-too-pretty plate of baked ham into a close-up-ready recipe, Emily presented a glamorous dish that tasted as good as it looked. She went one step further and turned food into wearable fashion by donning a "food fascinator" made out of ham.

Talking With His Mouth Full

Ippy's bite of stuffed French toast was a bit too big, though he continued his Producers' Challenge presentation and gave a strong enough performance to keep him in the competition.

Doppelgangers

Who can forget these look-alikes? With a collared black shirt, spiked blonde locks and signature arm ink, Team Bobby's Michele bore an uncanny resemblance to Star alum Guy Fieri.

Mixed Reactions

While the network appreciated the mature flavors of Nikki's kale smoothie, the children were not won over by it. Little appetites were put off by the leafy vegetable's bitter taste, but Bob Tuschman said he "drank the whole thing."

Iron Chef Surprise

While cooking for the food-court challenge, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian visited the kitchen to deliver a secret-ingredient twist: One finalist from each team had to incorporate chicken livers in his or her dish.

Challenges With Churros

At Team Giada's food-court fiesta, Linkie attempted a dessert of churros and Mexican cocoa despite her total unfamiliarity with Mexican desserts. The sugared churros turned out skinny and crispy, not full, light and airy like the traditional version, and ended up costing Linkie her place in the competition.

Martita Delivers Dead Air

Martita fell short during a camera challenge in front of members of the press, finishing her presentation with 30 seconds left on the clock. Instead of telling more stores, she stood silently for an uncomfortably long amount of time.

Martie's History of Parties

Finally explaining why entertaining is so important to her, Martie shared an endearing story of years ago when she first decided to host parties instead of waiting to be invited to them.

Miami Heat

The top eight finalists earned a ticket to sunny Florida to celebrate the South Beach Wine & Food Festival with some of Food Network's greatest personalities.

Michele Serves Shells

Though Michele thought she was careful to remove all of the sharp crab shells from her succulent crab cake mixture, pieces of shell remained, and her dish could not be served to the VIP guests at the beach party.

Mischievous Mentors

Alton, Bobby and Giada purposely messed with the hopefuls' ingredients, cooking props, microphones and more to play to the finalists' weakness and see how they fared in the face of unexpected hurdles.

So. Many. Questions.

During his demo, Justin was forced to interact with an unrelenting audience member who interrupted his presentation with shouts of questions. Though his first response to the audience was well received with a laugh, he lost his temper as the barrage of demands continued.

The Most Important 30 Seconds Yet

In the season's very last challenge, the top six finalists had just three takes to compile a 30-second promo for their would-be Food Network show. Though Yvan struggled to find his footing during his taping, he arranged the photos of his family to help him visualize an audience and pulled it together to give a finale-worthy performance.

Cliffhanger Moment

After several unbearably tense moments on set, Bob and Susie announced that they wanted both Justin and Martie to film show pilots, unable to make the impossible decision of choosing between them.

What the Fans Want

This season's choice of Star winner came down to your votes, fans. Though the voting period has ended, Martie, Yvan, Michele or Justin will be crowned Food Network's newest personality on Sunday night.

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