On the Road with the Guy's Big Project Prospects

We've got all the behind-the-scenes photos and insider details of the prospects' journey with Guy Fieri at the helm.

Photo By: David Moir

Photo By: David Moir

Photo By: David Moir

Photo By: David Moir

Photo By: David Moir

Photo By: David Moir

Photo By: David Moir

Photo By: David Moir

Photo By: David Moir

Photo By: David Moir

Photo By: David Moir

Photo By: David Moir

Week 2: The Magic of the Bite

If you've ever watched even one Food Network show, you know (and most certainly love) the moment a chef takes a big bite of the food in front of them and reacts to it. That "beat" is what Guy wants to work on this week. He takes the prospects to an L.A. hotspot and asks them to describe the various dishes before them.

Practice Works

For Rashad, the bite is a learning process; while he delivers a notably weak description at first, come dessert, he's far more detailed and energetic.

Making Strides

"You just changed the game," Guy told baker Vinny, who delivered an exceptionally strong presentation at Grand Central Market in Los Angeles. Not only did he appear comfortable on camera, but he also described the food well.

The Grannies Say Goodbye

Despite their lovable personalities, Sharon and Sherri simply aren't meshing on camera the way the Grill Dads are. Ultimately, after back-to-back weeks of mediocre performances, the ladies are ultimately sent home.

Week 1: Meet the Prospects

For the first time ever, Guy and his expert production team are set to mentor prospects — comprised of both individuals and partners competing together — through six weeks of on-the-job training in the hopes of finding the host of Food Network's next culinary road show.

Welcome to the Ranch

Guy kicked off the journey by bringing everyone to his home, not only to reflect on his own Food Network journey but also to introduce their first challenge. They were to head to a spot in the Sacrament area and film a brief piece about themselves and their would-be road show.

Beginner's Anxiety

For Zane, the self-described "deli hunter," the idea came easily. However, his nerves got the best of him. It took him a few takes to feel comfortable, but ultimately he battled nerves as the first week's demands unfolded, including when he returned to Guy's ranch to cook.

Strong Start

Back at the ranch, Guy asked the prospects to work on their signature dishes and prove to him they have the culinary chops to sustain an audience. Lindsey was a strong contender, opting for a hearty burger with gooey mac and cheese, and her ease in talking about food impressed the production team.

Watchful Eyes

As the prospects strutted their stuff in the kitchen, a crew of producers and production executives, plus Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, observed from afar. They offered initial impressions of competitors' on-camera personalities and their comfort around food.

A Baker's Indulgence

Laced with smoky fried bacon, Vinny's over-the-top-decadent brownie-cake combo showcased his baking expertise.

Early Exit

Unfortunately for Dariany, her lack of substantial food knowledge got the better of her. Despite her focus on family-run eateries, she couldn't answer seemingly basic questions about the food she loves, and that was enough to send her home.

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