PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes Moments From Episode One

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Behind the Scenes of Food Network StarEach episode of Star takes hours to tape, so it's no surprise that not every moment and reaction is captured in the 60 minutes fans get to see on air. Every week, Star Talk will give readers an insider's look at what goes down on the set of Food Network Star — from the judges to the contestants to the environments in which they cook and present.

Mentor Giada De Laurentiis at the Mentor's Challenge "Pitch Tape" as seen on Food Network Star, Season 9.

Photo by: Eddy Chen ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Eddy Chen, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Behind the Scenes of Food Network Star Can't Watch: For Giada, some of the finalists' first attempts at camera presentations are simply too much to bear, and she's forced to look away during the particularly difficult pitch-tape moments.

The Selection Committee Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown and Bobby Flay at the Mentor's Challenge "Pitch Tape" Reveal as seen on Food Network Star, Season 9.

Photo by: Eddy Chen ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Eddy Chen, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Behind the Scenes of Food Network Star Judges' Huddle: Giada, Alton and Bobby grab a few minutes to themselves in the Star Kitchen during the Mentor Challenge. Are they chatting about the hits and misses they've seen on camera so far, or are they planning their next challenge for the finalists?

The Selection Committee Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and The Network Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman at the Star Challenge "Impressing the Network and FN Fans" as seen on Food Network Star, Season 9.

Photo by: Eddy Chen ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Eddy Chen, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Behind the Scenes of Food Network Star Plugged In: When the cameras stop rolling for even just a minute, the Selection Committee members are quick to catch up on correspondences by checking in with their cell phones and tablets.

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