Your Pre-Season Picks, Revealed

Next Food Network Star Season 8, Episode 1

Next Food Network Star Season 8, Episode 1

Contestant Martita Jara of Team Giada cooking for restaurant "Blu" for their Star Challenge "Restaurant Impossible" as seen on Food Network's Star, Season 8.

Photo by: Todd Plitt ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Todd Plitt, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

The Pre-Season Fan Vote tally is in! Before viewing last night’s premiere, 20% of you cast your votes for Team Giada’s Martita Jara, a spunky interior designer who grew up in the restaurant business and loves to cook with her family's Mexican flavors.

Team Giada’s finalists seemed to give the best first impressions, as they swept the top three. Laid-back chef Ippy Aiona from Hawaii was right behind Martita with 19% of the vote, followed by South African cake artist Linkie Marais at 15%.

Did Team Giada live up to expectations in the premiere episode? Do you think the challenge-winning members of Team Bobby or the quirky underdogs from Team Alton deserve some recognition? The in-season Fan Vote resets each week, so make sure to cast your vote for your favorite finalist up to 10 times per day.

Check out the complete list of Pre-Premiere Fan Vote results:

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