Watch Episode 1 of Star Salvation

Watch three previously ousted Season 12 rivals return for a second chance at Food Network Stardom.

Hosts Alex Guarnaschelli and Eddie Jackson watch Finalist Aaron Crumbaugh preparing his dish, Day After Hangover Tacos, for the Leftovers Love challenge, as seen on Star Salvation for Food Network Star, Season 12.

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Three rivals begin their journey to redemption with a leftover challenge.

In the first several episodes of Food Network Star, hopefuls Havird, Aaron and Yaku came to the end of their journeys and were ultimately sent home — but not for long. This week they returned to Food Star Kitchen for a second shot at Stardom in the first installment of Star Salvation, hosted by Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Eddie Jackson, last year's winner of Food Network Star. Over the course of six weeks, ousted finalists from each episode will join Alex and Eddie, plus whichever rivals remain from past battles, to compete to rejoin the Season 12 competition. And if the first showdown, featuring Havird, Aaron and Yaku, is any indication, these mentors have no-nonsense challenges up their sleeves in an effort to find the worthiest competitor.

Click the play button on the video above to watch the Round 1 battle unfold, and find out who among Havird, Aaron and Yaku was sent home yet again.

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