What to Watch: Pool Party Bites with The Kitchen and the Season Finale of Food Network Star

This weekend, tune in for Ree Drummond’s Tex-Mex feast and Giada De Laurentiis’ roasted chicken cacciatore. On Sunday night, don’t miss the season finale of Food Network Star.

Former finalists Christina Fitzgerald, Rue Rusike, Alex McCoy, Sita Lewis, Arnold Myint, Michelle Karam, Matthew Grunwald, Rosa Graziano, Emilia Cirker with finalists Dom Tesoriero, Eddie Jackson and Jay Ducote during the start of the finale, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 11.

Photo by: Eddy Chen ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Eddy Chen, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Savor the final few weekends of summer with Food Network and tune in for all-new recipes that range from party-ready favorites and comfort food to easy date-night dishes. On Saturday morning, join Ree Drummond for her Tex-Mex feast where she whips up a hearty Chicken Tortilla Casserole. Then, learn pool party tricks from the cast of The Kitchen, who are joined by actress Melissa Gilbert for her take on fried chicken and also by Food Network Star finalists. Next, Valerie Bertinelli makes an Italian meal for date night with her husband, Tom Vitale, starring Chicken Cutlets with Spicy Arugula.

On Sunday morning, Giada De Laurentiis visits an Italian eatery and joins the head chef in making Roasted Chicken Cacciatore as part of the lunchtime special. Then, Daphne Brogdon puts together an L.A.-inspired dinner menu, including her Very Berry LA Tart, for the mayor of Los Angeles and his family. On Sunday night, get ready for three hours of competition starting with Guy’s Grocery Games, where contestants must flip the ingredients of a Caesar Salad into a breakfast dish. Next, it’s the season finale of Food Network Star. Tune in to watch the finalists’ pilots and see whom Food Network President Brooke Johnson announces as the winner. End your night with Alton Brown’s fiery challenges on an all-new Cutthroat Kitchen.

It’s a big day of spring burning on the ranch, so Ree Drummond’s making her crew a comforting Tex-Mex feast featuring a hearty Chicken Tortilla Casserole with homemade enchilada sauce. She also serves up her Fiesta Tomato Wedge Salad that comes together in just 10 minutes, plus her Mexican Fruit Cocktail with Sweet Lime Yogurt for dessert.

Saturday 10a|9c

The show kicks off with an easy recipe for al pastor-style pork tenderloin. Then, the cast puts food hacks to the test and makes two tomato side dishes that are perfect for summer. Actress Melissa Gilbert stops by to share her fried chicken recipe, and Food Network Star finalists are on hand competing to make the best poolside snack. Finally, get tips for your next pool party and a summer twist on a Bloody Mary.

Saturday 11a|10c

After a long photo shoot, Valerie Bertinelli kicks back to cook an Italian meal for her husband and best friend, Tom Vitale. Her date-night menu stars Tomato Bruschetta Valerie Style, Roasted Beets with Herbs, Chicken Cutlets with Spicy Arugula and Tom’s Italian Spritz cocktail. For dessert she’s making a Creme de Menthe Sundae with Homemade Chocolate Sauce.

Saturday 12|11c

Giada De Laurentiis heads to a local Italian eatery and creates her “daily special” for the lunch hour. She and the local chef make Pan-Roasted Asparagus with a Crispy Fried Egg, Roasted Chicken Cacciatore and, for a sweet treat, Sin City Cookies.

Sunday 11a|10c

Daphne Brogdon makes an L.A.-inspired dinner for her friend Eric Garcetti, the major of Los Angeles, and his family. For an appetizer, she makes Seared Yellowtail with Horseradish Crema. Then, to celebrate the diversity and fresh produce of the city, she prepares Farmers’ Market Salad and Korea Town-Adjacent Pasta featuring flank steak. She ends their evening on a sweet note with her Very Berry LA Tart.

Sunday 11:30a|10:30c

This episode kicks off with a lavish Italian feast that the four chefs must cook with only 4 pounds of ingredients. Next, the chefs flip out when they learn they must transform key ingredients of a Caesar salad into a breakfast dish! Then, the final two contestants play Food Wheel, which forces them to prepare a meal combining salmon with ingredients from only one aisle.

Sunday 8|7c

The time has come: It’s the season finale of Food Network Star. The three finalists are joined by the nine eliminated finalists to view their pilots, along with Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman. After the screening, the selection committee deliberates and then Food Network President Brooke Johnson announces the winner.

Sunday 9|8c

One of the firefighter chefs gets hosed in the chili cheese fries challenge. Then, the contestants get fired up for a burning Buffalo chicken sandwich factory. You won’t want to miss the final round, where the chefs’ dishes go up in flames.

Sunday 10|9c

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