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Star Scrapbook: Emilia Cirker

Emilia was the sixth finalist eliminated on Food Network Star, Season 11. Relive the memorable moments from her time on the show.
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Emilia's Journey

The sixth finalist eliminated from the competition, Emilia, a culinary instructor, battled herself perhaps just as much as any rival in this contest, as she struggled to fully and genuinely portray her personality in presentations. In the end, a too-risky performance in which she mimicked her rivals cost her the title.

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First Impressions

"Stepford." That's how Matthew described Emilia on Day One of the competition. From then on, she tried to justify her fun-loving attitude with how she came across. "We need warmth," Giada told her. "People are going to be really surprised," Emilia said later. "I am lovable and funny as hell."

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The Welcome Outdoors

After a day of work in the studio, the finalists headed to Triunfo Creek Vineyards for the Week 1 food festival, and Emilia could hardly contain her excitement. "All the nerves I had that were screwing up my camera challenges completely disappeared the moment I started cooking," she wrote in her scrapbook. 

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Self-Awareness

"Down in the dumps is an understatement," admitted Emilia after watching her video with the cast and Selection Committee at the food festival. "That wasn't me at all." Bobby, too, wished for more from her, as he said, "I kept thinking to myself, 'Please smile.'"

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