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Star Scrapbook: Michelle Karam

Michelle was the seventh finalist to go home on Food Network Star, Season 11. Relive the memorable moments from her time on the show.
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Michelle's History-Making Exit

A food blogger from California, Michelle was the seventh finalist to leave the competition — though she was not eliminated. She voluntary ended her journey early to return to her family, marking the first time in the history of Food Network Star that a finalist has quit.
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Initial Impressions

After her spotlight challenge in Episode 1 in which she pitched her Mediterranean point of view, Michelle admitted to the mentors that she was shaking in her boots, though Bobby and Giada couldn't sense her nerves. "You spoke about yourself very easily," Bobby told her.

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Early Enthusiasm

"The exhilaration I am feeling having just finished my first cooking challenge!!! Chaos! Excitement! Action!" she penned after spending the first Star Challenge cooking outdoors for the food festival. "I'm in my element cooking and it feels good to be in the zone."

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A Winning Soup

"I won today's challenge with this soup," Michelle wrote proudly of the Episode 2 dish she concocted using leftover pork chops. Though she tried to convince the judges that she had indeed transformed pork chops like this before, Giada was sure that wasn't the case, as Michelle wrote later, "Giada knew I had never made this before! Ha! Ha!" 

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