Former finalists return to the Food Network Star kitchen for a second shot at stardom! Hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence kick off the proceedings by identifying what kept each of the alumni from prevailing in their previous season. Then, the alumni each take on a retro dessert in desperate need of a comeback and shoot an Instagram video about their updated version. Duff Goldman joins Valerie and Tyler to help judge the results, and one contestant will be eliminated from the competition.
For the Mentor Challenge, the competitors each take on a forgotten pantry ingredient and perform a live web stream, demonstrating how they used their ingredient in a creative and modern way. For the Star Challenge, the finalists go head-to-head, traveling back in time to a past decade and working with the tools of that era to create a decade-appropriate dish. After each alumnus presents their dish to co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence, another competitor is sent packing.
The final five competitors hack a classic salad bar, harvesting ingredients to create a dish while telling the entire tale in an Instagram Story. One alumnus is sent home based on the results. Then, for the final challenge, the remaining four competitors battle it out for the coveted spot as the 13th finalist on the new season of Food Network Star by creating their own dinner party and a video invitation to attract potential dinner guests. Co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence attend each dinner party and determine the ultimate winner.
One ousted rival will rejoin the competition, but only if he or she can survive a six-week journey on Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro.
Eight former finalists are back in the Food Network Star kitchen for a second shot at stardom. Co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence challenge the alumni with reinventing a TV dinner while demonstrating that they've improved upon their flaws from the past. For the Star Challenge, the finalists have to marry two unlikely favorites, cereal and dessert, and show off their creations in a one-minute demo. In the end, one hopeful is eliminated from the competition.
The remaining five competitors battle for a coveted spot as a finalist on Food Network Star. In the first challenge, the alumni have to put an international spin on classic New York deli dishes and create an Instagram story about the creation of their dish. One contestant is eliminated, setting up a showdown of the final four. In the final challenge, each competitor is given a summer theme and must livestream for eight minutes, but to make it harder, fellow contestants join each other's streams to ask challenging questions. Co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence determine who wins and moves on to take their spot on Food Network Star.
One ousted rival will rejoin the competition, but only if he or she can survive a four-week journey on Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli.