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Food Network Star, Season 12: Top Moments of Episode 8

Get an inside look at the finalists' challenges and relive memorable moments from the eighth episode of Food Network Star, Season 12.
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Classics, Reinvented

"To be a success in the food world, you have to be able to put your stamp on some tried-and-true food classics," Bobby tells the remaining five finalists this week. They're tasked with reinventing such regional favorites as Massachusetts lobster rolls, Philly cheesesteaks and Louisiana jambalaya, which Erin is saddled with, in ways that make sense for them and their own points of view. 

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A Delivery of Love

Jernard is set to bring his signature Creole flavors to a Philly cheesesteak, but he does something that shocks the mentors: He deep-fries the bread for the sandwiches. Though he expected that this would make the bread crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, the results prove to be full of oil. "The grease overwhelms every other flavor," Giada tells him. Jernard's presentation, however, is successful. As Bobby explains, "You really believe all of this about being the chef of love."

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Making Strides

After making small steps of improvement in recent weeks, Ana knows the time has come to demonstrate substantial growth. She talks about her daughters in her presentation, which strikes a chord with Bobby. "I actually liked you a lot. When you talk about your kids, it shows how important that part of your life is," he says. Her Spanish-inspired lobster roll features a romesco sauce that Giada deems "spot-on."

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Anxious Start

"I am so nervous that I am physically shaking," Erin admits at the prospect of selling her jambalaya-turned-hot dog creation. "Never been to Louisiana. Never really had jambalaya." She attempts to sell a story about her passion for Cajun flavors, but the mentors don't buy it. "It doesn't feel unique to you," Giada tells her. Her hot dog isn't a win either, as Giada finds the rice and veggies to be too underdone.

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