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Food Network Star, Season 12: Top Moments of the Premiere

Get an inside look at the finalists' challenges and relive memorable moments from the premiere of Food Network Star, Season 12.
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Hooking an Audience

In true Food Network Star fashion, mentors Bobby and Giada waste no time in assigning the finalists their first challenge of the competition. The name of the game this week is introductions, and on TV that means what Giada terms "a cold open." It's up to the finalists to film their own cold opens in the hopes of intriguing an audience — and the mentors. "Don't forget," Bobby says. "We need your culinary identity."

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Bakers, Beware

"Don't forget that I like to giggle a lot," Erin says, closing her 30-second open. She introduces herself as a baker known for fusing old-school charm with new-school flavor. Though she piques the mentors' interest, Bobby tells her, "I would have liked to hear what I was going to taste."

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Expecting More

Standing at 6 feet 9 inches, Yaku is indeed "very unique," Giada notes, but she and Bobby wish he would open up about himself more. "I need a little more flavor from you in terms of who you really are," Bobby explains to him.

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Impressive Start

"I loved it," Bobby says simply of Joy's introduction in which she describes her busy life as a Southern mom of five. "I got a picture of your day in 30 seconds." She's pleased with her performance, saying confidently, "I do Southern, and I do it well."

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