Food Network Star, Season 13: Top Moments of Episode 7

Relive the best moments of Week 7, and go on set with Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and the finalists.

Episode: Beat Bobby Flay

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Photo By: Eddy Chen

Hurried Cooking

It's one thing to cook a complete plate in 30 minutes, but it's another to do that with a dish that normally takes hours, if not days, to prepare. That's just what the finalists have to do this week when the mentors task them with putting quick-fix — and portable — spins on classically slow-cooked recipes like osso bucco and chili con carne. What results is nothing short of a frantic half hour for the competitors — well, for most of them, that is. 


Matthew is practically giddy about being able to finish his coq au van hand pies in less than 20, not 30, minutes, but it turns out that he's paid the price by rushing. "You cooking it in 18 minutes doesn't really help you. You want to build flavors," Bobby tells him after tasting the lackluster offering.

A Shocking Result

Not exactly known for her self-confidence, Amy has pretty low expectations for what she calls her chili con carne "asteroids," though they were supposed to be balls. "This is going to be a train wreck," she declares. In the end, though, Giada is mostly pleased. "It tastes like chili con carne, although dense. Really dense," according to Giada.

Advantage: Jason

Jason scores his first Mentor Challenge win of the season with his wrapped-up take on osso bucco—Bobby calls it "a very good portable version of this" — which means that he's scored an advance in the upcoming Star Challenge.

How to Beat Bobby Flay

For the first time ever, Food Star Kitchen is transformed into a Beat Bobby Flay arena, and everyone — even guest judge Anne Burrell — is set on taking down Bobby in the Star Challenge. Jason leads the group in dividing into teams, which will endure Battle Tomato before one team moves on to Bobby.

From Bad to Worse

A last-minute note from Anne leads Amy's team to revaluate their tomato carpaccio plan, but they manage to finish just in time. When it comes to presenting, Amy starts off strong but quickly stumbles — badly — and she winds up apologizing profusely for her errors during her speech. And if that's not bad enough, Anne and Giada are forced to spit out parts of their dish after finding wickedly spicy chiles hidden inside.

On a Roll

Matthew puts a plan into place for the dish he's making with Jason and Rusty, and though he's keen on presenting, team captain Jason claims that duty for himself. And it's a good thing he did, because he offered a strong performance. Ultimately these guys are deemed the winners of Round 1 and are safe; they don't have to battle Bobby, and they automatically advance to next week's contest.

3 Times the Signature Dishes

Amy is (understandably) daunted by the task at hand, and while she's got her work cut out for her, Bobby does too. He must prep her dish as well as Cory's and David's in the one allotted hour. Though she doesn't beat Bobby, she comes close, despite a mid-round steak catastrophe in which she overcooked her filets and had to start over.

Feeling the Pressure

Bobby's not exactly familiar with the intricacies of Food Star Kitchen, which means he's forced to learn on the go as he rushes to execute a triple challenge. He gets the job done, but just barely, saying, "Just the running part is going to take 45 minutes."

Bobby Gets Beat

It's no secret that Cory entered this competition with serious cooking chops on his resume, and in this battle, he proved them once and for all. He managed to beat Bobby with his signature dish of duck and red-eye gravy. "This is like a dream come true," he exclaims. Given his success, Cory is safe from elimination.

A Proud Exit

David's signature dish is shrimp and grits, something that Bobby has great experience in making too. Ultimately his dish wasn't strong enough to best Bobby's rendition, and David earned less points than Amy, so he was sent home on the spot. "It sucks to be eliminated, but if the reason I'm going home is being beat by Bobby Flay, that's pretty damn cool," David says. 

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