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Food Network Star, Season 9: Top Moments of Episode 8

Get an inside look at the finalists' challenges and relive the most memorable moments from the eighth episode of Food Network Star, Season 9.
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Salvaged

After outcooking six competitors on Star Salvation, Lovely, originally eliminated in Episode 4, has earned redemption and returned to the competition. "Lovely's going to bring a whole new set of skills to the game that we just may not know," Russell explains. Watch Lovely's Salvation journey by viewing the entire four-part Web series online.

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Craving Carbs

The challenge for the remaining finalists this week is to put their newly learned vocabulary lessons to the test and make the mentors crave their dishes using "a mouthwatering description," according to Giada. They have only 30 seconds to prepare a plate of pasta before presenting it to the panel. "I don't even want to name the pastas in front of Giada," Stacey says, "let alone cook them for her."

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Storied Linguini

Damaris admits that her pasta Bolognese isn't a quintessential Southern dish, but she embraces it nonetheless, explaining, "It conjures up memories for me of happiness and time spent with my family. If I can connect food to those feelings, then I think that I can get people to eat the food."

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Spotlight On: Little Italy

Filled with fresh mussels, shrimp and oysters, Rodney's pasta celebrates the post-performance meals he'd eat in Baltimore's Little Italy. "I've re-created it many times for my friends and my family," Rodney explains, confident that the dish "should knock your socks right off."

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