Next Food Network Star, Season 6: Behind the Scenes of Episode Two's Finalist Challenges
Duff Welcomes You
Food Network's Ace of Cakes host Duff Goldman is the author of this Star Challenge.
Step Right Up
Duff's Sweet to Savory Carnival will showcase the finalists' reinvented classic treats for 100 of his closest friends.
Fun in the Sun
The finalists get to enjoy fresh air and sunshine as they prepare their dishes at the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park.
Ice, Ice, Baby
A non-sweet interpretation of this dessert fave? Serena takes it on with gusto.
Cone-y on the West Coast
Serena prepares to plate her Cheese Mousse 'Cones.'
They're Not Amused
The amusements are nice, but the finalists won't have time for rides until the cooking's done!
Festively dressed tables await Duff's guests.
Feelin' the Heat
Herb takes a moment to survey his competitors' progress.
Ready or Not
Duff's guests begin arriving at the pier.
Paul checks his pasta's consistency.
Fun With Funnel Cakes
Can Aarti transform this sweet treat into a delicious, non-dessert version?
Focus Is Key
Aarti tends her skillet with determined concentration.
A Lot On Her Plate
Will Dzintra's three-pronged approach to her dish spell trouble with the judges?
Rhapsody in Red
Candied apples: Brianna's "Sweet to Savory" challenge.
Brianna hurries to finish her candied apple-inspired meatballs.
Trapeze artists perform overhead while the Star finalists stage their own performances.
Give It a Squeeze
DAS gets the 'lemon' into his Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings.
From L to R: Serena, DAS, Brianna and Aria take a quick photo-op break.
Under the Big Top
The guests start visiting with the finalists and sampling their savory offerings.
Has Doreen's Root Beer Pulled Pork had enough time to get melt-in-your-mouth tender?
Picture of Calm
Tom takes a moment to reflect. (How is he always so chill?)
Poise Under Pressure
Will Aria's savory meatball creation score her another sweet victory?
Dishing It Out
Aarti banters with a guest as she prepares a plate.
The Last Word
Duff (far left) joins Bobby, Bob and Susie at the on-site Selection Committee table for the judging.