Top Moments of Food Network Star, Season 14

Expect the unexpected in this no-holds-barred competition for the most-coveted title in the industry: Food Network Star.

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Week 2: Colorful Cooking

The finalists draw colored spatulas not only to determine their teammates but also to assign them a specific color, of which they must prepare a dish to be described in a joint podcast. This is the finalists’ first time cooking in Food Star Kitchen — well, except for Amy and Adam, of course — which means they must get used to a whole new set of equipment and ingredients while cooking against the clock.

Meet the Bickersons

Katie is determined to take control of her team, which means that it doesn’t take long for her to start bossing around Samone as the latter works on the salmon and carrots for their orange dish. Samone isn’t pleased, of course, and it shows in their podcast, when the ladies start talking over each other.

Fun and Informative

As the antidotes to Katie and Samone, the teams of Jess and Adam and Palak and Christian deliver podcasts that are as interesting as they are entertaining. There’s easy banter between the teams, and the judges are pleased with their efforts.

Getting Lost

As the Selection Committee settles in to listen to the podcasts, they quickly realize they have a hard time making out what exactly Manny is saying. He talks so quickly and with such urgency that it’s difficult to discern his description of his team’s purple dish. However, come tasting, the judges are impressed by his and Rebekah’s loaded-nacho-inspired offering.

On Location

The teamwork continues into the Star Challenge when the group is split into two and left to host on-the-ground reports about The ProudBird, a food hall in Los Angeles. Though competitors on both teams experience highs and lows, the dynamics on Jess and Adam’s team are far stronger, since those two were the winners of the Mentor Challenge and were able to pick their teammates.

So. Many. Takes.

With so much to accomplish at The ProudBird in just an hour, the teams are forced to share their on-camera time — which sounds easy enough. Rebekah, however, forces her team to panic as she spends an inordinate amount of time trying to successfully complete her portion. Samone is struggling especially hard with the wait, since she knows she needs to rebound with a winning performance, following her podcast flop.

A Disappointing Loss

Unfortunately for Samone, her presentation at The ProudBird doesn’t wow the judges, and she’s ultimately sent home this week. Looking back on the contest, she acknowledges that nerves got in her way, but she’s proud of her accomplishments.

Week 1: Stars in Training

For the first time in the show’s history, Food Network Star brought the finalists to Orlando for a series of brand-new challenges to kick off its 14th season. After meeting each other on the beach at a water park, the finalists took turns introducing themselves and sharing how they’d turn their signature dishes into park-friendly bites. In true Star fashion, there were the highest of highs and the lowest of lows as the rivals adjusted to sudden Stardom.

Empty Repetition

“Yummy, yummy, yummy.” That was the phrase that Jason repeated over and over again as he attempted to present his comfort food point of view. Bobby and Giada, however, weren’t thrilled with the seemingly empty information he provided, as his introduction they couldn’t get to know him. Because of this, he landed among the bottom this week.

Look Who’s Back … Times Two!

Expect the unexpected, right? For the first time ever, not one but two Comeback Kitchen finalists returned to the competition, shocking their now-fellow finalists with the added competition. Amy and Adam joined forces in the first challenge, opting to cook at the same station.

Plans in Motion

Katie and Christian worked side by side for the first cooking as well, though their experiences prepping their dishes were markedly different. While Christian was mostly calm and confident as he executed his linguini-turned-crostini with clams, Katie was left in a panic as her beef was too rare to serve at first.

Me vs. You

No longer partners working together, the teams of finalists went head to head as they pitched their dishes to passersby, hoping to entice them to try their dish, not their rival’s offering. Rebekah, though easy to talk to, attempted to sell traditional jambalaya as a park-friendly food, though Bobby and Giada agreed that the concept didn’t work. They were frustrated with her unwillingness to meet the challenge, and she landed in the bottom.

Mixed Reviews

Clad in his now-infamous burger jacket, Chris appeared quiet and resigned as he spoke to a passerby at the park. It’s no surprise that the guest chose to taste Samone’s wontons over his burger, which means that he wound up in the bottom as well.

Two Fall First

It’s the nature of the Star beast that finalists have little time to prove their worth to Bobby and Giada, and sure enough, in the first week, two finalists were asked to leave the contest. Both Chris and Jason said goodbye, leaving Rebekah safe to advance to next week’s contest.