Top Moments of Star Salvation, Season 6

The road to Salvation may be bumpy and stressed, but it's surely a good time.

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

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Week 3: Let’s Get Gooey

On food-focused social media pages (including Food Network’s!), it’s all about capturing “the money shot,” aka that undeniably delicious-looking shot of gooey, creamy, sweet, over-the-top food. The goal is to use a money shot to capture viewers’ attentions, which is exactly what Alex tasks the hopefuls of doing with their videos today. Not only must they craft an ooey-gooey dish, but they must present it in real time and show off its captivating money-shot moment.

Good Idea, Weak Execution

Props to Jess for trying to do the now-infamous cheese-scrape with a wedge of brie. She attempts to warm and use a knife to land a stretchy, gooey drip of cheese. But the cheese isn’t melted enough, and there’s not enough surface area to get a good hunk of cheese, so what results is just a few blobs of cheese atop her Niçoise-inspired sandwich. But Alex appreciates her effort, and ultimately Jess survives another week.

Too Healthy

Known for putting a better-for-you spin on nearly everything she preps, Katie’s plan to make veggie-forward quesadillas lead Alex to question the ooey-gooey in her dish. But the competitor is confident she can pull it off. However, when it comes to present, she gets little, if any, cheese-pull action, and her awkward presentation doesn’t do much to help her performance.

The Promise of Pizza

Look at Alex’s face; she’s immediately excited about the calzones Harrison is working on. His three-cheese-stuffed pizza-style pockets indeed deliver on all the ooey-gooey goodness you expect, and Alex is wowed by his video too. He’s deemed safe and advances to next week’s finale.

A Cheese-Pull for the Ages

Let’s just say that Chris’ dip isn’t your everyday snack. He makes a hearty concoction with Mexican chorizo and no less than a trio of cheeses, so what results is indeed an epic money shot of ooey-gooey proportions.

Hello and Goodbye

Unfortunately for Katie, her journey to Salvation doesn’t last longer than a week. She’s sent home having been out-performed by her rivals, though she’s proud of the effort she put forth along the way.

Week 2: Tools of the Trade

One-pot cooking is the name game this week, though indeed not all hopefuls are lucky enough to score an actual pot in which to cook. Harrison indeed lands a Dutch oven (lucky him), though Jason winds up with a sheet pan, Jess a grill pan and Chris a skillet.

Steam and Shout

Jess uses her grill pan not just for grilling, but steaming too, when she covers up the fish with greens and mushrooms. What results in a moist, flavorful dish that Alex enjoys. Moreover, Jess’ video presentation is both natural and friendly, which means that she’s given the greenlight to advance to next week.

Making Dough Work

To succeed in a challenge like this, creativity can be the biggest helper. And tonight, Harrison brought A+ ideas to the kitchen when baking the topper for his chicken pot pie. No baking sheet? No problem. He simply put puff pastry squares on a warmed-up Dutch oven lid and let the dough bake from there.

The Village at Work

See all these folks on set? They’re just a fraction of the team members it takes to bring Star Salvation and Food Network Star to life each week.

Taste and Texture, Sort Of

Chris knows that it’s a risk to make arroz con pollo with such limited time, but he accepts the challenge anyway. Sure enough, his rice is a tad crunchy for Alex, but she can’t deny its spot-on flavor.

Salmon Swan Song

Jason’s attempt at an all-in-one fish dinner is an inspired idea, but Alex isn’t keen on his presentation, and his food wasn’t up to par either. Ultimately he’s sent home, though he’s proud of the work he’d accomplished and the progress he’d made.

Bacon, Egg, Cheese, Bread, Done

Mentor-judge Alex is on deck to guide the hopefuls through their challenges and ultimately decide who’s worthy of another chance at Stardom. To start the contest, she tasks them with reimagining four versatile ingredients — bacon, egg, cheese and bread — after she shows introduces them to her next-level breakfast sandwich with the same picks.

A Good, Delicious, Yummy Description

Those words — good, delicious, yummy — are just a few that finalists ought not to use when describing their dishes on camera. If they do, Alex is ready to sound the air horn to call out their missteps. (Let’s just say she had a lot of fun with this item on set!)

Early Struggles

Samone was sent home after struggling with nerves on camera in the second week of the competition, so this time, she’s hoping to keep her cool. She sets off making a decadent mac and cheese that’s topped with not only seared duck but also a runny duck egg. For Alex, the dish didn’t quick make sense, and Samone’s ultimately sent home alongside Rebekah who experiences her own flubs with presentation.

Strong Start

Though Jason was among the first to fall in the Star season, he succeeds this week by using strong, meaningful words to describe his own breakfast sandwich. Bonus points—he makes a bagel from scratch, which surely impresses Alex. He’s safe along with Harrison and Chris.