WATCH: What Were the Judges Thinking? The Network Speaks Out

Hear from Food Network's Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson in an exclusive video as they dish on their first reactions to this year's finalists.

Judges Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman during the reveal of the Star Challenge, Food Star Showcase, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 11.

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Interview with Bob and Susie 02:18

Find out which finalists made lasting first impressions on Bob and Susie.

The first days in a new setting are all about making (hopefully positive) first impressions, and the Food Network Star competition is no exception. This week the 12 hopeful finalists arrived in Los Angeles for the job opportunity of a lifetime; not only did they have to get to know each other — their rivals vying for the same title — but they were also introduced to mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson, as well as the entertainment industry as a whole, represented by People Magazine's JD Heyman.

Star Talk was on set at Triunfo Creek Vineyards as the competitors showed off their 30-second pitch videos to the Selection Committee and presented the panel with first-ever bites of their food. We caught up with Bob and Susie after these initial on-camera and on-the-plate introductions to get their first reactions to this year's crop of talent. Click the play button on the video above to hear what they had to say.

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