When You Cook Brunch for Bobby, It Better Be Perfect

Ahead of Sunday's new brunch-themed Mentor Challenge, Bobby dishes on what he looks for in the ultimate brunch dish.
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Selection Committee Giada de Laurentiis and Bobby Flay during the reveal of the Mentor Challenge, Portable Brunch, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 11.

Photo by: Eddy Chen ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Eddy Chen, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Just as the Food Network Star finalists ought to put their best dishes forward in an Italian-food challenge for Giada De Laurentiis, on Sunday they surely better bring the best of their brunch game in the Mentor Challenge, as Bobby Flay knows just what to look for in this beloved morning meal. From savory selects like scrambled eggs with ham and herbs to rich, sweet plates like cinnamon-laced pancakes with cherries, Bobby — the host of Brunch @ Bobby's and a longtime lover of brunch — is no stranger to creating craveworthy brunch dishes. So he'll expect to see finalists' most-impressive offerings come Sunday, especially since time is running out before a new Star will be crowned.

Ahead of Sunday's brand-new episode and the upcoming brunch challenge, Star Talk caught up with Bobby to find out what it takes to turn out a quality brunch plate. "Brunch takes a lot of attention to detail," he told us. "And that’s the key to brunch. It’s a casual eating event, but it takes a lot of attention to detail." He also noted that part of the essence of brunch is "all in the details," as the meal often depends on multiple components. "Cooking the eggs perfectly, making sure you have a lot of muffins and scones and things like that."

As for Bobby's brunch pick when he orders out, he's all about the eggs, like "flavored scrambled eggs or some kind of Benedict," he explained. "It always involves eggs, but I always order something for the table. Whether it’s, like, French toast or waffles or pancakes — in that sort of vernacular, like the sweet brunch."

Tune in to Food Network Star on Sunday at 9|8c to see how the finalists fare in dishing up brunch for Bobby and Giada.

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