Chefs Reveal Their Greatest Lessons Learned from Being on TV

Chefs like Bobby, Giada and Alex share the industry pro tips they've learned throughout the years.

Selection Committee Giada de Laurentiis and Bobby Flay in deliberation for the Star Challenge, July 4th Cookout, 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

For this year's 12 Food Network Star finalists, this competition is square one: It's the beginning of a brand-new journey and the start of what has the potential to be a life-changing career. There's no telling what could await them if they possess the bright light of Star power, a la their mentors,  Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, and other famed faces on Food Network. But in the meantime, the competitors have but one goal: learn everything. Learn how to command an audience, how to cook against the clock, how to accept criticism and move forward, and how to handle rejection. They must learn what it takes to succeed on TV.

We checked in with Bobby, Giada and more current stars to find out what industry pro tips they've learned along their own journeys. And what they had to say might surprise you. The biggest takeaway for Bobby has been the importance of preparation. "I know that I'm better on television when I'm even just a little bit prepared as opposed to not being prepared at all," he told us. Read on below to hear what the other chefs had to say.

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