Last-Minute Wisdom: 15 Chefs Share Insider Advice with the Finalists

Hear the expert tips and industry know-how Food Network chefs have for this year's Food Network Star contestants.

Guest Director Rachael Ray directs Finalist Jay Ducote filming a scene for his pilot, Deep Fried America, 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

We're just days away from Sunday's  Food Network Star, Season 12 premiere (at 9|8c), and while it's likely too late for the finalists to make drastic improvements to their culinary chops and suddenly master the art of talking on camera, it wouldn't hurt them to come into the competition with some helpful tips in mind. That's where current Food Network stars come in. Guy Fieri, Rachael Ray, Geoffrey Zakarian and, of course, the mentors, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis — these icons and others have seen their share of competitions, and many have competed in them as well, so they know just what it takes to succeed. Read on below to hear the expert tips and industry know-how they have for the contestants.

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