PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes of the Premiere of Comeback Kitchen

Browse behind-the-scenes photos from the Comeback Kitchen premiere.

Mentor Tyler Florence and contestants Chris Kyler, Brianna Jenkins, Dom Tesoriero, Matthew Grunwald, Michele Ragussis, Martita Jara, and Penny Davidi, during the Star Challenge: Where Are They Now, as seen on Food Network Star, Comeback Kitchen.

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

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

You see the challenges and deliberations, and you watch intently as the Comeback Kitchen mentors deliver the news of elimination. But what happens when the cameras stop rolling? For an all-access look at what goes down on set between takes, browse these brand-new photos of the Comeback Kitchen premiere from inside Food Star Kitchen.

Hosts Tyler Florence and Valerie Bertinelli sample Contestant Chris Kyler's dish, BBQ Chicken with Lobster Mac and Cheese, for the Mentor Challenge: Redemption Dish, as seen on Food Network's Comeback Kitchen, Season 1.

Photo by: Eddy Chen ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Eddy Chen, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Tyler Florence and Valerie Bertinelli could hardly contain themselves as they laughed during a rare break in filming the Mentor Challenge.

Host Tyler Florence during the Mentor Challenge: Redemption Dish, as seen on Food Network's Comeback Kitchen, Season 1.

Photo by: Eddy Chen ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Eddy Chen, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

While waiting for his next scene to start, Tyler popped his head into Food Star Kitchen to observe the action unfolding.

Contestants Chris Kyler and Penny Davidi preparing their dishes for the Star Challenge: Where Are They Now, as seen on Food Network Star, Comeback Kitchen.

Photo by: Tyler Golden ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tyler Golden, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

No matter the high stakes and the fierce competition among the hopefuls, Chris and Penny came together for friendly banter as they worked on their dishes.

Behind the scenes shot of contestant Matthew Grunwald preparing his dish, Char Roasted Fish with Cara Cara Oranges and Avocadoes, for the Star Challenge: Where Are They Now, as seen on Food Network Star, Comeback Kitchen.

Photo by: Tyler Golden ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tyler Golden, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Where the finalists went, the cameras nearly always went, too, recording each high and low moment of the contest.

Contestants Michele Ragussis and Dom Tesoriero preparing their dishes for the Star Challenge: Where Are They Now, as seen on Food Network Star, Comeback Kitchen.

Photo by: Tyler Golden ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tyler Golden, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Don't be fooled: Food Network Star is very much a physical competition. Time is tight in the cooking challenges, and there aren't any moments to waste.

Tune in to Comeback Kitchen on Sunday at 8|7c.
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