What Not to Do to Succeed on Food Network Star

Hear from Food Network stars as they share good-to-know tips to finalists for avoiding too-common competition mistakes.

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

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

Act naturally, command your culinary point of view, demonstrate complete mastery in the kitchen and make the camera your friend. After 11 seasons of Food Network Star, we know that having and demonstrating these essential abilities will go a long way toward impressing Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis. But how about the things that finalists ought not to do? We checked in with both mentors, plus a whole roster of Food Network chefs, and it turns out that their advice is pretty straightforward. "I think what they should not do is over-rehearse," Giada told Star Talk. For Bobby, authenticity reigns supreme. "They need to be who they are and not try to be somebody who is already on the network," he revealed.

Hear more from Bobby and Giada, plus stars like Alex Guarnaschelli, Rachael Ray and Anne Burrell as they give their good-to-know tips to finalists for avoiding too-common competition mistakes.

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