The Latest Winning Recipes You'll Want to Try from Food Network Star

Contestant Jernard Wells' dish, Caprese Salad with Rainbow Chard and Carrot Stem Pesto, for the Mentor Challenge, ET Don't Phone In, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 12.

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

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Contestant Jernard Wells' dish, Caprese Salad with Rainbow Chard and Carrot Stem Pesto, for the Mentor Challenge, ET Don't Phone In, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 12.

Each week Food Network Star finalists are tasked with putting their personalities on a plate in inspiring, creative and, perhaps most importantly, delicious ways. Most competitors manage to get the job done, but in any particular challenge there's often just a small handful of rivals who succeed in creating a dish so impressive that it's worthy of the win.

This week Jernard, Monterey and Yaku teamed up and wowed the panel with their ability to reinvent commonly tossed kitchen scraps, such as carrot tops and broccoli stems, into wow-worthy dishes, and together they earned victory in the Mentor Challenge. Check out their winning recipes below, then click here to browse all the mentors' top picks of plates from Season 12 and Star Salvation so far.

Rainbow Chard and Carrot Stem Pesto (pictured above)

Instead of using everyday basil to make pesto, Jernard repurposes chard greens and carrot tops to make a vibrant mixture with crunchy pine nuts and Parmesan.

Contestant Monterey Salka's dish, Crispy Skin Cod with Roasted Cauliflower Puree, for the Mentor Challenge, ET Don't Phone In, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 12.

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

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

Contestant Monterey Salka's dish, Crispy Skin Cod with Roasted Cauliflower Puree, for the Mentor Challenge, ET Don't Phone In, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 12.

Sea Bass with Roasted Cauliflower Puree

Follow Monterey's lead by building layers of flavor in the vegetable puree: Caramelize chopped cauliflower cores, then whirl them in the blender with a splash of rich chicken stock.

Contestant Yaku Moton-Spruill's dish, Beef and Broccoli Chip Stack Soup, for the Mentor Challenge, ET Don't Phone In, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 12.

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

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Contestant Yaku Moton-Spruill's dish, Beef and Broccoli Chip Stack Soup, for the Mentor Challenge, ET Don't Phone In, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 12.

Beef and Broccoli Stem Soup

Just a quick deep-fry is all it takes to crisp up thinly sliced broccoli stems. These craveable chips lend a welcome bite to Yaku's hearty beef-based soup.

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