The Next Food Network Star is back this summer with a star-studded fourth season on Food Network. This season Bobby Flay takes a seat with the selection committee full-time and the finalists are put through the ringer to prove that they can take the cake (and the pizza, and the lobster, and the potato salad) to be the last chef standing and winner of his-or-her own Food Network show. The series kicks off with a few friendly Food Network faces on Sunday, June 1st at 10pm ET/PT.
The Next Food Network Star returns to Food Network for a brand new season pitting 10 contestants against one another for the ultimate prize: their own show on Food Network. The contestants this season give you a pretty accurate first impression in the first episode. There are: the comedian who lacks the comedic personality, a perky upbeat blonde, and a chief that looks and acts like she should be related to Posh Beckham just to name a few. Other notable elements of this season, Bobby Flay joins the selection committee as a permanent member, and the show welcomes many guest appearances throughout the season.
All of the contestants have a unique take on cooking, and they all bring something to the show. It will be interesting to see the personalities that emerge during this new season, but fans of the series will most likely find their favorites early on. In the first episode, contestants were paired up and asked to prepare 3 dishes in 30 minutes for a board of Food Network stars. The challenge seemed to be a bit much for the majority of the contestants, yet it was the team that owned up to this that seemed to do the best. It is true, not all meals go as planned, sometimes time slips away from you, and you have to adapt and do the best that you can. Seeing this side presented from several of the contestants made the show a bit more realistic for me. I haven’t watched any of the other series on Food Network before, but this one might just have me hooked.
Review by Emma Loggins