What's more harrowing than live TV? On Food Network, we can handily say, not much. You have a mistake, we miss a line, we do not report your food ... guess what? You do not get a second chance. It's out there forever, as well as we do not consider our Food Network Star finalists have been ready for writing their story in indelible ink. Food Network is an ever-changing hotbed of in progress trends as well as new ingredients.For a initial challenge, Bobby Flay as well as Giada De Laurentiis divide a superfluous 9 finalists in to 3 groups of three. Ana, Erin as well as Rob tackle a prohibited list of new spices as well as ingredients, whilst Jernard, Yaku as well as Monterey have been in a "Frugal Is Fashionable" dialect as well as prepare with a apportionment of ingredients we Americans competence commonly chuck away, such as broccoli stems, cauliflower cores as well as stems. The third team, comprised of Damiano, Joy as well as Tregaye, has to prepare a total meal upon a single piece pan.The impulse of truth?Entertainment Tonight stars Kevin Frazier as well as Nancy O'Dell take a finalists by their live segments, asking questions as well as commenting as they go. Erin doesn't tell us what miso is, Rob seems amused as well as Ana melts down in silence.Live TV is tougher than we think! Tregaye as well as Damiano manage to skate through, as well as Joy unequivocally shines. Joy engages Nancy as well as Kevin as she takes them by her dish. Joy is additionally able to bond life knowledge to her food, as well as it creates all a difference. On a highway to Food Network stardom, your real life in in progress ideally becomes a single with a viewers. Jernard playfully discusses replacing basil with alternative greens in pesto. Great thought as well as it's quite a attainment to give plain in progress tips under such pressure. we only worry that Jernard has a shtick that prevents viewers from joining with his authentic self. Monterey smartly links food as well as her background in fashion with a tasty cauliflower dish, as well as Yaku's broccoli stem work is beautiful as well as inspiring. Yaku is ripping a page from Bobby's playbook: If we know how to cook, bond with a assembly by using that skill. Jernard, Monterey as well as Yaku handily win a challenge, as well as they all become group captains for a Star Challenge.The challenge? Room make use of for VIPs.Cooking for anonymous, upscale, perceptive clients in a hotel, a 3 captains pick their own teammates. As Jernard, Monterey as well as Yaku have their choices, Ana is "the final a single picked," Rob observes. Not a good feeling. We've all been a final a single station for dodgeball, as well as this isn't most different than a vulnerable impulse in a high-school gym. When finalists clarity weakness, they pounce.Jernard, Rob as well as Joy have a clever trio here as well as so do their "Afternoon Tea" dishes: crab rangoon (Jernard), lobster salad sandwich (Rob) as well as a roasted vanilla bean baked sweat bread (Joy). Yum. we wish this menu whilst lounging in a silken hotel robe, for sure!Yaku, Tregaye (those dual seem to hang together) as well as Damiano have a "Honeymooner's Holiday" menu with shrimp (Tregaye), roller as well as turf (Yaku), as well as a fume fritter gelatodessert spectacular (Damiano).Lots of heart-shaped meals (fillet, fume pastry) strengthen their theme, as do their opulent part choices: crab, lobster, fume pastry. we consider a honeymoon thesis competence have since a little of a strongest contenders a slight advantage.Monterey, Erin as well as Ana have been tasked with in progress a sauna menu. The headliners: crab as well as lobster (Monterey), white chocolate packet mousse (Erin), as well as salmon with guava (Ana). They have 45 minutes to prepare these dishes. While in progress light for sauna menus can be tricky, it can additionally provide an value when a judges enjoy lighter transport in a midst of all that eating. It's a subtle advantage, for sure.So this plea is totally easy, right?A little too easy?Yes.Cue a anonymous as well as perceptive room make use of client: Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family. With Giada as well as Bobby present, he calls dual of a teams (mid cooking!) as well as creates a array of last-minute changes to their dishes. Jernard's crab? Can't be fried. Rob's sandwich? Can't be upon pumpernickel bread. Joy's vanilla cake? Has to be dual flavors not only a single season of cake. Oof.The redirect? Brilliant. Jernard bakes his rangoon, Rob turns his sandwich in to a lighter lettuce wrap, as well as Joy creates both lemon as well as vanilla cakes. Becoming a Food Network Star definitely includes bettering to change upon a fly. we overtly adore a thought of a lettuce wrap for lobster. It feels like something we would eat poolside during a hotel. we only wonder if Joy's lemon baked sweat bread will obscure a beautiful vanilla flavor. Jesse continues his witty reign of room make use of apprehension by calling a sauna group as well as saying that he is allergic to shellfish (Monterey changes her type of fish), asking to remove guava (Ana brilliantly subs in figs) as well as requesting no chocolate in a bagatelle (Erin subs in almond). The alternative warn room make use of client, Hannah Hart, calls a "Honeymooner's Holiday" group members as well as informs them that a roller as well as turf must have no red meat (Yaku subs in chicken), a shrimp must have Mexican aptitude (Tregaye subs in a particular cilantro) as well as a gelato has to be made without any dairy (Damiano daringly shifts to a last-minute liquid nitrogen sorbet). While a finalists brilliantly conform as well as have beautiful as well as tasty-looking food, we overtly couldn't predict a winning team.Some diseased dishes, a little weaker presentations left me confused about a top dog here. Joy, for example, says she is "as nervous as a cat upon a porch full of rocking chairs," as well as it shows.Rob's make use of of lettuce instead of pumpernickel bread creates his beautiful lobster sandwiches literally fall detached when a judges pick them up. Just when we confirm group "Afternoon Tea" competence emerge victorious, Jernard's plate is deemed heavy as well as his rangoon lacks filling. So we put my income upon group spa, as well as Erin's runny mousse dessert creates me consider twice. Team "Honeymooner's Holiday"you competence contend won? Me too. Except Yaku's lobster is raw. Le sigh. If we viewers can't brace a winners, how can a judges? Food Network is a tapestry of personalities. With only 9 (soon to be eight) superfluous in this competition, we am starting to see a thesis with a judges' comments.The top three: Tregaye is entrance in to her own, Ana's clever in progress is keeping her afloat as well as Damiano is winning people over with a gnocchi-camper-Italian-farm-hand(?!) look. Erin, Joy as well as Monterey do not get most feedback. we consider Joy is strong, as well as Erin is so fun, though we wish to see her range stretch over muffins, cupcakes as well as mousse. And Monterey only needs to take a array of deep breaths. The bottom 3 surprises me: Jernard, a wordsmith, for sure, though can we get to his real-life vibe? Yaku is such a clever chef, beautiful as well as resourceful, though his lobster is raw! Rob's unfortunate change from pumpernickel to lettuce turns his plate in to a flop! It's a small, costly choice.Yaku is sent packing, that is a contrition because we consider he is unequivocally entrance onto his own. That same fate will be loyal for 7 alternative finalists. Their only hope after that is Star Salvation (watch a initial part now!). The web array Star Salvation kicks off with a Southerner Havird facing off against a cantankerous "meat man" Aaron as well as Yaku. And when a fume clears in a few weeks, a Star Salvation hero will re-enter a competition for that second possibility during Food Network Star. In a meantime, I'm headed for a kitchen to pack a gnocchi cruise for my camping outing as well as a little miso cupcakes for breakfast!Bonus: Here's my latest blueprint of a finalists re-imagined as food. This time, it's all about unfeeling personalities.