The pressure mounts. The finalists dwindle in numbers. The nerves have been frayed. Want a truth? we have picked my intensity winner. Thats right. And Im wondering if youve picked yours.(Tell me in a comments, if so!) But dont consider its so easy to tell whom my money is upon for a win.This week upon Food Network Starwe explore a nuanced art of persuasion. we regularly remind myself that viewers cant ambience a food we am cooking. Sometimes when we post images or short videos onsocial media we get comments asking me if Smell-O-Vision will soon be accessible or telling me that something we cooked looks beautiful. Thats how we know when we have been lucky enough to "break" a shade between a viewers as well as me as well as make them feel as if we am right there cooking alongside them. And that doesnt regularly happen. Its tough! It takes tons of practice, plenty of mistakes as well as failures, as well as a small success. The usually thing viewers can eat is our words our outline of a food being made. Of course, a countenance you eat with your eyes initial regularly applies, though being real" can make all a difference.There have been usually six finalists remaining, as well as its additionally only past a halfway mark. Bobby Flay is unequivocally doing that math. we can tell he is looking at any personality, any indicate of view, to see if any finalist has gelled in to someone he would watch upon television. That small Flay math equation is being distributed as any finalist stairs up to a plate.We begin with edible art. There have been so most instances where food is remade in to different shapes (for example, bacon as well as eggs becoming dual egg eyes with a bacon frame smile).Duff Goldman, who is so beautiful as well as expressive, is a guest judge for a Mentor Challenge. Duff is a man we feel similar to we know from examination upon TV. Hes a child we would have desired to finger-paint with in kindergarten. Ill gamble he swirled all a colored paints in to a perfect rainbow with a unicorn in a center! Duff has unequivocally turn a single of a vital symbols for culinary (and baking) creativity upon Food Network. For that reason, we would unequivocally want to win him over. Erin is naturally vehement that this plea is seemingly starting to engage baking. Is that a good thing? we dont know if someone who cant both prepare savory food as well as make tasty desserts can handle a responsibility of becoming a Food Network Star. Did we say unequivocally not? No. And Erin is very talented. Shes additionally fabulously confident as well as perky. To me, thats additionally a must for a Food Network Star.As a nerves increase, a cooking in this initial plea becomes infrequently shaky. Jernards pork-potato lollipops may be strong upon flavor, though they make for a weakest visual. we adore Jernard articulate about his kids as well as his grandfathers kids, though we need some-more range. Hes smooth. we only want to know theres some-more "there" there. we privately adore Anas bikini design via eggs Benedict as well as Erins meatloaf-turned-cupcake dual real standout dishes that honor a plea as well as compare a finalists' points of view. Erins make use of of mashed potatoes as frosting for her cupcake"? Brilliant as well as inspired. Rob burns his turkey-shaped turkey meatloaf, as well as Joy infrequently pairs a delicious-looking macaroni as well as cheese with slices of tender kiwi what? to make a smiley face. we adore a image, though we cant imagine carrying a punch of kiwi between bites of macaroni. My fave? Damianos tulip risotto as well as radicchio dish. we can ambience a agreeably sour radicchio as well as a tawny risotto through a shade for a shining combo that it is. My issue? Damiano takes us back to Italy once again. we so apply oneself that Damianos indicate of perspective is fused with his heritage as well as honour for Italy. But we feel similar to he needs to round out that indicate of perspective with some-more than a geography lesson. we would adore to see Damiano give a display without regulating a word "Italy." we adore his small asides about enjoying tacos, for example, as well as we wish he would uncover some-more of his experiences in America.Tregaye remains a a single to beat. She unequivocally does. She is playful as well as upon fleek with her fleek nation. we find her compelling to watch. My question? we believe we have seen her prepare corn before. Dont get mewrong: When we prepare upon TV, we unequivocally have repeat mixture we turn to again as well as again. But this is a critical moment in a competition. Corn again? we would be careful with part choices. Bobby as well as Giada any have a memory of an elephant. Its not a time to repeat ingredients. Its time to flex those muscles as well as uncover a small range!When Rhett as well as Link from Good Mythical Morning stop by to movie Will It segments with a finalists, things start to unravel. The premise of this Star Challenge? Film a three-minute shred with any finalist asking a subject of either a sure part will fit in to a classic plate or concept. For example, Joy has to answer either kimchi will confederate in to a bread pudding. Jernard has to convincingly sink tuna in to a patty melt. Some finalists get luckier pairings. Rob has to make hummus fit in to a calzone. He skilfully replaces a classic ricotta filling with silky hummus, as well as a result is tasty. But Bobby questions either Rob is improving, as well as Giada wonders if he has hit a plateau." Those have been not enlivening words, as well as we fright a worst for him. Erin unequivocally got a bum pairing with sardines as well as a quesadilla. we mean, lets face it, sardines have been good chilled as well as served in small increments, though can you see a sardine easily fitting in to a warm quesadilla? Not so much. we dont know what fish we would be less likely to sandwich in a small tortillas, never mind tip with cheese! To her credit, she embraces a sardines as well as puts whole bites of a fish (as opposed to small bits) in her tortillas. The result is fishy. Joy gets an part she hates (the kimchi), so she buries it in a bread puddingesque hushpuppy. Joy is a powerhouse. If she wants to win, she needs to channel those good Southern roots as well as expand her ability to prepare with anything, even if it isnt something she makes upon a unchanging at home. Damianos good cooking as a resident ambassador for all things Italian is a home run as usual. But Bobby as well as Giada see no risk taken in his cantaloupe spaghetti as well as meatballs. we have not seen Giada disappointed in Damiano until now.I consider this foe has come down to a small people who have been consistently solid with cooking as well as a small who have been consistently solid with presentation. Two competitors have been strong in both as well as they have been starting to climb to a top. This episode asks radishes Will It eggs Benedict as well as octopus Will It mac as well as cheese. Im still wondering that finalist will turn a next Food Network Star.And now, upon to my weekly sketch. Let's demeanour at a finalists through my favorite food group: doughnuts. If a finalists were doughnuts, what kind would any be?