Food Network Star Season 8
S08 E01May 14, 2012
Impossible Beginnings May 14, 2012 In the premiere episode of Food Network Star, 15 hopefuls arrive in New York to compete for the ultimate dream job: to host their own show on Food Network. The finalists arrive at the Food Network kitchens to greet their team leaders, Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, and meet their rivals for the first time! Special guest Robert Irvine gives the finalists their first Star Challenge: to create their very own Pop-Up restaurant from the ground up - with an extremely limited budget and very little time.
S08 E02May 21, 2012
NYC on the Go May 21, 2012 This week's challenge is a food tour of New York! The finalists are split into three teams and will each take a busload of tourists on a tour of three different New York neighborhoods. How entertaining are they? What landmarks will they highlight? How much food knowledge do they impart? Then each finalist will have to prepare and serve a dish to the judges based on the research they do in the neighborhoods.
S08 E03May 28, 2012
Dessert Chopping Block May 28, 2012 The 13 remaining finalists meet Chopped judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Scott Conant, and Marc Murphy and are given their Star Challenge: desserts. But it's not just any dessert challenge. Each team must use a basket of ingredients to create their best sweet concoction in a head-to-head inter-team battle -- Chopped style!
S08 E04Jun 4, 2012
Fashion Week Food Makeover Jun 4, 2012 Bland dishes receive makeovers during New York Fashion Week. Ted Allen is a guest judge.
S08 E05Jun 11, 2012
Guy Live Jun 11, 2012 The hopefuls film TV specials based on holidays or special events, with Season 2 winner Guy Fieri providing feedback.
S08 E06Jun 18, 2012
Iron Chef Food Court Jun 18, 2012 Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian challenges the 10 remaining hopefuls to feed 150 hungry shoppers in a food-court challenge that requires them to cook in a kiosk and incorporate a surprise mystery ingredient into their dishes.
S08 E07Jun 25, 2012
Meet the Press-Ure Jun 25, 2012 Nine hopefuls remain, and they're tested on how well they can handle themselves under pressure. First, they film their own promotional videos with no help from their producers. Then, a panel of journalists grills each of them, asking tough questions about their techniques, their personal backgrounds and the show they want to bring to the Food Network.
S08 E08Jul 2, 2012
Deen Family Beach Party Jul 2, 2012 The remaining eight go to the Miami South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where Paula Deen is hosting a summer beach party, to cook up the meal. Each chef creates a sophisticated adult dish and a kid-friendly version.
S08 E09Jul 9, 2012
Deliciously Unpredictable Demos Jul 9, 2012 The 7 remaining contestants are challenged to do a three-minute live cooking demo at the South Beach Wine Food Festival. They must create their signature dish and demo one step of it to a live audience and the Selection Committee. There is a twist, however; each demo is set up to have some sort of problem meant to test the contestants' main weaknesses. The bottom two people will be up for elimination.
S08 E10Jul 16, 2012
Pilot Greenlights Jul 16, 2012 The finalists star in promos; four make the cut.
S08 E11Jul 23, 2012
Finale: A Star is Born Jul 23, 2012 The final three are joined by their families and the winner is revealed.