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"Food Network Star 2013," Season 9 is a reality competition series that returns with fresh talent, intense challenges, and culinary icons Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay leading the charge to discover the best and brightest new faces in food television. In the season premiere, the twelve contestants arrive in Los Angeles, ready to kick off the biggest audition of their lives to find out who has the personality , on-camera charisma and kitchen chops to follow in their idols' footsteps and helm their own show. In new twists, focus groups of Food Network fans will also have their say on contestant performances and one finalist will be brought back after elimination for another chance at victory. Viewers will again be able to vote online or via phone before the finale to determine who will win the ultimate prize: their own show on Food Network.

The finalists are Nikki Dinki (New York), Andres Guillama (Waynesville, N.C.), Rodney Henry (Baltimore), Chris Hodgson (Cleveland), Connie "Lovely" Jackson (Los Angeles), Russell Jackson (San Francisco), Danushka Lysek (New York), Daniela Perez-Reyes (Haleiwa, Hawaii), Viet Pham (Salt Lake City), Damaris Phillips (Louisville, Ky.), Stacey Poon-Kinney (San Diego) and Chad Rosenthal (Ambler, Penn.).

Each episode before the finale features a first-round Mentor Challenge, second-round Star Challenge and an elimination determined by the selection committee, including returning judges Food Network executives Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman.

In the season premiere, Alton, Giada and Bobby greet the finalists and immediately kick off their life-changing Star journey. Each finalist is challenged to refine their personal point of view and film a pitch tape in the season's first Mentor Challenge, and convincingly explain why they are the best person to win their own show. In the second round Star Challenge, each contestant must prepare and present one dish to Food Network executives Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman and a focus group of Food Network fans.

Upcoming episodes feature a "Chopped"-themed mystery ingredient challenge before "Chopped" judge Alex Guarnaschelli; an anything-can-happen live, on-camera test with E! News co-anchor Terrence Jenkins; a fresh Italian-themed challenge with a twist using Buitoni products; a pantry cook-off with Kellogg's Special K Cereals and Snacks; a Star-making screening evaluated by The Hollywood Reporter Editorial Director Janice Min and Senior Writers Gary Baum and Leslie Bruce; and guest appearances by Guy Fieri and Robert Irvine.

"Food Network Star " Season 9 is produced by LEG/Triage Entertainment.

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Network: Food Network
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: June 5, 2005
Seasons: 9
Production Company: LEG/Triage Entertainment

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rickandmary says:
i cant wait till brianna goes home. i hate her attitude. she comes a cross as cold and i would never watch her show. she absolutely does not have the talent to be the next food network star. i have no clue why the judges like her. cant they see she is so fake. she acts like she is all that and then some.callling herself hot over and over. come on people dont want to see that on food network channel. it just looks kinda trampy. i wouldnt expect the judges to like that. get her off the show. and also not a fan of herb.
tvbroadcaster says:
I quit watching after they sent Brad home. Did you notice that Brad's bios were just fine. No one with any talent is left. Who wants to see Arti win. Watch her stupid online videos and you will see that, She stinks. How do I know? I make real TV shows that people watch. I mean who wants to eat all the Indian spicy food anyway. And Artesia, CA WAS a Dutch community before it was invaded by Indians. He is one place where the cowboys lost.
angelfeb says:
the la times actually blew the secret about 2 weeks ago when they had what chefs would be at their food and wine festival. they had aartia and under her name next food network star.
madfinnegan says:
I agree that losing Brad was a sad day...and either one of the guys would have been a great pick but they will lose the bet with Aartie's show for many reasons. Yuck!

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