The three finalists are surprised by the arrival of a former contestant, who's back in the competition after winning "Star Salvation". Later, Aarti Sequeira helps choose who gets to shoot a Food Network pilot, directed by Guy Fieri.
The 13 remaining finalists meet Chopped judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Scott Conant, and Marc Murphy and are given their Star Challenge: Each team must use a basket of ingredients to create his or her best sweet concoction, Chopped style.
Being a Food Network Star requires handling yourself with ease in the glare of the media spotlight. Finalists will be more exposed than ever as they film their own promotional videos -- without the support of their producers.
Paula Deen hosts a beach party at Miami's South Beach Wine and Food Festival, and the finalists cook the meal. Each must create two versions of a dish; the final eight will also give a 30-second on-camera "entertaining tip."
The seven finalists are guests at a SOBE cooking-demo tent, where they're asked to take the stage for their very own demos in front of the crowd. During their demos, however, each faces a technical glitch set up by the producers.
The six finalists star in promos directed by their producers. A-list Food Network stars givesfeedback; three finalists make the cut. They make pilots for all of America to see, and viewers vote on who gets a show on Food Network.
The results are in as America has voted to determine who will be the next Food Network Star. Before the winner is revealed, all the finalists are back in the studio to tell all and view never-before-seen footage from the season.