'Food Network Star' premiere: Join our live tweet with Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and EW's Jess Cagle!


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Forget all other television: On Sunday night, viewers with good taste will be tuning into the seventh season premiere of Food Network Star (9 p.m. ET). And what can they expect? For one, delicious-looking breakfast meals prepared by the new crop of contestants for judges Giada De Laurentiis and judge and host Bobby Flay. "[Breakfast]

is a very good definition of the kind of person that you are,” DeLaurentiis told EW. “Are you a cereal person? Are you an egg person? How creative can you be with some standard ingredients?”

On hand to gauge just that are Alton Brown (pictured, left), Extra‘s Mario Lopez, In Style‘s Hal Rubenstein (pictured, center), and EW’s own managing editor, Jess Cagle (pictured, right), all who serve as guest judges during the premiere. But most will also be available Sunday night to talk about the taping of the premiere. That’s right: While watching Food Network Star‘s season 7 debut, use #Star to follow along a live-tweet led by Cagle, Brown, Flay, DeLaurentiis, Rubenstein, and Lopez, who are available to answer any and all questions you have about the premiere. How did each dish taste? Was there anything they were afraid to eat? Log onto Twitter at 9 p.m. ET Sunday to get tasty answers to your burning questions!

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  • Mr. Holloway

    LOVE watching the show. The only problem is that I enjoy watching “Next Food Network Star” more than the actual show from the winners.

    • Mr. Holloway

      actual shows* from the winners.

      • Di

        Yup. The runner ups seem to have better shows than the winners do. Does anyone know if Arti is even on TV now?

    • Buffy Freak

      Yeah I had zero interest in Arti’s Party…I would have at least given Tom’s show a shot though had he won…

      • Joe

        Tom didn’t win but he DID get a show.

      • Mr. Holloway

        See, I actually really liked Aarti and Aaron McCargo Jr. on “Next Food Network Star”…I just never got into either of their shows. (Same for Melissa’s “Ten Minute Meals”…I was rooting for Jeffrey to win that year and I DO watch his show on the Cooking Channel.)

  • UGH

    Chopped Chefs is still the best.

  • Chucklehead

    mmmmm Giada. Yummy!

  • Annie

    Wow. Mario Lopez looks like crap.

  • Brooke

    i’ll be there!

  • jrs

    Looking forward to this show. Always enjoy it…fun to watch, though i agree with the other comments. This show is much more entertaining than the resulting winners’ real shows. I really have not agreed yet with the judges on the final winner.

  • Jon

    All the shows from the winners have sucked… until Aarti’s. She’s a good cook, she’s great on TV, and she makes perfectly accessible/authentic Indian food.

    • Somebody

      Agree- Aarti was the first likeable personality of the winners. Adam Gertler rocks too, and he should have won. He’s also the only one to ever get a show on primetime FN.

      • geoff

        um… didn’t Guy Fieri have a couple of successful primetime shows??

  • Stacey

    I watch this show with my two kids. It was definitely more interesting, but my nine year old said, “I hope that Penny? (Stiletto Lady) doesn’t win cause I don’t like ‘MEAN’ food.” Well if she does win I guess we won’t be cooking her MEAN food. Kids can see right through people ya know!

    • John

      The longer Penny stays, the more uncomfortable it will be to watch this show.

    • ugh

      yeah she was crazy. immediately she became jealous of the ex model and was just so mean to her (she did cry too much and from the preview it seemed she’ll cry more later). she’s the worst. i like Juba (?) and i hope he improves on-camera.

    • Wayne

      Your nine year old is smart!

  • John

    I hope Alicia makes good on her promise and bashes Penny over the head with a frying pan. Not only do I have no problem whatsoever with Alicia’s “accent”, but Penny’s “idea” for a show isn’t original. There already WAS a “Stilettos in the Kitchen”. And why does she think using a four year old Justin Timberlake song (Sexyback) is cool? AND WHY IS SHE SUCH A B?

  • Mincha

    Wow, there were a lot of awkward moments in this episode. Not a good mix of personalities on the teams, and a lot of people who probably wouldn’t make good TV hosts even if they had years to work at it. There are a few standouts, but I have some serious doubts about this bunch.

  • Richard

    I watched; got bored; decided I had nobody to root for; canceled my season pass for it on my TiVo. Hopefully the next season of “Design Star” will be hold my interest.

  • Wayne

    I love Chopped and the All-Stars was awesome. I liked Arti Party too.

    Tonight’s show was great. Just can’t take the girl who cries and the sexy one who thinks she knows every thing and sure ain’s sexy.

  • Doris

    Of the past winners I love Melissa & Aarti, liked the Hearty Boys, can take Guy in small doses, & do NOT think Big Daddy should have beaten Kelsey or Lisa. I love Kelsey’s Cooking Channel show. I don’t like Vic or Penny at all.

  • Buffy Freak

    I cannwiat to see Penny eliminated. And even though I would normally be puzzled why they would keep a guy who presented no food, I was glad Vic stayed over Howie.

  • lovelylady

    My boys (5 and 6) wanted me to record this show. I watched part of it last night. I really don’t like how Foodnetwork pigeon holes people into groups/ethnic categories. Example, they told the mexican girl to think about what drives her (i.e., you’re mexican, better get some mexican on the plate.) Apparently, italians can only make meatballs, mexicans can only do mexican, weird middle eastern women can only do middle eastern food (great not awkward sexy look back in the promo though). If you follow food network’s logic, it makes perfect sense that giada uses “mozzzaaaarhhhhhhhhhhhhelllaaa mamma mia”. I guess they can’t give Rick Bayless’ cracker ass a ashow though. That white boy better get his ass out of mexican cooking (according to their show-a-mator)

    • MM

      No, no, it’s totally okay for white people to stretch. Otherwise, they wouldn’t keep Bobby Flay around. [/sarcasm]

      That really ticked me off, too. Though not quite as much as Penny and her “if I generate drama, they’ll have to keep me around!” ‘tude.

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