The Next Food Network Star premieres at 9 p.m. on Sunday. On this reality show, contestants compete for the chance to start in their own Food Network series.
We screened the first episode from the third season. So far the show lives up to the big promises Food Network made for the third season: "the challenges are rougher . . . the feedback is tougher."
We were happy to see that there's better balance between actual cooking and the personalities of the show's contestants and hosts. In this first episode, Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes tasks the contestants with decorating wedding cakes. Then the contestants divide into two teams to cater a wedding for 100 people in six hours.
They'll kick two contestants out at the end of this first show. We hope none of our top picks go right away. The Kitchen was invited to interview our favorite contestants. We'll post our interviews with two contestants this afternoon.