Food Network Star Season 8 EP10 Recap

Deliciously Unpredictable Demos

Alton, Giada and BobbyThe seven remaining finalists are invited guests at a standing-room-only Food Network South Beach Food and Wine Festival demo tent with 150 fans and upon arrival the tables are turned – they each must take the stage for their very own cooking demonstration in front of the huge crowd! The finalists take the stage for their demos, and unbeknownst to them, each one will face a technical glitch set up by the producers. Tensions are high as each finalist struggles to save themselves from elimination.

Food Network has a new poll on their blog. The gist? Which eliminated finalist would you bring back?  Currently Emily Ellyn is running away with the fan vote with Judson Allen, Kara Sigle (really?) and Linkie Marais in a pitched battle for second.  No one else is even remotely close.  If you want to voice your opinion go HERE.

FNS8 Finalist Gallery Malcolm Mitchell s3x4 lg Food Network Star Exit Interview: Malcolm MitchellLast week Malcolm went home.  I’m not sure he should have been in the bottom two and I’m even less sure he should have been eliminated after the Producer’s Challenge.  But hey, it happens.  I know it’s hard to believe but this thing will be wrapping up and soon we’ll have a new Food Network Star.  [cough] Justin Warner [cough]

For the most part the new format is a breath of fresh air and though it is not devoid of controversy it is certainly better than the backbiting and chicanery of previous seasons.  Will they please stop with the eliminations obviously rigged to keep the teams even?  Probably not.


Eric Lee – Eliminated week 4.

Kara Sigle – Eliminated week 2.

Malcolm Mitchell – Eliminated week 9.

Michele Ragussis – I’m not sure how Michele is still here but it’s clear this cat has nine lives.  Consistency has not really been an issue for Michele, the problem with that is she’s shown little growth since week win.  Sabotage – wrong time cues.  It threw her at first but she recovered fairly well.  Her food was good.

Nikki Martin – Another strong performance last time out.  I get the feeling that Susie is begrudgingly taking to Nikki.  Sabotage – blender not working.  She didn’t handle it well.  Didn’t finish her demo.  Her food was fine.


Josh Lyons – eliminated week 3.

Linkie Marais – eliminated week 6.

Martita Jara – Ippy and Yvan were so good last week that it took the shine off what was a decent performance by Martita.  At this point decent doesn’t cut it though.  She has got to put it all together to stay on.  Sabotage – wrong ingredients.  Her energy was non-existent.  It was clear that the change up through her.  She ran short. . . again.  Rather than 30 seconds of dead air there was 30 seconds of random chatter.

Phillip “Ippy” Aiona – Ippy won last week’s episode.  He seemed more at home with the warm ocean breeze at his back.  Sabotage – audience members leave during his demo.  He handled it OK.  The Bam! was not cool; only one person gets to do that.  It’s extremely lame when anyone else does it.  In my book that’s an automatic trip to the Producer’s Challenge however he may be saved from it by Martita’s performance.  The food was very good.

Yvan Lemoine – Yvan had another great week scoring with food and charm.  He may find a home on Cooking Channel when all is said and done.  Sabotage – mic goes out.  It really wasn’t a sabotage; it actually helped him since talking too loudly is one of his weaknesses.  It seems a little fishy.  His food was very good.


Cristie Schoen – Eliminated week 1.

Emily Ellyn – – Eliminated in week 7.

Judson Allen – Eliminated in week 5.

Justin Warner – Last week I had Justin edging out Ippy for the best performance but you can’t blame the judges for going with the lovable Hawaiian since it appears Justin will be getting a TV show soon. Sabotage – heckler.  He handled it well at first but then his anger showed a little.  His food was great.

Martie Duncan – Watching Martie with Paula Deen last week was adorable.  Perhaps I’m just being a homer but I’d rather watch the Alabamian over the Georgia Peach on Saturday mornings.  Sabotage – misplaced her ingredients and tools.  She didn’t do too badly.  They liked the food.


Episode winner: Yven and Martie

My leader thus far: Justin.

Dark horse: Ippy and Yven.

Most unforgettable performance:  Yven

Most forgettable performance: Martita

Producer’s Challenge: Ippy and Martita.

Be sure to check out all of the Star Season 8 contestant exit interviews HERE.


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