Season 5 Episodes

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Finale: Winner is declared

Season 5, Episode 9 - Air Date: 8/2/2009
The final two were directed by Alton Brown in creating their own pilots for the show that they would want to host on Food Network.
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Miami VIP

Season 5, Episode 8 - Air Date: 7/26/2009
At Emeril's Restaurant they meet Emeril Lagasse who talks about his friend Julia Child. In the spirit of the new film Julie & Julia, each chef must create their own three course meal using $1000.
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Wood Fire Grill Challenge

Season 5, Episode 7 - Air Date: 7/19/2009
Iron Chef Michael Symon presents a seafood challenge on the beach. They have to cook a wood grilled seafood dish.
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Miami "Up All Night"

Season 5, Episode 6 - Air Date: 7/12/2009
The remaining four finalists pack their bags and prepare to head to Miami for their next challenge. Before taking off with JetBlue, they meet Ted Allen and OTG Concept Chef Michael Coury and learn their next challenge: create a dish for one of OTG Management’s restaurants at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F.
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Rachael Ray

Season 5, Episode 5 - Air Date: 7/5/2009
In the spirit of her cooking and kids charity, Yum-o!, Food Network star Rachael Ray challenges the remaining six finalists to create kid-friendly dishes and convince a group of children to experiment with food they’ve never tried before.
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The Ultimate American Meal

Season 5, Episode 4 - Air Date: 6/28/2009
Bobby Flay tests the remaining seven finalists by having them put their culinary point of view on a classic American dish – the burger!
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Dinner at Ina's

Season 5, Episode 3 - Air Date: 6/21/2009
The eight remaining finalists meet Tyler Florence who tells them they must shop for a family dinner and menu-plan while presenting money-saving tips to camera.
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Holidays With Giada

Season 5, Episode 2 - Air Date: 6/14/2009
The nine remaining finalists receive their next challenge from Esquire's articles editor Ryan D'Agostino.
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Press Party for Food Network's 16th Birthday

Season 5, Episode 1 - Air Date: 6/7/2009
In the season five premiere of The Next Food Network Star, the 10 finalists are immediately thrown into their first challenge.