We’ve seen them cater for the Food Network’s “Sweet 16” party, create holiday-themed recipes, as well as lavish meals on a budget. This time, the remaining contestants will put their culinary point of view on a classic American dish!

When we last saw The Next Food Network Star, the eight finalists were tasked to shop for a family dinner and create a menu-plan while presenting money-saving tips to the camera. They also went to the Hamptons to visit Ina Garten where they’ll be working in teams to plan menus and create a lavish meal for Ina and her friends. In the end, apprentice chef Eddie Gilbert was eliminated.

In the fourth episode of The Next Food Network Star, the competition kicks off when Bobby Flay tests the remaining seven finalists by giving them a burger challenge. The contestants must then whip up their ideal burger while sharing personal stories and their connections to their dish. Subsequently, the best burger lands a spot on the menu of Bobby’s new restaurant venture, Bobby’s Burger Palace.

But the tension doesn’t end there. Guy Fieri and USA Weekend Magazine associate editor, TJ Walter, surprise the finalists on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, by challenging each of them to create a dish using basket of international ingredients for a group of returning American soldiers. The recipe of the winner of this challenge will then be featured on the July 3 to 5 cover USA Weekend Magazine while another finalist is sent home.  

The seven remaining contestants are:

Debbie Lee, 39, from West Hollywood, CA
Jamika Pessoa, 30, from Atlanta, GA
Jeffrey Saad, 42, from Los Angeles, CA
Katie Cavuto, 30, from Philadelphia, PA
Melissa D’Arabian, 40, from     Keller, TX
Michael Proietti, 28, from City Island, NY
Teddy Folkman, 33, from Alexandria, VA     

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Food Network
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Kris De Leon

Staff Writer, BuddyTV