The Next Food Network Star Returns Tonight!

The Next Food Network Star returns for its 4th season tonight on The Food Network at 10/9c!

Next Food Network Star has a big season for us with a new judge on the panel, Bobby Flay, plus guest star appearances including Martha Stewart, Alton Brown, Rachel Ray, Giada De Laurentiss, Cat Cora, Gina and Pat Neely, Sandra Lee, Masaharu Moriomto, Michael Symon, Tyler Florence, and Season 2's winner, Guy Fieri.

In the premiere, we meet the 10 finalists Nipa Bhatt, Jennifer Cochrane, Lisa Garza, Adam Gertler, Cory Kahaney, Shane Lyons, Aaron McCargo Jr., Kelsey Nixon, Kevin Roberts, and Jeffrey Vaden.

In watching the premiere, I was a little skeptical at first about a few of these contestants as we had a few comedians, an actor, and a "former beauty queen." It seemed this would take away from the fairness to the performance aspect to becoming the Next Food Network Star, as many others are focused primarily on their cooking.

But I suppose people can have other interests and talents (crazy, I know), and it really does make sense and adds to the show to have these other aspects to the contestants.

With all the personalities all over the place from the sweet and serious 20-year-old Shane who's already graduated from The Culinary Institute of America and is running his own catering service, to the anxious Texan beauty queen Lisa who is co-owner and special event planner of a restaurant and catering business, this group is definitely worth watching.

I most enjoyed Kevin who's actually more funny and relaxed than professional comedians Corey and Adam, Nipa who's bringing a new awareness and style to ethnic food plus has a relaxed yet energized personality, and Kelsey the bubbly 23-year-old who the judges thought was actually overly-energetic, but I think will be able to chill out a little bit and go far with her ideas and talent.

This most certainly promises to be an interesting and star-studded season, so don't miss out on the premiere episode tonight including Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, and a whole judges tasting table of Food Network Stars for the contestants' first challenge!

Tune in tonight on The Food Network at 10/9c!

Also, don't forget to enter SideReel's Next Food Network Star Giveaway!

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