The Food Network is apparently still on a lookout for yet another star. Following Party Line with The Hearty Boys, Guy's Big Night, The Gourmet Next Door, and Will Work for Food from The Next Food Network Star's first four seasons, the reality show will feature ten new finalists to compete to star in their own series. The premiere of season 5 will premiere Sunday at 9pm.
The reportedly star-studded fifth season of The Next Food Network Star is back to give aspiring chefs the chance to get the ultimate dream job: his or her own Food Network shows. Iron Chef Bobby Flay leads the selection committee en route to finding the lucky man or woman to get his or her own show.
"This season we've created the biggest and toughest challenges the show has ever seen," said Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production. "We have an incredibly competitive group of finalists who are hungry to become Food Network stars, and they all came to win."
The new season will feature the following 10 finalists: Brett August from Washington Heights, New York; Katie Cavuto from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;, Melissa d'Arabian from Keller, Texas; Teddy Folkman from Alexandria, Virginia; Eddie Gilbert from Manhattan Beach, California; Jen Isham from Orlando, Florida; Debbie Lee from West Hollywood, California; Jamika Pessoa from Atlanta, Georgia; Michael Proietti from New York, New York; and Jeffrey Saad from Los Angeles, California.
The challenges this season will include catering a party for a roomful of Food Network stars, impressing the "Barefoot Contessa" herself in the Hamptons, and preparing a comforting meal for returning soldiers on the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. Down the line, The Next Food Network Star will also fly to Miami for the first time where the finalists must survive a beachside wood-grilling challenge for Red Lobster and create a delicious dinner a movie screening.