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'Food Network Star:' Cooking and live demo of classic dishes

Chef Giada De Laurentiis judge on Food Network Star
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On Sunday night’s episode of “Food Network Star” the final 8 cooks were taken to Knott’s Berry Farm and the judges explained the challenge, each would receive a classic food pairing for a 4th of July celebration, not only would they need to give the well known dish a personal twist, but also do a live demonstration before 400 theme park visitors.

Lenny received fish tacos with chips and guacamole, Emma got crab cakes and cole slaw, Chris was to cook grilled chicken and mac & cheese, Christopher got shrimp corn and tomato salad, Loreal was delighted to get steak and potato salad, Nicole was scared to receive bar b q pork and onion rings, Sarah was excited about hamburger and pasta salad, and Reuben hoped to be at his best with fried chicken and bean salad.

They all hoped to be at their best and give their respective dishes a twist that would surprised the judges as well as give a demo that the audience would appreciate, Lenny was outstanding before the audience kept them entertained and grabbed their attention, Loreal was also engaging and captivated everyone’s attention, and these two cooks were at the top, and aside from Christopher and Reuben the other cooks did well enough to move on to next week. And then it was ironic, because Reuben had instructed well on his dish, but his food was not up to par, but Christopher’s dish was the best of all, but was unable to engage the audience and for a while during his demo just spoke without touching any food, and gave everyone watching that uncomfortable when-are-you-going-to-get-done kind of feeling.

The judges debated and would they pick the one who can cook, but can’t teach, or the one who teaches but can’t cook that was the question last night in their minds, but at the end it was Christopher who was sent home, he was not able to step out of his comfort zone and week after week is told that he has to engage the audience and be more personable,

“Food Network Star” runs on Sunday at 9 p.m. on the Food Network.