Next Food Network Star adds Alton Brown to the 3 chef challenge in 2012

Who else has been watching the Next Food Network Star since the first second season when Guy Fieri wowed the audience and the judges? I’ve been addicted ever since! Each year has had it’s challenges which have brought about format changes and 2012 is a huge change of direction for the Food Network Star hit TV show.

 Food Network Star Series Returns to NYC with New Talent, New Format and New Cast of Hopefuls

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Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis Joined by Alton Brown as Series Regular

New York City will be the the production home of the 8th Season of Food Network Star in 2012  and premieres May 13th, 2012.

This year Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentis and Alton Brown will retire as judges and come alongside the Food Network Star wanna be’s to groom, coach, mentor and hone the skills of their hand selected team of five foodie finalists.

This year WE (the viewing audience) will also get a say in who wins the ultimate prize: Their own Food Network Show produced by their Food Star team leader.  

In the new format, each episode will begin with a team “Star Challenge” and the two losing teams must then send a member to the bottom two. During the Producer’s Challenge, the bottom two contestants each shoot a segment with their ‘Star’ producer to be presented to the selection committee in the “pitch room.”

Returning judges Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson decide who stays and who goes, along with a roster of guest judges scheduled to join.

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