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A reality show launched by the FoodNetwork ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin who else?]]) in 2005, ''The Next Food Network Star'' pits a number of potential celebrity chefs against each other in a variety of challenges to test their skill at cooking and interacting with people-- both in person and through the camera. In the first two seasons, eight entrants were considered (with one team of two appearing in the first season, for a total of nine participants), but the number of entrants has since been increased to twelve and then to fifteen for the current season. Contestants are eliminated every week until two or three finalists remain, who go on to star in a pilot that is screened during the season finale. The winner's pilot (or something similar to it) goes on to become an actual show on the network, although the staying power of this show and its star has varied greatly from season to season.

The format for judging and selecting a winner has changed over the years, as viewers were given the chance to vote for the winner in earlier seasons, but they are now selected exclusively by the panel of judges. Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson, two FoodNetwork executives, have been the core members of the judging panel since the beginning of its use. In the third season, a different guest judge would appear every week to assist them. Since the fourth season, the judging panel has consistently been Tuschman, Fogelson, and Bobby Flay, a chef who stars in ''Throwdown'' and ''[[IronChef Iron Chef America]]'', among other shows. GiadaDeLaurentiis was added to the panel for the eighth season.

For seasons 1-7, the challenges in the show serve to both test and develop abilities that will be most useful for the contestant who will ultimately appear on their own show. A "Camera Challenge" is included every week, and requires each contestant to describe their food on-camera in an engaging way, within a set period of time. Usually, the particpants have also prepared the food they are presenting, so their dish is also judged as part of this challenge. This segment is the lead-in to the "Star Challenge" which is a more intense challenge that requires the contestants to work under pressure. Examples of these challenges include creating a dish with a specific theme for [=VIPs=], preparing multiple dishes in a limited time (sometimes for the purpose of catering an event with hundreds of guests) or participating in some other test of skill inspired by another FoodNetwork show.

The format was {{Retool}}ed and reversed for season 8. Fifteen contestants were split into three teams of five, lead by a mentor. Each week, the contestants were given the main "Star Challenge" which tested their cooking skills and ability to work under pressure. These challenges may be inspired by other FoodNetwork shows, or the theme of the week. Each week, the bottom contestants were given a chance to redeem themselves through a "Producer's Challenge", which usually had something to do with that week's holiday theme (such as Mother's Day or Memorial Day). The "Producer's Challenge" tested the finalist's ability cook (again), but more importantly the ability to sell the dish in a recorded one minute clip. Whoever was the least successful would then be eliminated.

Several well-established stars of other FoodNetwork shows have appeared on ''The Next Food Network Star'', not only to serve as guest judges (as previously mentioned), but also to present the star challenges. This includes RachaelRay; one of her appearances was during season four, where she told the contestants that their next challenge would be a live demonstration on her show. Also, in the season five finale, Alton Brown (of ''GoodEats'' fame) actually directed and helped produce the pilots for both of the finalists.

The show was renamed simply "Food Network Star" for season 7.

The winners of ''The Next Food Network Star'' from each season are:

* Season One - Dan Smith & Steve [=McDonagh=]. A gay couple and the only two-person team to appear on the show so far, the two appeared in a show originally called ''Party Line with Dan and Steve'', which was later changed to ''Party Line with the Hearty Boys''. The show focused on food meant to be served while entertaining guests, with 32 episodes were produced in total. In 2006, Food Network decided not to renew the series and Smith & [=McDonagh=] have yet to star in another show on the network.

* Season Two - Guy Fieri. To date, Fieri has been the most successful TV personality to have come out of ''The Next Food Network Star''. In addition to his first show, ''Guy's Big Bite'', which was produced after he won the competition, he has also starred in ''Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'', ''Guy Off the Hook'', ''Minute To Win It'' (on NBC) and he co-hosted ''Ultimate Recipe Showdown'' with Marc Summers. He also makes frequent guest appearances on other Food Network shows, including later seasons of Next Food Network Star.

* Season Three - Amy Finley. Although she was originally eliminated in the week before the season finale, it was discovered in the days before the final episode that one of the two finalists, Joshua Adam "JAG" Garcia, had lied about his culinary training and military service. Finley was allowed to advance to the final in his place; however her show, ''The Gourmet Next Door'', was short-lived. Only six episodes were produced and Finley herself declined to continue with the show.

* Season Four - Aaron [=McCargo=], Jr. The fourth season finale was unique because the judges did not eliminate any of the three contestants on the week before the finale. [=McCargo=], Jr. beat Adam Gertler and Lisa Garza and went on to star in ''Big Daddy's House''. In another unique development, runner-up Gertler has been tapped to star in two shows to date: ''Will Work for Food'' and ''Kid in a Candy Store'', and it could be argued that Gertler has actually been more successful on the network than [=McCargo=], Jr. Another notable runner-up is Kelsey Nixon, who got her own cooking show on CookingChannel called ''Kelsey's Essentials''. Considering that ''three'' contestants have gone on to have shows and that a fourth (Lisa Garza) now has her own line of clothing, one could argue that this may have been the most successful season in terms of finding a number of viable talents.

* Season Five - Melissa d'Arabian. Unlike other winners who received most of their culinary training from formal institutions or the restaurant business, d'Arabian's primary experience came from being a stay-at-home mom. Her show, ''Ten Dollar Dinners'', was created with this background in mind and is aimed at families shopping for meals on a budget. However, many viewers felt that the runner up, Jeffrey Saad, was robbed because many people felt that his pilot was more interesting that Melissa's (although he did get a webseries based on his pilot). He later starred on his own show on CookingChannel and made it to the dessert round in the finals of ''{{Chopped}} All-Stars''.

* Season Six - Aarti Sequeira. The final episode of season six featured three finalists instead of two, but unlike season four, this was due to a change in format and not the result of the judges being unable to select someone to eliminate the previous week. Aarti was selected over fellow finalists Herb Mesa and Tom Pizzica to star in a show titled ''Aarti Party'', which focuses on her specialty of making Indian cuisine more accessible to home chefs in the United States. Pizzica would later have his own show on FoodNetwork, ''Outrageous Food''.

* Season Seven - Jeff Mauro. His show, ''Sandwich King'', will "make a sandwich for every meal, and make every meal into a sandwich". He later got another show, ''$24 in 24'', about eating three meals in a different city each week on a budget.

* Season Eight - Justin Warner, from Team Alton. His show ''Rebel With a Culinary Cause'' will focus on creating innovative dishes by breaking rules.

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!!''The Next Food Network Star'' provides examples of:
* AbortedArc: In Season 7, ''the'' season known for drama, we learn of one sequence of events only in the reunion special's ClipShow: previously un-aired footage revealed a ''deep'' animosity between Chris and Jyll that we'd never really even seen hints of in the previous episodes. The massive amounts of drama that Penny was creating understandably took the lion's share of the attention that season, but given how much Chris and Jyll seemed to utterly despise one another (Chris is seen telling the other guys "She has no alliances because nobody really likes her!" and "I don't think she has the culinary talent. I think she's fake! I think she's boring!" while Jyll is seen gossiping to the other girls--even including an eager-to-listen Penny--that "[[ManChild He's a grown man who is self-indulgent and doesn't care about making anyone uncomfortable]], and I'm over it!"), it's genuinely surprising that they didn't play up the Chris-Jyll rivalry during the season itself, and that the fans literally only found out about it during the reunion. When they re-air the clips during the reunion, we see Chris watching with a smug smirk on his face and Jyll watching with a really icy look as the montage of clips air. Geez, what exactly happened that got this feud started? They never tell us exactly, other than giving us a vague note that their personalities clashed.
* {{Adorkable}}: Season 8: Emily and Justin from Team Alton
** Season 6: Herb, Brad, and of course Season 6's winner, Aarti; Season 7: Susie and Jeff
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer:In S7, Orchid feels left out during the food truck challenge, as her teammates Vic and Jyll have already worked together on challenges and already have very good chemistry together (although Vic and Jyll seemed to be honestly unaware of how Orchid was feeling; they both adored her, so if she'd perhaps been more vocal, they probably would have accommodated her better). She attempts to stand out during the presentation and perhaps has a FreudianSlip when her part of the commercial comes up and she walks between Vic and Jyll and says "Hey you guys, don't start the party without me!" She said it in a cheerful voice, and it was something that the group had agreed she would say, but given how much she was talking about feeling like a third wheel during the confessionals, one can't help but feel that that this was indeed a FreudianSlip (perhaps Orchid added the line to the script herself, only half aware of her subconscious reason for doing so, in other words).
** During the same season, Penny ''tries'' to invoke this trope and use it as part of a WoundedGazelleGambit due to the fact that the other women want nothing to do with her while the guys merely tolerate her presence...but she conveniently leaves out the fact that the other contestants are acting this way in ''response'' to her own {{Jerkass}} bullying ways towards all of them since she first arrived (indeed, even several weeks in after she'd been mean-spirited to them constantly, they still attempted to comfort her when she flubbed her presentation at the 4th of July barbecue challenge, so clearly the other contestants were making an effort to be friendly, even after she'd been mean to them). So naturally, nobody was buying it when she attempted to play the WoundedGazelleGambit for sympathy in front of the judges, or when she tried it again during {{Chopped}} All-Stars the next season.
* AlohaHawaii: Season 8 contestant Ippy.
* AlphaBitch: Penny from Season 7 got an instant reputation as the mansion's resident AlphaBitch from her very first episode, in which she immediately started bullying [[TheWoobie Alicia]] in a blatantly vicious and mean-spirited way, constantly belittling her, making fun of her looks, and in general making life on the show hell for her. When Alicia's cupcakes are thrown out, Penny actually is so [[SmugSnake smug]] about it that she actually starts [[{{Squick}} digging through the garbage can]] to count how many got thrown out and [[KickTheDog starts grinning and laughing about it.]] Later on, she moves on to other targets like Mary Beth and Jyll. She basically spends half the competition [[TheBully bullying]] other contestants, and the other half [[{{Narcissist}} gushing about how hot she thinks she is.]] One year later, she returns for the {{Chopped}} All-Stars competition; during the round featuring her and other S7 NFNS contestants ([[TheAce Justin B]], [[ManChild Chris]], and [[GentleGiant Vic Vegas]]) and she immediately starts bragging about herself again, and tells Vic straight up that she specifically wants to take him down purely because he'd made it to the finale ([[TheBadGuyWins she does]]). In the next round, she has the audacity to claim that ''Michael Symon and Marcus Samuelsson'' [[BelievingTheirOwnLies are intimidated by her.]] In any case, the fact that she's been reappearing on the channel means that she's well on her way to becoming the Food Network's resident Disney villain.
** In Season 6, Brianna was also an AlphaBitch (though nowhere near as notorious as Penny), and her favorite target was Serena. In one memorable incident at the mansion at night, Serena goes into the kitchen for a late-night snack and finds Brianna and Paul (who was also a major {{Jerkass}} and ManChild) already there cooking something. Brianna and Paul apparently don't want Serena in their presence and chase her out of the kitchen. Before leaving, Serena turns back and tells Brianna what all the fans had been dying to say to her: [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "This is not a way of treating people."]] Brianna simply bellows "OUT!" and chases her away.
* AmazonBrigade: In Season 7 all the women ([[SnubByOmission save Penny]]) were on one team for the pastry challenge, and they had a blast while working together. Unfortunately their food wasn't as good as the other team's and they lost that challenge.
* ApologizesALot: Chris of Season 7, who stated multiple times that he wasn't used to making desserts. This was part of the reason he was eliminated.
** The judges never are impressed (and probably rightly so) when the contestants overapologize for their food. Even if the food is crap, they'd rather see the contestants try to defend it then overapologize for it.
** The following season, Martie also keeps apologizing for a rather bizarre reason: she keeps apologizing for being "old." It's really odd, because A. Martie looks gorgeous, and B. why on Earth would anyone need to apologize for their ''age?'' Martie really doesn't look very old at all (if anything she looks like someone in their early 40's), but the way she rambles on you'd think she was Methuselah or something! Alton actually made her pledge to stop mentioning that she's "old," and Bob Tuschman pointed out that a lot of the people on FoodNetwork are her age or older, so she has nothing to be ashamed of.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: A humorous example: In Season 6, Brad is presenting a dinner to the judges and guest-judge EvaLongoria. However, he's coming across as extremely stiff, awkward, and rehearsed. The judges prompt Eva to ask Brad a question. Stumped about what to ask about his food, Ms. Longoria instead asks "So...when did you lose your virginity?" Prompting surprise and laughter from everyone, including a stunned Brad himself. It actually ends up helping Brad to loosen up and act more naturally.
** On a more serious note, Bobby Flay is VERY prone to asking {{Armor Piercing Question}}s of the contestants to help see whether they deserve to stay or not. In Season 7, immature ManChild Chris is attempting to argue with Bobby over his criticism, and Bobby shuts him up by simply asking "Do you ''really'' want me to bring up that [[CordonBleughChef lobster roll]] [[NeverLiveItDown from last week?]]" Chris immediately falls silent.
* AscendedFanboy: Literally the entire point of the show is to make one of the contestants each season become an AscendedFanboy (or Fangirl).
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Winner gets a cooking show that usually airs in an early timeslot, and the show has only five or six episodes to prove it can get enough viewers to justify buying more episodes. Several of the show's winners don't even have shows on the network anymore.
* BowtiesAreCool: Said word for word by Alton Brown when introducing Judson in Season 8. Brown has previously admitted to being a [[Series/DoctorWho Whovian]].
** The previous season's Justin D. also rocked a bow tie, prompting Bob Tuschman to gush "I love this [[PeeWeesPlayhouse PeeWeeHerman]] meets ElvisCostello meets [[GoodEats Alton Brown]] thing you've got going!"
* BreakTheCutie: Poor [[TheWoobie Alicia]]. The first few episodes of Season 7 seemed to be one long BreakTheCutie moment for contestant Alicia, who was not only criticized by the judges, but also seemed ''extremely'' self-conscious about her accent. It certainly didn't help that [[TheBully Penny]] took an immediate dislike to her from the moment they met and did everything she could to make Alicia's life on the show a living hell. [[FromBadToWorse And then Alicia got booted off the show.]] Meanwhile Penny remained for several weeks longer and moved on to new targets (namely Mary Beth, and Jyll to a lesser extent; luckily, Mary Beth was apparently much more ready to defend herself from Penny, and Jyll also had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome where she finally called out Penny for her bullying behavior in front of the judges).
* TheBully: Season 7: ''Penny.'' Your Mileage May '''NOT''' Vary.
** Season 6: Bitchy Brianna was rather cruel to Serena, though after being forced to work together on a food truck challenge, they ended up on better terms. Paul was also quite mean to Serena, making fun of her Italian accent and just generally demeaning her in every way possible (poor Serena was almost like a prototype for Season 7's Alicia in terms of how bullied and woobified she was that season!)
* ButNotTooForeign: Season 6 winner Aarti Sequeira's show seems to have fallen victim to this trope. She made her way through the competition hoping to teach viewers how to easily prepare Indian food at home. So once she got her show one would expect to see Indian food right? Wrong. Apparently the Food Network [[ExecutiveMeddling execs]] changed her show to focus on things like "Bombay Sloppy Joes," and other such dishes which were basically American/Western dishes with a bit of cumin sprinkled on top. This stands in stark contrast to the way they forced Herb and Season 7's Susie to act ''more'' foreign. [[note]]The likely reason is they assumed that most viewers at home are familiar enough with Latin cuisine to be comfortable with it, which is why they pressured Susie and Herb to become one-dimensional Hispanic stereotypes. Unfortunately for poor Aarti, the execs likely assumed that housewives at home would be more unfamiliar with Indian cuisine and therefore too intimidated by it, which is why they pressured Aarti into cooking American food with Indian spices instead of cooking authentic Indian food. Which basically means that the execs are CompletelyMissingThePoint of cooking shows: ''teaching'' people how to cook recipes they are unfamiliar with.[[/note]]
* ButNowIMustGo: In Season 6 when Giada was serving as a mentor (before she was a judge or a team captain), she stayed with the contestants and guided them until the last leg of the season where the show moved from LA to New York for the last few episodes, at which point Giada parted ways with them and wished them good luck.
* TheCameo: Mary Beth and Penny meet Sabrina Soto, a regular on sister network HGTV, when shopping for table settings for a challenge. Doubles as ProductPlacement in this particular instance, since literally the entire point was for Soto to show off some products from a sponsor.
* CannotSpitItOut: Most seasons seem to have at least one person with this problem. Season 7 featured Juba, who seemed like a perfectly nice, knowledgeable, and {{Adorkable}} fellow; problem was, he seemed utterly terrified of the camera, and would spend most of his camera time stuttering aimlessly, resulting in his quick elimination. His proposed show idea "Simple Complex" (In the words of Alton Brown: ''HUH?'') was painfully vague because of his inability to function on camera; it did have some fascinating tidbits (supposedly he was going to integrate food, art, and science) but we never got any further explanation from him.
** Season 8's Martie is another variation of this trope: while she can certainly talk, she cannot get to the point. The more nervous she gets (and she appears to be on the verge of becoming a nervous wreck), the more she rambles aimlessly, running out the clock and robbing herself of valuable time to explain herself properly.
* CatFight: Mary Beth and Penny got into a verbal one of these practically every time they were in the same room. Worse, they repeatedly wound up having to work together on challenges, with predictable results. The same effect occurred between Penny ([[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder sensing a pattern here?]]) and Alicia when they were paired together in the season premiere, along with Justin D., for the first challenge.
** Justin D. lampshaded it, telling the camera crew "Everytime those two get paired together, they end up in a CatFight. And not even a sexy one that I'd ''want'' to watch!"
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Penny of Season 7 quickly developed this reputation among the other cast members, and they didn't seem too choked up when she got eliminated due to how openly mean she was. During the second or third week, when Alicia's cupcakes were unpopular with the dinner guests and got thrown in the garbage, Penny actually seemed ''delighted'' by Alicia's misfortune, to the point where she excitedly began rifling through the garbage can (with her bare hands) to count how many of Alicia's cupcakes got thrown out, all while having a huge grin plastered on her face. The reason for her elimination was essentially that she wasn't likable enough for a television show, and this even continued after her elimination, when she served as Mary Beth's sous chef for the ''IronChef'' challenge. She was going so slowly that it's almost certain she was ''deliberately trying to sabotage'' Mary Beth. Jesus.
* ClipShow: Right before the Season 7 finale, they aired a Reunion Special, the first ever.
* CookingDuel: For one, everyone is competing with each other for a job and their food is one of their primary weapons. Some of the star challenges in the last couple of weeks of a given season have involved a more direct competition, though.
* CloudCuckooLander: Dzintra of Season 6 came across this way. One memorable BigLippedAlligatorMoment featured Dzintra telling the ConfessionCam--referring to herself in the third person--that "Dzintra loves to dance! Dzintra loves to twirl!"
* CompanionCube: In S7, Jeff's bandana becomes this to him. He jokes that "This bandana was blessed by a monk in Indiana," and when he gets teammates Susie and Whitney to don their own headbands for the food truck challenge, he advises them "Just don't underestimate the power of the bandana."
* ConfessionCam: Featured in every season, but was the source of a LOT of amusement in Season 7 in particular...
* CookingShow: Obviously
* CordonBleughChef: Since taking risks and using food in unique ways is something that will get contestants noticed in a positive way, misfires are inevitable. Most recently, the final four from season six participated in an IronChef challenge. One of them tried to embrace the creative nature of the show a little too closely when the secret ingredient was revealed to be bacon-- he attempted to make a bacon steak. That's right, an entire steak made out of nothing but bacon. Bob Tuschman said it was quite possibly the worst dish in the history of the show.
** One of the challenges featured breakfast cereal, and one person got stuck with Fruity Pebbles.
** Bobby Flay had this reaction to one of Vic of season 7's dishes, a lasagna in a burrito that he called "La Changa", and flat out refused to eat it. Turns out it would have gone over better if Vic had remembered to mention that it was supposed to be made with ''leftover'' lasagna.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Yes...this was actually invoked on this show. In an early S8 episode, Michelle describes the clams she's prepared for the judges as being "sexy." When Susie Fogleson asks her "So why is this sexy?" Michelle pauses, laughs awkwardly, then says "That broth...makes me wanna go home aaaand...*starts smiling and winking suggestively*." The judges, totally blindsided, chuckle awkwardly and Bob Tuschman quips "We're going to lose our G-Rating!" One can imagine that somewhere in the home audience, Season 7's [[MrsRobinson Penny]] was enthusiastically nodding in approval of Michelle, given that in S7 she'd once described a piece of fennel as "sexy" and when questioned by Bobby Flay had replied that she found "the shape of it" to be sexy.
* DeadpanSnarker: In S7, Mary Beth was this. At first glance, one might think of her as bland...and one would be mistaken. She surprises everyone with a rather wry and sometimes saucy sense of humor. Bobby Flay noted this in the penultimate episode when he said "The humor comes out when you least expect it, and I love that."
* {{Dualvertisement}}: Some of the ads will not only advertise the show, but shows and products related to FoodNetwork's sister station HGTV.
* TheFabulousFifties: Adored and invoked by Season 8 contestant Emily, whose perspective is "retro rad".
* TheFashionista: Lisa Garza of Season 4 was very much the embodiment of this trope. Today she actually has her own line of clothing.
* AFatherToHisMen: Alton Brown comes across as this trope a lot in Season 8, being equal parts SternTeacher, CoolTeacher, and PapaWolf to his team members.
* FieryRedhead: Bobby Flay can be quite prickly as a judge, although most people agree that it's just because he has high standards and cares about seeing the contestants create a quality product.
* FireBreathingDiner: One of the camera challenges from season four required the contestants to swap dishes with each other and present them on-camera with no prior knowledge of the ingredients. This resulted in one participant taking a big bite out of the mystery dish on-camera... and coming to the painful realization a few seconds later that it contained habanero peppers.
** In a Season 8 challenge, Justin made a corn soup with chili oil. He didn't explicitly mention this in his presentation, so both Suzie Fogelson and guest judge Paula Deen neglected to stir it and wound up with huge amounts of chili oil in their first bite.
* {{Flanderization}}: The participants are encouraged to come up with a theme or angle for their cooking which can then be used as the basis for their show. The extent to which someone is inflating the importance of a particular aspect of their cooking varies from contestant to contestant. However, the ones who struggle to find a direction are usually the ones that latch on to a small part of their overall skills and try to make it their angle in hopes of avoiding elimination. The earlier seasons were more focused on developing the contestants television presence and acted more as a pilot. Newer seasons put almost no emphasis on the television aspect of having a cooking show, and instead focus more on food challenges. The focus on a "theme" often results in this theme seeming to dominate the contestant's entire personality.
** In S8, Malcolm actively ''resists'' Flanderization, openly talking about how focusing so intently on a strict POV isn't always necessary and implying that the whole premise was too limiting. Bob and Susie, however, [[OhCrap were very much not amused.]] Susie grills Malcolm about it and he still resists Flanderization. They then glare at each other, both with very forced smiles on their faces that really seem to [[ParentheticalSwearing imply that they were giving each other some choice four-letter words in their minds.]] Not surprisingly, Malcolm is eliminated. When he returns for the ClipShow reunion, Susie goes in on him about having a POV ''again'', and he again says he doesn't think it's necessary. Susie goes "Ooookaaaaay,' looks at him with another forced smile, he looks at her with another forced smile of his own, and the ParentheticalSwearing appears to occur again.
* FridgeLogic: During S7's IronChef challenge, Vic uses a dollop of mint jelly to help flavor his lamb. Bobby Flay, tasting it, informs him that "Mint jelly has no place in the IronChef kitchen." Vic quips to the ConfessionCam "Then why was the mint jelly ''in'' the Iron Chef kitchen?" When the clip re-aired at the reunion special, at got lots of applause and laughter from the other contestants, and even Bobby laughed and nodded.
* FunnyForeigner: Season 8's Linkie of Team Giada is from South Africa and has the accent to prove it. Speaking of Team Giada, in one S8 episode Giada mentions that she herself was this trope when she first immigrated to the United States from Italy at the age of 8 years old. Also from Italy was Season 6's Serena, who spoke with an Italian accent.
* {{Gainaxing}}: [[MrsRobinson Penny...]] Did this...
* GenkiGirl: Orchid of Season 7. Also Susie from the same season, leading Jeff to do an AffectionateParody of Susie's tendency towards this (as well as of the ethnic {{Flanderization}} that she was being forced into by the judges). Susie herself thought it was hysterical.
** Emily from Season 8 has elements of this as well.
*** [[GiadaDeLaurentiis Giada]] too, both here and on her own shows.
* GentleGiant: Vic from Season 7. He's extremely muscular, has a shaved head, and arms covered with tattoos. His proposed show title? Mamma's Boy.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Implicitly invoked by Season 8's Nikki, who has named her prospective show "Girl On Grill" (with a seductive grin every time she mentions the name). She repeatedly asks the audience if they're "ready for some Girl on Grill action." Bobby Flay found it amusing, but Bob Tuschman is currently hand-wringing that it might be too "provocative."
** Nikki has since let go of this title, opting instead for the "softer" persona of "The Grill Next Door".
* HaHaHaNo: When Mary Beth in Season 7 makes a [[{{Metaphorgotten}} metaphor]] that sounds like she bathes in lobster bisque, Alton Brown pulls one of these.
* HeroicBSOD: In S8, Justin has one of these when fellow Team Alton member Emily is eliminated and makes her tearful goodbye to him, Martie, and Alton.
** Martie has one later when [[spoiler: she knows that the judges must choose between her and her new BFF Justin. Turns out they just choose them both to shoot a pilot.]]
* HighSchoolAU: In Season 8, the utterly {{Adorkable}} Emily from Team Alton actually starts imagining this trope on camera. Emily proposes that if this show were a HighSchoolAU, "Team Bobby would be the jocks, Team Giada would be the cheerleaders, and we on Team Alton would be the nerds and the geeks." If one applies the trope to previous seasons, Season 6 could have featured Herb as the LovableJock and both Serena and Aarti as the {{Foreign Exchange Student}}s, and Season 7 would have definitely featured Penny as the AlphaBitch. Bobby Flay and Alton Brown would be the {{Stern Teacher}}s and Giada the CoolTeacher of course.
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Penny Davidi. She actually quotes this trope title repeatedly. Its probably more than just usual realty show stuff as apparently she alienated everyone female, which is quite a trick with a large group. Unsurprisingly, she gets eliminated.
* {{Jerkass}}: Season 7 features Penny Davidi (as you can tell by reading this page). She seemed to go out of her way to be cruel to the other contestants (particularly female contestants), gushes about how sexy she thinks she is, and creates drama with the other contestants, to the point where they utterly despise her for her shenanigans. Honestly, Penny's jealous and bullying ways towards Alicia and Mary Beth made her come across less like a celebrity chef and more like a freaking Disney villain.
** Season 7 also features Wolfgang Puck as this role in an episode. Jyll prepares a risotto for Puck and the judges. She's barely begun to speak when [[HumiliationConga Puck abruptly cuts her off and declares "This is not a risotto." Jyll is stunned, and then Wolfgang Puck makes it even worse when he says "Come I show you how to make a risotto," and drags her to the kitchen and forces her to stand there while he redoes her dish while the other contestants stand around watching.]] Even Bobby Flay was pretty obviously shocked at Puck for humiliating the contestant like that. Puck does stand up for her in front of the judges due to her impressive demeanor throughout the whole process, but that doesn't diminish the degree of jerkass. Hilariously, Jyll revealed during the reunion that she'd seen the below incident in season 6 and told her husband that if it ever happened to her, she'd "just die."
** Puck also insulted a contestant in the first week of Season 6, and made it a pretty stinging insult at that. He ended up bringing the contestant to tears. Worse, the contestant had been a huge fan of Puck's until that day.
** Season 6: Brianna was ''very'' bitchy towards Serena, but eventually they did end up on better terms. Paul was also quite a jerk towards Serena (poor girl just couldn't catch a break that season!), constantly belittling her and even rather viciously making fun of her Italian accent.
** Nikki from Season 8 quickly sets herself up as one. The very first thing she does after introducing herself in the first episode is bash fellow contestant Linkie. When she and Linkie later face off in the producer's challenge midway through the season, Nikki brags that she's going to "put grill marks on Linkie's ass" and send her home. Needless to say, she didn't exactly endear herself to the fans.
* JerkassFacade / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While Bobby Flay can come across as rather brusque and short with the contestants, for the most part it's because he has very high standards and pushes people to be their best. Most former contestants have gushed about how easy-going and nice he actually is, with one of Season 7's contestants actually saying that Bobby Flay is now "one of my favorite people." He's a SternTeacher, but--just like with ''most'' {{Stern Teacher}}s--it's because he genuinely cares about pushing people towards doing quality work.
* LovableJock: Herb from Season 6 is a personal trainer and very muscular. He's also extremely nice, cries often because of how much he misses his wife and daughters, and in general seemed to be a fun-loving source of encouragement for the other contestants. His {{Adorkable}} personality--as well as his cooking talent--helps get him to the finale.
* ManChild: Chris of Season 7 very much came off as this (Jyll notes in the reunion special that "I used to write in my journal every day 'Please! Just act like a grown man today and don't distract me while I'm working!'"), with Guy Fieri even lampshading that Chris seemed like he could be on JerseyShore. Even moreso during the ClipShow reunion special, where the previously unaired footage revealed him to be ''even more'' of an immature and self-centered guy than he'd already appeared to be. Since then, Chris has unsurprisingly resurfaced on a VH1 reality show, and actually ended up dating one of the JerseyShore cast members.
** Lampshaded when poor Orchid ends up having to work with him as a partner and--due to how much of a goofy, frantic mess Chris usually was--she comes up with a codeword for Chris to use when he's in trouble. Led to a CrowningMomentOfFunny when during the cooking process Orchid asks, in the most maternal voice ever, "Now Chris, what do we say when we need help?" and Chris goofily starts singing "Code Blue! Code ''Bluuuuu-ooooh!''" and dancing around while he's cooking, really hammering home the point that Orchid was essentially tasked with parenting Chris in addition to cooking. Luckily Orchid, being an adorable GenkiGirl, took it all in stride and maintained a fun but {{Determinator}}-like attitude that got the pair through the challenge.
** Paul from Season 6 was a major {{Jerkass}} and extremely immature.
* MartialArtsHeadband: After he wound up [[{{Squick}} sweating into the food]], Jeff of Season 7 started wearing one of these, and joked that when he puts it on it's his LetsGetDangerous move.
* {{Meganekko}}: Emily from Season 8
* MotorMouth: In Season 8, Team Alton's [[SouthernBelle Martie]] keeps rambling on and on every time she speaks, much to the judges' (and her teammates') frustration.
* MrsRobinson: Penny of Season 7 seemed to going for this image, putting an emphasis on being "sexy" and frequently leaving the top of her chef's jacket unbuttoned to show cleavage. She even said that her favorite show was ''CougarTown'' and said that it was because "I am a cougar." Oh, and her original show title: "Stilettos in the Kitchen." When doing the promo challenge in the first episode, she kept mentioning "bringing sexy back into the kitchen" and declaring "I can't turn the sex off!" [[OnlySaneMan Alton Brown]], who was directing the contestants' promos, was practically rolling his eyes before long and even told her that she should try to tone it down, saying "You can be sexy without being so...''overtly'' so." Bobby Flay, being [[DeadpanSnarker Bobby Flay]], later put it much more bluntly and told her she was [[FetishRetardant "coming across as kind of trashy."]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: Nigh constantly, but it's gone beyond ridiculous in season eight. Special mention goes to the trailer for the ''Chopped'' episode, which had Michele freaking out over one of the judges staring at her. The trailer depicts it as [[AlphaBitch Alex]] [[DefrostingIceQueen Guernaschelli]] (who is known for being intimidating and critical of chefs); it's actually Michele thinking it's ''Giada'', who isn't doing anything. [[FlatWhat WHAT?]]
* NiceGuy: Jeff of Season 7. It's one of the major reasons he wound up winning. Even ''[[{{Jerkass}} Penny]]'' had no trouble complimenting Jeff on how warm and easy/fun to watch he was.
* NostalgiaFilter: When Alton asks Emily to explain why she's into TheFabulousFifties theme, Emily asserts that life was just simpler and "effortless" in the 1950's.
* OddFriendship: In S8 Justin and Martie actually become close friends. This came as a surprise to many people because in the earliest episodes their interaction wasn't featured very much on-camera and because Martie came across as a traditional SouthernBelle while Justin came across as a wise-cracking urban {{Hipster}}, and because of [[IntergenerationalFriendship their age difference]]. But they ended up becoming close friends, to the point of becoming TrueCompanions by the end, and when Justin as crowned as the winner of the season, the sweetest moment in the ensuing celebration is when he and Martie hug and share some very tender words. It definitely counts as one of the biggest [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming]] in the show's entire history.
* OnlySaneMan: For the first several seasons, Bobby Flay very much came across as the OnlySaneMan on the judges' committee; while Bob and Susie were working themselves into a tizzy over whether a contestant was "telling us a story" or not, Bobby Flay kept a laser-focus on the ''food'' and whether the contestant's general demeanor was charismatic or not (without obsessing too much about stories). It really made Bobby come across as way more sensible than Bob and Susie.
** Alton Brown, whenever he guest-starred in the first several seasons, he came across as way more grounded than Bob and Susie and way more than several of the contestants (particularly in Season 7 when he was tasked with directing the S7 contestants disastrous promos in the season premiere).
* OvenLogic: Due to frequent time constraints, contestants have been known to try taking shortcuts to get their dish completed on time. In the second episode of season six, a contestant decided that frying his food in a commercial deep fryer would be a good way to save time. Unfortunately, he had never used one before and the end result contained raw dough... [[FromBadToWorse which was then served to Wolfgang Puck]].
** Season 7 had a brisket done in 2 hours. And it tasted like a brisket done in 2 hours...
* ParentheticalSwearing: After Penny and Mary Beth wound up having to work together ''again'' they would say things to each other like "I really love you" but their tone made it quite obvious that they were thinking [[PrecisionFStrike something else]].
** A similar reaction happened between Judge Susie Fogleson and contestant Malcolm when she grilled him in one of the Miami episodes and again in the reunion about having a POV. Malcolm said he didn't want to be pigeionholed, and Susie got insulted. Just like with Mary Beth and Penny--as noted above--both times they ended up making very forced niceties but their tone made it clear that [[PrecisionFStrike they had some other choice words in mind.]]
* ProductPlacement: Some mini challenges require cooking certain brand foods as ingredients, such as Hershey's products for dinner, Kellogg's products for appetizers, and Post cereals for dinner. It's become more apparent in later seasons, though its use is [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] considering promoting a food product is part of being a TV chef.
* RealMenWearPink: Vic of Season 7, a self described Momma's Boy who's built like a brick wall, but actually pretty gentle.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jyll gave a particularly memorable one to Penny in Season 7. See CrowningMomentOfAwesome on the YMMV tab for more.
** The previous season, Brianna had been a cruel bitch specifically to Serena for a good portion of the early episodes. When she and ManChild Paul rudely chase her out of the mansion's kitchen when she stops by for a midnight snack, Serena leaves, but not before giving a short-and-simple TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Brianna: "This is not a way of treating people." Later on though, Brianna and Serena end up on better terms.
* RedOniBlueOni: Chris and Justin B. of Season 7, with Chris being a ManChild and Justin being a consummate professional. Needless to say, having them on the same team was all sorts of interesting.
* {{Retool}}: It's been announced that Season 8 will follow a new format. Apparently, the Food Network execs caught on to the fact that Season 6 was disliked and that Season 7 was ''reviled.'' (At ''best'' Season 7 was a GuiltyPleasure show, and at worst it was a SoapOpera-ish clusterfuck of a disaster that one couldn't help but stare at in awe/horror). The {{Retool}} apparently is [[FollowTheLeader based]] off the format of Series/TheVoice, and involves Bobby, Giada, and Alton coaching teams of contestants, taking them under their wings to learn, as well as the return of viewers' ability to vote for the contestants they like, which is probably a smart strategy, since combining fan votes with coaching from the experienced hosts increases the odds of creating a new star with actual staying power.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: Adam Gertler in Season 4. He came in second but was likeable enough that the network gave him his own travelogue show (Will Work for Food), which proved popular enough that he got a second show (Kid in a Candy Store). Probably justified, since Adam is quite arguably ''more popular than the actual winner'' from that season, Aaron [=McCargo=].
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl: Emily initially appears to attempting to imitate a standard, stereotypically innocent 1950's archetype (and she does adore the 50's). That being said, she also loved being a little flirtatious in front of the camera and made sure to show plenty of cleavage, at one point actually storing ingredients in that area of her dress.
* SelfDeprecation: During the Comedian's Roast (where they not only cooked a roast, but were themselves roasted) Jeff, who actually used to do stand-up comedy, indulged in quite a bit of these. He also described himself as looking a bit like a sandwich.
* SelfParody: Many people, particularly some people on Food Network Humor, have begun serious speculation that as of Season 7 (and possibly as early as Season 6), the show has become a deliberate SelfParody. There seem to be just too many intentionally corny moments, blatantly obvious {{Flanderization}} and ProductPlacement, and moments edited to look humorous.
** Season 8 seems to be an attempt to get serious again about finding a viable star, with a much-needed {{Retool}} being implemented to create more reasonable challenges and a process that seems more likely to support the higher-quality contestants.
* ShowWithinAShow: By the time the season finale airs, the show contains at least two other shows featuring the finalists. Also at the beginning, the contestants have to do promos for their prospective shows.
* SilentSnarker: The camera challenges for several seasons now have usually featured the same cameraman, who has been bearing silent witness the to the wacky events of the past several years, and sometimes seems almost like a he might very subtly be a SilentSnarker, judging by his facial expression at the end of many of the camera challenges.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Mary Beth and Penny came across this way to many people in Season 7.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: [[TokenEvilTeammate Penny ended up on a team of all guys]] after the women deliberately kept her off their team during the pasty challenge. Penny being [[ManipulativeBastard Penny]], she ended up exploiting this since the guys were all too happy to help her.
* SouthernBelle: Season 8's Martie.
** Cristie, also S8, came across this way as well, though it's hard to tell as she was eliminated in the first episode.
* SpecialGuest: Every week, the contestants meet up with one of the established Food Network personalities, who usually presents them with that weeks' challenge, and subsequently helps the judges analyze the contestants' dishes and presentations.
* SpicyLatina: In Season 7, Susie didn't start out this way, but was pushed towards a version of it by the judges (in the sense that they weren't pushing for her to change her personality per se, since they enjoyed her usual personality, but they wanted her cooking to be restricted to being entirely Latin-based, which rubbed a lot of viewers the wrong way since it felt like they were limiting her due to stereotypical expectations). To conform to this, Susie did start to play up her ethnicity more. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Jeff, who--as shown in previously unseen footage during the Reunion ClipShow--did an AffectionateParody of the way Susie was portraying herself, complete with Spanish singing (the other contestants, including Susie herself, loved it; Susie, bursting with laughter, gave Jeff a thumbs up).
** As of Season 8, Martita presents this image, as her theme is based around her Mexican heritage and she's known for her energy.
* SpinOff: In a way, each winner's show is a spin off of Next Food Network Star.
* TheStarscream: Chris angrily accuses Justin B of being this trope in Season 7; Chris had been the (self-appointed) leader of a team consisting of all the guys [[TokenEvilTeammate plus Penny]] for the pastry challenge, repeatedly bragging to the ConfessionCam "I'm taking responsibility for my team!." The other boys and Penny, for their part, merely viewed him as an annoying nuisance who was bossing them around despite the fact that they hadn't actually chosen him to be their leader. When Chris ends up making a mess of things, guest mentor Robert Irvine surveys the sorry scene and demands to know "Who's in charge here?" When Chris nervously raises his hand and says "I've been taking charge, chef," Robert Irvine bluntly states "[[DeadpanSnarker That didn't work for me]]." He then asks for volunteers to take over and Justin B offers (while Chris jealously shoots him a DeathGlare). Robert puts Justin in charge...and he does a magnificently successful job of being a turn-around manager and puts the "Boys + Penny" Team back into serious contention...and they end up winning in the end, despite the fact that the girls' team had held an initial advantage (i.e. while Chris had been "leading" the boys' team and mucking things up). Chris then whines to the ConfessionCam that Justin is TheStarscream, and again accuses him of this at the ClipShow reunion at the end of the season, making it sound as if Justin had secretly been cravenly plotting the whole time to topple him, even though it was quite clear to everyone else that this wasn't the case, and even though the others didn't consider Chris to even be a leader in the first place. At the reunion Chris whines that "Justin is boring, and I'm exciting," and claims that he can throw down and beat Justin at cooking any time. "All day, every day!" gloats Chris, while everyone else rolls their eyes.
* SternTeacher: Bobby Flay and Alton Brown share this role.
* TakeAThirdOption: In the final episode only one contestant from each team was going to move on. This was relatively easy until Alton's team, Martie and Justin. Both of their pilots were excellent, but one of them had to go. They chose Justin to make the pilot. [[spoiler: They also chose Martie. They couldn't bear to send either of them home!]]
* TeamMom: Giada was brought on board in Season 6 essentially to play this exact role, by being a mentor to the contestants throughout the competition. In Season 7 she became a judge, and had to distance herself from the contestants but she still showed shades of being a TeamMom. Now, as of Season 8, she's gone back to being a TeamMom in an official capacity by being the head of her own team, as part of the new format after the {{Retool}}.
** In S8 ''especially''. Giada proves to be a very enthusiastic team leader. Whenever her team members face a setback, she seems genuinely sad. When they have a success, Giada seems ecstatic on their behalf.
* TeamSwitzerland: Vic Vegas served this role in Season 7 in the midst of the various conflicts going on that season. He was the one person other than Jeff that everyone apparently trusted enough to confide in, and at the same time, he tried to steer everyone away from conflict (he even actively tried to comfort Penny throughout the competition even though she was a bully; ''that's'' how nice Vic was). Epitomized at one point where we see Jyll confiding in him about a fight she was having with Chris, and Vic simply groans "This is a mess!" rather than stating whose side he was on. He then told the ConfessionCam that in his view it would be best for everyone to just calm down, get some rest, and then come back with a fresh perspective in the morning. It really ended up adding a lot to Vic's likeability.
* TotallyRadical: Season 2 winner Guy Fieri embodies this to a tee.
** Season 8's Josh was also this, constantly alluding to his past leadership of a rock band and emphasizing how "rock & roll" he was, it just came across as trying too hard, which got him on the bottom three in the first place.
* TrueCompanions: The three remaining finalists of season 7 described each other this way, even knowing one wouldn't be able to make a pilot.
** Team Alton in S8 also became this, definitely by the point where Emily was eliminated but ''especially'' once it was down to Justin and Martie. Just watching them both and Alton crying when they think one of them is about to leave is a TearJerker.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted in Season 7 with Justin B. and Justin D. (Season 8 also features yet another Justin, who is now the Season 8 winner)
* ValleyGirl: Alicia in Season 7 talks this way. Because she can only tone it down by not speaking as loudly, she had to struggle between sounding pleasant and being heard.
* WrongGenreSavvy: In Season 7 we get a perfect example of why not all reality shows should count as the same "genre": Penny gets onto the show and eagerly begins deploying {{Survivor}}-style (or TheApprentice-style) tactics to eliminate the other contestants, openly [[HannibalLecture brags about it to the other contestants]] and to the ConfessionCam in the most sickeningly SmugSnake way possible, and in general is the biggest {{Jerkass}} in the show's history and [[WhatAnIdiot thinks she can slide through anyway]] because "I have a plan to win." The problem? On THIS reality show, unlike the others mentioned above, you need to prove to the judges that you'd be likable enough to hold an audience and develop a fanbase...meaning that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard her plan to use blatantly cutthroat tactics only served to alienate the audience more and more with each passing week until the judges couldn't ignore her smugness anymore and eliminated her from the competition.]] TNFNS may be a reality show, but it's not the same kind of reality show as {{Survivor}}, and not knowing the difference can backfire on you in a major way.
* YouLookFamiliar: Some contestants on NFNS are chefs who have previously competed on different Food Network competition shows like ''{{Chopped}}''. Conversely, some of them start to appear on these shows ''after'' having made a name for themselves on NFNS.
* YoureJustJealous: In Season 7, Penny pulls this on the other contestants A LOT. A notable example: when she burns her own macaroni and cheese during the CougarTown set challenge, the judges and the actors on set all dislike the result, and when the judges later call Penny out for it, she vehemently [[BlatantLies denies that the mac n' cheese was burned at all]]...which is really ridiculous on her part, considering that the judges had ''tasted'' it and commented on the burnt food themselves. When Chris, who'd been working next to her, notes that he'd smelled it burning and that he and the other contestants had ''tried'' to warn her, [[NeverMyFault Penny snaps that he's just trying to throw her under the bus and insinuates that he's just jealous of and threatened by her oh-so-infallible talent.]]
** Whenever Bobby or Giada criticize a contestant, that contestant's online fans will often rabidly accuse Bobby and Giada of "being jealous and feeling threatened by" the contestant's talent. Most people will then point out that Bobby and Giada, being Food Network icons, would have no real reason to feel jealous.

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A reality show launched by the FoodNetwork ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin who else?]]) in 2005, ''The Next Food Network Star'' pits a number of potential celebrity chefs against each other in a variety of challenges to test their skill at cooking and interacting with people-- both in person and through the camera. In the first two seasons, eight entrants were considered (with one team of two appearing in the first season, for a total of nine participants), but the number of entrants has since been increased to twelve and then to fifteen for the current season. Contestants are eliminated every week until two or three finalists remain, who go on to star in a pilot that is screened during the season finale. The winner's pilot (or something similar to it) goes on to become an actual show on the network, although the staying power of this show and its star has varied greatly from season to season.

The format for judging and selecting a winner has changed over the years, as viewers were given the chance to vote for the winner in earlier seasons, but they are now selected exclusively by the panel of judges. Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson, two FoodNetwork executives, have been the core members of the judging panel since the beginning of its use. In the third season, a different guest judge would appear every week to assist them. Since the fourth season, the judging panel has consistently been Tuschman, Fogelson, and Bobby Flay, a chef who stars in ''Throwdown'' and ''[[IronChef Iron Chef America]]'', among other shows. GiadaDeLaurentiis was added to the panel for the eighth season.

For seasons 1-7, the challenges in the show serve to both test and develop abilities that will be most useful for the contestant who will ultimately appear on their own show. A "Camera Challenge" is included every week, and requires each contestant to describe their food on-camera in an engaging way, within a set period of time. Usually, the particpants have also prepared the food they are presenting, so their dish is also judged as part of this challenge. This segment is the lead-in to the "Star Challenge" which is a more intense challenge that requires the contestants to work under pressure. Examples of these challenges include creating a dish with a specific theme for [=VIPs=], preparing multiple dishes in a limited time (sometimes for the purpose of catering an event with hundreds of guests) or participating in some other test of skill inspired by another FoodNetwork show.

The format was {{Retool}}ed and reversed for season 8. Fifteen contestants were split into three teams of five, lead by a mentor. Each week, the contestants were given the main "Star Challenge" which tested their cooking skills and ability to work under pressure. These challenges may be inspired by other FoodNetwork shows, or the theme of the week. Each week, the bottom contestants were given a chance to redeem themselves through a "Producer's Challenge", which usually had something to do with that week's holiday theme (such as Mother's Day or Memorial Day). The "Producer's Challenge" tested the finalist's ability cook (again), but more importantly the ability to sell the dish in a recorded one minute clip. Whoever was the least successful would then be eliminated.

Several well-established stars of other FoodNetwork shows have appeared on ''The Next Food Network Star'', not only to serve as guest judges (as previously mentioned), but also to present the star challenges. This includes RachaelRay; one of her appearances was during season four, where she told the contestants that their next challenge would be a live demonstration on her show. Also, in the season five finale, Alton Brown (of ''GoodEats'' fame) actually directed and helped produce the pilots for both of the finalists.

The show was renamed simply "Food Network Star" for season 7.

The winners of ''The Next Food Network Star'' from each season are:

* Season One - Dan Smith & Steve [=McDonagh=]. A gay couple and the only two-person team to appear on the show so far, the two appeared in a show originally called ''Party Line with Dan and Steve'', which was later changed to ''Party Line with the Hearty Boys''. The show focused on food meant to be served while entertaining guests, with 32 episodes were produced in total. In 2006, Food Network decided not to renew the series and Smith & [=McDonagh=] have yet to star in another show on the network.

* Season Two - Guy Fieri. To date, Fieri has been the most successful TV personality to have come out of ''The Next Food Network Star''. In addition to his first show, ''Guy's Big Bite'', which was produced after he won the competition, he has also starred in ''Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'', ''Guy Off the Hook'', ''Minute To Win It'' (on NBC) and he co-hosted ''Ultimate Recipe Showdown'' with Marc Summers. He also makes frequent guest appearances on other Food Network shows, including later seasons of Next Food Network Star.

* Season Three - Amy Finley. Although she was originally eliminated in the week before the season finale, it was discovered in the days before the final episode that one of the two finalists, Joshua Adam "JAG" Garcia, had lied about his culinary training and military service. Finley was allowed to advance to the final in his place; however her show, ''The Gourmet Next Door'', was short-lived. Only six episodes were produced and Finley herself declined to continue with the show.

* Season Four - Aaron [=McCargo=], Jr. The fourth season finale was unique because the judges did not eliminate any of the three contestants on the week before the finale. [=McCargo=], Jr. beat Adam Gertler and Lisa Garza and went on to star in ''Big Daddy's House''. In another unique development, runner-up Gertler has been tapped to star in two shows to date: ''Will Work for Food'' and ''Kid in a Candy Store'', and it could be argued that Gertler has actually been more successful on the network than [=McCargo=], Jr. Another notable runner-up is Kelsey Nixon, who got her own cooking show on CookingChannel called ''Kelsey's Essentials''. Considering that ''three'' contestants have gone on to have shows and that a fourth (Lisa Garza) now has her own line of clothing, one could argue that this may have been the most successful season in terms of finding a number of viable talents.

* Season Five - Melissa d'Arabian. Unlike other winners who received most of their culinary training from formal institutions or the restaurant business, d'Arabian's primary experience came from being a stay-at-home mom. Her show, ''Ten Dollar Dinners'', was created with this background in mind and is aimed at families shopping for meals on a budget. However, many viewers felt that the runner up, Jeffrey Saad, was robbed because many people felt that his pilot was more interesting that Melissa's (although he did get a webseries based on his pilot). He later starred on his own show on CookingChannel and made it to the dessert round in the finals of ''{{Chopped}} All-Stars''.

* Season Six - Aarti Sequeira. The final episode of season six featured three finalists instead of two, but unlike season four, this was due to a change in format and not the result of the judges being unable to select someone to eliminate the previous week. Aarti was selected over fellow finalists Herb Mesa and Tom Pizzica to star in a show titled ''Aarti Party'', which focuses on her specialty of making Indian cuisine more accessible to home chefs in the United States. Pizzica would later have his own show on FoodNetwork, ''Outrageous Food''.

* Season Seven - Jeff Mauro. His show, ''Sandwich King'', will "make a sandwich for every meal, and make every meal into a sandwich". He later got another show, ''$24 in 24'', about eating three meals in a different city each week on a budget.

* Season Eight - Justin Warner, from Team Alton. His show ''Rebel With a Culinary Cause'' will focus on creating innovative dishes by breaking rules.

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!!''The Next Food Network Star'' provides examples of:
* AbortedArc: In Season 7, ''the'' season known for drama, we learn of one sequence of events only in the reunion special's ClipShow: previously un-aired footage revealed a ''deep'' animosity between Chris and Jyll that we'd never really even seen hints of in the previous episodes. The massive amounts of drama that Penny was creating understandably took the lion's share of the attention that season, but given how much Chris and Jyll seemed to utterly despise one another (Chris is seen telling the other guys "She has no alliances because nobody really likes her!" and "I don't think she has the culinary talent. I think she's fake! I think she's boring!" while Jyll is seen gossiping to the other girls--even including an eager-to-listen Penny--that "[[ManChild He's a grown man who is self-indulgent and doesn't care about making anyone uncomfortable]], and I'm over it!"), it's genuinely surprising that they didn't play up the Chris-Jyll rivalry during the season itself, and that the fans literally only found out about it during the reunion. When they re-air the clips during the reunion, we see Chris watching with a smug smirk on his face and Jyll watching with a really icy look as the montage of clips air. Geez, what exactly happened that got this feud started? They never tell us exactly, other than giving us a vague note that their personalities clashed.
* {{Adorkable}}: Season 8: Emily and Justin from Team Alton
** Season 6: Herb, Brad, and of course Season 6's winner, Aarti; Season 7: Susie and Jeff
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer:In S7, Orchid feels left out during the food truck challenge, as her teammates Vic and Jyll have already worked together on challenges and already have very good chemistry together (although Vic and Jyll seemed to be honestly unaware of how Orchid was feeling; they both adored her, so if she'd perhaps been more vocal, they probably would have accommodated her better). She attempts to stand out during the presentation and perhaps has a FreudianSlip when her part of the commercial comes up and she walks between Vic and Jyll and says "Hey you guys, don't start the party without me!" She said it in a cheerful voice, and it was something that the group had agreed she would say, but given how much she was talking about feeling like a third wheel during the confessionals, one can't help but feel that that this was indeed a FreudianSlip (perhaps Orchid added the line to the script herself, only half aware of her subconscious reason for doing so, in other words).
** During the same season, Penny ''tries'' to invoke this trope and use it as part of a WoundedGazelleGambit due to the fact that the other women want nothing to do with her while the guys merely tolerate her presence...but she conveniently leaves out the fact that the other contestants are acting this way in ''response'' to her own {{Jerkass}} bullying ways towards all of them since she first arrived (indeed, even several weeks in after she'd been mean-spirited to them constantly, they still attempted to comfort her when she flubbed her presentation at the 4th of July barbecue challenge, so clearly the other contestants were making an effort to be friendly, even after she'd been mean to them). So naturally, nobody was buying it when she attempted to play the WoundedGazelleGambit for sympathy in front of the judges, or when she tried it again during {{Chopped}} All-Stars the next season.
* AlohaHawaii: Season 8 contestant Ippy.
* AlphaBitch: Penny from Season 7 got an instant reputation as the mansion's resident AlphaBitch from her very first episode, in which she immediately started bullying [[TheWoobie Alicia]] in a blatantly vicious and mean-spirited way, constantly belittling her, making fun of her looks, and in general making life on the show hell for her. When Alicia's cupcakes are thrown out, Penny actually is so [[SmugSnake smug]] about it that she actually starts [[{{Squick}} digging through the garbage can]] to count how many got thrown out and [[KickTheDog starts grinning and laughing about it.]] Later on, she moves on to other targets like Mary Beth and Jyll. She basically spends half the competition [[TheBully bullying]] other contestants, and the other half [[{{Narcissist}} gushing about how hot she thinks she is.]] One year later, she returns for the {{Chopped}} All-Stars competition; during the round featuring her and other S7 NFNS contestants ([[TheAce Justin B]], [[ManChild Chris]], and [[GentleGiant Vic Vegas]]) and she immediately starts bragging about herself again, and tells Vic straight up that she specifically wants to take him down purely because he'd made it to the finale ([[TheBadGuyWins she does]]). In the next round, she has the audacity to claim that ''Michael Symon and Marcus Samuelsson'' [[BelievingTheirOwnLies are intimidated by her.]] In any case, the fact that she's been reappearing on the channel means that she's well on her way to becoming the Food Network's resident Disney villain.
** In Season 6, Brianna was also an AlphaBitch (though nowhere near as notorious as Penny), and her favorite target was Serena. In one memorable incident at the mansion at night, Serena goes into the kitchen for a late-night snack and finds Brianna and Paul (who was also a major {{Jerkass}} and ManChild) already there cooking something. Brianna and Paul apparently don't want Serena in their presence and chase her out of the kitchen. Before leaving, Serena turns back and tells Brianna what all the fans had been dying to say to her: [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "This is not a way of treating people."]] Brianna simply bellows "OUT!" and chases her away.
* AmazonBrigade: In Season 7 all the women ([[SnubByOmission save Penny]]) were on one team for the pastry challenge, and they had a blast while working together. Unfortunately their food wasn't as good as the other team's and they lost that challenge.
* ApologizesALot: Chris of Season 7, who stated multiple times that he wasn't used to making desserts. This was part of the reason he was eliminated.
** The judges never are impressed (and probably rightly so) when the contestants overapologize for their food. Even if the food is crap, they'd rather see the contestants try to defend it then overapologize for it.
** The following season, Martie also keeps apologizing for a rather bizarre reason: she keeps apologizing for being "old." It's really odd, because A. Martie looks gorgeous, and B. why on Earth would anyone need to apologize for their ''age?'' Martie really doesn't look very old at all (if anything she looks like someone in their early 40's), but the way she rambles on you'd think she was Methuselah or something! Alton actually made her pledge to stop mentioning that she's "old," and Bob Tuschman pointed out that a lot of the people on FoodNetwork are her age or older, so she has nothing to be ashamed of.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: A humorous example: In Season 6, Brad is presenting a dinner to the judges and guest-judge EvaLongoria. However, he's coming across as extremely stiff, awkward, and rehearsed. The judges prompt Eva to ask Brad a question. Stumped about what to ask about his food, Ms. Longoria instead asks "So...when did you lose your virginity?" Prompting surprise and laughter from everyone, including a stunned Brad himself. It actually ends up helping Brad to loosen up and act more naturally.
** On a more serious note, Bobby Flay is VERY prone to asking {{Armor Piercing Question}}s of the contestants to help see whether they deserve to stay or not. In Season 7, immature ManChild Chris is attempting to argue with Bobby over his criticism, and Bobby shuts him up by simply asking "Do you ''really'' want me to bring up that [[CordonBleughChef lobster roll]] [[NeverLiveItDown from last week?]]" Chris immediately falls silent.
* AscendedFanboy: Literally the entire point of the show is to make one of the contestants each season become an AscendedFanboy (or Fangirl).
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Winner gets a cooking show that usually airs in an early timeslot, and the show has only five or six episodes to prove it can get enough viewers to justify buying more episodes. Several of the show's winners don't even have shows on the network anymore.
* BowtiesAreCool: Said word for word by Alton Brown when introducing Judson in Season 8. Brown has previously admitted to being a [[Series/DoctorWho Whovian]].
** The previous season's Justin D. also rocked a bow tie, prompting Bob Tuschman to gush "I love this [[PeeWeesPlayhouse PeeWeeHerman]] meets ElvisCostello meets [[GoodEats Alton Brown]] thing you've got going!"
* BreakTheCutie: Poor [[TheWoobie Alicia]]. The first few episodes of Season 7 seemed to be one long BreakTheCutie moment for contestant Alicia, who was not only criticized by the judges, but also seemed ''extremely'' self-conscious about her accent. It certainly didn't help that [[TheBully Penny]] took an immediate dislike to her from the moment they met and did everything she could to make Alicia's life on the show a living hell. [[FromBadToWorse And then Alicia got booted off the show.]] Meanwhile Penny remained for several weeks longer and moved on to new targets (namely Mary Beth, and Jyll to a lesser extent; luckily, Mary Beth was apparently much more ready to defend herself from Penny, and Jyll also had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome where she finally called out Penny for her bullying behavior in front of the judges).
* TheBully: Season 7: ''Penny.'' Your Mileage May '''NOT''' Vary.
** Season 6: Bitchy Brianna was rather cruel to Serena, though after being forced to work together on a food truck challenge, they ended up on better terms. Paul was also quite mean to Serena, making fun of her Italian accent and just generally demeaning her in every way possible (poor Serena was almost like a prototype for Season 7's Alicia in terms of how bullied and woobified she was that season!)
* ButNotTooForeign: Season 6 winner Aarti Sequeira's show seems to have fallen victim to this trope. She made her way through the competition hoping to teach viewers how to easily prepare Indian food at home. So once she got her show one would expect to see Indian food right? Wrong. Apparently the Food Network [[ExecutiveMeddling execs]] changed her show to focus on things like "Bombay Sloppy Joes," and other such dishes which were basically American/Western dishes with a bit of cumin sprinkled on top. This stands in stark contrast to the way they forced Herb and Season 7's Susie to act ''more'' foreign. [[note]]The likely reason is they assumed that most viewers at home are familiar enough with Latin cuisine to be comfortable with it, which is why they pressured Susie and Herb to become one-dimensional Hispanic stereotypes. Unfortunately for poor Aarti, the execs likely assumed that housewives at home would be more unfamiliar with Indian cuisine and therefore too intimidated by it, which is why they pressured Aarti into cooking American food with Indian spices instead of cooking authentic Indian food. Which basically means that the execs are CompletelyMissingThePoint of cooking shows: ''teaching'' people how to cook recipes they are unfamiliar with.[[/note]]
* ButNowIMustGo: In Season 6 when Giada was serving as a mentor (before she was a judge or a team captain), she stayed with the contestants and guided them until the last leg of the season where the show moved from LA to New York for the last few episodes, at which point Giada parted ways with them and wished them good luck.
* TheCameo: Mary Beth and Penny meet Sabrina Soto, a regular on sister network HGTV, when shopping for table settings for a challenge. Doubles as ProductPlacement in this particular instance, since literally the entire point was for Soto to show off some products from a sponsor.
* CannotSpitItOut: Most seasons seem to have at least one person with this problem. Season 7 featured Juba, who seemed like a perfectly nice, knowledgeable, and {{Adorkable}} fellow; problem was, he seemed utterly terrified of the camera, and would spend most of his camera time stuttering aimlessly, resulting in his quick elimination. His proposed show idea "Simple Complex" (In the words of Alton Brown: ''HUH?'') was painfully vague because of his inability to function on camera; it did have some fascinating tidbits (supposedly he was going to integrate food, art, and science) but we never got any further explanation from him.
** Season 8's Martie is another variation of this trope: while she can certainly talk, she cannot get to the point. The more nervous she gets (and she appears to be on the verge of becoming a nervous wreck), the more she rambles aimlessly, running out the clock and robbing herself of valuable time to explain herself properly.
* CatFight: Mary Beth and Penny got into a verbal one of these practically every time they were in the same room. Worse, they repeatedly wound up having to work together on challenges, with predictable results. The same effect occurred between Penny ([[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder sensing a pattern here?]]) and Alicia when they were paired together in the season premiere, along with Justin D., for the first challenge.
** Justin D. lampshaded it, telling the camera crew "Everytime those two get paired together, they end up in a CatFight. And not even a sexy one that I'd ''want'' to watch!"
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Penny of Season 7 quickly developed this reputation among the other cast members, and they didn't seem too choked up when she got eliminated due to how openly mean she was. During the second or third week, when Alicia's cupcakes were unpopular with the dinner guests and got thrown in the garbage, Penny actually seemed ''delighted'' by Alicia's misfortune, to the point where she excitedly began rifling through the garbage can (with her bare hands) to count how many of Alicia's cupcakes got thrown out, all while having a huge grin plastered on her face. The reason for her elimination was essentially that she wasn't likable enough for a television show, and this even continued after her elimination, when she served as Mary Beth's sous chef for the ''IronChef'' challenge. She was going so slowly that it's almost certain she was ''deliberately trying to sabotage'' Mary Beth. Jesus.
* ClipShow: Right before the Season 7 finale, they aired a Reunion Special, the first ever.
* CookingDuel: For one, everyone is competing with each other for a job and their food is one of their primary weapons. Some of the star challenges in the last couple of weeks of a given season have involved a more direct competition, though.
* CloudCuckooLander: Dzintra of Season 6 came across this way. One memorable BigLippedAlligatorMoment featured Dzintra telling the ConfessionCam--referring to herself in the third person--that "Dzintra loves to dance! Dzintra loves to twirl!"
* CompanionCube: In S7, Jeff's bandana becomes this to him. He jokes that "This bandana was blessed by a monk in Indiana," and when he gets teammates Susie and Whitney to don their own headbands for the food truck challenge, he advises them "Just don't underestimate the power of the bandana."
* ConfessionCam: Featured in every season, but was the source of a LOT of amusement in Season 7 in particular...
* CookingShow: Obviously
* CordonBleughChef: Since taking risks and using food in unique ways is something that will get contestants noticed in a positive way, misfires are inevitable. Most recently, the final four from season six participated in an IronChef challenge. One of them tried to embrace the creative nature of the show a little too closely when the secret ingredient was revealed to be bacon-- he attempted to make a bacon steak. That's right, an entire steak made out of nothing but bacon. Bob Tuschman said it was quite possibly the worst dish in the history of the show.
** One of the challenges featured breakfast cereal, and one person got stuck with Fruity Pebbles.
** Bobby Flay had this reaction to one of Vic of season 7's dishes, a lasagna in a burrito that he called "La Changa", and flat out refused to eat it. Turns out it would have gone over better if Vic had remembered to mention that it was supposed to be made with ''leftover'' lasagna.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Yes...this was actually invoked on this show. In an early S8 episode, Michelle describes the clams she's prepared for the judges as being "sexy." When Susie Fogleson asks her "So why is this sexy?" Michelle pauses, laughs awkwardly, then says "That broth...makes me wanna go home aaaand...*starts smiling and winking suggestively*." The judges, totally blindsided, chuckle awkwardly and Bob Tuschman quips "We're going to lose our G-Rating!" One can imagine that somewhere in the home audience, Season 7's [[MrsRobinson Penny]] was enthusiastically nodding in approval of Michelle, given that in S7 she'd once described a piece of fennel as "sexy" and when questioned by Bobby Flay had replied that she found "the shape of it" to be sexy.
* DeadpanSnarker: In S7, Mary Beth was this. At first glance, one might think of her as bland...and one would be mistaken. She surprises everyone with a rather wry and sometimes saucy sense of humor. Bobby Flay noted this in the penultimate episode when he said "The humor comes out when you least expect it, and I love that."
* {{Dualvertisement}}: Some of the ads will not only advertise the show, but shows and products related to FoodNetwork's sister station HGTV.
* TheFabulousFifties: Adored and invoked by Season 8 contestant Emily, whose perspective is "retro rad".
* TheFashionista: Lisa Garza of Season 4 was very much the embodiment of this trope. Today she actually has her own line of clothing.
* AFatherToHisMen: Alton Brown comes across as this trope a lot in Season 8, being equal parts SternTeacher, CoolTeacher, and PapaWolf to his team members.
* FieryRedhead: Bobby Flay can be quite prickly as a judge, although most people agree that it's just because he has high standards and cares about seeing the contestants create a quality product.
* FireBreathingDiner: One of the camera challenges from season four required the contestants to swap dishes with each other and present them on-camera with no prior knowledge of the ingredients. This resulted in one participant taking a big bite out of the mystery dish on-camera... and coming to the painful realization a few seconds later that it contained habanero peppers.
** In a Season 8 challenge, Justin made a corn soup with chili oil. He didn't explicitly mention this in his presentation, so both Suzie Fogelson and guest judge Paula Deen neglected to stir it and wound up with huge amounts of chili oil in their first bite.
* {{Flanderization}}: The participants are encouraged to come up with a theme or angle for their cooking which can then be used as the basis for their show. The extent to which someone is inflating the importance of a particular aspect of their cooking varies from contestant to contestant. However, the ones who struggle to find a direction are usually the ones that latch on to a small part of their overall skills and try to make it their angle in hopes of avoiding elimination. The earlier seasons were more focused on developing the contestants television presence and acted more as a pilot. Newer seasons put almost no emphasis on the television aspect of having a cooking show, and instead focus more on food challenges. The focus on a "theme" often results in this theme seeming to dominate the contestant's entire personality.
** In S8, Malcolm actively ''resists'' Flanderization, openly talking about how focusing so intently on a strict POV isn't always necessary and implying that the whole premise was too limiting. Bob and Susie, however, [[OhCrap were very much not amused.]] Susie grills Malcolm about it and he still resists Flanderization. They then glare at each other, both with very forced smiles on their faces that really seem to [[ParentheticalSwearing imply that they were giving each other some choice four-letter words in their minds.]] Not surprisingly, Malcolm is eliminated. When he returns for the ClipShow reunion, Susie goes in on him about having a POV ''again'', and he again says he doesn't think it's necessary. Susie goes "Ooookaaaaay,' looks at him with another forced smile, he looks at her with another forced smile of his own, and the ParentheticalSwearing appears to occur again.
* FridgeLogic: During S7's IronChef challenge, Vic uses a dollop of mint jelly to help flavor his lamb. Bobby Flay, tasting it, informs him that "Mint jelly has no place in the IronChef kitchen." Vic quips to the ConfessionCam "Then why was the mint jelly ''in'' the Iron Chef kitchen?" When the clip re-aired at the reunion special, at got lots of applause and laughter from the other contestants, and even Bobby laughed and nodded.
* FunnyForeigner: Season 8's Linkie of Team Giada is from South Africa and has the accent to prove it. Speaking of Team Giada, in one S8 episode Giada mentions that she herself was this trope when she first immigrated to the United States from Italy at the age of 8 years old. Also from Italy was Season 6's Serena, who spoke with an Italian accent.
* {{Gainaxing}}: [[MrsRobinson Penny...]] Did this...
* GenkiGirl: Orchid of Season 7. Also Susie from the same season, leading Jeff to do an AffectionateParody of Susie's tendency towards this (as well as of the ethnic {{Flanderization}} that she was being forced into by the judges). Susie herself thought it was hysterical.
** Emily from Season 8 has elements of this as well.
*** [[GiadaDeLaurentiis Giada]] too, both here and on her own shows.
* GentleGiant: Vic from Season 7. He's extremely muscular, has a shaved head, and arms covered with tattoos. His proposed show title? Mamma's Boy.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Implicitly invoked by Season 8's Nikki, who has named her prospective show "Girl On Grill" (with a seductive grin every time she mentions the name). She repeatedly asks the audience if they're "ready for some Girl on Grill action." Bobby Flay found it amusing, but Bob Tuschman is currently hand-wringing that it might be too "provocative."
** Nikki has since let go of this title, opting instead for the "softer" persona of "The Grill Next Door".
* HaHaHaNo: When Mary Beth in Season 7 makes a [[{{Metaphorgotten}} metaphor]] that sounds like she bathes in lobster bisque, Alton Brown pulls one of these.
* HeroicBSOD: In S8, Justin has one of these when fellow Team Alton member Emily is eliminated and makes her tearful goodbye to him, Martie, and Alton.
** Martie has one later when [[spoiler: she knows that the judges must choose between her and her new BFF Justin. Turns out they just choose them both to shoot a pilot.]]
* HighSchoolAU: In Season 8, the utterly {{Adorkable}} Emily from Team Alton actually starts imagining this trope on camera. Emily proposes that if this show were a HighSchoolAU, "Team Bobby would be the jocks, Team Giada would be the cheerleaders, and we on Team Alton would be the nerds and the geeks." If one applies the trope to previous seasons, Season 6 could have featured Herb as the LovableJock and both Serena and Aarti as the {{Foreign Exchange Student}}s, and Season 7 would have definitely featured Penny as the AlphaBitch. Bobby Flay and Alton Brown would be the {{Stern Teacher}}s and Giada the CoolTeacher of course.
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Penny Davidi. She actually quotes this trope title repeatedly. Its probably more than just usual realty show stuff as apparently she alienated everyone female, which is quite a trick with a large group. Unsurprisingly, she gets eliminated.
* {{Jerkass}}: Season 7 features Penny Davidi (as you can tell by reading this page). She seemed to go out of her way to be cruel to the other contestants (particularly female contestants), gushes about how sexy she thinks she is, and creates drama with the other contestants, to the point where they utterly despise her for her shenanigans. Honestly, Penny's jealous and bullying ways towards Alicia and Mary Beth made her come across less like a celebrity chef and more like a freaking Disney villain.
** Season 7 also features Wolfgang Puck as this role in an episode. Jyll prepares a risotto for Puck and the judges. She's barely begun to speak when [[HumiliationConga Puck abruptly cuts her off and declares "This is not a risotto." Jyll is stunned, and then Wolfgang Puck makes it even worse when he says "Come I show you how to make a risotto," and drags her to the kitchen and forces her to stand there while he redoes her dish while the other contestants stand around watching.]] Even Bobby Flay was pretty obviously shocked at Puck for humiliating the contestant like that. Puck does stand up for her in front of the judges due to her impressive demeanor throughout the whole process, but that doesn't diminish the degree of jerkass. Hilariously, Jyll revealed during the reunion that she'd seen the below incident in season 6 and told her husband that if it ever happened to her, she'd "just die."
** Puck also insulted a contestant in the first week of Season 6, and made it a pretty stinging insult at that. He ended up bringing the contestant to tears. Worse, the contestant had been a huge fan of Puck's until that day.
** Season 6: Brianna was ''very'' bitchy towards Serena, but eventually they did end up on better terms. Paul was also quite a jerk towards Serena (poor girl just couldn't catch a break that season!), constantly belittling her and even rather viciously making fun of her Italian accent.
** Nikki from Season 8 quickly sets herself up as one. The very first thing she does after introducing herself in the first episode is bash fellow contestant Linkie. When she and Linkie later face off in the producer's challenge midway through the season, Nikki brags that she's going to "put grill marks on Linkie's ass" and send her home. Needless to say, she didn't exactly endear herself to the fans.
* JerkassFacade / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While Bobby Flay can come across as rather brusque and short with the contestants, for the most part it's because he has very high standards and pushes people to be their best. Most former contestants have gushed about how easy-going and nice he actually is, with one of Season 7's contestants actually saying that Bobby Flay is now "one of my favorite people." He's a SternTeacher, but--just like with ''most'' {{Stern Teacher}}s--it's because he genuinely cares about pushing people towards doing quality work.
* LovableJock: Herb from Season 6 is a personal trainer and very muscular. He's also extremely nice, cries often because of how much he misses his wife and daughters, and in general seemed to be a fun-loving source of encouragement for the other contestants. His {{Adorkable}} personality--as well as his cooking talent--helps get him to the finale.
* ManChild: Chris of Season 7 very much came off as this (Jyll notes in the reunion special that "I used to write in my journal every day 'Please! Just act like a grown man today and don't distract me while I'm working!'"), with Guy Fieri even lampshading that Chris seemed like he could be on JerseyShore. Even moreso during the ClipShow reunion special, where the previously unaired footage revealed him to be ''even more'' of an immature and self-centered guy than he'd already appeared to be. Since then, Chris has unsurprisingly resurfaced on a VH1 reality show, and actually ended up dating one of the JerseyShore cast members.
** Lampshaded when poor Orchid ends up having to work with him as a partner and--due to how much of a goofy, frantic mess Chris usually was--she comes up with a codeword for Chris to use when he's in trouble. Led to a CrowningMomentOfFunny when during the cooking process Orchid asks, in the most maternal voice ever, "Now Chris, what do we say when we need help?" and Chris goofily starts singing "Code Blue! Code ''Bluuuuu-ooooh!''" and dancing around while he's cooking, really hammering home the point that Orchid was essentially tasked with parenting Chris in addition to cooking. Luckily Orchid, being an adorable GenkiGirl, took it all in stride and maintained a fun but {{Determinator}}-like attitude that got the pair through the challenge.
** Paul from Season 6 was a major {{Jerkass}} and extremely immature.
* MartialArtsHeadband: After he wound up [[{{Squick}} sweating into the food]], Jeff of Season 7 started wearing one of these, and joked that when he puts it on it's his LetsGetDangerous move.
* {{Meganekko}}: Emily from Season 8
* MotorMouth: In Season 8, Team Alton's [[SouthernBelle Martie]] keeps rambling on and on every time she speaks, much to the judges' (and her teammates') frustration.
* MrsRobinson: Penny of Season 7 seemed to going for this image, putting an emphasis on being "sexy" and frequently leaving the top of her chef's jacket unbuttoned to show cleavage. She even said that her favorite show was ''CougarTown'' and said that it was because "I am a cougar." Oh, and her original show title: "Stilettos in the Kitchen." When doing the promo challenge in the first episode, she kept mentioning "bringing sexy back into the kitchen" and declaring "I can't turn the sex off!" [[OnlySaneMan Alton Brown]], who was directing the contestants' promos, was practically rolling his eyes before long and even told her that she should try to tone it down, saying "You can be sexy without being so...''overtly'' so." Bobby Flay, being [[DeadpanSnarker Bobby Flay]], later put it much more bluntly and told her she was [[FetishRetardant "coming across as kind of trashy."]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: Nigh constantly, but it's gone beyond ridiculous in season eight. Special mention goes to the trailer for the ''Chopped'' episode, which had Michele freaking out over one of the judges staring at her. The trailer depicts it as [[AlphaBitch Alex]] [[DefrostingIceQueen Guernaschelli]] (who is known for being intimidating and critical of chefs); it's actually Michele thinking it's ''Giada'', who isn't doing anything. [[FlatWhat WHAT?]]
* NiceGuy: Jeff of Season 7. It's one of the major reasons he wound up winning. Even ''[[{{Jerkass}} Penny]]'' had no trouble complimenting Jeff on how warm and easy/fun to watch he was.
* NostalgiaFilter: When Alton asks Emily to explain why she's into TheFabulousFifties theme, Emily asserts that life was just simpler and "effortless" in the 1950's.
* OddFriendship: In S8 Justin and Martie actually become close friends. This came as a surprise to many people because in the earliest episodes their interaction wasn't featured very much on-camera and because Martie came across as a traditional SouthernBelle while Justin came across as a wise-cracking urban {{Hipster}}, and because of [[IntergenerationalFriendship their age difference]]. But they ended up becoming close friends, to the point of becoming TrueCompanions by the end, and when Justin as crowned as the winner of the season, the sweetest moment in the ensuing celebration is when he and Martie hug and share some very tender words. It definitely counts as one of the biggest [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming]] in the show's entire history.
* OnlySaneMan: For the first several seasons, Bobby Flay very much came across as the OnlySaneMan on the judges' committee; while Bob and Susie were working themselves into a tizzy over whether a contestant was "telling us a story" or not, Bobby Flay kept a laser-focus on the ''food'' and whether the contestant's general demeanor was charismatic or not (without obsessing too much about stories). It really made Bobby come across as way more sensible than Bob and Susie.
** Alton Brown, whenever he guest-starred in the first several seasons, he came across as way more grounded than Bob and Susie and way more than several of the contestants (particularly in Season 7 when he was tasked with directing the S7 contestants disastrous promos in the season premiere).
* OvenLogic: Due to frequent time constraints, contestants have been known to try taking shortcuts to get their dish completed on time. In the second episode of season six, a contestant decided that frying his food in a commercial deep fryer would be a good way to save time. Unfortunately, he had never used one before and the end result contained raw dough... [[FromBadToWorse which was then served to Wolfgang Puck]].
** Season 7 had a brisket done in 2 hours. And it tasted like a brisket done in 2 hours...
* ParentheticalSwearing: After Penny and Mary Beth wound up having to work together ''again'' they would say things to each other like "I really love you" but their tone made it quite obvious that they were thinking [[PrecisionFStrike something else]].
** A similar reaction happened between Judge Susie Fogleson and contestant Malcolm when she grilled him in one of the Miami episodes and again in the reunion about having a POV. Malcolm said he didn't want to be pigeionholed, and Susie got insulted. Just like with Mary Beth and Penny--as noted above--both times they ended up making very forced niceties but their tone made it clear that [[PrecisionFStrike they had some other choice words in mind.]]
* ProductPlacement: Some mini challenges require cooking certain brand foods as ingredients, such as Hershey's products for dinner, Kellogg's products for appetizers, and Post cereals for dinner. It's become more apparent in later seasons, though its use is [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] considering promoting a food product is part of being a TV chef.
* RealMenWearPink: Vic of Season 7, a self described Momma's Boy who's built like a brick wall, but actually pretty gentle.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jyll gave a particularly memorable one to Penny in Season 7. See CrowningMomentOfAwesome on the YMMV tab for more.
** The previous season, Brianna had been a cruel bitch specifically to Serena for a good portion of the early episodes. When she and ManChild Paul rudely chase her out of the mansion's kitchen when she stops by for a midnight snack, Serena leaves, but not before giving a short-and-simple TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Brianna: "This is not a way of treating people." Later on though, Brianna and Serena end up on better terms.
* RedOniBlueOni: Chris and Justin B. of Season 7, with Chris being a ManChild and Justin being a consummate professional. Needless to say, having them on the same team was all sorts of interesting.
* {{Retool}}: It's been announced that Season 8 will follow a new format. Apparently, the Food Network execs caught on to the fact that Season 6 was disliked and that Season 7 was ''reviled.'' (At ''best'' Season 7 was a GuiltyPleasure show, and at worst it was a SoapOpera-ish clusterfuck of a disaster that one couldn't help but stare at in awe/horror). The {{Retool}} apparently is [[FollowTheLeader based]] off the format of Series/TheVoice, and involves Bobby, Giada, and Alton coaching teams of contestants, taking them under their wings to learn, as well as the return of viewers' ability to vote for the contestants they like, which is probably a smart strategy, since combining fan votes with coaching from the experienced hosts increases the odds of creating a new star with actual staying power.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: Adam Gertler in Season 4. He came in second but was likeable enough that the network gave him his own travelogue show (Will Work for Food), which proved popular enough that he got a second show (Kid in a Candy Store). Probably justified, since Adam is quite arguably ''more popular than the actual winner'' from that season, Aaron [=McCargo=].
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl: Emily initially appears to attempting to imitate a standard, stereotypically innocent 1950's archetype (and she does adore the 50's). That being said, she also loved being a little flirtatious in front of the camera and made sure to show plenty of cleavage, at one point actually storing ingredients in that area of her dress.
* SelfDeprecation: During the Comedian's Roast (where they not only cooked a roast, but were themselves roasted) Jeff, who actually used to do stand-up comedy, indulged in quite a bit of these. He also described himself as looking a bit like a sandwich.
* SelfParody: Many people, particularly some people on Food Network Humor, have begun serious speculation that as of Season 7 (and possibly as early as Season 6), the show has become a deliberate SelfParody. There seem to be just too many intentionally corny moments, blatantly obvious {{Flanderization}} and ProductPlacement, and moments edited to look humorous.
** Season 8 seems to be an attempt to get serious again about finding a viable star, with a much-needed {{Retool}} being implemented to create more reasonable challenges and a process that seems more likely to support the higher-quality contestants.
* ShowWithinAShow: By the time the season finale airs, the show contains at least two other shows featuring the finalists. Also at the beginning, the contestants have to do promos for their prospective shows.
* SilentSnarker: The camera challenges for several seasons now have usually featured the same cameraman, who has been bearing silent witness the to the wacky events of the past several years, and sometimes seems almost like a he might very subtly be a SilentSnarker, judging by his facial expression at the end of many of the camera challenges.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Mary Beth and Penny came across this way to many people in Season 7.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: [[TokenEvilTeammate Penny ended up on a team of all guys]] after the women deliberately kept her off their team during the pasty challenge. Penny being [[ManipulativeBastard Penny]], she ended up exploiting this since the guys were all too happy to help her.
* SouthernBelle: Season 8's Martie.
** Cristie, also S8, came across this way as well, though it's hard to tell as she was eliminated in the first episode.
* SpecialGuest: Every week, the contestants meet up with one of the established Food Network personalities, who usually presents them with that weeks' challenge, and subsequently helps the judges analyze the contestants' dishes and presentations.
* SpicyLatina: In Season 7, Susie didn't start out this way, but was pushed towards a version of it by the judges (in the sense that they weren't pushing for her to change her personality per se, since they enjoyed her usual personality, but they wanted her cooking to be restricted to being entirely Latin-based, which rubbed a lot of viewers the wrong way since it felt like they were limiting her due to stereotypical expectations). To conform to this, Susie did start to play up her ethnicity more. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Jeff, who--as shown in previously unseen footage during the Reunion ClipShow--did an AffectionateParody of the way Susie was portraying herself, complete with Spanish singing (the other contestants, including Susie herself, loved it; Susie, bursting with laughter, gave Jeff a thumbs up).
** As of Season 8, Martita presents this image, as her theme is based around her Mexican heritage and she's known for her energy.
* SpinOff: In a way, each winner's show is a spin off of Next Food Network Star.
* TheStarscream: Chris angrily accuses Justin B of being this trope in Season 7; Chris had been the (self-appointed) leader of a team consisting of all the guys [[TokenEvilTeammate plus Penny]] for the pastry challenge, repeatedly bragging to the ConfessionCam "I'm taking responsibility for my team!." The other boys and Penny, for their part, merely viewed him as an annoying nuisance who was bossing them around despite the fact that they hadn't actually chosen him to be their leader. When Chris ends up making a mess of things, guest mentor Robert Irvine surveys the sorry scene and demands to know "Who's in charge here?" When Chris nervously raises his hand and says "I've been taking charge, chef," Robert Irvine bluntly states "[[DeadpanSnarker That didn't work for me]]." He then asks for volunteers to take over and Justin B offers (while Chris jealously shoots him a DeathGlare). Robert puts Justin in charge...and he does a magnificently successful job of being a turn-around manager and puts the "Boys + Penny" Team back into serious contention...and they end up winning in the end, despite the fact that the girls' team had held an initial advantage (i.e. while Chris had been "leading" the boys' team and mucking things up). Chris then whines to the ConfessionCam that Justin is TheStarscream, and again accuses him of this at the ClipShow reunion at the end of the season, making it sound as if Justin had secretly been cravenly plotting the whole time to topple him, even though it was quite clear to everyone else that this wasn't the case, and even though the others didn't consider Chris to even be a leader in the first place. At the reunion Chris whines that "Justin is boring, and I'm exciting," and claims that he can throw down and beat Justin at cooking any time. "All day, every day!" gloats Chris, while everyone else rolls their eyes.
* SternTeacher: Bobby Flay and Alton Brown share this role.
* TakeAThirdOption: In the final episode only one contestant from each team was going to move on. This was relatively easy until Alton's team, Martie and Justin. Both of their pilots were excellent, but one of them had to go. They chose Justin to make the pilot. [[spoiler: They also chose Martie. They couldn't bear to send either of them home!]]
* TeamMom: Giada was brought on board in Season 6 essentially to play this exact role, by being a mentor to the contestants throughout the competition. In Season 7 she became a judge, and had to distance herself from the contestants but she still showed shades of being a TeamMom. Now, as of Season 8, she's gone back to being a TeamMom in an official capacity by being the head of her own team, as part of the new format after the {{Retool}}.
** In S8 ''especially''. Giada proves to be a very enthusiastic team leader. Whenever her team members face a setback, she seems genuinely sad. When they have a success, Giada seems ecstatic on their behalf.
* TeamSwitzerland: Vic Vegas served this role in Season 7 in the midst of the various conflicts going on that season. He was the one person other than Jeff that everyone apparently trusted enough to confide in, and at the same time, he tried to steer everyone away from conflict (he even actively tried to comfort Penny throughout the competition even though she was a bully; ''that's'' how nice Vic was). Epitomized at one point where we see Jyll confiding in him about a fight she was having with Chris, and Vic simply groans "This is a mess!" rather than stating whose side he was on. He then told the ConfessionCam that in his view it would be best for everyone to just calm down, get some rest, and then come back with a fresh perspective in the morning. It really ended up adding a lot to Vic's likeability.
* TotallyRadical: Season 2 winner Guy Fieri embodies this to a tee.
** Season 8's Josh was also this, constantly alluding to his past leadership of a rock band and emphasizing how "rock & roll" he was, it just came across as trying too hard, which got him on the bottom three in the first place.
* TrueCompanions: The three remaining finalists of season 7 described each other this way, even knowing one wouldn't be able to make a pilot.
** Team Alton in S8 also became this, definitely by the point where Emily was eliminated but ''especially'' once it was down to Justin and Martie. Just watching them both and Alton crying when they think one of them is about to leave is a TearJerker.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted in Season 7 with Justin B. and Justin D. (Season 8 also features yet another Justin, who is now the Season 8 winner)
* ValleyGirl: Alicia in Season 7 talks this way. Because she can only tone it down by not speaking as loudly, she had to struggle between sounding pleasant and being heard.
* WrongGenreSavvy: In Season 7 we get a perfect example of why not all reality shows should count as the same "genre": Penny gets onto the show and eagerly begins deploying {{Survivor}}-style (or TheApprentice-style) tactics to eliminate the other contestants, openly [[HannibalLecture brags about it to the other contestants]] and to the ConfessionCam in the most sickeningly SmugSnake way possible, and in general is the biggest {{Jerkass}} in the show's history and [[WhatAnIdiot thinks she can slide through anyway]] because "I have a plan to win." The problem? On THIS reality show, unlike the others mentioned above, you need to prove to the judges that you'd be likable enough to hold an audience and develop a fanbase...meaning that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard her plan to use blatantly cutthroat tactics only served to alienate the audience more and more with each passing week until the judges couldn't ignore her smugness anymore and eliminated her from the competition.]] TNFNS may be a reality show, but it's not the same kind of reality show as {{Survivor}}, and not knowing the difference can backfire on you in a major way.
* YouLookFamiliar: Some contestants on NFNS are chefs who have previously competed on different Food Network competition shows like ''{{Chopped}}''. Conversely, some of them start to appear on these shows ''after'' having made a name for themselves on NFNS.
* YoureJustJealous: In Season 7, Penny pulls this on the other contestants A LOT. A notable example: when she burns her own macaroni and cheese during the CougarTown set challenge, the judges and the actors on set all dislike the result, and when the judges later call Penny out for it, she vehemently [[BlatantLies denies that the mac n' cheese was burned at all]]...which is really ridiculous on her part, considering that the judges had ''tasted'' it and commented on the burnt food themselves. When Chris, who'd been working next to her, notes that he'd smelled it burning and that he and the other contestants had ''tried'' to warn her, [[NeverMyFault Penny snaps that he's just trying to throw her under the bus and insinuates that he's just jealous of and threatened by her oh-so-infallible talent.]]
** Whenever Bobby or Giada criticize a contestant, that contestant's online fans will often rabidly accuse Bobby and Giada of "being jealous and feeling threatened by" the contestant's talent. Most people will then point out that Bobby and Giada, being Food Network icons, would have no real reason to feel jealous.

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* Season Seven - Jeff Mauro. His show, ''Sandwich King'', will "make a sandwich for every meal, and make every meal into a sandwich".

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* Season Seven - Jeff Mauro. His show, ''Sandwich King'', will "make a sandwich for every meal, and make every meal into a sandwich".
sandwich". He later got another show, ''$24 in 24'', about eating three meals in a different city each week on a budget.
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* Season Eight - Justin Warner, from Team Alton. His show ''Rebel With a Culinary Cause'' will focus on creating innovate dishes by breaking rules.

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* Season Eight - Justin Warner, from Team Alton. His show ''Rebel With a Culinary Cause'' will focus on creating innovate innovative dishes by breaking rules.



* AbortedArc: In Season 7, ''the'' season known for drama, we learn of one sequence of events only in the reunion special's ClipShow: previously un-aired footage revealed a ''deep'' animosity between Chris and Jyll that we'd never really even seen hints of in the previous episodes. The massive amounts of drama that Penny was creating understandably took the lion's share of the attention that season, but given how much Chris and Jyll seemed to utterly despise one another (Chris is seen telling the other guys "She has no alliances because nobody really likes her!" and "I don't think she has the culinary talent. I think she's fake! I think she's boring!" while Jyll is seen gossiping to the other girls--even including an eager-to-listen Penny--that "[[{{ManChild}} He's a grown man who is self-indulgent and doesn't care about making anyone uncomfortable]], and I'm over it!"), it's genuinely surprising that they didn't play up the Chris-Jyll rivalry during the season itself, and that the fans literally only found out about it during the reunion. When they re-air the clips during the reunion, we see Chris watching with a smug smirk on his face and Jyll watching with a really icy look as the montage of clips air. Geez, what exactly happened that got this feud started? They never tell us exactly, other than giving us a vague note that their personalities clashed.

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* AbortedArc: In Season 7, ''the'' season known for drama, we learn of one sequence of events only in the reunion special's ClipShow: previously un-aired footage revealed a ''deep'' animosity between Chris and Jyll that we'd never really even seen hints of in the previous episodes. The massive amounts of drama that Penny was creating understandably took the lion's share of the attention that season, but given how much Chris and Jyll seemed to utterly despise one another (Chris is seen telling the other guys "She has no alliances because nobody really likes her!" and "I don't think she has the culinary talent. I think she's fake! I think she's boring!" while Jyll is seen gossiping to the other girls--even including an eager-to-listen Penny--that "[[{{ManChild}} "[[ManChild He's a grown man who is self-indulgent and doesn't care about making anyone uncomfortable]], and I'm over it!"), it's genuinely surprising that they didn't play up the Chris-Jyll rivalry during the season itself, and that the fans literally only found out about it during the reunion. When they re-air the clips during the reunion, we see Chris watching with a smug smirk on his face and Jyll watching with a really icy look as the montage of clips air. Geez, what exactly happened that got this feud started? They never tell us exactly, other than giving us a vague note that their personalities clashed.



* AlphaBitch: Penny from Season 7 got an instant reputation as the mansion's resident AlphaBitch from her very first episode, in which she immediately started bullying [[{{TheWoobie}} Alicia]] in a blatantly vicious and mean-spirited way, constantly belittling her, making fun of her looks, and in general making life on the show hell for her. When Alicia's cupcakes are thrown out, Penny actually is so [[{{SmugSnake}} smug]] about it that she actually starts [[{{Squick}} digging through the garbage can]] to count how many got thrown out and [[{{KickTheDog}} starts grinning and laughing about it.]] Later on, she moves on to other targets like Mary Beth and Jyll. She basically spends half the competition [[{{TheBully}} bullying]] other contestants, and the other half [[{{Narcissist}} gushing about how hot she thinks she is.]] One year later, she returns for the {{Chopped}} All-Stars competition; during the round featuring her and other S7 NFNS contestants ([[{{TheAce}} Justin B]], [[{{ManChild}} Chris]], and [[{{GentleGiant}} Vic Vegas]]) and she immediately starts bragging about herself again, and tells Vic straight up that she specifically wants to take him down purely because he'd made it to the finale ([[{{TheBadGuyWins}} she does]]). In the next round, she has the audacity to claim that ''Michael Symon and Marcus Samuelsson'' [[{{BelievingTheirOwnLies}} are intimidated by her.]] In any case, the fact that she's been reappearing on the channel means that she's well on her way to becoming the Food Network's resident Disney villain.
** In Season 6, Brianna was also an AlphaBitch (though nowhere near as notorious as Penny), and her favorite target was Serena. In one memorable incident at the mansion at night, Serena goes into the kitchen for a late-night snack and finds Brianna and Paul (who was also a major {{Jerkass}} and ManChild) already there cooking something. Brianna and Paul apparently don't want Serena in their presence and chase her out of the kitchen. Before leaving, Serena turns back and tells Brianna what all the fans had been dying to say to her: [[{{TheReasonYouSuckSpeech}} "This is not a way of treating people."]] Brianna simply bellows "OUT!" and chases her away.

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* AlphaBitch: Penny from Season 7 got an instant reputation as the mansion's resident AlphaBitch from her very first episode, in which she immediately started bullying [[{{TheWoobie}} [[TheWoobie Alicia]] in a blatantly vicious and mean-spirited way, constantly belittling her, making fun of her looks, and in general making life on the show hell for her. When Alicia's cupcakes are thrown out, Penny actually is so [[{{SmugSnake}} [[SmugSnake smug]] about it that she actually starts [[{{Squick}} digging through the garbage can]] to count how many got thrown out and [[{{KickTheDog}} [[KickTheDog starts grinning and laughing about it.]] Later on, she moves on to other targets like Mary Beth and Jyll. She basically spends half the competition [[{{TheBully}} [[TheBully bullying]] other contestants, and the other half [[{{Narcissist}} gushing about how hot she thinks she is.]] One year later, she returns for the {{Chopped}} All-Stars competition; during the round featuring her and other S7 NFNS contestants ([[{{TheAce}} ([[TheAce Justin B]], [[{{ManChild}} [[ManChild Chris]], and [[{{GentleGiant}} [[GentleGiant Vic Vegas]]) and she immediately starts bragging about herself again, and tells Vic straight up that she specifically wants to take him down purely because he'd made it to the finale ([[{{TheBadGuyWins}} ([[TheBadGuyWins she does]]). In the next round, she has the audacity to claim that ''Michael Symon and Marcus Samuelsson'' [[{{BelievingTheirOwnLies}} [[BelievingTheirOwnLies are intimidated by her.]] In any case, the fact that she's been reappearing on the channel means that she's well on her way to becoming the Food Network's resident Disney villain.
** In Season 6, Brianna was also an AlphaBitch (though nowhere near as notorious as Penny), and her favorite target was Serena. In one memorable incident at the mansion at night, Serena goes into the kitchen for a late-night snack and finds Brianna and Paul (who was also a major {{Jerkass}} and ManChild) already there cooking something. Brianna and Paul apparently don't want Serena in their presence and chase her out of the kitchen. Before leaving, Serena turns back and tells Brianna what all the fans had been dying to say to her: [[{{TheReasonYouSuckSpeech}} [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "This is not a way of treating people."]] Brianna simply bellows "OUT!" and chases her away.



** On a more serious note, Bobby Flay is VERY prone to asking {{Armor Piercing Question}}s of the contestants to help see whether they deserve to stay or not. In Season 7, immature ManChild Chris is attempting to argue with Bobby over his criticism, and Bobby shuts him up by simply asking "Do you ''really'' want me to bring up that [[{{CordonBleughChef}} lobster roll]] [[{{NeverLiveItDown}} from last week?]]" Chris immediately falls silent.

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** On a more serious note, Bobby Flay is VERY prone to asking {{Armor Piercing Question}}s of the contestants to help see whether they deserve to stay or not. In Season 7, immature ManChild Chris is attempting to argue with Bobby over his criticism, and Bobby shuts him up by simply asking "Do you ''really'' want me to bring up that [[{{CordonBleughChef}} [[CordonBleughChef lobster roll]] [[{{NeverLiveItDown}} [[NeverLiveItDown from last week?]]" Chris immediately falls silent.



** The previous season's Justin D. also rocked a bow tie, prompting Bob Tuschman to gush "I love this [[{{PeeWeesPlayhouse}} PeeWeeHerman]] meets ElvisCostello meets [[GoodEats Alton Brown]] thing you've got going!"
* BreakTheCutie: Poor [[{{TheWoobie}} Alicia]]. The first few episodes of Season 7 seemed to be one long BreakTheCutie moment for contestant Alicia, who was not only criticized by the judges, but also seemed ''extremely'' self-conscious about her accent. It certainly didn't help that [[{{TheBully}} Penny]] took an immediate dislike to her from the moment they met and did everything she could to make Alicia's life on the show a living hell. [[{{ItGotWorse}} And then Alicia got booted off the show.]] Meanwhile Penny remained for several weeks longer and moved on to new targets (namely Mary Beth, and Jyll to a lesser extent; luckily, Mary Beth was apparently much more ready to defend herself from Penny, and Jyll also had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome where she finally called out Penny for her bullying behavior in front of the judges).

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** The previous season's Justin D. also rocked a bow tie, prompting Bob Tuschman to gush "I love this [[{{PeeWeesPlayhouse}} [[PeeWeesPlayhouse PeeWeeHerman]] meets ElvisCostello meets [[GoodEats Alton Brown]] thing you've got going!"
* BreakTheCutie: Poor [[{{TheWoobie}} [[TheWoobie Alicia]]. The first few episodes of Season 7 seemed to be one long BreakTheCutie moment for contestant Alicia, who was not only criticized by the judges, but also seemed ''extremely'' self-conscious about her accent. It certainly didn't help that [[{{TheBully}} [[TheBully Penny]] took an immediate dislike to her from the moment they met and did everything she could to make Alicia's life on the show a living hell. [[{{ItGotWorse}} [[FromBadToWorse And then Alicia got booted off the show.]] Meanwhile Penny remained for several weeks longer and moved on to new targets (namely Mary Beth, and Jyll to a lesser extent; luckily, Mary Beth was apparently much more ready to defend herself from Penny, and Jyll also had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome where she finally called out Penny for her bullying behavior in front of the judges).



* ButNotTooForeign: Season 6 winner Aarti Sequeira's show seems to have fallen victim to this trope. She made her way through the competition hoping to teach viewers how to easily prepare Indian food at home. So once she got her show one would expect to see Indian food right? Wrong. Apparently the Food Network [[{{ExecutiveMeddling}} execs]] changed her show to focus on things like "Bombay Sloppy Joes," and other such dishes which were basically American/Western dishes with a bit of cumin sprinkled on top. This stands in stark contrast to the way they forced Herb and Season 7's Susie to act ''more'' foreign. [[hottip:*:The likely reason is they assumed that most viewers at home are familiar enough with Latin cuisine to be comfortable with it, which is why they pressured Susie and Herb to become one-dimensional Hispanic stereotypes. Unfortunately for poor Aarti, the execs likely assumed that housewives at home would be more unfamiliar with Indian cuisine and therefore too intimidated by it, which is why they pressured Aarti into cooking American food with Indian spices instead of cooking authentic Indian food. Which basically means that the execs are CompletelyMissingThePoint of cooking shows: ''teaching'' people how to cook recipes they are unfamiliar with. ]]

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* ButNotTooForeign: Season 6 winner Aarti Sequeira's show seems to have fallen victim to this trope. She made her way through the competition hoping to teach viewers how to easily prepare Indian food at home. So once she got her show one would expect to see Indian food right? Wrong. Apparently the Food Network [[{{ExecutiveMeddling}} [[ExecutiveMeddling execs]] changed her show to focus on things like "Bombay Sloppy Joes," and other such dishes which were basically American/Western dishes with a bit of cumin sprinkled on top. This stands in stark contrast to the way they forced Herb and Season 7's Susie to act ''more'' foreign. [[hottip:*:The [[note]]The likely reason is they assumed that most viewers at home are familiar enough with Latin cuisine to be comfortable with it, which is why they pressured Susie and Herb to become one-dimensional Hispanic stereotypes. Unfortunately for poor Aarti, the execs likely assumed that housewives at home would be more unfamiliar with Indian cuisine and therefore too intimidated by it, which is why they pressured Aarti into cooking American food with Indian spices instead of cooking authentic Indian food. Which basically means that the execs are CompletelyMissingThePoint of cooking shows: ''teaching'' people how to cook recipes they are unfamiliar with. ]][[/note]]



* CatFight: Mary Beth and Penny got into a verbal one of these practically every time they were in the same room. Worse, they repeatedly wound up having to work together on challenges, with predictable results. The same effect occurred between Penny ([[{{ChronicBackstabbingDisorder}} sensing a pattern here?]]) and Alicia when they were paired together in the season premiere, along with Justin D., for the first challenge.

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* CatFight: Mary Beth and Penny got into a verbal one of these practically every time they were in the same room. Worse, they repeatedly wound up having to work together on challenges, with predictable results. The same effect occurred between Penny ([[{{ChronicBackstabbingDisorder}} ([[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder sensing a pattern here?]]) and Alicia when they were paired together in the season premiere, along with Justin D., for the first challenge.



* {{Cooking Duel}}: For one, everyone is competing with each other for a job and their food is one of their primary weapons. Some of the star challenges in the last couple of weeks of a given season have involved a more direct competition, though.

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* {{Cooking Duel}}: CookingDuel: For one, everyone is competing with each other for a job and their food is one of their primary weapons. Some of the star challenges in the last couple of weeks of a given season have involved a more direct competition, though.



* {{Cooking Show}}: Obviously
* {{Cordon Bleugh Chef}}: Since taking risks and using food in unique ways is something that will get contestants noticed in a positive way, misfires are inevitable. Most recently, the final four from season six participated in an IronChef challenge. One of them tried to embrace the creative nature of the show a little too closely when the secret ingredient was revealed to be bacon-- he attempted to make a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome bacon steak]]. That's right, an entire steak made out of nothing but bacon. Bob Tuschman said it was quite possibly the worst dish in the history of the show.

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* {{Cooking Show}}: CookingShow: Obviously
* {{Cordon Bleugh Chef}}: CordonBleughChef: Since taking risks and using food in unique ways is something that will get contestants noticed in a positive way, misfires are inevitable. Most recently, the final four from season six participated in an IronChef challenge. One of them tried to embrace the creative nature of the show a little too closely when the secret ingredient was revealed to be bacon-- he attempted to make a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome bacon steak]].steak. That's right, an entire steak made out of nothing but bacon. Bob Tuschman said it was quite possibly the worst dish in the history of the show.



* ADateWithRosiePalms: Yes...this was actually invoked on this show. In an early S8 episode, Michelle describes the clams she's prepared for the judges as being "sexy." When Susie Fogleson asks her "So why is this sexy?" Michelle pauses, laughs awkwardly, then says "That broth...makes me wanna go home aaaand...*starts smiling and winking suggestively*." The judges, totally blindsided, chuckle awkwardly and Bob Tuschman quips "We're going to lose our G-Rating!" [[{{WildMassGuessing}} One can imagine]] that somewhere in the home audience, Season 7's [[{{MrsRobinson}} Penny]] was enthusiastically nodding in approval of Michelle, given that in S7 she'd once described a piece of fennel as "sexy" and when questioned by Bobby Flay had replied that she found "the shape of it" to be sexy.

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Yes...this was actually invoked on this show. In an early S8 episode, Michelle describes the clams she's prepared for the judges as being "sexy." When Susie Fogleson asks her "So why is this sexy?" Michelle pauses, laughs awkwardly, then says "That broth...makes me wanna go home aaaand...*starts smiling and winking suggestively*." The judges, totally blindsided, chuckle awkwardly and Bob Tuschman quips "We're going to lose our G-Rating!" [[{{WildMassGuessing}} One can imagine]] imagine that somewhere in the home audience, Season 7's [[{{MrsRobinson}} [[MrsRobinson Penny]] was enthusiastically nodding in approval of Michelle, given that in S7 she'd once described a piece of fennel as "sexy" and when questioned by Bobby Flay had replied that she found "the shape of it" to be sexy.



* {{Fire Breathing Diner}}: One of the camera challenges from season four required the contestants to swap dishes with each other and present them on-camera with no prior knowledge of the ingredients. This resulted in one participant taking a big bite out of the mystery dish on-camera... and coming to the painful realization a few seconds later that it contained habanero peppers.

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* {{Fire Breathing Diner}}: FireBreathingDiner: One of the camera challenges from season four required the contestants to swap dishes with each other and present them on-camera with no prior knowledge of the ingredients. This resulted in one participant taking a big bite out of the mystery dish on-camera... and coming to the painful realization a few seconds later that it contained habanero peppers.



** In S8, Malcolm actively ''resists'' Flanderization, openly talking about how focusing so intently on a strict POV isn't always necessary and implying that the whole premise was too limiting. Bob and Susie, however, [[{{OhCrap}} were very much not amused.]] Susie grills Malcolm about it and he still resists Flanderization. They then glare at each other, both with very forced smiles on their faces that really seem to [[{{ParentheticalSwearing}} imply that they were giving each other some choice four-letter words in their minds.]] Not surprisingly, Malcolm is eliminated. When he returns for the ClipShow reunion, Susie goes in on him about having a POV ''again'', and he again says he doesn't think it's necessary. Susie goes "Ooookaaaaay,' looks at him with another forced smile, he looks at her with another forced smile of his own, and the ParentheticalSwearing appears to occur again.

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** In S8, Malcolm actively ''resists'' Flanderization, openly talking about how focusing so intently on a strict POV isn't always necessary and implying that the whole premise was too limiting. Bob and Susie, however, [[{{OhCrap}} [[OhCrap were very much not amused.]] Susie grills Malcolm about it and he still resists Flanderization. They then glare at each other, both with very forced smiles on their faces that really seem to [[{{ParentheticalSwearing}} [[ParentheticalSwearing imply that they were giving each other some choice four-letter words in their minds.]] Not surprisingly, Malcolm is eliminated. When he returns for the ClipShow reunion, Susie goes in on him about having a POV ''again'', and he again says he doesn't think it's necessary. Susie goes "Ooookaaaaay,' looks at him with another forced smile, he looks at her with another forced smile of his own, and the ParentheticalSwearing appears to occur again.



*** [[{{GiadaDeLaurentiis}} Giada]] too, both here and on her own shows.

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*** [[{{GiadaDeLaurentiis}} [[GiadaDeLaurentiis Giada]] too, both here and on her own shows.



* HighSchoolAU: In Season 8, the utterly {{Adorkable}} Emily from Team Alton actually starts imagining this trope on camera. Emily proposes that if this show were a HighSchoolAU, "Team Bobby would be the jocks, Team Giada would be the cheerleaders, and we on Team Alton would be the nerds and the geeks." If one applies the trope to previous seasons, Season 6 could have featured Herb as the LovableJock and both Serena and Aarti as the {{ForeignExchangeStudent}}s, and Season 7 would have definitely featured Penny as the AlphaBitch. Bobby Flay and Alton Brown would be the [[SternTeacher Stern Teachers]] and Giada the CoolTeacher of course.

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* HighSchoolAU: In Season 8, the utterly {{Adorkable}} Emily from Team Alton actually starts imagining this trope on camera. Emily proposes that if this show were a HighSchoolAU, "Team Bobby would be the jocks, Team Giada would be the cheerleaders, and we on Team Alton would be the nerds and the geeks." If one applies the trope to previous seasons, Season 6 could have featured Herb as the LovableJock and both Serena and Aarti as the {{ForeignExchangeStudent}}s, {{Foreign Exchange Student}}s, and Season 7 would have definitely featured Penny as the AlphaBitch. Bobby Flay and Alton Brown would be the [[SternTeacher Stern Teachers]] {{Stern Teacher}}s and Giada the CoolTeacher of course.



** Season 7 also features Wolfgang Puck as this role in an episode. Jyll prepares a risotto for Puck and the judges. She's barely begun to speak when [[{{HumiliationConga}} Puck abruptly cuts her off and declares "This is not a risotto." Jyll is stunned, and then Wolfgang Puck makes it even worse when he says "Come I show you how to make a risotto," and drags her to the kitchen and forces her to stand there while he redoes her dish while the other contestants stand around watching.]] Even Bobby Flay was pretty obviously shocked at Puck for humiliating the contestant like that. Puck does stand up for her in front of the judges due to her impressive demeanor throughout the whole process, but that doesn't diminish the degree of jerkass. Hilariously, Jyll revealed during the reunion that she'd seen the below incident in season 6 and told her husband that if it ever happened to her, she'd "just die."
** Puck also insulted a contestant in the first week of Season 6, and made it a pretty stinging insult at that. He ended up bringing the contestant to tears. [[{{ItGotWorse}} Worse, the contestant had been a huge fan of Puck's until that day.]]

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** Season 7 also features Wolfgang Puck as this role in an episode. Jyll prepares a risotto for Puck and the judges. She's barely begun to speak when [[{{HumiliationConga}} [[HumiliationConga Puck abruptly cuts her off and declares "This is not a risotto." Jyll is stunned, and then Wolfgang Puck makes it even worse when he says "Come I show you how to make a risotto," and drags her to the kitchen and forces her to stand there while he redoes her dish while the other contestants stand around watching.]] Even Bobby Flay was pretty obviously shocked at Puck for humiliating the contestant like that. Puck does stand up for her in front of the judges due to her impressive demeanor throughout the whole process, but that doesn't diminish the degree of jerkass. Hilariously, Jyll revealed during the reunion that she'd seen the below incident in season 6 and told her husband that if it ever happened to her, she'd "just die."
** Puck also insulted a contestant in the first week of Season 6, and made it a pretty stinging insult at that. He ended up bringing the contestant to tears. [[{{ItGotWorse}} Worse, the contestant had been a huge fan of Puck's until that day.]]



* {{Jerkass Facade}}/{{Jerk With A Heart Of Gold}}: While Bobby Flay can come across as rather brusque and short with the contestants, for the most part it's because he has very high standards and pushes people to be their best. Most former contestants have gushed about how easy-going and nice he actually is, with one of Season 7's contestants actually saying that Bobby Flay is now "one of my favorite people." He's a SternTeacher, but--just like with ''most'' {{SternTeacher}}s--it's because he genuinely cares about pushing people towards doing quality work.

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* {{Jerkass Facade}}/{{Jerk With A Heart Of Gold}}: JerkassFacade / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While Bobby Flay can come across as rather brusque and short with the contestants, for the most part it's because he has very high standards and pushes people to be their best. Most former contestants have gushed about how easy-going and nice he actually is, with one of Season 7's contestants actually saying that Bobby Flay is now "one of my favorite people." He's a SternTeacher, but--just like with ''most'' {{SternTeacher}}s--it's {{Stern Teacher}}s--it's because he genuinely cares about pushing people towards doing quality work.



* MartialArtsHeadband: After he wound up [[{{squick}} sweating into the food]], Jeff of Season 7 started wearing one of these, and joked that when he puts it on it's his LetsGetDangerous move.

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* MartialArtsHeadband: After he wound up [[{{squick}} [[{{Squick}} sweating into the food]], Jeff of Season 7 started wearing one of these, and joked that when he puts it on it's his LetsGetDangerous move.



* MotorMouth: In Season 8, Team Alton's [[{{SouthernBelle}} Martie]] keeps rambling on and on every time she speaks, much to the judges' (and her teammates') frustration.
* MrsRobinson: Penny of Season 7 seemed to going for this image, putting an emphasis on being "sexy" and frequently leaving the top of her chef's jacket unbuttoned to show cleavage. She even said that her favorite show was ''CougarTown'' and said that it was because "I am a cougar." Oh, and her original show title: "Stilettos in the Kitchen." When doing the promo challenge in the first episode, she kept mentioning "bringing sexy back into the kitchen" and declaring "I can't turn the sex off!" [[{{OnlySaneMan}} Alton Brown]], who was directing the contestants' promos, was practically rolling his eyes before long and even told her that she should try to tone it down, saying "You can be sexy without being so...''overtly'' so." Bobby Flay, being [[DeadpanSnarker Bobby Flay]], later put it much more bluntly and told her she was [[{{FetishRetardant}} "coming across as kind of trashy."]]

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* MotorMouth: In Season 8, Team Alton's [[{{SouthernBelle}} [[SouthernBelle Martie]] keeps rambling on and on every time she speaks, much to the judges' (and her teammates') frustration.
* MrsRobinson: Penny of Season 7 seemed to going for this image, putting an emphasis on being "sexy" and frequently leaving the top of her chef's jacket unbuttoned to show cleavage. She even said that her favorite show was ''CougarTown'' and said that it was because "I am a cougar." Oh, and her original show title: "Stilettos in the Kitchen." When doing the promo challenge in the first episode, she kept mentioning "bringing sexy back into the kitchen" and declaring "I can't turn the sex off!" [[{{OnlySaneMan}} [[OnlySaneMan Alton Brown]], who was directing the contestants' promos, was practically rolling his eyes before long and even told her that she should try to tone it down, saying "You can be sexy without being so...''overtly'' so." Bobby Flay, being [[DeadpanSnarker Bobby Flay]], later put it much more bluntly and told her she was [[{{FetishRetardant}} [[FetishRetardant "coming across as kind of trashy."]]



* OddFriendship: In S8 Justin and Martie actually become close friends. This came as a surprise to many people because in the earliest episodes their interaction wasn't featured very much on-camera and because Martie came across as a traditional SouthernBelle while Justin came across as a wise-cracking urban {{Hipster}}, and because of [[{{IntergenerationalFriendship}} their age difference]]. But they ended up becoming close friends, to the point of becoming TrueCompanions by the end, and when Justin as crowned as the winner of the season, the sweetest moment in the ensuing celebration is when he and Martie hug and share some very tender words. It definitely counts as one of the biggest [[{{CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming}} Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming]] in the show's entire history.

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* OddFriendship: In S8 Justin and Martie actually become close friends. This came as a surprise to many people because in the earliest episodes their interaction wasn't featured very much on-camera and because Martie came across as a traditional SouthernBelle while Justin came across as a wise-cracking urban {{Hipster}}, and because of [[{{IntergenerationalFriendship}} [[IntergenerationalFriendship their age difference]]. But they ended up becoming close friends, to the point of becoming TrueCompanions by the end, and when Justin as crowned as the winner of the season, the sweetest moment in the ensuing celebration is when he and Martie hug and share some very tender words. It definitely counts as one of the biggest [[{{CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming}} [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming]] in the show's entire history.



* {{Oven Logic}}: Due to frequent time constraints, contestants have been known to try taking shortcuts to get their dish completed on time. In the second episode of season six, a contestant decided that frying his food in a commercial deep fryer would be a good way to save time. Unfortunately, he had never used one before and the end result contained raw dough... [[ItGotWorse which was then served to Wolfgang Puck]].

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* {{Oven Logic}}: OvenLogic: Due to frequent time constraints, contestants have been known to try taking shortcuts to get their dish completed on time. In the second episode of season six, a contestant decided that frying his food in a commercial deep fryer would be a good way to save time. Unfortunately, he had never used one before and the end result contained raw dough... [[ItGotWorse [[FromBadToWorse which was then served to Wolfgang Puck]].



** A similar reaction happened between Judge Susie Fogleson and contestant Malcolm when she grilled him in one of the Miami episodes and again in the reunion about having a POV. Malcolm said he didn't want to be pigeionholed, and Susie got insulted. Just like with Mary Beth and Penny--as noted above--both times they ended up making very forced niceties but their tone made it clear that [[{{PrecisionFStrike}} they had some other choice words in mind.]]

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** A similar reaction happened between Judge Susie Fogleson and contestant Malcolm when she grilled him in one of the Miami episodes and again in the reunion about having a POV. Malcolm said he didn't want to be pigeionholed, and Susie got insulted. Just like with Mary Beth and Penny--as noted above--both times they ended up making very forced niceties but their tone made it clear that [[{{PrecisionFStrike}} [[PrecisionFStrike they had some other choice words in mind.]]



* {{Retool}}: It's been announced that Season 8 will follow a new format. Apparently, the Food Network execs caught on to the fact that Season 6 was disliked and that Season 7 was ''reviled.'' (At ''best'' Season 7 was a GuiltyPleasure show, and at worst it was a SoapOpera-ish clusterfuck of a disaster that one couldn't help but stare at in awe/horror). The {{Retool}} apparently is [[{{FollowTheLeader}} based]] off the format of [[{{Series/TheVoice}} The Voice]], and involves Bobby, Giada, and Alton coaching teams of contestants, taking them under their wings to learn, as well as the return of viewers' ability to vote for the contestants they like, which is probably a smart strategy, since combining fan votes with coaching from the experienced hosts increases the odds of creating a new star with actual staying power.

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* {{Retool}}: It's been announced that Season 8 will follow a new format. Apparently, the Food Network execs caught on to the fact that Season 6 was disliked and that Season 7 was ''reviled.'' (At ''best'' Season 7 was a GuiltyPleasure show, and at worst it was a SoapOpera-ish clusterfuck of a disaster that one couldn't help but stare at in awe/horror). The {{Retool}} apparently is [[{{FollowTheLeader}} [[FollowTheLeader based]] off the format of [[{{Series/TheVoice}} The Voice]], Series/TheVoice, and involves Bobby, Giada, and Alton coaching teams of contestants, taking them under their wings to learn, as well as the return of viewers' ability to vote for the contestants they like, which is probably a smart strategy, since combining fan votes with coaching from the experienced hosts increases the odds of creating a new star with actual staying power.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: [[{{TokenEvilTeammate}} Penny ended up on a team of all guys]] after the women deliberately kept her off their team during the pasty challenge. Penny being [[ManipulativeBastard Penny]], she ended up exploiting this since the guys were all too happy to help her.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: [[{{TokenEvilTeammate}} [[TokenEvilTeammate Penny ended up on a team of all guys]] after the women deliberately kept her off their team during the pasty challenge. Penny being [[ManipulativeBastard Penny]], she ended up exploiting this since the guys were all too happy to help her.



* SpicyLatina: In Season 7, Susie didn't start out this way, but was pushed towards a version of it by the judges (in the sense that they weren't pushing for her to change her personality per se, since they enjoyed her usual personality, but they wanted her cooking to be restricted to being entirely Latin-based, which rubbed a lot of viewers the wrong way since it felt like they were limiting her due to stereotypical expectations). To conform to this, Susie did start to play up her ethnicity more. This was [[{{LampshadeHanging}} lampshaded]] by Jeff, who--as shown in previously unseen footage during the Reunion ClipShow--did an AffectionateParody of the way Susie was portraying herself, complete with Spanish singing (the other contestants, including Susie herself, loved it; Susie, bursting with laughter, gave Jeff a thumbs up).

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* SpicyLatina: In Season 7, Susie didn't start out this way, but was pushed towards a version of it by the judges (in the sense that they weren't pushing for her to change her personality per se, since they enjoyed her usual personality, but they wanted her cooking to be restricted to being entirely Latin-based, which rubbed a lot of viewers the wrong way since it felt like they were limiting her due to stereotypical expectations). To conform to this, Susie did start to play up her ethnicity more. This was [[{{LampshadeHanging}} [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Jeff, who--as shown in previously unseen footage during the Reunion ClipShow--did an AffectionateParody of the way Susie was portraying herself, complete with Spanish singing (the other contestants, including Susie herself, loved it; Susie, bursting with laughter, gave Jeff a thumbs up).



* TheStarscream: Chris angrily accuses Justin B of being this trope in Season 7; Chris had been the (self-appointed) leader of a team consisting of all the guys [[{{TokenEvilTeammate}} plus Penny]] for the pastry challenge, repeatedly bragging to the ConfessionCam "I'm taking responsibility for my team!." The other boys and Penny, for their part, merely viewed him as an annoying nuisance who was bossing them around despite the fact that they hadn't actually chosen him to be their leader. When Chris ends up making a mess of things, guest mentor Robert Irvine surveys the sorry scene and demands to know "Who's in charge here?" When Chris nervously raises his hand and says "I've been taking charge, chef," Robert Irvine bluntly states "[[{{DeadpanSnarker}} That didn't work for me]]." He then asks for volunteers to take over and Justin B offers (while Chris jealously shoots him a DeathGlare). Robert puts Justin in charge...and he does a magnificently successful job of being a turn-around manager and puts the "Boys + Penny" Team back into serious contention...and they end up winning in the end, despite the fact that the girls' team had held an initial advantage (i.e. while Chris had been "leading" the boys' team and mucking things up). Chris then whines to the ConfessionCam that Justin is TheStarscream, and again accuses him of this at the ClipShow reunion at the end of the season, making it sound as if Justin had secretly been cravenly plotting the whole time to topple him, even though it was quite clear to everyone else that this wasn't the case, and even though the others didn't consider Chris to even be a leader in the first place. At the reunion Chris whines that "Justin is boring, and I'm exciting," and claims that he can throw down and beat Justin at cooking any time. "All day, every day!" gloats Chris, while everyone else rolls their eyes.

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* TheStarscream: Chris angrily accuses Justin B of being this trope in Season 7; Chris had been the (self-appointed) leader of a team consisting of all the guys [[{{TokenEvilTeammate}} [[TokenEvilTeammate plus Penny]] for the pastry challenge, repeatedly bragging to the ConfessionCam "I'm taking responsibility for my team!." The other boys and Penny, for their part, merely viewed him as an annoying nuisance who was bossing them around despite the fact that they hadn't actually chosen him to be their leader. When Chris ends up making a mess of things, guest mentor Robert Irvine surveys the sorry scene and demands to know "Who's in charge here?" When Chris nervously raises his hand and says "I've been taking charge, chef," Robert Irvine bluntly states "[[{{DeadpanSnarker}} "[[DeadpanSnarker That didn't work for me]]." He then asks for volunteers to take over and Justin B offers (while Chris jealously shoots him a DeathGlare). Robert puts Justin in charge...and he does a magnificently successful job of being a turn-around manager and puts the "Boys + Penny" Team back into serious contention...and they end up winning in the end, despite the fact that the girls' team had held an initial advantage (i.e. while Chris had been "leading" the boys' team and mucking things up). Chris then whines to the ConfessionCam that Justin is TheStarscream, and again accuses him of this at the ClipShow reunion at the end of the season, making it sound as if Justin had secretly been cravenly plotting the whole time to topple him, even though it was quite clear to everyone else that this wasn't the case, and even though the others didn't consider Chris to even be a leader in the first place. At the reunion Chris whines that "Justin is boring, and I'm exciting," and claims that he can throw down and beat Justin at cooking any time. "All day, every day!" gloats Chris, while everyone else rolls their eyes.



* WrongGenreSavvy: In Season 7 we get a perfect example of why not all reality shows should count as the same "genre": Penny gets onto the show and eagerly begins deploying {{Survivor}}-style (or {{TheApprentice}}-style) tactics to eliminate the other contestants, openly [[{{HannibalLecture}} brags about it to the other contestants]] and to the ConfessionCam in the most sickeningly SmugSnake way possible, and in general is the biggest {{Jerkass}} in the show's history and [[{{WhatAnIdiot}} thinks she can slide through anyway]] because "I have a plan to win." The problem? On THIS reality show, unlike the others mentioned above, you need to prove to the judges that you'd be likable enough to hold an audience and develop a fanbase...meaning that [[{{HoistByHisOwnPetard}} her plan to use blatantly cutthroat tactics only served to alienate the audience more and more with each passing week until the judges couldn't ignore her smugness anymore and eliminated her from the competition.]] TNFNS may be a reality show, but it's not the same kind of reality show as {{Survivor}}, and not knowing the difference can backfire on you in a major way.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: In Season 7 we get a perfect example of why not all reality shows should count as the same "genre": Penny gets onto the show and eagerly begins deploying {{Survivor}}-style (or {{TheApprentice}}-style) TheApprentice-style) tactics to eliminate the other contestants, openly [[{{HannibalLecture}} [[HannibalLecture brags about it to the other contestants]] and to the ConfessionCam in the most sickeningly SmugSnake way possible, and in general is the biggest {{Jerkass}} in the show's history and [[{{WhatAnIdiot}} [[WhatAnIdiot thinks she can slide through anyway]] because "I have a plan to win." The problem? On THIS reality show, unlike the others mentioned above, you need to prove to the judges that you'd be likable enough to hold an audience and develop a fanbase...meaning that [[{{HoistByHisOwnPetard}} [[HoistByHisOwnPetard her plan to use blatantly cutthroat tactics only served to alienate the audience more and more with each passing week until the judges couldn't ignore her smugness anymore and eliminated her from the competition.]] TNFNS may be a reality show, but it's not the same kind of reality show as {{Survivor}}, and not knowing the difference can backfire on you in a major way.



* YoureJustJealous: In Season 7, Penny pulls this on the other contestants A LOT. A notable example: when she burns her own macaroni and cheese during the CougarTown set challenge, the judges and the actors on set all dislike the result, and when the judges later call Penny out for it, she vehemently [[{{BlatantLies}} denies that the mac n' cheese was burned at all]]...which is really ridiculous on her part, considering that the judges had ''tasted'' it and commented on the burnt food themselves. When Chris, who'd been working next to her, notes that he'd smelled it burning and that he and the other contestants had ''tried'' to warn her, [[{{NeverMyFault}} Penny snaps that he's just trying to throw her under the bus and insinuates that he's just jealous of and threatened by her oh-so-infallible talent.]]

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* YoureJustJealous: In Season 7, Penny pulls this on the other contestants A LOT. A notable example: when she burns her own macaroni and cheese during the CougarTown set challenge, the judges and the actors on set all dislike the result, and when the judges later call Penny out for it, she vehemently [[{{BlatantLies}} [[BlatantLies denies that the mac n' cheese was burned at all]]...which is really ridiculous on her part, considering that the judges had ''tasted'' it and commented on the burnt food themselves. When Chris, who'd been working next to her, notes that he'd smelled it burning and that he and the other contestants had ''tried'' to warn her, [[{{NeverMyFault}} [[NeverMyFault Penny snaps that he's just trying to throw her under the bus and insinuates that he's just jealous of and threatened by her oh-so-infallible talent.]]
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* BreakTheCutie: Poor [[{{TheWoobie}} Alicia]]. The first few episodes of Season 7 seemed to be one long BreakTheCutie moment for contestant Alicia, who was not only criticized by the judges, but also seemed ''extremely'' self-conscious about her accent. It certainly didn't help that [[{{TheBully}} Penny]] took an immediate dislike to her from the moment they met and did everything she could to make Alicia's life on the show a living hell. [[{{ItGotWorse}} And then Alicia got booted off the show.]] Meanwhile Penny remained for several weeks longer and moved on to new targets (namely Mary Beth, and Jyll to a lesser extent; luckily, Mary Beth was apparently much more ready to defend herself from Penny, and Jyll also had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome where she finally called out Penny for her bullying behavior in front of the judges, AndTheFandomRejoiced).

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* BreakTheCutie: Poor [[{{TheWoobie}} Alicia]]. The first few episodes of Season 7 seemed to be one long BreakTheCutie moment for contestant Alicia, who was not only criticized by the judges, but also seemed ''extremely'' self-conscious about her accent. It certainly didn't help that [[{{TheBully}} Penny]] took an immediate dislike to her from the moment they met and did everything she could to make Alicia's life on the show a living hell. [[{{ItGotWorse}} And then Alicia got booted off the show.]] Meanwhile Penny remained for several weeks longer and moved on to new targets (namely Mary Beth, and Jyll to a lesser extent; luckily, Mary Beth was apparently much more ready to defend herself from Penny, and Jyll also had a CrowningMomentOfAwesome where she finally called out Penny for her bullying behavior in front of the judges, AndTheFandomRejoiced).judges).



** In S8, Malcolm actively ''resists'' Flanderization, openly talking about how focusing so intently on a strict POV isn't always necessary and implying that the whole premise was too limiting. AndTheFandomRejoiced...Bob and Susie, however, [[{{OhCrap}} were very much not amused.]] Susie grills Malcolm about it and he still resists Flanderization. They then glare at each other, both with very forced smiles on their faces that really seem to [[{{ParentheticalSwearing}} imply that they were giving each other some choice four-letter words in their minds.]] Not surprisingly, Malcolm is eliminated. When he returns for the ClipShow reunion, Susie goes in on him about having a POV ''again'', and he again says he doesn't think it's necessary. Susie goes "Ooookaaaaay,' looks at him with another forced smile, he looks at her with another forced smile of his own, and the ParentheticalSwearing appears to occur again.

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** In S8, Malcolm actively ''resists'' Flanderization, openly talking about how focusing so intently on a strict POV isn't always necessary and implying that the whole premise was too limiting. AndTheFandomRejoiced...Bob and Susie, however, [[{{OhCrap}} were very much not amused.]] Susie grills Malcolm about it and he still resists Flanderization. They then glare at each other, both with very forced smiles on their faces that really seem to [[{{ParentheticalSwearing}} imply that they were giving each other some choice four-letter words in their minds.]] Not surprisingly, Malcolm is eliminated. When he returns for the ClipShow reunion, Susie goes in on him about having a POV ''again'', and he again says he doesn't think it's necessary. Susie goes "Ooookaaaaay,' looks at him with another forced smile, he looks at her with another forced smile of his own, and the ParentheticalSwearing appears to occur again.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jyll gave a particularly memorable one to Penny in Season 7. See CrowningMomentOfAwesome on the YMMV tab for more (yes, it was that much of an AndTheFandomRejoiced moment).

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jyll gave a particularly memorable one to Penny in Season 7. See CrowningMomentOfAwesome on the YMMV tab for more (yes, it was that much of an AndTheFandomRejoiced moment).more.



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* YouLookFamiliar: Some contestants on NFNS are chefs who have previously competed on different Food Network competition shows like ''{{Chopped}}''. Conversely, some of them start to appear on these shows ''after'' having made a name for themselves on NFNS.



* YouLookFamiliar: Some contestants on NFNS are chefs who have previously competed on different Food Network competition shows like ''{{Chopped}}''. Conversely, some of them start to appear on these shows ''after'' having made a name for themselves on NFNS.
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** Nikki from Season 8 quickly sets herself up as one. The very first thing she does after introducing herself in the first episode is bash fellow contestant Linkie.

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** Nikki from Season 8 quickly sets herself up as one. The very first thing she does after introducing herself in the first episode is bash fellow contestant Linkie. When she and Linkie later face off in the producer's challenge midway through the season, Nikki brags that she's going to "put grill marks on Linkie's ass" and send her home. Needless to say, she didn't exactly endear herself to the fans.



* ManChild: Chris of Season 7 very much came off as this, with Guy Fieri even lampshading that Chris seemed like he could be on JerseyShore. Even moreso during the ClipShow reunion special, where the previously unaired footage revealed him to be ''even more'' of an immature and self-centered guy than he'd already appeared to be. Since then, Chris has unsurprisingly resurfaced on a VH1 reality show.

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* ManChild: Chris of Season 7 very much came off as this, this (Jyll notes in the reunion special that "I used to write in my journal every day 'Please! Just act like a grown man today and don't distract me while I'm working!'"), with Guy Fieri even lampshading that Chris seemed like he could be on JerseyShore. Even moreso during the ClipShow reunion special, where the previously unaired footage revealed him to be ''even more'' of an immature and self-centered guy than he'd already appeared to be. Since then, Chris has unsurprisingly resurfaced on a VH1 reality show.show, and actually ended up dating one of the JerseyShore cast members.


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** Whenever Bobby or Giada criticize a contestant, that contestant's online fans will often rabidly accuse Bobby and Giada of "being jealous and feeling threatened by" the contestant's talent. Most people will then point out that Bobby and Giada, being Food Network icons, would have no real reason to feel jealous.
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer:In S7, Orchid feels left out during the food truck challenge, as her teammates Vic and Jyll have already worked together on challenges and already have very good chemistry together. She attempts to stand out during the presentation and perhaps has a FreudianSlip when her part of the commercial comes up and she walks between Vic and Jyll and says "Hey you guys, don't start the party without me!" She said it in a cheerful voice, and it was something that the group had agreed she would say, but given how much she was talking about feeling like a third wheel during the confessionals, one can't help but feel that that this was indeed a FreudianSlip (perhaps Orchid added the line to the script herself, only half aware of her subconscious reason for doing so, in other words).

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer:In S7, Orchid feels left out during the food truck challenge, as her teammates Vic and Jyll have already worked together on challenges and already have very good chemistry together.together (although Vic and Jyll seemed to be honestly unaware of how Orchid was feeling; they both adored her, so if she'd perhaps been more vocal, they probably would have accommodated her better). She attempts to stand out during the presentation and perhaps has a FreudianSlip when her part of the commercial comes up and she walks between Vic and Jyll and says "Hey you guys, don't start the party without me!" She said it in a cheerful voice, and it was something that the group had agreed she would say, but given how much she was talking about feeling like a third wheel during the confessionals, one can't help but feel that that this was indeed a FreudianSlip (perhaps Orchid added the line to the script herself, only half aware of her subconscious reason for doing so, in other words).
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* AbortedArc: In Season 7, ''the'' season known for drama, we learn of one sequence of events only in the reunion special's ClipShow: previously un-aired footage revealed a ''deep'' animosity between Chris and Jyll that we'd never really even seen hints of in the previous episodes. IThe massive amounts of drama that Penny was creating took the lion's share of the attention, but given how much Chris and Jyll seemed to utterly despise one another (Chris is seen telling the other guys "She has no alliances because nobody really likes her!" and "I don't think she has the culinary talent. I think she's fake! I think she's boring!" while Jyll is seen gossiping to the other girls--even including an eager-to-listen Penny--that "[[{{ManChild}} He's a grown man who is self-indulgent and doesn't care about making anyone uncomfortable]], and I'm over it!" When they re-air the clips during the reunion, we see Chris watching with a smug smirk on his face and Jyll watching with a really icy look as the montage of clips air. Geez, what exactly happened that got this feud started? They never tell us exactly, other than giving us a vague note that their personalities clashed.

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* AbortedArc: In Season 7, ''the'' season known for drama, we learn of one sequence of events only in the reunion special's ClipShow: previously un-aired footage revealed a ''deep'' animosity between Chris and Jyll that we'd never really even seen hints of in the previous episodes. IThe The massive amounts of drama that Penny was creating understandably took the lion's share of the attention, attention that season, but given how much Chris and Jyll seemed to utterly despise one another (Chris is seen telling the other guys "She has no alliances because nobody really likes her!" and "I don't think she has the culinary talent. I think she's fake! I think she's boring!" while Jyll is seen gossiping to the other girls--even including an eager-to-listen Penny--that "[[{{ManChild}} He's a grown man who is self-indulgent and doesn't care about making anyone uncomfortable]], and I'm over it!" it!"), it's genuinely surprising that they didn't play up the Chris-Jyll rivalry during the season itself, and that the fans literally only found out about it during the reunion. When they re-air the clips during the reunion, we see Chris watching with a smug smirk on his face and Jyll watching with a really icy look as the montage of clips air. Geez, what exactly happened that got this feud started? They never tell us exactly, other than giving us a vague note that their personalities clashed.
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* AbortedArc: In Season 7, ''the'' season known for drama, we learn of one sequence of events only in the reunion special's ClipShow: previously un-aired footage revealed a ''deep'' animosity between Chris and Jyll that we'd never really even seen hints of in the previous episodes. IThe massive amounts of drama that Penny was creating took the lion's share of the attention, but given how much Chris and Jyll seemed to utterly despise one another (Chris is seen telling the other guys "She has no alliances because nobody really likes her!" and "I don't think she has the culinary talent. I think she's fake! I think she's boring!" while Jyll is seen gossiping to the other girls--even including an eager-to-listen Penny--that "[[{{ManChild}} He's a grown man who is self-indulgent and doesn't care about making anyone uncomfortable]], and I'm over it!" When they re-air the clips during the reunion, we see Chris watching with a smug smirk on his face and Jyll watching with a really icy look as the montage of clips air. Geez, what exactly happened that got this feud started? They never tell us exactly, other than giving us a vague note that their personalities clashed.
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