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!! Bobby Flay
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* BigApplesauce
* FieryRedhead
* TheKirk
* JerkassFacade: He's harsh with the contestants, but it's because he sincerely wants to push them to do their best work.
* SelfMadeMan: Bobby came from a hard-scrabble existence in a rough neighborhood of the Bronx, dropped out of high school, and fell in with a bad crowd, by his own admission. But then he got a job at a restaurant and realized he loved it. He finally had a long-term goal, and he began working hard to become the best chef and entrepreneur he could be. He built himself up into the celebrity chef he is today through Horatio Alger-style hard work. Quite admirable.
* SternTeacher

!! Creator/GiadaDeLaurentiis
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* ButNowIMustGo: In Season 6 she's brought aboard as a mentor to the contestants during the Los Angeles portion of the season; when the contestants go to New York for the final leg of the journey, Giada wishes them good luck and encourages them to remember everything they've learned.
* CoolTeacher
* TheMcCoy
* PerpetualSmiler
* TeamMom

!! [[Series/GoodEats Alton Brown]]
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* BowtiesAreCool
* DeadpanSnarker
* FormerlyFat: Alton describes himself this way and it becomes important in Season 8 when he goes to bat for the also-FormerlyFat Judson and expresses how a lot of people could relate to Judson's story.
* OneOfUs: [[DoctorWho Which ties into the above bowtie reference.]]
* TheSpock
* SternTeacher: But still a...
** CoolTeacher: Oh yes.

'''Bob Tuschman'''

'''Susie Fogleson'''

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'''Contestants:'''

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[[folder:Season 2]]

!!Guy Fieri

* TotallyRadical

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[[folder:Season 3]]

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[[folder:Season 4]]

!! Aaron [=McCargo=] Jr.
* FullNameBasis: It's hard ''not'' to say it as such.

!! Adam Gertler
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll

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[[folder:Season 5]]

!! Mellissa d'Arabian
* HouseWife: And proud.

!! Jeffrey Saad
* CoolOldGuy: Not that old but still qualifies.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Crepes, he even ends up making them in ''Chopped All Stars''.

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[[folder:Season 6]]
!!Aarti Sequeira
* {{Adorkable}}
* ButNotTooForeign: Once she got her show, ExecutiveMeddling chenged what she may have actually wanted to do.
* [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]]

!!Herb Mesa
* {{Adorkable}}: Depending on how you look at it.
* ButNotTooForeign: Averted. With Herb, they wanted him to act ''more'' foreign.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Though it always seems the people who don't win disappear, the winner and the other runner up, Aarti and Tom, both got their own shows, while Herb was just as good a cook.
* LovableJock: He is very muscular, and a personal trainer, though he can hardly stand being separated from his familt for so long.
* NiceGuy

!!Tom Pizzica
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* BreakoutCharacter: He's definitely a character, which is likely why they tried to get him his own spin-off. Didn't quite work out too well, though.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: Open to interpretation on whether or not this was attempted. Aarti's show was still more of a success.

!!Brianna Jenkins
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* DarkSkinnedBlond: She's not exactly a blond, but her hair is light colored, especially compared to her skin.
* MaleGaze: She tries to aim at a sort of seductive style. And yes, she does succeed.

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[[folder:Season 7]]

!! Jeff Mauro
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* DeadpanSnarker: And a former comedian.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: In-series and out. [[invoked]]
* MartialArtsHeadband: Wears one to stop sweat from getting in his food.
* NiceGuy

!! Penny Davidi
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* AbsoluteCleavage: THIS IS NOT DONE ACCIDENTALLY. She believes people like to see that from her, which is why she likes wearing tanktops or leaving buttons undone.
* AlphaBitch
* TheBully
* {{Gainaxing}}: Out of all the contestants, yes, her.
** In [[http://www.foodnetwork.com/penny-davidi-food-network-star/video/index.html her casting video]], she's wearing a [[ImpossiblyLowNeckline low neckline shirt]] while leaning down, and she shakes her body. Without warning.
* MrsRobinson
* TheScrappy: A pretty blatant example. Take a look at [[YMMV/TheNextFoodNetworkStar the YMMV page]], she's got quite a big section. [[invoked]]

!!Vic "Vegas" Moea
* GentleGiant: He's extremely muscular, shaved, and covered in tattoos, but he's one of the nicest contestants.
* MommasBoy: The proposed title for his show.
** EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Though he's not actually a bad boy. He might look like one, though.
* RealMenWearPink
* TeamSwitzerland

!!Mary Beth Albright
* ArchEnemy: Her and Penny.
* DeadpanSnarker
* SitcomArchnemesis: Also to Penny.

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[[folder:Season 8]]
'''Notable Team Alton Members:'''

!! Emily Ellyn
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* {{Adorkable}}
* AlliterativeName
* CatchPhrase: "Retro Rad", she said it about five times during her first producer challenge.
* TheFabulousFifties
* GenkiGirl
* {{Meganekko}}

!! Justin Warner
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* {{Adorkable}}
* {{Hipster}}: He is called this by the judges.
* LikeASonToMe: He seemingly is this to Alton which leads to...
** LikeFatherLikeSon: The judges love to compare them.
* RunningGag: The constant question of whether or not he uses lipstick. He has stated that he doesn't, and that his lip color is from the frequent use of Burt's Bees[[note]]This was said outside of the series[[/note]].
!! Martie Duncan
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* CoolOldLady: She seems to think of herself as this, but she is not all that old.
* CordonBleughChef: Her food never looks all too appealing, but it doesn't seem to taste too horrible. She also has had a number of dishes that weren't well liked.
* {{Expy}}: She is basically a cross between Paula Dean and the Pioneer Woman -- who cannot cook all too well.
* MotorMouth: She just talks, and talks, and talks, to the detriment of her team.
* NotQuiteSavedEnough: The judges decide to let her make a pilot rather than eliminate her in the penultimate episode, only for her to be the lowest scoring contestant in the national poll. Also a notable subversion of CreatorsPet, since despite her being put through she still didn't win. [[invoked]]
* SouthernBelle

!! Judson Allen
* BlackAndNerdy
* BowtiesAreCool
* FormerlyFat

'''Notable Team Giada Members:'''

!! Ippy Aiona
* AlohaHawaii
* NiceGuy
* TheStoic: He often gets criticized by the judges for it.

!! Martita Jara
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* GratuitousSpanish: Justified.
* SpicyLatina

!! Yvan Lemoine
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* GratuitousSpanish: Also justified, he mostly only does this when talking to [[SpicyLatina Martita.]]
* {{Keet}}
* NiceGuy

'''Notable Team Bobby Members:'''

!! Malcolm Mitchell
* AlliterativeName
* DreadlockRasta
* TheQuietOne: He is much more quiet in comparison to the rest of his team. It makes him somewhat mysterious.

!! Michele Ragussis
* BrooklynRage
* ButchLesbian: Acts like this despite not being confirmed to be gay.
* DistaffCounterpart: Of Guy Fieri, which gets lampshaded by him.

!! Nikki Martin
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* See [[Creator/NikkiMartin here]].
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[[folder:Season 9]]
!!Viet Pham
* {{Adorkable}}
* AsianAndNerdy
* HeyItsThatGuy: You might recognize him from ''IronChefAmerica'', where he beat Bobby Flay.

!!Lovely Jackson
* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Girl!]]: Yes, this is the same Lovely that competed on season 6 of ''HellsKitchen''.
* LethalChef: The mini-arc in episode four concerning the rise and fall of her "doughnuts" made from store bought pizza dough which she's rolled into super-dense wads and deep fried before dunking in cinnamon and sugar certainly made her seem this way. ''Nobody'' thought this was a good idea except for her. And she looked completely baffled and shattered when told by the judges that ''everyone'' found them inedible.
* SassyBlackWoman: While she's generally very nice, she can shift into this when necessary.

!!Damaris Phillips
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* TheDitz

!!Danushka Lysek
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: In the first episode, her dial drops faster than anybody else's to begin with. In the second, she only attracts two people out of one hundred to her burger stand.
* BrainlessBeauty: Definitely brainless most of the time, and she was a formal model.
* TheBully: Not afraid to share her opinion on the other contestants behind their backs. Nikki might be her most common victim.
* DumbBlonde
* FemmeFatale: She joked in one episode that to attract people to her burger stand she would take off her shirt and hope they like what they see.
* SimpletonVoice
* SitcomArchNemesis: Seems to be heading this way with Nikki.

!!Nikki Dinki
* GenkiGirl
* SitcomArchNemesis: Focus seemed to be going this way in episode two, but Danushka's early elimination in episode three doesn't allow for much more exploration.

!!Chris Hodgson
* TheGenericGuy
** HiddenDepths: opens up in episode three by acknowledging that he used to be a drug addict but was saved by cooking.
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