The Next Food Network Star will feature some big changes when it returns Sunday for season 6 including the addition of Giada De Laurentiis as a mentor and a move to Los Angeles.
TVGuide.com recently sat down with host Bobby Flay for the scoop on the new season.
Regarding the addition of Giada, Bobby said, “We’re using Giada as a mentor figure, where she talks about her experiences being a host on a network, and that’s one more element we didn’t have before. Also, the Los Angeles piece has been really fun because it sort of has a Hollywood feel. And because the weather is always nice out there, we were able to utilize a lot of places in the Southern California area for challenges and events.”
He was equally as excited about the new batch of contestants. “This group is ery diversified as far as cuisine, and incredibly savvy. As the seasons go on, the contestants are becoming more and more savvy because they’re students of the network,” he explained.
He also admitted how hard it can be to be on screen, saying, “it’s very hard.” He added, “You have to do it a lot to really get comfortable with it. It’s one of those things where you really have to have a commanding presence and authoritative voice. And you’re cooking and talking to the camera at the same time. It’s not that easy.”
When asked what one mistake students over and over, Flay seemed to have some good advice for them: be yourself. “The most common mistake is they create a television personality or a gimmick to be on television, and I think it’s just a bad idea,” he said.
You can catch The Next Food Network Star on Food Network Sunday at 9 pm.
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