Food Network Star gets a makeover: adding mentors, tribes, viewer vote

Food Network’s usually strong competition Food Network Star is getting a makeover, which will hopefully help to pull it out of its increasingly familiar rut when it returns for an eighth season this summer.

Judges Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will no longer judge, but instead will be joined by Alton Brown as mentors for teams of contestants that they choose. Thankfully, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson will remain as judges, with guest judges joining them each week. But viewers will ultimately select the winner, Variety reports.

The series, which dropped the word “Next” from its title last season, is also moving back to New York City from Los Angeles.

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