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Food Network's competition between aspiring TV chefs premiered in 2005 and produced stars including Guy Fieri, Aarti Sequeira, and Jason Smith.

Alton Brown out of Food Network Star season 11

Alton Brown is out of Food Network Star, which will return with just Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay as judge/mentors. However, season 11 will include Volkswagen, which will be “organically woven throughout the series and helping propel the competition,” the network announced today. At least there’s that. Since season eight in 2012, the series’ …

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Updates on Food Network Star murder

New details emerged late last week about the death of Food Network Star contestant Cristie Schoen Codd, who was pregnant, and her husband JT. The man charged with the murders, Robert James Owens, admitted he “stored and destroyed” the bodies in a wood stove. Owens admitted hitting and killing JT with a truck, but Cristie’s cause of death is …

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Pregnant Food Network Star contestant, husband murdered

A man has been charged with the murder of Food Network Star cast member Cristie Schoen Codd and her husband, Joseph “JT” Codd. She was 38 and five months pregnant; her husband was 45. Her Facebook page has public photos, posted last fall, of their wedding. They were reported missing Sunday, which Food Network Gossip reported on; Tuesday, a man was charged …

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Food Network Star turns mentors Alton, Bobby, and Giada into judges, undoing its best change

Food Network Star, one of the network’s few watchable reality TV shows, has announced its ninth season cast and twists, and they do not look good on paper: they include allowing an eliminated contestant to return (sigh), adding focus groups, and turning mentors Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis, and Bobby Flay into judges. Changes to …

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Why Food Network Star’s changes gave us reality TV’s best makeover ever

Food Network Star, which keeps losing words from its title (it’s sometimes just referred to as Star now, but that’s dumb), remains one of TV’s best competitions. And in its seventh season, it did something remarkable: It changed things up and improved significantly from last season, which felt tired and predictable. CBS Eye Productions and …

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Guy Fieri guilty of sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic behavior, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives creator says

The creator and former producer of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, which stars Next Food Network Star winner Guy Fieri, says the star of his show is guilty of homophobic, sexist, and anti-Semitic behavior. Producer David Page, who created the show, sued the network for breach of contract earlier this year because he says …

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Bob and Susie are still awesome judges, but Food Network Star has become too familiar

Food Network Star dropped the word “Next” from its title this year, but it needs to rethink more than its title to stay fresh. The show’s seventh season concluded last night, and while judges and Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson remain among the best judges on reality TV, the show feels too …

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Giada de Laurentiis will judge Food Network Star, which has changed its name

Food Network’s excellent summer competition series Next Food Nework Star, which has changed its name by dropping the word “next” from the title, has added a new judge to its panel: Giada De Laurentiis. She joins Bobby Flay and the series’ real stars, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson. There’s no explanation for the name change …

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