To flog off this episode of Food Network Star, we dive in to a universe of food hacks. A food "hack" is when we use a utensil for a purpose alternative than for what it is intended. we feel similar to we all have our own food hacks during home, such as regulating an iron as a panini sandwich press or repurposing a wine bottle as a rolling pin. This challenge revolves around a single of a most-important skills for a food star: how to consider fast upon your feet as great as be resourceful. My hack? Use a stovetop burner as a temporary broiler as great as burn total bell peppers (on all sides). Peel a skin as great as toss a pepper with a small red wine vinegar, oregano as great as olive oil. Delicious. Sometimes we can have great food by "burning" it as great as creation it your own, as great as sometimes, well, we just get burned.(Check out some-more of my ideas for kitchen hacks above: rubber-banded pickle jars, floating eggs as great as others.)The deeper meaning in this challenge? We all have stories, anecdotes as great as life experiences compared with in progress as great as eating. Those stories can duty similar to an determined food stars "hacks" when presenting as great as articulate about food! we always consider about my own story as great as indicate of perspective when articulate to viewers. Sharing your uniqueness is a most appropriate approach to connect. But there is additionally an art to it. Lets face it: If we watch Chopped, youre expected great aware which distant too most people have bread pudding as great as French toast in a dessert round. Contestants additionally overdo playing a "grandma card" as great as a "mom card" in their storytelling. Now dont get me wrong: we adore my mom to pieces, as great as my grandmothers were extraordinary cooks. My Grandma Guarnaschelli would covering tiny small hand-rolled veal meatballs in every covering of her cheesy lasagna. Imagine which bubbling mozzarella as great as unearthing those small garlicky meatballs as great as tomato salsa underneath? Wow. My Grandma DiBenedetto (on my moms side) would glitter duck wings with marmalade as great as follow a plate with a elementary bowl of ripe blueberries as great as creamy New England vanilla ice cream. Biting in to which crispy edge of a wing as great as getting just a right amount of spice as great as benevolence from a marmalade? Shazam. Hungry yet? Yes. And thats my point. Family as great as food create a seductive combination: Family makes us want to cook, eat as great as bond over food. If we cant do that, a channel gets changed as great as youre not a subsequent Food Network Star.Both Bobby Flay as great as Giada De Laurentiis have judged me upon multiple occasions, as great as let me tell you: Its no travel in a park. Giada watches we with excitement, encouraging we to grin as great as share a most appropriate of yourself with viewers. She has mastered this during a top level, as great as when we disappoint, she customarily gives a single of her "Mama Bear" smiles as great as says a integrate of difference by somewhat clenched teeth. A undiluted e.g. is her response to Ana after a Star Challenge: "You frequency ever appear to get excited," Giada tells her. "I dont see which glow in you." Words of warning from Giada. She lets Ana know which she isnt vouchsafing a decider down; Ana is vouchsafing herself down. Even Jernard questions Anas choices when he exclaims, "What have been we we do with a wok during a tailgate party?!" Ouch. we would gamble money right there which Ana gets sent home for her low-energy presentation. Giada spares no prisoners with positivity. What about Bobby, we ask? Bobby just stares intently, steely eyed as great as says very little. There have been dual signature "Bobby moves" to watch for. Exhibit A: He smiles as great as afterwards partially covers as great as lowers his eyes as great as shakes his head. Meaning? Something similar to "I may have enjoyed your talk, though your in progress didnt magnitude up, as great as even though we similar to your personality, we either have some great food or hit a bricks." Exhibit B is a three-part move: The small as great as respectful laugh, a tiny grin as great as a slight curtsy of a head. Uh oh. That's customarily his approach of saying, "Your food tasted great enough, though your stories as great as indicate of perspective have been not land my attention in fact, who have been you?"Now which a margin is narrowed, any slight mistake or debility from a competitor can be called a pattern. The patterns we see as great as question? Damiano whips up gnocchi for a camping trip(?!) as great as now makes an prosperous Burrata panini for a tailgating party? Im sure of his in progress as great as indicate of view, though have been his dishes relatable in their context? So distant we am not convinced. Bobby doesnt consider Damianos sandwich has much flavor. Monterey finishes in progress her food in time without any tender chicken, though her display is a sight wreck. She offers a judges a beer(?!) as great as prompts guest decider Robert Irvine to ask, "Is there any inspiration alternative than you're homesick for this dish?" Ouch. we would put her upon a possible chopping block with Ana. They're dual of a strongest cooks in a competition, though they both need to manage time as great as amp up their energy! Erin is completely starstruck by Robert. we dont consider we have ever seen a guest decider leave a finalist so flustered. What she calls "backyard brat bites" have been a hit with a judges, especially Bobby, who says outright, "Im a fan of bratwurst." But its Robert who leaves Erin tripping over her sentences. we would put Erin somewhere in a upper middle of a pack during this point.Tregaye is a the single to beat. Her Mentor Challenge food hack, regulating a saute pan as a beef mallet to pound as great as flatten meat, is spot-on. Even some-more spot-on? Telling viewers to channel someone theyre indignant with when flattening meat. "Your father forgot your anniversary?!" she asks a shade as she slams a saute pan. Guest decider Katie Lee cracks up.Bobby additionally laughs wholeheartedly, as great as come a Star Challenge, a judges suffer what Tregaye calls her "inside-out cheeseburger" to boot. The only emanate for her this week: Her food is salty as great as a small heavy in a Mentor Challenge. we dont consider which matters much. Tregaye even gets stuck regulating prohibited dog buns for her burger as great as somehow makes it out similar to she wants it which way! As Giada would say, "Never let 'em see we sweat." And Tregaye doesnt.Another clever contender? Jernard, aka a self-described "chef of love." Jernard is frustrated which he cant quite lift everything together as great as strech a tall standard he set for himself. Jernard has a gift of gab. When he starts glazing his tequila wings as great as says "Somebodys gonna have a baby tonight," Im all in upon his betrayal dinner. He channels his home life as great as uses it as his "hack" to help him relate to viewers. Brilliant. Effective.Rob, who is developing his indicate of perspective as "a travel upon a furious side," takes a squalid as great as tasteless turkey dog for a high-speed ride; he wraps a dogs completely in bacon as great as cooks them crispy all around. He bastes them with his signature base beer BBQ salsa stating plainly, "Not everybody makes BBQ salsa with soda, though we do."LOVE it. State your indicate of view, claim your domain as great as a subsequent thing we know, we win a competition! Bobby loves which Rob takes a stance, though a decider is disappointed Rob doesnt share a BBQ salsa twist in his presentation. That BBQ salsa represents what is uniquely "Rob" about Rob. Its too distant along in a foe not to put it all out there. Bobby even describes him as having Guy Fieri-like qualities. Now thats tall praise! Guy is by distant as great as divided a most-successful Food Network Star, as great as we consider Rob is a tremendous cook who stands a outrageous possibility to win. The question is: Does Rob determine with me?Joy is an additional powerhouse. Week after week her presentations get stronger, some-more concise. we feel similar to Im starting to know this Southern gal as great as a smart home in progress she shares with us. She is which "breath of uninformed air," as Robert says, with just a smidgen of something comforting we have seen before. Her shrimp with jalapeno as great as pineapple slaw? Sign me up. My only worry is which her tasty food can get heavy in a hurry. Her 4,000-ingredient crab dip with mayonnaise as great as sour thickk cream as great as her mayonnaise-heavy slaw with shrimp have me wonder.When a fume clears, Rob, Monterey as great as Ana have been up for elimination, as great as Monterey goes home. To quote Giada: "Your appetite is contagious. We just need more-focused thoughts." That's where we come in. Maybe Star Salvation is which second possibility she needs to find it? Monterey joins Aaron as great as Yaku upon Star Salvation to face off for which second chance. Watch a latest episode here.Want more? Catch up upon a rest ofAlex's Star Reports.