Theres regularly so most hype as well as nerves when the competition gets off the ground. You sit in the greenroom with all the other contestants, shouting (and, in my case, devouring several bags of BBQ potato chips ... ) as well as chatting about where youre from as well as what we cook. A explosion of chilled air runs by the room as soon as the writer enters. It goes from the fun small meet 'n' greet to an unsolved "whodunit" poser in the hot second. The most-important aspect of the initial part is getting the demeanour during any contender before elimination. What difference does rejecting make, we wonder? Well, as soon as someone gets sent home, the door upon complete, free expression as well as avowal closes. Contestants fear every small comment they have to the judges. Every sprig of parsley, every lemon wedge could be the wrong pierce as well as land them upon the subsequent flight home. And, lets face it: Being the initial person sent home is regularly an combined kicker. Contestants upon Chopped will contend to the judges: "I dont mind not winning. we usually dont want to go home in the initial round." Thats usually to some extent true. EVERYONE wants to win. The stakes have been particularly tall here because the winner has accolades, bragging rights as well as the shot during the good culinary destiny upon television!Last night's part of Food Network Star started/began with Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis as well as the initial challenge. Oh, as well as because this pressure cookers lid cant get any tighter, we add Valerie Bertinelli as well as Tyler Florence to the judges' table. When we am competing as well as see the panel of judges of which caliber, we demeanour during the pantry as well as want to run as well as hide, or usually serve the slice of buttered toast. Every ingredient seems wrong. Every signature dish Ive made in my hold up has some hypothetical flaw we have up upon the spot! My grandmothers duck piccata will be as well lemony for Bobby. My crab cakes will be as well sharp for Giada. The indicate is to have food which describes who YOU are. These brand new finalists have been in the movie drama (in an unfamiliar kitchen, no less) cooking for four superstars who have lasted in TV for years decades, really! What would we make?Lets discuss any contender in baked sweat bread formation, as well as some ways they could improve (let's call those tweaks for subsequent week my "a la mode suggestions"). If we haven't seen the premiere part yet, we're about to break down any finalist's performance, so don't read any serve until we watch.Shall we?Monterey Salka: Milkchocolate "rock'n' roll"pie. Too most of the good thing? Ice cream: rocky road"The rock 'n' roll chef" wants to be the womanlike Anthony Bourdain as well as describes her culinary POV as "food isn't scary." She can obviously cook, as well as the judges adore her food. Her display falls detached with breaks in her story as well as cursing. Lots of potential here, though Monterey comes opposite as the small scattered. Its in her hands.Martita Jara: Pumpkin spice. She's spicy! Ice cream: apricotThe Comeback Kitchen winner as well as wildcard is really charming. She has won the confidence of judges Tyler as well as Valerie, as well as she makes the black bean apricot crisp which wows. Judges found she "fell off the bull" the bit in her presentation. we agree. She is still the single to watch. Love the jazz hands as well as sparkles!Aaron Crumbaugh: A shepherd's meat pie, for sure, though what over beef? Ice cream: no flavor!A chipper former model as well as family man is the destiny "meat man" for Food Network? While Aaron's coffee-rubbed beef with chimichurri was the good idea, the judges found it lacked salt. Do we see Bobbys face when someone forgets to salt food? This self-described "farm boy ... chef ... stay-at-home dad" (whaaat?) needs to reel it in as well as put it all out there if he wants to cook bison beef for America.Erin Campbell: Savory cheese pie. Can she do savory? Ice cream: berry crumbleShe is so desirable as well as to the point. "Haters gonna hate, baker gonna bake." Ha! She makes the berry cobbler which Giada loves for its appropriate almost-but-not-quite-there "jellified" factor. we adore her Hispanic as well as Irish roots as well as which she doesnt apologize for who she is.Definitely someone to watch. Question is: Can her range stretch to delicious cooking?Rob Burmeister: Buttered rum baked sweat bread is comfortable as well as upon point. Ice cream: fudge lunch-ladyrippleRob is the proprietor Staten Island "lunch lady" who wants to educate kids. "Im Guy Fieri times 10!" he exclaims. The judges adore his crab baked sweat bread with corn. we could ambience which deliciously pure corn flavor as we watched the judges eat. Rob is the natural stand up comic as well as comes opposite as so real. He is really the single to watch.Joy Thompson: Lady apple pie. Too simple? Ice cream: blue cheeseJoy is the combination Miss North Carolina 1999, the rapper as well as the Brady Bunch mom. She comes out of the embankment with her blue-cheese-scallop-bacon crostini as well as the catchy, clever tag line: "South in your mouth." But Tyler Florence thinks the scallops were overcooked. Presentation: strong. Food: needs work!Jernard Wells: Ruffled ambrosia triple-chocolate mud "love"pie. Is he laying it upon as well thick? Ice cream: truffled butter pecan, of courseThe self-described "chef of love" from Atlanta is obviously conducting his own seduction dinner with America. Considering he as well as his wife have nine children, Id call his "recipe" for food as well as adore the success! His shrimp-and-grits dish is the hit with the judges, though they question either he can do "original" food. we think he has the good POV connecting food as well as adore as well as the tag line to boot. He will be tough to beat.Ana Quincoces: Cuban quince-mamey pie. But how to fuse Latinand American? Ice cream: chile-vanilla swirlShe is the triple threat: food experience, abounding stories as well as the beauty queen. This will be the tough contender to unseat. Why do we see Ana as so promising? She can cook. Her Cuban take upon the burger as well as fries wows with good flavor. This woman not usually intends to wobble Latin aptitude in to the food of America, though she backs it up with the good initial dish. But will she choke again during her subsequent on-camera moment?Tregaye Fraser: She made the humble baked sweat bread as well as hid behind it! Ice cream: spumoniTregay's tag line is "keep it cute" as well as she does. Perky. Energetic. Youthful denunciation thats "on fleek" with the younger audience. Tregaye sees her destiny Food Network show flipping school cafeterias in to fine-dining establishments. Her shrimp as well as "electric slide" grits have been the hit, though her display is lukewarm. Where did the strange Tregaye go? If she sticks with her strange "recipe," she will light up this margin of contenders.Damiano Carrara: Italian cannoli pie, though don't censor behind which good accent! Ice cream: amarettoThis is the Italian wild horse of the bunch, as well as he knows it.A (likely?) disciple of Cutthroat Kitchen champ Fabio Viviani, Damiano has the enterprise to share his pastry dreams with America, as well as it is compelling. So is his accent as well as smile. Then Tyler bites in to his beef tartare as well as asks, "Do they have salt in Tuscany?" Ouch. My question is, if Damiano is all about the pastries, because did he select the deeply delicious beef tartar as his initial dish? POV comes out in the ingredients these contenders choose. Id contend the "steaks" have been tall for Damiano to broach subsequent time around.Yaku Moton-Spruill: Coconut creampie. Tasty. Ice cream: banana split decisionYaku is 6 feet 9 inches of pure adore for food as well as cooking. Yakus "Bar-B-Ku" beef dish aims to share his temperament with the judges, though underseasoned meat leaves Tyler doubt the connection between Yakus hometown of San Francisco as well as Southern BBQ. Yaku is all charm as well as smarts, though will he share who he is with America?Melissa Pfeister: Goji berry acai antioxidant pie. Too healthy? Need some-more fun? Ice cream: peanut butterShe is an contestant as well as the full of health eater; her lifestyle is her indicate of view. Her tag line of taking "foods which have been not good for we as well as re-creating them in the full of health way" as well as harping upon allergies doesnt sit well with Giada. we agree. Food: strong. Presentation: might need the brand new set of adjectives.Havird Usry: Georgia peach pie. Ice cream: Southern comfortThis man grew up in Mississippi as well as lives in Atlanta. He embodies the "Southern gentleman" as well as cooks the food so most Americans adore to eat. Havird whips up the "curry duck salad"(were those strawberries upon the duck salad?) as well as is really low energy upon his presentation. Ana says hes "adorable," though he seems very bunched up which other chefs have been angling for the Southern cooking POV. we say, concentration upon who we came here to represent:yourself! But unfortunately he doesn't get another chance to try this week.Havird goes home. He was wonderfully charming, though he might have let nerves get the best of him.Lets go to my "pie" draft for suggestions for subsequent week: