Genre: Reality, Cooking
Premise: Getting a second chance seems to be the theme for Season 12 of ``Food Network Star.'' In addition to returning companion online series ``Star Salvation,'' which gives eliminated contestants a chance to re-enter the competition, this year introduces a way for previous contestants to get another shot at culinary stardom. ``Comeback Kitchen,'' a three-episode show airing prior to the season premiere, gives seven contestants from past seasons a chance to participate in Season 12. The player who wins that competition joins 12 newcomers for a chance to get their own show on the network, the usual grand prize on ``Food Network Star.'' Hosts Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis guide the finalists through challenges that test their culinary skills and on-camera presence. Guest judges join the hosts throughout the season to help determine which wannabe star has the best of both worlds -- cooking ability and on-camera presentation -- to get their own Food Network show.
The final three watch their pilots with Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay; one winner goes on to shoot their own show on Food Network.