|Central House Executive Chef Michele Ragussis is smack in the center of this|
photo from the Food Network website, showing the seven chefs vying for a
second chance to become the next Food Network Star. Watch tonight at 8 PM.
Tonight’s television lineup will find Michele Ragussis, Executive Chef of the Central House at the Crown & Anchor, appearing on Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, vying for her second chance to compete with other chefs, food writers, caterers and culinary enthusiasts, one of whom will go on to compete in the coming season of the regular series, (season number 12) and perhaps even to become the next “Food Network Star.”
Tonight at 8 PM eastern time, seven former competitors from previous seasons return to cook again, and to once again show us all the poise, personality and kitchen know-how they can muster as the judges select, over these next three weeks, just one competitor to join 12 others in the 12th season of Food Network Star, where one of those 13 will earn the opportunity to host their own series on the Food Network.
In tonight’s first “comeback” episode, hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence challenge the competitors to redeem themselves by making a dish that haunts them from their first competitions. Each will also shoot a one-minute video telling us where they’ve landed and how they've improved their dishes. This is also a chance to display a more polished on-camera persona than some might have presented the first time around. Based on both their food and videos, the least-improved alumnus will be eliminated once again.
Michele, who is in her 2nd year heading up the Central House kitchen, appeared in season 8, and hints that there may be “some drama” in this brief, three-week run leading up to the regular series. She will be joined on the show by Briana Jenkins from Atlanta, who appeared in season 6; Penny Davidi, Los Angeles, season 7; Chris Kyler, Fredericksburg, Virginia, season 10; Dominick Tesoriero, Staten Island, New York, season 11; Martita Jara, San Diego, season 8; Matthew Grunwald, Scottsdale, Arizona, season 11.
You can watch the first episode tonight from home, or join the festivities along with the 8PM viewing at the Central House, 247 Commercial Street, in the Crown & Anchor complex. Go early to get a good seat to watch the show, and to have a nice dinner, particularly if you’ve never had Michele’s wonderful food. If you miss it, this episode will be rebroadcast at 3 AM eastern time, and again at 4PM on Thursday, May 12th. And even though this series has already been taped, we can't help but wish Michele good luck. She is a terrific chef, and her warm personality and easy charm make her a real contender for the title of Food Network Star.
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