Three Los Angeles finalists make it to the new season of ‘The Next Food Network Star’


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‘The Next Food Network Star’ is coming to L.A. -- and it’s going Hollywood.

The Food Network’s No. 1 series will be back June 6 with 12 competitors convinced that they have what it takes to host their own Food Network show. This season was shot in Los Angeles. Expect appearances by Wolfgang Puck, Todd English and Eva Longoria Parker, as well as all the network’s top celebu-chefs.

Bobby Flay returns to host. The 12 finalists includes three from Los Angeles: Doreen Fang, Aarti Sequeira and Darrell “DAS” Smith.

What else will this season see? Plenty of sponsored challenges, if the press release is any indication: ‘Challenges include a crash-course in red-carpet glamor while catering a star-studded MGD 64 after-party with Grammy-winner Colbie Caillat, serving up savory dishes inspired by classic carnival sweets
at the Santa Monica Pier, creating and operating lunch trucks on Venice Beach, and using Kellogg’s breakfast cereals to cook dinner with breakfast.’


And things also are going to get a little touchy-feely this time around:

‘The contestants must also impress special guest stars Eva Longoria Parker and Todd English by illustrating an ‘emotion’ through a dish at their restaurant, Beso,’ also according to the press release.

The two-hour premiere is June 6th at 9 p.m.

-- Rene Lynch
On Twitter @renelynch