It all comes down to the final week in the Season 13 finale, as Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay watch the Food Network pilots for the final three finalists and determine who will be the next Food Network star.
The three remaining finalists are in for a shock when they learn that a previously eliminated finalist is re-entering the competition. With the help of former finalists, the last four competitors must cook for the privilege of making a pilot. Former winner Eddie Jackson is back to help select the three finalists, who then shoot pilots directed by none other than Guy Fieri.
The four remaining finalists try their hand at reporting live on location, each visiting a popular food truck while Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and special guest Sabin Lomac watch from the studio. Then, it's time for each finalist to partake in their own segment of a recorded ensemble special called "Up Your Game (Day)," performing a demo of a special game-day dish, while also tackling surprises along the way.
The finalists must try their hand at something big, taking their inspiration from Josh Denny and his hit Food Network show, "Ginormous Food." Then, it's time for the up-to-the-minute trend of live cooking while streaming on social media. Each finalist streams their take on a start-to-finish 15-minute weeknight meal, while viewers cook along with them. Surprise guest Alex Guarnaschelli provides feedback on the finalists' performances.
The finalists take on "Beat Bobby Flay." In the first round of cooking the finalists go head-to-head to determine who will take on Bobby Flay in Round 2. Anyone who can beat Bobby is safe from elimination, but those who are not up to the challenge may lose their spot in the competition. Special guest Anne Burrell helps determine which finalist will not be moving on.
Each of the remaining seven finalists makes their best potato dish and must overcome the one thing in the competition that has been holding them back. Then it's time to celebrate summer with Cooking Channel host Tiffani Thiessen, who helps Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis judge the efforts of the finalists as they each host their version of a summer social gathering for a crowd of people in the park. One finalists' summer ends early and is sent home.
First, the finalists pair up and take on a typical shopping budget problem while creating an Instagram Story about their shopping trip, with special guest Hannah Hart helping Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis judge the finalists' efforts. Then Sunny Anderson brings with her several of her favorite problem-solving segments from "The Kitchen," with the finalists tasked to perform a demo with Sunny in front of a studio audience.
The remaining finalists are divided into teams and sent into the wilderness. When they arrive at a campsite, they must use whatever camping food is in the back of their cars to create a "glamping" meal. Each team will present their dishes to Giada De Laurentiis, along with guests Melissa d'Arabian and Andrew Zimmern, who will decide which finalist successfully elevated camping food to glamping dishes and gave the best tips for working with wilderness fare.
The 10 remaining finalists divide into two teams, with each team creating a five-course menu for an experiential restaurant. Diners will experience a completely different environment for each course, such as an appetizer in the jungle and a main course in the desert. Each finalist must also make a video menu describing their dish for the diners. Special guest Tyler Florence dines with Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay and helps decide which finalist is sent home.
The finalists host a party celebrating Disney's live-action feature "Beauty and the Beast." The finalists are divided into three teams, with each team drawing inspiration from one of the iconic rooms of the castle to decorate a serving station and cook up a dish before presenting to a ballroom full of party guests. Special guest Sandra Lee attends the event with Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay to help pick a winning team, then two finalists from the losing team are sent home.
Twelve Food Network Star hopefuls arrive in search of their big break. Upon their arrival, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay greet them with the news that they must pass one more big audition before they will officially be considered finalists. On top of that, they learn there is one more person joining the competition: the winner of "Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen." Special guests Monti Carlo and Robert Irvine help Giada and Bobby decide who will be the first competitor sent home.