We are through eight episodes of Food Network Star, which means eight contestants have already been sent home. Below we rank the remaining contestants and their odds of taking home the title of the next Food Network Star.

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4. Amy Pottinger

Last week’s rank: 5th

A week after melting down during her team presentation Amy rebounded nicely. She had one of the better Facebook Live presentations showing the ability to cook and talk at the same time. One problem…cross contamination when Amy forgot to wash her hands after cutting raw chicken. I believe her when she said she washes her hands every time at home (the bright lights can get to you a bit) but that is a big mistake and the judges made sure she knew that. Her solid week of presentations kept her in the competition but every week there is always something that is close to eliminating the home cook.

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3. Rusty Hamlin

Last week’s rank: 2nd

Rusty’s personality is hard to deny and after a few solid weeks in the competition he began to rise in our power rankings. However, this week’s episode was one to forget. Rusty struggled on camera, becoming flustered while having to teach, interact and cook all at the same time. His food is great, but if he can’t tie the two together, his days could be numbered.

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2. Matthew Grunwald

Last week’s rank: 4th

Matthew has bounced up and down our power rankings and he is one of the most ‘hated’ chefs on our MFST message boards and comments on each article. I can understand it to a degree, Matthew is outspoken, loud and can come across as arrogant. But if you watched Matthew on his previous Food Network shows you can easily see the progress he has made from a couple of years ago to now. No one will deny his cooking ability—he may be the best on the show–but his personality has rubbed people the wrong way. That being said, Matthew is the type of personality the Food Network lacks—a younger chef who can reach the millennial audience. This week’s challenge fit Matt perfectly as he does Facebook Live streams daily on his FB page. You can tell he looked comfortable and that gave him at least one more week on the show.

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1. Jason Smith

Last week’s rank: 1st

What else needs to be said about Jason? He has been No.1 on our rankings EVERY SINGLE WEEK. From day one of the show Jason has been a step above the other contestants. His personality and ability to relate to the audience makes him must-watch TV. Despite not having his best presentation on FB Live, he was still able to connect with the audience and his food was one of the best on the episode. Personally, I have been finding myself saying his catch-phrases in my everyday life, I throw out “Lord honey” or most recently “I’m happier than a dog with a long tail.” Jason is the STAR of this year’s season and if he doesn’t end up victorious I will have severe doubts about Food Network and their ability to find talent.

 

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