Get excited: Food Network's number one series, Food Network Star, premieres its seventh season tonight at 9 p.m. As we once again count down to more hopefuls competing for their own show (get acquainted with the new cast!), we take a look back at winners and finalists from seasons past and come to a conclusion: what happens on the Food Network stays in the Food Network. To see what we're talking about, keep reading.
One of the seminars I attended at SF Chefs, San Francisco's second annual food festival, was dedicated to pig. It was hosted by the National Pork Board and Tom Pizzica, finalist on the current season of the Next Food Network Star and host of an upcoming show on the Food Network. Stephen Gerike, of the pork board, showed the small crowd how to butcher a whole hog, then Tom used the meat to create three delicious dishes that we got to sample.
For a better look at the informative class, click through my photos after the break.