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'Food Network Star' recap of season premiere, featuring Baltimore's Rodney "the pie guy" Henry
'Food Network Star' recap of season premiere, featuring Baltimore's Rodney "the pie guy" Henry

The ninth cycle kicked off with a premiere episode that was mostly as bland as some of the potatoes the contestants whipped up for the Star Challenge. Still, a front-runner emerged, as did a potential villainess. And three contestants were, very satisfyingly, informed that their mission statements were gobbledygook. Was Baltimore's Rodney "the pie guy" Henry one of them? Henry, a rock musician turned pie-shop owner, is among the group of 12 competing for the big prize of a Food Network show. Did Rodney's pitch tape and personal potato statement land him in the premiere episode's top three, middle six or bottom three? Returning mentors Bobby Flay, Giada De...

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