Sunday's episode of Food Network Star (Season 10, Episode 7) featured the reality show/food competition's version of a Vegas Pool Party. But the challenge for the Star competitors wasn't finding someone to lotion up their backs. Instead, each Star competitor had to pitch their poolside dish to a live audience equipped with Dialsmith's Perception Analyzer dials--lovingly referred to by the Star competitors as the "Dials of Doom." The live audience served as a focus group using the dials to give continuous, real time feedback to gauge whether a competitor's pitch swam or sank.
This is the second season that Food Network Star has featured the Dials of Doom, Season 9 being the first, and to those familiar with the show, it's obvious the dials are a favorite of Star judge/mentor Alton Brown. Why are the dials this chef's choice? Alton had this to say: