The Passat hits the road, Food Network Star style

For the second year running, Volkswagen partnered with Food Network’s competition series, Food Network Star, as the automotive sponsor. If you watched, you would have noticed the stylish 2016 Volkswagen Passat making a guest appearance in a number of episodes this season.

Contestants Erin Campbell and Damiano Carrara on Food Network Star

On Sunday, the Passat enjoyed its biggest role yet: as an integrated part of the culinary road trip challenge. Inspired by the Passat, as the place where family happens, Food Network Star aligned a challenge around meals themed after family road-trip destinations, like the beach, camping, and even Grandma’s house.

The well-equipped 2016 Volkswagen Passat features the convenient Hands-free Easy Open Trunk, which means that even with hands full, Finalists were able to open the trunk with a mere swipe of the foot. It was the best way to support the contestants on their culinary road trip — and it’s the perfect way to support your family on theirs, wherever the adventure leads.

Food Network Star airs on Food Network on Sundays at 9/8c.