Food Network Star

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Food Network Star
Food Network Star logo.jpg
FormatReality, Cooking
Presented byMarc Summers
(Seasons 1–2, season 3 finale)
JudgesBob Tuschman
Susie Fogelson
Bobby Flay
Giada De Laurentiis
Alton Brown
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes72
Production
Running time60–120 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelFood Network
Original runJune 5, 2005 (2005-06-05) – present
Chronology
Related showsParty Line with The Hearty Boys
Guy's Big Bite
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
The Gourmet Next Door
Big Daddy's House
Will Work for Food
Ten Dollar Dinners
Kid in a Candy Store
Aarti Party
Outrageous Food
United Tastes of America
Sandwich King
Rebel with a Culinary Cause
External links
Website
 
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Food Network Star
Food Network Star logo.jpg
FormatReality, Cooking
Presented byMarc Summers
(Seasons 1–2, season 3 finale)
JudgesBob Tuschman
Susie Fogelson
Bobby Flay
Giada De Laurentiis
Alton Brown
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes72
Production
Running time60–120 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelFood Network
Original runJune 5, 2005 (2005-06-05) – present
Chronology
Related showsParty Line with The Hearty Boys
Guy's Big Bite
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
The Gourmet Next Door
Big Daddy's House
Will Work for Food
Ten Dollar Dinners
Kid in a Candy Store
Aarti Party
Outrageous Food
United Tastes of America
Sandwich King
Rebel with a Culinary Cause
External links
Website

Food Network Star is a reality television series produced by and aired on the Food Network in the United States that awards the winner his or her own series on the Food Network. Prior to season seven, the show was known as The Next Food Network Star.

Season one[edit]

Summary[edit]

The first season of The Next Food Network Star series was taped in February 2005, and was composed of five episodes premiering on Sundays at 9 PM in June 2005. Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh were the winners of the first season. These two Chicago area caterers host a show called Party Line with Dan & Steve, now titled Party Line with The Hearty Boys, which premiered on September 18, 2005. The runner-up, Deborah Fewell, was chosen to host a special on food at beaches, Surf N Turf, which aired in June 2006. Michael Thomas is the recurring chef on The Tyra Banks Show. Susannah Locketti has made an appearance on The Tony Danza Show, and is also an on-air chef for Publix grocery stores in the southern United States.

Finalists[edit]

FinalistAgeHometownPlace
Dan Smith & Steve McDonagh42 and 40Bellmore, NY and Wayne, NJWinners
Deborah Fewell32Los Angeles, CARunner-Up
Hans Rueffert32Jasper, GA3rd
Susannah Locketti33Plymouth, MA4th
Eric Warren52Los Angeles, CA5th
Michael Thomas36Venice, CA6th
Harmony Marceau30New York City, NY7th
Brook Harlan24Columbia, MO8th


Season two[edit]

Summary[edit]

The second season of The Next Food Network Star series was taped in December 2005 and began airing in March 2006. Guy Fieri was announced as the winner on April 23, 2006, beating Reggie Southerland. Fieri has achieved considerable success at Food Network since his victory, and is still regularly on air as of August 2013. Guy's Big Bite premiered in June 2006 and was picked up for a second season in 2008 and remains in production. Originally intended as a one-hour special, Fieri's second series, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, premiered April 23, 2007. Guy's third series, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, first aired on February 17, 2008, co-hosted by Marc Summers. Guy's newest show debuted on the Food Network on September 14, 2008. Called Guy Off The Hook, it is similar in concept to Emeril Live, but allows guests to come up on stage and participate in the cooking.

Guy has appeared with Dinner: Impossible chef Robert Irvine, and with Paula Deen in Paula's Party in 2007; and as a guest judge in subsequent seasons of The Next Food Network Star. He is also host of NBC Network's Minute To Win It. His new grocery store themed game show "Guy's Grocery Games" began airing on Sunday nights in October 2013.

Fourth-place contestant Nathan Lyon began hosting his own series, A Lyon In the Kitchen,[1] on the Discovery Health Channel in March 2007.

Finalists[edit]

FinalistAgeHometownCulinary P.O.V.Eliminated
Guy Fieri38Santa Rosa, CA"Off the Hook" California CuisineWinner
Reggie Southerland39Los Angeles, CAModern Soul FoodRunner-Up
Carissa Seward33San Diego, CASimple Food for EntertainingWeek 6
Nathan Lyon35Los Angeles, CAHealthy and Seasonal FoodWeek 5
Andrew Schumacher26Brooklyn, NYCooking TechniquesWeek 4
Evette Rodriguez35Port St. Lucie, FLLatin CuisineWeek 3
Elizabeth Raynor32Sausalito, CASimple Mediterranean CuisineWeek 2
Jess Dang24Menlo Park, CAAsian CuisineWeek 1


Season three[edit]

Summary[edit]

The third season began on June 3, 2007, and the winner was announced on Sunday, July 22. In season 3, judges narrowed the field down to 2 with 1 or 2 contestants going home weekly. Once the field was down to 2, the viewers picked the winner. Marc Summers (host of the first 2 seasons) only returned for this season's finale. Bobby Flay would host subsequent season finales. During the season, the contestants lived in a shared house in New York City. The contestants' challenges included cooking concession food for a NBA game (with guest Darryl Dawkins) to a mini version of Food Network's Iron Chef America (with guest judges Bobby Flay and Cat Cora). The Selection Committee consisted of Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson along with one guest. Guest judges included Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis, Duff Goldman, season two winner Guy Fieri, and Robert Irvine. Additionally, Paula Deen and Rachael Ray participated in contestant challenges, and Bobby Flay also played a role in the guidance and selection process. Amy Finley was chosen by America as The Next Food Network Star on July 22, 2007. Her new show The Gourmet Next Door premiered on October 14, 2007 and ran for six episodes. Finley later declined to continue with the series, citing relocation to France for family reasons.

Finalists[edit]

NameAgeHometownEliminated
Amy Finley33San Diego, CAWinner1
Rory Schepisi31Vega, TXRunner-Up
Joshua Adam "JAG" Garcia25Havelock, NCWithdrew1
Paul McCullough36Los Angeles, CAWeek 6
Adrien Sharp29Jackson, MIWeek 5
Michael Salmon53Brooklyn, NYWeek 4
Tommy Grella, Jr.34Methuen, MAWeek 3
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine29New York, NYWeek 3
Nikki Shaw38Oakland, CAWeek 2
Patrick Rolfe33Seattle, WAWeek 1
Vivien Cunha40Hermosa Beach, CAWeek 1

^Note 1 : Amy Finley was eliminated Week 7, and the original finalists were Rory Schepisi and Joshua "JAG" Garcia. After the final elimination episode was aired, evidence came to light that JAG had lied about both his culinary training and his military service, representing both as more extensive than they actually were.[2][3] Food Network allowed him to withdraw from the competition and reinstated Amy Finley, who was voted The Next Food Network Star.

Season four[edit]

Summary[edit]

Season four of The Next Food Network Star premiered on Sunday, June 1, 2008. Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson are joined by Bobby Flay as the selection committee for this season. Each new episode aired on Sundays at 10:00 PM EDT. For this season, the viewers no longer received the chance to vote for the winner; producers instead made the final decision. This led to an error by FoodNetwork.com, which briefly posted the winning moment video on their website three days before the finale aired.[4] The winner for the fourth season was Aaron McCargo, Jr. His winning show idea, Big Daddy's House, first aired August 3, 2008. Finalist Adam Gertler was soon hired to host a Food Network show called Will Work for Food, which debuted on January 19, 2009 and was cancelled after one season. He now hosts the Food Network show "Kid in a Candy Store" which is currently filming its second season. Kelsey Nixon co-hosts a web show on food2.com (a Food Network sister site) and also appeared in the premiere of Chefs vs. City in 2009. In 2010, Gertler and Nixon became co-hosts of The Next Food Network Star After Party, a half-hour recap/interview show following that night's episode of Star, on Food Network's sister station Cooking Channel. Nixon stars in Kelsey's Essentials, a program on kitchen and cooking basics for The Cooking Channel that began in November, 2010.[5]

Finalists[edit]

NameAgeHometownOccupationEliminated
Aaron McCargo, Jr.36Camden, NJChefWinner
Adam Gertler30Philadelphia, PAFood ServerRunner-Up
Lisa Garza32Dallas, TXRestaurateur/DesignerRunner-Up
Kelsey Nixon23North Ogden, UTAssistant Culinary DirectorWeek 7
Shane Lyons20Colorado Springs, COPrivate Chef and actorWeek 6
Jennifer Cochrane32Woonsocket, RIChefWeek 5
Nipa Bhatt35Victoria, MNMarketing ManagerWeek 4
Jeffrey Vaden43White Plains, NYFood Service ManagementWeek 3
Kevin Roberts39San Diego, CARadio Talk Show Host/Restaurant Owner/AuthorWeek 2
Cory Kahaney45New York, NYStand-up ComedianWeek 1

Season five[edit]

Summary[edit]

Season five of The Next Food Network Star premiered on June 7, 2009. Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson were joined by Bobby Flay as the Selection Committee for this season, which was filmed early 2009 in New York, New York and Miami, Florida. Melissa D'Arabian was declared the winner on August 2, 2009 with the title for her show being Ten Dollar Dinners. Her show premiered on August 9, 2009. On August 17, 2009, Food Network announced Jeffrey Saad would return in a series of online videos based on his pilot, now called "The Spice Smuggler."[6] The program premiered with four 4-1/2 minute videos featuring one spice and a recipe incorporating it.[7] Saad was named the national representative for the American Egg Board. In November, 2010, Saad will debut in a new show for The Cooking Channel currently titled United Tastes of America, which explores multiple aspects of traditional American food.[5] Finalist Debbie Lee has carried her "Seoul to Soul" concept to the streets of LA, opening a lunch truck Ahn-Joo, featuring a range of Korean food.

Finalists[edit]

NameAgeHometownOccupationCulinary P.O.V.Eliminated
Melissa d'Arabian40Keller, TXStay-At-Home Mom"Kitchen Survival Guide"Winner
Jeffrey Saad42Los Angeles, CARestaurateur/Food Consultant/Recipe Developer/Chef"Ingredient Smuggler"Runner-Up
Debbie Lee39West Hollywood, CARestaurant Consultant"From Seoul to Soul"Week 8
Jamika Pessoa30Atlanta, GAPersonal Chef/BusinesswomanCaribbean CuisineWeek 7
Michael Proietti28City Island, NYExecutive Chef"Global A Go-Go"Week 6
Katie Cavuto30Philadelphia, PAPersonal Chef & DieticianHealthy and Green CuisineWeek 5
Teddy Folkman33Alexandria, VARestaurant Owner/Executive Chef"Gourmet Bar Food"Week 4
Eddie Gilbert30Los Angeles, CAApprentice Chef"Modernized Traditional Food"Week 3
Brett August32New York, NYExecutive Sous ChefItalian-American CuisineWeek 2
Jen Isham30Orlando, FLSales Manager"Housewife 2.0"Week 1

Season six[edit]

Summary[edit]

The sixth season of the series premiered on Sunday, June 6, 2010. Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson were again joined by Bobby Flay as judges; in addition, Giada De Laurentiis served as an on-set mentor. On July 17, 2010, a post-competition recap and discussion show premiered on The Cooking Channel. Shows were filmed in Los Angeles, California and New York, New York. On August 15, 2010, Aarti Sequeira was declared the winner, and her new show Aarti Party[8] premiered on Sunday, August 22, 2010 and features American style cuisine with unique Indian flair. Season 2 of Aarti Party[8] is scheduled to premiere in December. The Food Network also signed runner-up Tom Pizzica to host a new show called Outrageous Food, which premiered in November 2010.[9] The last new episodes of Aarti Party aired mid-2013.

Finalists[edit]

NameAgeHometownOccupationCulinary P.O.V.Eliminated
Aarti Sequeira31Los Angeles, CAFood Blogger"Aarti Paarti"Winner
Herb Mesa41Atlanta, GAPersonal Trainer/Personal Chef"Cooking Con Sabor"Runner-Up
Tom Pizzica32San Francisco, CAUnemployed Chef"Big Chef"Runner-Up
Aria Kagan30Hollywood, FLPrivate Chef"Family Style"Week 9
Brad Sorenson25Austin, TXProfessional Chef"Culinary Quest"Week 8
Serena Palumbo31New York, NYAttorney"Serena's Trattoria"Week 7
Brianna Jenkins30Atlanta, GACaterer"Sexy and Fabulous Flavors"Week 6
Paul Young32Chicago, ILWaiter"Blue-Collar Dollar"Week 5
Darrell "DAS" Smith28Los Angeles, CAHigh School Culinary TeacherWeek 4
Dzintra Dzenis44Austin, TXPrivate Cooking InstructorWeek 3
Doreen Fang38Los Angeles, CACaterer/Cooking Instructor"Simply Complex"Week 2
Alexis Hernandez40Clarksville, INPart-time food WriterWeek 1

Season seven[edit]

Summary[edit]

The seventh season of the renamed American reality television series Food Network Star premiered Sunday, June 5, 2011. Food Network executives, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson, are joined again by Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis as the judges for this season. The series was filmed in Los Angeles, California and New York, New York. Season seven winner Jeff Mauro's show "Sandwich King" premiered on Sunday, August 21, 2011. In Spring 2013, Jeff hosted "24 in 24," a show in which he went to several cities and ate an entire day's worth of meals on 24 dollars. After the first episode of this season aired as "The Next Food Network Star", the series was retitled "Food Network Star" and this name was used for the second episode onward.

Finalists[edit]

NameAgeHometownOccupationCulinary P.O.V.Eliminated
Jeff Mauro32Chicago, ILCorporate Chef"Sandwich King"Winner
Susie Jimenez31Carbondale, COCatering Company Owner"Spice It Up"Runner-Up
Vic "Vegas" Moea36Brooklyn, NYExecutive Chef"Mama's Boy"Week 11
Mary Beth Albright38Washington, DCFood Writer and Blogger"Sunday Supper"Week 10
Whitney Chen28New York, NYChef"Four Star Flair"Week 9
Jyll Everman31Glendora, CACaterer"Jyllicious Bites"Week 8
Penny Davidi39Los Angeles, CARestaurant Owner"Middle Eastern Mama"Week 7
Chris Nirschel28Hoboken, NJSous Chef"On the Line"Week 7
Orchid Paulmeier38Bluffton, SCRestaurant Owner"Asian Persuasion"Week 6
Justin Davis31Minneapolis, MNFood Blogger"The Flavor Factory"Week 5
Justin Balmes32Marietta, GAFishmonger/ Butcher"Kitchen Workshop"Week 4
Alicia Sanchez33New York, NYYoung Adult Culinary Teacher"Alicia's Guilty Pleasures"Week 3
Katy Clark34Long Beach, CAFood and Fitness Company Operator"Simply Fabulous"Week 2
Juba Kali29New Orleans, LAResearch Chef"Cuisine Made Simply"Week 2
Howie Drummond40Highlands Ranch, CORadio Host"Basic and Delicious"Week 1

Season eight[edit]

Summary[edit]

Season 8 started May 13, 2012. For season 8, the format changed, with the contestants divided into three five-member teams, each coached by a Food Network host. Coaches will work with the teams as they prepare for and complete their tasks. Each week, a winning team will be selected and one member of the teams that did not win will be up for elimination at a new feature called Producers' Challenge. Each week's challenge will continue to be hosted by current Food Network personalities. For the first time the Producer of the winner's show will be the person who coached (mentored) them, be it Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, or Giada De Laurentiis. Also, the final winner was decided by an audience vote cast on foodnetwork.com between July 15–17, 2012 and the winner was announced on July 22, 2012. The winner was Justin Warner. Ultimately, Justin hosted a one-hour special on The Food Network, but he did not host a full season of his own show. He has become a blogger on foodnetwork.com, makes appearances at Food Network events, and is an active twitter presence.

Coaches[edit]

Finalists[edit]

NameAgeHometownOccupationCulinary P.O.V.TeamEliminated
Justin Warner27Brooklyn, NYChef and Restaurant Owner"Rebel with a Culinary Cause"Team AltonWinner
Michele Ragussis42Derby, CT[10]Executive Chef"My New England"Team BobbyRunner-Up
Yvan Lemoine30Maspeth, NYBartender and Cook for the French Consulate"Family Style"Team GiadaRunner-Up
Martie Duncan50[11]Birmingham, ALBlogger and Party Planner"Martie with the Party"Team AltonRunner-Up
Philip "Ippy" Aiona23Kamuela, HIExecutive Chef"Voyage to Paradise"Team GiadaWeek 10
Nikki Martin31West Hollywood, CAPrivate Chef, Food and Beverage Consultant"The Grill Next Door"Team BobbyWeek 10
Martita Jara35San Diego, CASelf-Taught Chef"Martita's Mesa"Team GiadaWeek 9
Malcolm Mitchell41Washington, DCPrivate Chef"Simple and Soulful"Team BobbyWeek 8
Emily Ellyn29Orlando, FLCollege Student"Cooking Retro Rad"Team AltonWeek 7
Linkie Marais28North Attleborough, MACake Baker"Dessert Queen"Team GiadaWeek 6
Judson Allen30Chicago, ILCatering Company Owner"Weight Loss Journey"Team AltonWeek 5
Eric Lee44Petaluma, CAWinery Executive Chef"Handcrafted in Wine Country"Team BobbyWeek 4
Josh Lyons42Jupiter, FLRestaurant Consultant and Sushi Chef"Wok and Roll"Team GiadaWeek 3
Kara Sigle31Chicago, ILCatering Company Owner"Nostalgic Cooking with a Twist"Team BobbyWeek 2
Cristie Schoen35New Orleans, LACaterer"Healthy and Delicious"Team AltonWeek 1

Season nine[edit]

Summary[edit]

Season 9 started on June 2, 2013.[12] For season 9, Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, and Giada De Laurentiis mentored and judged twelve Food Network Star competitors, although the contestants were not divided into teams as in season 8. Many of this season's contestants had previously appeared on other Food Network shows.[13] The final winner was Damaris Phillips, decided by an audience vote cast on foodnetwork.com and announced live on August 11, 2013.

Finalists[edit]

NameAgeHometownOccupationCulinary P.O.V.Eliminated
Damaris Phillips31Louisville, KYCulinary Teacher"Modern Southern Food"Winner
Rodney Henry47Baltimore, MDPie Shop Owner"Pie Style"Second Place
Russell Jackson49San Francisco, CAUnderground Chef"Seven Culinary Sins"Third Place
Stacey Poon-Kinney34San Diego, CARestaurant Owner"Vintage with a Modern Twist"Week 10
Nikki Dinki29New York, NYFood Blogger/Online Host"Semi-Vegetarian" / "Meat on the Side"Week 9
Chad Rosenthal37Ambler, PARestaurant Owner"Jewish BBQ Guy"Week 7
Chris Hodgson26Cleveland, OHChef/Restaurateur"Compassion for Food"Week 6
Viet Pham33Salt Lake City, UTChef/Restaurant Owner"The American Dream"Week 5
Connie "Lovely" Jackson27Los Angeles, CACaterer"Party on a Plate"Week 4 & Week 8(Winner of Star Salvation)
Danushka Lysek37New York, NYPrivate Chef/Model"Your Private Chef"Week 3
Andres Guillama26Waynesville, NCChildhood Obesity Prevention Coach"Teaching Men to Cook"Week 2
Daniela Perez-Reyes28Haleiwa, HIBartender/Caterer"Peruvian Princess"Week 1

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