Star-a-Day: Judson Allen

by in Food Network Star, May 2, 2012

Judson Allen

To give you a sneak peek at the personalities of Team Alton, Team Bobby and Team Giada, we’re introducing a finalist per day leading up to the bigger-than-ever Food Network Star premiere on Sunday, May 13, at 9pm/8c. Don’t miss the casting special on Saturday, May 12, at 9pm/8c for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at each finalist’s road to Star-dom, including footage of their final one-on-one auditions with their respective team leaders.

Judson Allen, 30, runs his own catering company in Chicago. Having recently lost 100 pounds, he focuses on healthy food, but also loves to cook with the Creole flavors he learned from his grandfather. Like his team leader, Alton Brown, Judson has a penchant for bow ties.

Fun facts about Judson from Food Network Magazine:

  • Claim to fame: He hosts local cooking demonstrations that are broadcast on the Internet, and he also catered for former Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb's child's baptism.
  • Dream-show concept: "The architect of flavor": It would emphasize New Orleans Creole cuisine, like crab-stuffed shrimp and grits.
  • Secret ingredient: Creole spice blend. He makes his own with cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, fennel and more.

Get to know Judson in his Star bio video:

Are you rooting for #TeamAlton, #TeamBobby or #TeamGiada? Who’s your early favorite among the Season 8 Star finalists? Cast your Fan Vote up to 10 times per day.

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Comments (19)

  1. Ron Johnson says:

    I had the opportunity to meet Judson last year and sample his food at an event he catered and I must say I was blown away by the flavors of his food. Now only is he a great person but he is also a great chef.
    All the best in the competition Judson.

  2. Anita says:

    His food is soooooo good! He definitely is the king of shrimp n grits! Good luck chef, Chicago loves you!!

  3. Kenya says:

    TEAMJudson <3

  4. Tiffany says:

    I absolutely love Jud! #TeamJudson I can't wait to see the show.

  5. Meisha White says:

    Way to go Judson. You are so kind and passionate about what you do. You can make a delightful meal out of anything. You are great and so Humble. Go forth. You are a Blessing to The World! Peace. Mrs. Meisha

  6. Noelle Smith says:

    His cooking is sensational and Chicago is behind him! Go Judson!

  7. Vondrea says:

    Wow, Chef Judson you know I have always loved your cooking. One special thing, I also love your personality and because you know who you are, you will succeed!

  8. guest says:

    His food looked good. Hope he sticks around for awhile.

  9. Guest says:

    What is up with the tongue? It's distracting like a nervous tic.