Cheers to the Rebel: New Star Justin Chats With Fans

by in Food Network Star, July 24, 2012

Justin Warner's Winning Moment Season 8Just one day after being crowned the next Food Network Star, Justin Warner was already on the job.

He stopped by Food Network’s offices on Monday to join a Facebook chat with some of his biggest fans. Offering a rarely seen glimpse of what makes him tick, Justin answered fans’ questions about everything — his hopes for his new show, the craziest meal he’s ever made, his favorite movies, hair product of choice and more. Read on for some of the best moments from our Q&A session with Justin and get to know this Rebel With a Culinary Cause.

Debbie Smith: Congratulations, Justin! Has the shock worn off yet? My question is: In five years, what other projects would you like to do for FN? I ask this because many of the stars branch out after their first show settles in. For example, Guy with his Big Bites, DDD and hosting cook-offs.

Justin Warner (JW): No, the shock has not worn off. I'm still stupefied. I think there is an array of applications for someone like myself.

Regina Petrucci: What's your favorite moment from being on the show?

JW: My favorite moment was when Martie got to make a pilot too.

Maria Eivers Medley: What was the one experience on the show that you wish you could have done differently or do over again?

JW: I rarely live with regrets, but I could have come out of the box a little stronger and been a better leader. Probably could have tried to defend my team a little better.

Alicia Kaity Audette: So excited for you! Any ideas on the format of your upcoming show? And will Martie be a guest?

JW: I'm open-minded and excited to meet professionals as this is my first time doing a TV show. If Martie Duncan can make an appearance, I would be honored!

Jessica Ng: Justin! Congratulations on becoming the next Food Network Star!! Since Alton Brown was your mentor and main "cheerleader," what is the number one lesson he has taught you that you will teach America in your new series?

JW: Everybody has something to teach. You just have to find out what you're here to teach. I'm here to teach people not to be scared of being wacky, because we're all a little bit wacky.

Katy Franks: What do you think will be your biggest challenge being a Food Network star?

JW: Waking up early will be my biggest challenge!

Carol Gardener Pike: Hi, Justin ... CONGRATULATIONS from Alabama! When you wake up hungry for a snack in the middle of the night, what do you reach for??

JW: Good question. I reach for dried squid (love that stuff!).

Rebekah Anne Faulk: What 3 ingredients couldn't you live without?

JW: The three ingredients I can't live without (aside from salt) are yuzu, vanilla and 350-degree oil. I love frying stuff!

Nicole Leigh Morris: I know you like foods that stretch boundaries, but what is your favorite "normal" food?

JW: Pizza, corn on the cob and strawberry-rhubarb pie are my favorite "normal" foods.

Jorden Helton: What is the most outrageous thing you have ever cooked?

JW: The most outrageous thing I have ever cooked ... that's tough! I made a pig filled with chicken filled with eggs — that's the most outrageous one in recent memory. I also made waffle stuffing that was AMAZING.

Kelsey Nguyen: What is your favorite film?

JW: The Muppets (new). Or Star Wars (old).

Kristel LaFreniere: What hair products do you use? Love the pouf.

JW: I prefer Bumble & Bumble hair products.

Visit Food Network for more scoop on the Star finale and flip through Justin’s behind-the-scenes scrapbook to get an insider’s look at this brand-new star.

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Comments (131)

  1. Brandi says:

    i am so happy that he won. I whached him the whole show. He made me laugh. Went he won i scremed aqnd cry , I was so happy. Now i know what to whach this fall.I am his bigest fan. :)

  2. Helena says:

    Thanks for being on the show! I have enjoyed watching you so much. You inspire me to be who I am. I can't wait to watch your show. It makes me happy to know that someone who was such a hard worker and a nice person won.

  3. ChelseaB says:

    LOVE JUSTIN and Team Alton was my fave! Can't wait to see what you cook up for us Justin Warner!

  4. liz says:

    happy for Justin, kinda knew he'd win this. but i just can't get over how rude and arrogant he was in 24 hour restaurant, completely a d-bag to his gf.

  5. Michael A Lepsis says:

    Congradulations Justin !! And also to you Alton!!! WOW a Rebel with Good Eats!!

  6. teri says:

    Congratulations Justin!! Followed the show because of your cousin Winter and was intrigued by your out of the box cuisine. You were very informative, charming and very well assured of both your mannerism and your creative delicacies. You seemed very confident in front of the camera and off. The proof was in the pudding sort of speak and you pulled it off. Awesome. Can't wait to see what you'll come up with next. Thank you for being you. Grandma Phyllis would be so very proud as are we. Congrats!!

  7. Martha Bea says:

    I am really feel that FN tried this new format because last year 'star' was ( and is) a total disappointment. I even tried to watch his shows, and to be honest he is not a natural and many of the times looks so rehearsed and this way they are sure people who voted for the winner have, at least the intention to see his show. Justin was the winner from the beginning, but it was interesting to see the race. Maybe my one criticisms is something I read here

  8. Orqui says:

    Yeah! I will be watching your show, Justin! I may be old enough to be your mom but you inspire every generation! You were my #1 choice from Day 1.

  9. Mark says:

    Glad to see Justin win. Looking forward to his show. Loved this years format I really like the teams with a star as a mentor.

  10. Emily says:

    Congratulations Justin! We will be watching your show for entertainment at least--not sure about some of the ingredients as far as how economical for our family and where to get... My husband and I liked the new format, but the team elimination thing to keep the teams even was a bit much. I also enjoyed Yvan and would like to see more from him. We didn't care for Giada during most of the episodes. In the past, I had been a fan of hers but she seemed catty and fake here. Since this, I have stopped watching her shows because it's hard for me to not remember how she acted on The Next Food Network Star when I watch her regular shows and her attitude has become a turn-off.