Cheers to the Rebel: New Star Justin Chats With Fans by Maria Russo in Food Network Star, July 24, 2012
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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.