Star-a-Day: Andres Guillama

by in Food Network Star, May 19, 2013

Andres GuillamaYou heard it here first: Food Network Star is kicking off an all-new ninth season on Sunday, June 2 at 9pm/8c, and returning judge-mentors Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will be there at the helm. This year the mentors are tasking 12 hopefuls with weekly Mentor and Star Challenges in the ultimate multi-month interview for the chance to earn their dream television job: their own show on Food Network. While the contestants bring with them a mix of backgrounds — including culinary school, restaurant management, private chef and food blogging — they have but one dream, which is to become the next Food Network Star. From now until next month's premiere, Star Talk will introduce one finalist a day until you, Star fans, meet them on camera during the show.

Andres Guillama, 26, was born into a traditional Cuban family and grew up working at his father's restaurant. After struggling with his weight, Andres changed his daily habits and lost 150 pounds. Now living in Waynesville, N.C., he's a childhood obesity prevention coach working with children on the basics of nutrition. He's eager to show viewers that healthy food is indeed deliciously satisfying, and he looks forward to showing them how to prepare it at home.

Click the play button on the video below to watch Andres' casting video.

Visit the Food Network Star Headquarters for more exclusive interviews, plus behind-the-scenes images and videos of the finalists and mentors, and tune in to the Season 9 premiere on Sunday, June 2 at 9pm/8c.

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  2. Karen Utofka says:

    I certainly hope the new season actually brings us a Food Network STAR, unlike the last.

    • guest says:

      Last year everyone was talking about being original and thinking outside of the box.

      It completely failed.

  3. Heather says:

    Very true. But let's also hope that they don't go from one extreme to the other.

  4. guest says:

    Monotone is bad. Hyper is bad, too. Who will be good this year?

  5. Lonnie says:

    It can't only be about personality this year. They have to be an excellent cook.

  6. Graciela says:

    Yes, yes!! I am so excited!! Finally, a CUBAN chef! Cubans do it better :)

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