Star-a-Day: Damaris Phillips

by in Food Network Star, May 22, 2013

Damaris PhillipsYou 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 BrownBobby 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.

After graduating from culinary school, Damaris Phillips, 32, worked front- and back-of-house restaurant jobs before returning to the same college to teach the next generation of chefs. Now living in Louisville, Ky., this self-described Southern spitfire grew up cooking dinners for her large family, and she is known for her unmistakable trademark wit.

Click the play button on the video below to watch Damaris' 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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Comments (23)

  1. Sincere says:

    Wonderful eyes, hair and smile. Without excessive makeup. Nice. She looks genuinely happy. Can she cook?

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  3. Ann says:

    Phony and needs to keep her hands off her hips.

  4. Rob says:

    You have a beautiful smile. Good Luck.

  5. Sue says:

    Hope she can cook, I think she wants to be the next Paul Dean. Liked her she seem really nice

    • Amy says:

      That isn't fair. That's like saying that Chad wants to be the next Bobby Flay because he does Barbecue or that anyone who makes Italian food wants to be the next Giada.

    • Lisa says:

      She does seem nice.

  6. Jessica says:

    LOVE her! She has the personality!

  7. James says:

    If she knows her kitchen she can go far. That smile can melt the hearts of mortal men.

  8. Sincere says:

    Got to see her video and liked her. Sounds fun yet down to earth. Teaches culinary. This one has good potential.

  9. marlene says:

    would love her potato recipe from season 9 episode 1, anyone seen it?

  10. Dan says:

    Stay humble but keep your warm smile. Keep it delicious.