Star Exclusive: Watch the Winner’s First Interview

by in Interviews, August 11, 2013

It's been 11 weeks of ups and downs, tears and laughs, and moments that each finalist will never forget. The final three have been through the wringer, and now, thanks to loyal fans, Food Network has its newest Star.

Star Talk caught up with the winner just moments after the memorable announcement. Click play on the video above to watch Star Talk's exclusive interview.

What did you think about the big win? Share your thoughts on the finale in the comments.

Chat with winner on Food Network's Facebook page on Monday, August 12, at 2pm/1c:

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Comments (680)

  1. Crouton40 says:

    Recently read something about Damaris's upcoming show possibly being called The Damaris Project.

    I hope that isn't the name it ends up being. Really? It doesn't even remind anyone about food cooking! What is the project? Travelling to south africa? Staining an antique chair in your garage? Some science project? C'Monnn!

    How about something more like "Delightfully Delicious w/Damaris" ? What do you know? Another Triple D. At least delicious sounds appetizing.
    Or, "Damaris's Southern Sensations", or, "Fabulous Foods" or "Make it Awesome w/Chef Damaris". Any of those would be better. Or Damaris's Better Bites, or Down-Home Delicious w/Damaris Phillips. You get the idea. Looking forward to her show. Re-runs of her shows at 5:30pm on wednesdays? That would be nice.. 10:30am on a weekend day to start? All new people need some good exposure. Would love to see her get a regular afternoon or evening timeslot during the week. Perhaps a viewer question from her laptop at the end of her show (similar to what Ina sometimes has) would be good, but as long as she can be herself and impart her tips/advice/techniques along the way in her shows, that's great. Best winner we've had in a long time. :)

  2. Done with fn says:

    The fn star is fixed. They know who they want before any of this starts. fn has gone down after Emeril left. It is the same thing over and over. Boring! It is one of the last places I look for recipes.

  3. Denise says:

    When is Damaris' first show going to be on? Never heard a thing. Hopefully FN is tweeking the concept about having a guy on the show who imitates her can have updated Southern food and teach it to both sexes. As far as other comments, I was never fond of Paula's show and I think Ree Drummond is great with a lot of interesting recipes. She seems like a genuine person who is always smiling and not over the top.

    • Crouton40 says:

      Hi Denise! Isn't it cool? Damaris's new show--Southern at Heart, premiering Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10:30am/9:30c. -- More info (and comments) at:

      Waiting with enthusiasm to see what she will do on her show. Can't wait for her TEACHING.
      What can she tell us?--about:
      Pork Loin & Beef
      Southern Harvest veggies and Kentucky's growing season and any "farm/veggie info"
      All About Beans (pinto, black, kidney and more)
      Cobblers & things w/Berries
      Hearty Southern Stews & Soups
      Biscuits!--and hot Cornbread
      Jams & pickling
      Pot Roasts & shrimp...and much more, and....some tips on:
      .....How do people who want to cook better know how long something keeps in the fridge? How long will cheese keep? Should seafood be stored in a freezer instead? How soon should we eat it after we buy it if we keep in fridge? How long do condiments keep? How do we know if something should be cooked at 350 or 425 degrees?..and on and on.
      But the *best* thing is: those wonderfully flavorful recipes that all out friends/relatives/sweetie will Rave about! Like her Biscuits and peppered-pork in her Pilot. Mmmmmm!
      ....she's a real shot in the arm that the network can benefit from (and us viewers). And--

      As to the sexes, ANYONE--can use her recipes/teaching. ALL are included.
      I check a few different places online to "see the latest": FN Dish. FN Gossip, her Twitter Feed and the Food Network Star blog (here). While yer here, check out pg.3 of this thread/blog/discussion. There is a "victory poem" for her when she won. It's amazing...the pressure and challenges that all contenders have to go through, anymore. But she did it! :) She's earned this. - Crouton40

  4. James says:

    Southern cooking. It's delicious. Try some, from Chef Damaris Phillips.

    "There's no better food, in all the whole world,
    like the mighty-fine cooking, from a good Southern Girl."
    (Use/copy/broadcast/post/re-print/share freely. permission granted to all).--James (Wa. state fan)

  5. Marcia Gill says:

    I am siting here and just finished watching Damris' first show. I voted for her and would vote for here again an again. Pie style would have been short lived!! Its just down right boring!! I have been a cater and event planner for 30 years. What I get from most of my clients her in Northern California is a search for food from the heart. I have more clients asking for foods such as those that come from Ree and Ina and Tyler. They are very much comfort foods, people are returning to those food that were popular in the fiftys. These woman and men all cook updated versions of these types food. This is what Damais is bring to the table and more power to her. To all of you woman who want to give a big BOOO I see it only as a case of the "Green Eyed Monster" and gentleman I'm sure you all turn into Giada so you can drool for a half hour and she cooks very similar food. Go Damaris, you do and will continue to have a following. All of you negative folks out there just turn off your TV just as I do as soon as Triple D comes on and I know that it's going to be back to back episodes for the next six hours of a show that are no the worth the amount of time its tying up on the Food Network. I hope you all of you folks that want to throw rocks slip on a Banana Cream PIE!!!

    • James says:

      Go Marsha! Damaris's show beats any Triple D reruns all week long. Look at all the people Damaris will help: college students who cant cook their way out of a paper bag and need some help. Or someone divorccd who's spouse used to do the cooking. Now what? Learn from Damaris. Or, people who want to Cook but are just not that good at it. She will make them better. Without being condescending. This is a very useful show from someone who makes exceptional food and can really communicate it. Like you said, more power to her.

  6. Joyce says:

    Love Damaris' quirky personality and southern style. However, the real winner should have been Stacey. Her restuarant experience and vintage recipes made new would have been interesting to hear/watch. Food Network top brass let a good one go and didn't coach her to her full potential.

    • guest says:

      Stacey is a likeable lady. She should have been in the final along with Nikki, rather than Russell and Rodney. But she should not have won. Because Damaris is a better cook. Many viewers found themselves turned off over Stacey's over-smile. Sometimes it was pained-looking. Too severe. Also, while Stacey was smooth, too often it seemed like she won by doing a dish that was too easy to begin with. Damaris never lost a challenge, grew into a wonderful camera presence and is more consistent in her food quality.

  7. anjali says:

    she wasn't my favorite or the pie guy but they were both pretty good.

  8. Jean says:

    Didn't watch the whole season - but after watching a few of the episodes from her first season on the Food Network, I absolutely love the show concept and her recipes are awesome! She is charming and her enthusiasm is inspiring for all home cooks.

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  10. Louisa says:

    Who anymore eats biscuits soaked in gravy??? WHO????

    No one wants to cook or eat like this anymore. I want recipes to highlight how to cook lighter, healthier and with less fat, PERIOD. Everybody can be a good cook using tons of butter; it's how not to that makes you great.

    Why isn't there a show for people that eat healthy food? Our country is over 65% overweight and obese, diabetic, and we're still watching cooking shows that promote obesity. SHAMEFUL.