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Star-a-Day: Nancy Manlove

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, April 24, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will search for that one contender who has the coveted combo of culinary chops and on-camera charm. Each of the 12 finalists comes to the Star stage with unique personalities and kitchen experiences, and in the coming days, we'll introduce you to all of them. Today we'd like you to meet Nancy Manlove.

Known among her family and friends for her abundance of energy, Nancy, 65, can lighten up any room. After previously working for NASA, Nancy decided a career change was in order and went back to school to receive her culinary arts degree. Having won food competitions and currently the chef de cuisine at a farm-to-table restaurant, Nancy wants to get cooks of all ages into the kitchen and prove that you are never too late to follow your dreams.

Describe your culinary POV in one sentence.
Nancy Manlove: It is Nanna in the kitchen. I’m going to hopefully inspire other generations to pick up a spatula, turn an egg, cook some bacon, maybe visit with other nanas and gigis and grandmothers. We all learn from moms and grandmothers, and I want to instill that in a cooking show.

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Star-a-Day: Jason Smith

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, April 23, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will search for that one contender who has the coveted combo of culinary chops and on-camera charm. Each of the 12 finalists comes to the Star stage with unique personalities and kitchen experiences, and in the coming days, we'll introduce you to all of them. Today we'd like you to meet Jason Smith.

From his bright and vibrant outfits to his off-the-cuff sayings, Jason, 39, describes himself as the down-home chef. A school cafeteria cooking manager and caterer, Jason has been cooking his entire life, with his modern, elevated recipes not only tasting delicious, but also being budget friendly. A self-taught chef and baker who previously competed on and won Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship, Jason shows viewers you don’t have to be a professional chef to cook delicious food.

Describe your culinary POV in one sentence.
Jason Smith: My culinary POV is country bling. Now, that’s not where I’m cooking with rhinestones on my jeans. What that is, is I take old, dying country recipes, and I bring them back to life and make them modern, elevated and fancied up a little bit.

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Star-a-Day: David Rose

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, April 22, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will search for that one contender who has the coveted combo of culinary chops and on-camera charm. Each of the 12 finalists comes to the Star stage with unique personalities and kitchen experiences, and in the coming days, we'll introduce you to all of them. Today we'd like you to meet David Rose.

Growing up the youngest of eight siblings, David, 35, learned the love of food at an early age. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, David can make refined and beautiful dishes, creating a fusion of Southern, French, Asian and Caribbean cuisines. Currently the owner of a special events, catering and culinary consulting company, David is also a food columnist and is an avid motorcycle rider who goes by “The Biker Chef.”

Describe your culinary POV in one sentence.
David Rose: I'd describe my culinary POV as French-Jamaican-Southern fusion. My family’s Jamaican. I live in Atlanta, Georgia, and I was trained at Le Cordon Bleu in classical French cuisine.

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Star-a-Day: Cory Bahr

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, April 21, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will search for that one contender who has the coveted combo of culinary chops and on-camera charm. Each of the 12 finalists comes to the Star stage with unique personalities and kitchen experiences, and in the coming days, we'll introduce you to all of them. Today we'd like you to meet Cory Bahr.

Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, Cory, 40, inherited a passion for the great outdoors and cooking. At 16, Cory discovered his love for cooking while taking a job waiting tables, and he has been in the restaurant industry ever since. Named the “King of Louisiana Seafood” in 2011, Cory is a restauranteur, private chef and owner of a catering company, and he has been named Food & Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef.” No one can resist Cory’s Southern charm, or his cooking!

Describe your culinary POV in one sentence.
Cory Bahr: My culinary point of view is seasonal, regional, as local as you can get. Just keeping it simple, stupid.

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Star-a-Day: Caodan Tran

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, April 20, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will search for that one contender who has the coveted combo of culinary chops and on-camera charm. Each of the 12 finalists comes to the Star stage with unique personalities and kitchen experiences, and in the coming days, we'll introduce you to all of them. Today we'd like you to meet Caodan Tran.

Caodan, 29, didn’t learn to cook until it became a life necessity as an adult. Raised in an ultra-competitive family, Caodan realized that cooking was the best way to learn about a culture without traveling. Caodan currently owns a personal chef service, doing everything from pop-up dinners to private dinner parties. Known for her fresh, clean and simple approach to modern Vietnamese cuisine, Caodan considers herself hyper-ambitious and strong headed in a good way.

Describe your culinary POV in one sentence.
Caodan Tran: It's Vietnamese-inspired with kind of flavors and touches from California and Texas.

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Star-a-Day: Blake Baldwin

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, April 19, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will search for that one contender who has the coveted combo of culinary chops and on-camera charm. Each of the 12 finalists comes to the Star stage with unique personalities and kitchen experiences, and in the coming days, we'll introduce you to all of them. Today we'd like you to meet Blake Baldwin.

An outdoor enthusiast, Blake, 30, was overweight after leaving college to start a career in Los Angeles. After realizing he needed to make a lifestyle change, Blake began taking his favorite recipes from childhood and transforming them into healthier versions. Blake eventually lost 50 pounds and gained the attention of his blogger colleagues. Now a senior manager at a digital marketing agency, Blake has previously attended the Institute of Culinary Education and assisted the executive sous chef of Per Se.

Describe your culinary POV in one sentence.
Blake Baldwin: My culinary POV is that healthy cooking can be delicious without being difficult.

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Star-a-Day: Amy Pottinger

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, April 18, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will search for that one contender who has the coveted combo of culinary chops and on-camera charm. Each of the 12 finalists comes to the Star stage with unique personalities and kitchen experiences, and in the coming days, we'll introduce you to all of them. Today we'd like you to meet Amy Pottinger.

As a mom to two young children and two dogs, Amy, 32, is used to life being hectic. But besides keeping her house in order, Amy also loves to cook gourmet meals, along with running a culinary blog. Being self-trained, Amy has worked in restaurants since she was a teenager and has previously worked at a catering company. She specializes in elevating everyday foods.

Describe your culinary POV in one sentence.
Amy Pottinger: Exploring new culinary worlds and growth is within anybody’s grasp.

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Star-a-Day: Addie Gundry

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, April 17, 2017

Food Network StarIt was just last week that we here at Star Talk broke the news about the upcoming season of Food Network Star, which kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 9|8c. Among a crop of talented hopefuls judge-mentors extraordinaire Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will search for that one contender who has the coveted combo of culinary chops and on-camera charm. Each of the 12 finalists comes to the Star stage with unique personalities and kitchen experiences, and in the coming days, we'll introduce you to all of them. Today we'd like you to meet Addie Gundry.

Addie, 30, has always been book smart and driven. The valedictorian of her culinary school, Addie has built an impressive resume at such a young age, including stints working for iconic names such as Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Martha Stewart. She is currently the culinary director for a lifestyle publishing company, in addition to publishing her own food blog and cookbooks focusing on easy, elegant and entertaining dishes. Proud of the accomplishments she has made, Addie is ready for her next challenge — being a Food Network Star!

Describe your culinary POV in one sentence.
Addie Gundry: My culinary point of view is easy, elegant entertaining — all things food and beverage that are easy to make yet elegant to serve for any entertaining occasion.

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Exclusive: Chatting with the Runners-Up of Food Network Star

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, August 1, 2016

After 10 weeks of challenges, Food Network Star mentors Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis announced the newest member of the Food Network family in a life-changing finale on Sunday night. Damiano, Jernard and Tregaye all showed bright flickers of Star power this season, but ultimately it was Tregaye who earned the coveted title in an emotional reveal. We were on the set of the finale and caught up with Damiano and Jernard as they looked back on the competition and reflected on the journeys they took to land in this very spot.

Click the play button on the video above to hear from both guys in one-on-one interviews.

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Exclusive: One-on-One with the Winner of Food Network Star

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, July 31, 2016

There's no doubt that all three of the top Food Network Star finalists brought their everything to the months-long competition, but ultimately Tregaye Fraser, a chef and a mom of two, earned the coveted title of Food Network Star in an emotional (and appropriately on-fleek) reveal. We were on the set of the finale and caught up with Tregaye just moments after her victory. Read on below for an exclusive interview with her, then click the play button on the video above to go on set with her and the mentors.

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