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Star-a-Day: Luca Della Casa

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 13, 2014

Luca Della Casa, 38, was born in Italy and is an adventurous, rugged outdoorsman with a passion for food. He worked his way up from dishwasher to executive chef, and he is determined to bring people together around a table to share food, Italian style. Read on below to hear from Luca, and learn about hisRead more

Star-a-Day: Loreal Gavin

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 12, 2014

Loreal Gavin, 26, is motorcycle-riding, guitar-playing chick who loves tattoos, and she's been trained in culinary arts, baking and pastry. She was raised by her grandmother, who taught her to cook from her soul. Read on below to hear from Loreal, and learn about her style of cooking and thoughts on the competition. Describe your cookingRead more

Star-a-Day: Lenny McNab

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 11, 2014

Lenny McNab, 42, is a one-of-a-kind gourmet cowboy with over-the-top confidence and culinary skills. He trained in Germany and is now the executive chef at a hunting ranch. With his signature hat, belt buckle and boots, you can’t miss Lenny in a crowd — and he is ready to bring his unique take on foodRead more

Star-a-Day: Kenny Lao

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 10, 2014

Kenny Lao, 36, grew up making Chinese dumplings with his mom, and his passion for that signature dish led to the creation of his fast-casual restaurant business. He wants to take the intimidation out of cooking and share how to make food that is simple but delicious. Read on below to hear from Kenny, and learnRead more

Star-a-Day: Emma Frisch

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 9, 2014

Emma Frisch, 30, is the girl next door who has traveled the world, and she has family members on five continents. Now residing in upstate New York, Emma is a food blogger and business owner, and she believes anyone can become a good cook. Read on below to hear from Emma, and learn about her styleRead more

Star-a-Day: Donna Sonkin Shaw

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 8, 2014
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Donna Sonkin Shaw, 42, is dedicated to making health and nutrition taste delicious. She believes eating properly leads to overall health inside and out. She is a certified holistic health coach who works privately with clients, and her twist on healthy comfort food delivers the flavor and satisfaction to keep anyone on track. Read on belowRead more

Star-a-Day: Christopher Lynch

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 7, 2014
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Christopher Lynch, 39, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, spent time working with some of the country’s finest restaurateurs and has become a rock star chef in his own right. Christopher carved his own food path with a modern take on the Cajun and Creole cuisine of his adopted hometown of New Orleans. Read onRead more

Star-a-Day: Chris Kyler

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 6, 2014

Chris Kyler, 32, received culinary training while in the Navy, where he was known for his charisma and slick sense of humor. After working in other's restaurants, he opened his own catering company, which specializes in fresh and healthy foods. Read on below to hear from Chris, and learn about his style of cooking and hisRead more

Star-a-Day: Aryen Moore-Alston

by in Food Network Star, Interviews, May 5, 2014

Aryen Moore-Alston, 31, is a self-taught cook who was raised abroad in Italy. She has dabbled in many careers, but food has always been her passion, and some of her fondest childhood memories involve making family meals in the kitchen with her father, who passed away when she was young. After living in Atlanta, JapanRead more

Damaris’ Look-Back at Season 9 and Insider Advice for Future Finalists

by in Interviews, April 14, 2014

Just one year ago, Damaris Phillips was preparing to begin the job interview of her life, an 11-week journey alongside just as many rivals that would end either in disappointment or sweet victory and the title of Food Network Star. After a summer of heated competition that included tears, trying challenges and no shortage of constructiveRead more