Tags: Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, Brooklyn, Food Network Star, FoodNetwork, Giada De Laurentiis, Justin Warner, Next Food Network Star
THE VIEWERS HAVE SPOKEN!
AUDIENCE VOTE CROWNS JUSTIN WARNER WINNER OF “FOOD NETWORK STAR“
Winner’s Series Produced by Star Mentor Alton Brown Slated for Fall Premiere
NEW YORK – July 23, 2012 – After a groundbreaking eighth season and an audience vote tallying 4.5 million, America has chosen Brooklyn’s Justin Warner as winner of Food Network Star’s ultimate grand prize – his own Food Network series, to be produced by his Star mentor Alton Brown. Known for his “Rebel with a Culinary Cause” point-of-view, Justin distinguished himself with a witty on-camera presence and unique, edgy spins on every dish he created – all fine-tuned over the course of the series by Food Network icon Brown. Over 30 million viewers tuned in to season eight of the hit series, which began in May with culinary superstars Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay each hand-selecting a team of five finalists to produce and mentor through the Star experience to find one winner who possesses personality and kitchen chops. The finale came down to four finalists – Justin and Martie Duncan (Birmingham, Ala.) from Team Alton, Yvan Lemoine (Maspeth, N.Y.) from Team Giada and Michele Ragussis (Brooklyn, N.Y.) from Team Bobby. The winner’s new series is scheduled for a fall premiere on Food Network.
“Justin is a rule breaker in the best possible sense, much like his mentor Alton Brown. He approaches food with a quirky sense of joy that made him stand out from the very beginning of the season,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “Viewers certainly agreed, and we are thrilled to welcome him and his distinct culinary voice to Food Network.”
“I had a feeling about Justin the first time we met, when he auditioned for me in Atlanta. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I thought I saw a little me in him – deep down, we all want to replicate ourselves,” said Brown. “But as soon as the competition cranked up, it became clear that Justin is an original, possessing a singular culinary vision. I did very little to steer him through the weeks that followed, mostly I tried to make sure his real character came through in each challenge. It’s been a great honor to accompany him on this part of his journey.”
Justin Warner is a self-taught cook and owner/chef of Do or Dine, a restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y. that he and his partners built from the ground up. Originally from Hagerstown, Md. he began working in restaurants at just thirteen years old and has knowledge of the industry that extends way beyond his years. Justin’s approach to food reflects his personality – edgy, intense, passionate and witty.
Tags: Alton Brown, Beau MacMillan, Food Network, Iron Chef America, Michael Chiarello, NEW YORK, Next Iron Chef, Robert Irvine
Which ever Chef wins this one will have really earned it! What a lineup of Chefs for the upcoming Next Iron Chef Season 4. Here’s the press release.
Elite Chefs Go Knife-to-Knife in High-Stakes Challenge to Become ‘The Next Iron Chef’
Hosted by Alton Brown, Season Four Set to Premiere Sunday, October 30th at 9pm ET/PT
NEW YORK – April 18, 2011 – Food Network, the leader in food and lifestyle entertainment, today announced the all-star casting and start of production for the ultimate season of The Next Iron Chef. Slated for premiere on Sunday, October 30th at 9pm ET/PT, Alton Brown will again host this 8-episode, top-rated series, which will shoot in Los Angeles and New York. The elite cast includes ten renowned chefs:
Anne Burrell – Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, Worst Cooks in America (Food Network)
Michael Chiarello – Bottega Restaurant (Napa Valley), Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello (Cooking Channel)
Elizabeth Faulkner [sic] – Citizen Cake, Orson (San Francisco), Iron Chef America – challenger (Food Network)
Alex Guarnaschelli – Butter, The Darby (New York), Alex’s Day Off, Chopped (Food Network)
Chuck Hughes – Garde Manger (Montreal), Chuck’s Day Off (Cooking Channel), Iron Chef America – challenger (Food Network)
Robert Irvine – Robert Irvine’s eat! (Hilton Head Island), Dinner: Impossible, Restaurant: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America (Food Network)
Beau MacMillan – Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (Phoenix), Challenge, Iron Chef America – challenger (Food Network)
Spike Mendelsohn – Good Stuff Eatery (Washington D.C.), Kelsey & Spike Cook (Food2.com)
Marcus Samuelsson –Red Rooster Harlem (New York), 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Chopped (Food Network)
Geoffrey Zakarian – The National, The Lambs Club (New York), 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Chopped (Food Network)
Judges include the original ‘Next Iron Chef’ Michael Symon, esteemed food journalist Simon Majumdar and UK Iron Chef Judy Joo.
In The Next Iron Chef, the contestants bet on their culinary skills and put their reputations on the line for the chance to compete in legendary Kitchen Stadium. The winner will join the ranks of chefs including Bobby Flay, Marc Forgione, Jose Garces, Masaharu Morimoto and Symon as a member of the Chairman’s team on Iron Chef America.