Food Network Star – Season 7 Finalists

Unless I’m missing something, it appears they changed the name of the show from The Next Food Network Star to simply Food Network Star.  There was another change, as well.  Former mentor, Giada De Laurentiis, will now be a judge along with Bobby Flay, Bob Tuschman, and Susie Fogelson.

I'm too popular now to be a measly mentor!

I’m hoping this season turns out someone worth watching.  The previous 2 winners, Melissa d’Arabian and Aarti Sequeira, both have pretty blah shows in my opinion.  In fact, the only winner who has made a name for himself is Guy Fieri who hosts Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, which I personally love.

The new season of Food Network Star will air on Sunday, June 5, 2011, at 9:00 p.m. ET, on Food Network.

Meet the Season 7 Finalists after the cut:

Vic "Vegas" Moea

Name: Vic ‘Vegas’ Moea
Age:
36
Home:
Las Vegas, NV
Occupation:
Executive Chef
Also looks like he beats the food into submission.

Susie Jimenez

Name: Susie Jimenez
Age:
31
Home:
Carbondale, CO
Occupation:
Catering Company Owner

Penny Davidi

 

Name: Penny Davidi
Age:
39
Home:
Los Angeles, CA
Occupation:
Mother of 2

Orchid Paulmeier

Name: Orchid Paulmeier
Age:
38
Home:
Bluffton, SC
Occupation:
Mother of 3
Her name rocks.

Mary Beth Albright

Name: Mary Beth Albright
Age:
38
Home:
Washington, D.C.
Occupation:
Food writer

Katy Clark

Name: Katy Clark
Age:
34
Home:
Long Beach, CA
Occupation:
Food and fitness company operator

Jyll Leverman

Name: Jyll Leverman
Age:
31
Home:
Glendora, CA
Occupation:
Culinary teacher
I wonder if her name is short for Jekyll.  I hope she acts all crazy.

Justin Davis

Name: Justin Davis
Age:
31
Home:
Minneapolis, MN
Occupation:
Food blogger

Justin Balmes

Name: Justin Balmes
Age:
32
Home:
Marietta, GA
Occupation:
Executive Chef

Juba Kali

Name: Juba Kali
Age:
29
Home:
New Orleans, LA
Occupation:
Research Chef

Jeff Mauro

Name: Jeff Mauro
Age:
32
Home:
Chicago, IL
Occupation:
Former Comedian (and now he’s apparently a budding chef)

Howie Drummond

Name: Howie Drummond
Age:
40
Home:
Highlands Ranch, CO
Occupation:
Radio Host

Chris Nirschel

Name: Chris Nirschel
Age:
28
Home:
Hoboken, NJ
Occupation:
It’s a mystery!  But I’m guessing he’s in the mafia.

Alicia Sanchez

Name: Alicia Sanchez
Age:
33
Home:
New York, NY
Occupation:
Culinary Teacher

Whitney Chen

Name: Whitney Chen
Age:
28
Home:
New York, NY
Occupation:
Chef

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