Thursday, June 1, 2017

Food Network Star Season 13 Contestants - Where Have You Seen Them?

This Sunday at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network is the start of season 13 of Food Network Star. As is usually the case, you will probably recognize many of the contestants from other reality shows on Food Network and other channels. Here is a list of the Food Network Star contestants for this season and where you may recognize them.  Also listed is their POV from the Food Network Star Talk blog.
  • Cory Bahr (Monroe, LA) - Chopped season 12 (won). POV - seasonal, regional, as local as you can get. Just keeping it simple, stupid.
  • Blake Baldwin (Flemington, NJ) - No previous reality television appearances.  POV - healthy cooking can be delicious without being difficult.  This is due to his weight loss after college.
  • Trace Barnett (Brilliant, AL) - No previous reality television appearances. POV - budget-friendly, schedule-conscious and very consistent with Southern fare, but in a lighter, fresher way.
  • Toya Boudy (New Orleans, LA) - Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible, also has a YouTube cooking channel.  POV - Cajun and Creole cuisine made simple.
  • Addie Gundry (Lake Forrest, IL) - Cutthroat Kitchen (won Halloween special), Cutthroat Kitchen Time Warp tournament. POV - easy, elegant entertaining - all things food and beverage that are easy to make yet elegant to serve for any entertaining occasion.
  • Rusty Hamlin (Atlanta, GA)Rusty's RockFeast: Backstage With Zac Brown Band on FYI.  POV - Southern-inspired chef with Louisiana Cajun Creole roots who goes around the country and does what I call cooking off the cuff — whatever’s local and whatever’s coming out of the ground, the sea, the refrigerator, the cabinets is what we’re going to make an amazing meal with.
  • Suzanne Lossia (Detroit, MI) - Cutthroat Kitchen (won), Also has authored a book.  POV - Turning Middle Eastern into American flare, turning it into an American way of looking at it.
  • Nancy Manlove (Texas City, TX) - Cutthroat Kitchen (won), Cutthroat Kitchen Time Warp Tournament. POV - Nanna in the kitchen.
  • Amy Pottinger (Honolulu, HI) - No previous reality television appearances, but tried out for Food Network Star season 11 according to this video. POV - Exploring new culinary worlds and growth is within anybody’s grasp.
  • David Rose (Atlanta, GA) - No previous reality television appearances. Has done work with Big Green Egg and also has done local news food segments.  POV - French-Jamaican-Southern fusion.
  • Jason Smith (Grayson, KY) - Holiday Baking Championship (won). POV - country bling - take old, dying country recipes, and I bring them back to life and make them modern, elevated and fancied up a little bit.
  • Caodan Tran (Dallas, TX) - Cooks vs. Cons. Has also tried out Amazing Race and Food Network Star in the past (link).  POV - Vietnamese-inspired with kind of flavors and touches from California and Texas

You will obviously recognize the Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen winner as they have previously competed on Food Network Star.  If I have missed any appearances on any shows, let me know in the comments and I can update this post.

If you are interested in learning more about the contestants, their bios from the press release are available here.

As always, visit the site after each episode airs to discuss the episode and who went home.

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