Category Archives: Food Network Star

Meet the First Ever Food Network Star Kid!

In the heart-wrenching finale of Food Network Star Kids, the three finalists poured their hearts into the last challenge, but it was Amber Kelley who was crowned the first ever Food Network Star Kid.

This young culinary mastermind is set to host a new web series, Kids Menu Makeover, where she will reinvent restaurant classics for kid palates with the help of pro chefs. Before Amber competed on Food Network Star Kid, the 13-year-old from Seattle hosted her own YouTube show called Cook with Amber. She loves making everything from steak spring rolls to okonomiyaki, a savoury Japanese pancake. She loves snacking on fruit and says the strangest thing she has in her fridge is homemade kimchi.

Amber’s cooking mantra is “healthy is cool,” and she makes it a priority to cook only using fresh, wholesome, good-quality ingredients. “Eating those foods can have a huge impact on your life, ’cause it makes you smarter, stronger, makes you genuinely feel better,” she tells Food Network.

Watch Amber’s journey come to a gratifying end on the finale of Food Network Star Kids. Congrats, Amber!

Meet the Next Food Network Star

Tregaye Frazer’s  life-long dream of hosting her very own show will soon become reality! The 31-year-old Atlanta chef was crowned the next Food Network Star on Sunday night’s exciting season finale.

The chef and mother of two beat out fellow Atlanta competitor Jernard Wells, and fan favourite Damiano Carrara in the emotional and shocking conclusion to the 12th season. Tregaye’s spunky personality and flair for food fusion was enough to impress judges Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay.

After a few stumbles early on in the competition, Tregaye’s cooking and presentation skills brought her back in the running. She impressed judges with wow-worthy plates throughout the 12-week long journey, including her infamous Loco Moco Fried Rice Patties.

Tregaye has been honing her on-camera charm ever since she appeared in season 7 of Cutthroat Kitchen alongside Food Network Star competitor Yaku Moton-Spruill.  When it came to any on-camera challenges on Food Network Star, Tregaye left a mark on the mentors. “She really grabs your attention,” Giada exclaimed. Other guest judges like Tia Mowry gave kudos to Tregaye for being “authentic in her approach.”

Upon winning, Tregaye took to Instagram to debut a new look and express her gratitude. “I am so excited about my new job. I won’t let any of my family, friends or fans down. Love you all,” she wrote.

We can’t wait to see more of Tregaye on Food Network, cooking up a fusion feast in a fun, bold way. For now, we’ll let the champion enjoy those delicious deviled eggs.

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Congratulations, Tregaye Fraser. Welcome to the Food Network family!

Food Network Star: Celeb Chefs Offer Advice to Finalists

With the 12th season of Food Network Star underway, culinary icons Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay are busy trying to discover the next food television star. As hopefuls are put through the ringer with tasks that test their kitchen skills and on-camera chops, our current star chefs have a few words of wisdom to share.

Bobby Flay says: “Be original.”

The host of Beat Bobby Flay and one of the judge-mentors on Food Network Star says competitors need to be unique. Trying to mimic someone who is already on the network won’t get you very far.

Giada De Laurentiis says: “Don’t over rehearse.”

Having hosted an array of shows including Giada Entertains and Giada in Italy, this star knows a thing or two about communicating on camera. “If you’re going to over rehearse what you’re going to do and say, you tend to come off as cold and inaccessible,” she says, adding that it’s more genuine when someone’s not trying to be perfect all the time.

Guy Fieri says: “Don’t burn tape.”

As host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives for 24 seasons now, Guy learned early on that a star must always live in the moment — especially on camera. If you make a mistake, Guy says, just keep rolling and keep going.

Rachael Ray says: “It’s not all about the food.”

The chef and host of shows like 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day says it’s important to hone your storytelling skills. The more you connect with the audience, the more excited they’ll be to share that experience with their families. “Every time they tune in, they’re going to be entertained and they want to share time with you. It can’t just be about the food, because mostly everyone knows how to cook a piece of chicken.”

Geoffrey Zakarian says: “Own who you are!”

Host of the new series Cooks vs. Cons, and probably the swankiest talent on our roster, Geoffrey explains that as long as you’ve got self-confidence, any mistake you make on camera isn’t that important. “It’s how you come across, how you hide it,” he says.

Robert Irvine says: “Picture your mom in the audience.”

The host of Restaurant Impossible understands that a bunch of cameras can be intimidating for a newcomer. Robert says picturing someone special to you, like your mom or boyfriend, can help dialogue sound more natural.

Catch all new episodes of Food Network Star Sundays at 9 E/P.