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The Next Food Network Star Third Season Finalists Announced

January 25, 2007 08:33 PM by Joe Reality

Production has begun on Food Network’s third season of hit reality
series, The Next Food Network Star, with a new and seasoned batch of
contestants ready to slice and dice their way to the top when the
series premieres on Sunday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The names of the
finalists were announced today by Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President,
Programming and Production.

“Last season’s winner Guy Fieri has become a big success and we’re hoping to find another unique talent who can join our roster of talented chefs,” said Tuschman. “We’re upping the ante on this season’s challenges, making them more difficult and demanding, so that we and our viewers can judge who should truly be our newest star."

Ten of the finalists were chosen by an internal Food Network panel, while the final contestant was chosen from a field of two semi-finalists via an online vote at FoodNetwork.com. The 11 finalists will travel to Food Network’s New York City headquarters to begin a series of tests and challenges that will ultimately determine which one of them can “take the heat” to  become The Next Food Network Star and receive a six-episode series deal in the process.  The 11 finalists include:

Vivien Cunha, 39 (Winnetka, CA) Chef and actress
Amy Finley, 32 (La Mesa, CA) Caterer and freelance writer
Josh Garcia, 25 (Havelock, NC) Chef de Cuisine
Tommy Grella, 33 (Methuen, MA) Certified Financial Planner
Colombe Jacobsen, 28 (New York, NY) Private chef and exercise instructor, also the FoodNetwork.com finalist
Paul McCullough, 36 (Los Angeles, CA) Private chef and caterer
Patrick Rolfe, 32 (Lake Forest Park, WA) Chef
Michael Salmon, 52 (Brooklyn, NY) General Manager of two New York-based restaurants
Rory Schepisi, 30 (Vega, TX) Restaurant owner
Adrien Sharp, 29 (Jackson, MI) Domestic Uniform Delivery and part-time local TV host.
Nikki Shaw, 38 (Manhattan Beach, CA) Caterer and wife of former LA Lakers player, Brian Shaw

Produced by CBS EYE too Productions, the series will include a rotating cast of judges including Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown, Cat Cora, Duff Goldman, Robert Irvine and season two winner Guy Fieri. The ultimate winner of The Next Food Network Star will be determined by Food Network viewers with voting on FoodNetwork.com and receives a six-episode show that will premiere in Fall 2007.

The finalists will be tested in a series of challenges and be evaluated by a panel of judges, including several Food Network chefs who will help evaluate the finalists’ personality, performance and food knowledge.  The judges will narrow the field down to two contestants and the viewers will then vote via online and text messaging and determine the overall winner, who will be revealed during the series’ finale.

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6 Responses to “The Next Food Network Star Third Season Finalists Announced”

  1. Anonymous Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    The food network needs a good latino Chef. I am very interested in seeing see what Chef Garcia can do!

  2. David Lloyd Says:
    July 16th, 2007 at 12:31 am

    We totally enjoy Food Network and have been watching the Next Food Network Star but tonignt we were told that the finalist will be chosen by the audience and were given a phone number or text address perhaps two times. We expected the voting to be after the next showing but suddenly realized we had to vote by July 17th and given the number and text address twice. It was not time enough to write it down.
    Hopefully it will be given again before the 17th and we are able to catch it. If not, we would like to vote for Amy. She is so comfortable in front of the camera and explains her “gourmet next door” recipies very understandably. Thanks!

  3. Beverly Otjen Says:
    July 16th, 2007 at 1:01 am

    Just watched the Next Food Star show and I want to vote for Amy Finley to be the top one. She seems more down to earth and my kind of person.

  4. Jo Davis Says:
    July 16th, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    I want to vote for Amy because she is the one I would most likely watch if she had a show. My husband and I spent alot of time watching T.V. and most of the time it is on the Foodnetwork shows.I’m a cook and we love to see the varity of all the chefs.

  5. Pat Martin Says:
    July 16th, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    My vote is with Amy as she is so down to earth that my husband and I would watch her as we do withGiada and Rachael. She’s refreshing.

  6. Geri Burnham Says:
    July 16th, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    My vote is for Amy. She seemed to
    have things together and was enjoy-
    able to watch.

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