Food Network Star 9 Finalists Announced

Food Network Star 9

Bobby, Giada and Alton return to mentor a new cast of wannabe TV chefs.

The newest Starsters are: Nikki Dinki (New York), Andres Guillama (Waynesville, NC), Rodney Henry (Baltimore), Chris Hodgson (Cleveland), Connie “Lovely” Jackson (Los Angeles), Russell Jackson (San Francisco), Danushka Lysek (New York), Daniela Perez-Reyes (Haleiwa, Haw.), Viet Pham (Salt Lake City); Damaris Phillips (Louisville, Ky.), Stacey Poon-Kinney (San Diego) and Chad Rosenthal (Ambler, Penn.).

Food Network Commits to Build Ten Food Gardens

Food Network Press Release:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 26, 2011)– Cultivating communities across the country, Food Network and cable monopoly Comcast will create new Good Food Gardens in cooperation with Boys & Girls Clubs in 10 communities this weekend.  Construction takes place April 30 in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Comcast Cares Day, in which thousands of Comcast employees, their families and friends volunteer to make a positive impact in neighborhoods across the country.
“Good Food Gardens addresses a serious health problem in our country by teaching children and their families about gardening and encouraging them to adopt healthier eating habits,” said Brooke Johnson, Food Network president.
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Volunteers representing Food Network and Comcast will build out Good Food Gardens at Boys & Girls Clubs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, Denver, Boston, Chicago, Houston, St. Paul, Minn., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Knoxville, Tenn., as part of 2011 Comcast Cares Day. Food Network talent will participate with cable monopoly Comcast and Food Network representatives in several locations.
Each Good Food Gardens site is developed from the ground up. The program, a joint effort of by Food Network, Share Our Strength and Teich Garden Systems, fashions educational gardens that offer children and community volunteers a fun, hands-on gardening experience. The mission of Good Food Gardens is to educate families on the importance of fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods, key ingredients to ending childhood hunger.
“Good Food Gardens reinforces one of Food Network’s core goals: to raise awareness of childhood hunger and promote healthy eating,” said Johnson. “Comcast, through its Comcast Cares Day, will bring together volunteers to work cooperatively to create new gardens in a natural and fun way.”
Food Network has underwritten the creation of more than 30 Good Food Gardens across the country. Garden locations are determined based on community need, level of local advocacy and the extent to which the garden can improve the overall neighborhood.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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