Reality TV The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the best winners of Food Network Star.

Some of the most popular Food Network Star winners have gone on to become incredibly successful celebrity chefs. A combination of personality and cooking skills landed the men and women below the top spot on the reality competition. People from all different backgrounds, ranging from restaurant owners to stay at home parents, have taken home the prize. Who are the best Food Network Star winners? Help decide below! 

While most people know Guy Fieri from his many television shows, he actually got his start as the Season 2 winner of Food Network Star. Guy's Big Bite was actually Fieri's winning pilot. While he was first known as an NFL quarterback, Eddie Jackson began focusing on his culinary talents after finishing his football career and ended up Food Network Star's Season 11 winner. You'll find these and other great contestants below on this list of Food Network Star winners! Vote the best chefs to the top! 

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Guy Fieri is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked

Winner: Season 2 (2006)
Winning Show: Guy's Big Bite (also went on to star in Diners, Drive-Ins and DaviesUltimate Recipe Showdown, Guy Off the Hook, and Guy's Grocery Games)

2
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Damaris Phillips is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Damaris Phillips

Winner: Season 9 (2013)
Winning Show: Southern at Heart (went on to co-host The Bobby and Damaris Show and Southern and Hungry) 

3
70 33
Jeff Mauro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Jeff Mauro

Winner: Season 7 (2011)
Winning Show: Sandwich King (went on to host $24 in 24)

4
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Aarti Sequeira is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Aarti Sequeira

Winner: Season 6 (2010)
Winning Show: Aarti Party

5
64 34
Jason Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Jason Smith

Winner: Season 13 (2017)
Winning Show: Became judge on Best Baker in America 

6
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Eddie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Eddie Jackson

Winner: Season 11 (2015)
Winning Show: BBQ Blitz (went on to host Kids BBQ Championship)

7
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Melissa d'Arabian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Melissa d'Arabian

Winner: Season 5 (2009)
Winning Show: Ten Dollar Dinners

8
65 41
Justin Warner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Justin Warner

Winner: Season 8 (2012)
Winning Show: Hosted a one-hour Food Network special, but did not get a series produced 

9
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Aaron McCargo, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Aaron McCargo, Jr.

Winner: Season 4 (2008)
Winning Show: Big Daddy's House 

10
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Christian Petroni and Jess Tom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Christian Petroni and Jess Tom

Winners: Season 14 (2018)
Winning Show: TBA

11
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Tregaye Fraser is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Tregaye Fraser

Winner: Season 12 (2016)
Winning Show: Became co-host on Kitchen Sink 

12
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Amy Finley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked

Winner: Season 3 (2007)
Winning Show: The Gourmet Next Door 

13
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Lenny McNab is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Lenny McNab

Winner: Season 10 (2014)
Winning Show: Never had a show produced due to controversial comments he made online 

14
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Dan Smith & Steve McDonagh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Food Network Star Winners, Ranked
Dan Smith & Steve McDonagh

Winners: Season 1 (2005)
Winning Show: Party Line with The Hearty Boys