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The Best 'Food Network Star' Winners, Ranked

Updated June 10, 2021 4.6k votes 699 voters 12.9k views14 items

List RulesVote up your favorite 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?

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.

There are also plenty of female next Food Network Star winners, such as the charming Aarti Sequeira, who went on to host Aarti Party. Damaris Phillips of Southern at Heart and Melissa d'Arabian of Ten Dollar Dinners are also Food Network Star winners.

Check out the rest of the stars below, and then vote up your favorites from this Food Network Stars list!

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  • 1
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    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 Hookand Guy's Grocery Games)

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  • 2
    276
    131

    Jeff Mauro

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

  • 3
    264
    124

    Aarti Sequeira

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

  • 4
    276
    134

    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) 

  • 5
    237
    111

    Eddie Jackson

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

  • 6
    239
    140

    Justin Warner

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

  • 7
    208
    156

    Jason Smith

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

  • 8
    157
    133

    Melissa d'Arabian

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

  • 9
    104
    141

    Aaron McCargo, Jr.

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

  • 10
    97
    187

    Christian Petroni and Jess Tom

    Winners: Season 14 (2018)
    Winning Show: TBA

  • 11
    69
    216

    Tregaye Fraser

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

  • 12

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

  • 13
    51
    246

    Lenny McNab

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

  • 14
    34
    156

    Dan Smith & Steve McDonagh

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