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!
Winner: Season 2 (2006)
Winning Show: Guy's Big Bite (also went on to star in Diners, Drive-Ins and Davies, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, Guy Off the Hook, and Guy's Grocery Games)
Winner: Season 7 (2011)
Winning Show: Sandwich King (went on to host $24 in 24)
Winner: Season 6 (2010)
Winning Show: Aarti Party
Winner: Season 9 (2013)
Winning Show: Southern at Heart (went on to co-host The Bobby and Damaris Show and Southern and Hungry)
Winner: Season 11 (2015)
Winning Show: BBQ Blitz (went on to host Kids BBQ Championship)
Winner: Season 8 (2012)
Winning Show: Hosted a one-hour Food Network special, but did not get a series produced
Winner: Season 13 (2017)
Winning Show: Became judge on Best Baker in America
Winner: Season 5 (2009)
Winning Show: Ten Dollar Dinners
Aaron McCargo, Jr.
Winner: Season 4 (2008)
Winning Show: Big Daddy's House
Christian Petroni and Jess Tom
Winners: Season 14 (2018)
Winning Show: TBA
Winner: Season 12 (2016)
Winning Show: Became co-host on Kitchen Sink
Winner: Season 3 (2007)
Winning Show: The Gourmet Next Door
Winner: Season 10 (2014)
Winning Show: Never had a show produced due to controversial comments he made online
Dan Smith & Steve McDonagh
Winners: Season 1 (2005)
Winning Show: Party Line with The Hearty Boys