It’s important to note that not everyone who has been on the Food Network star has flourished. But those who’ve been there and became stars have built a great name for themselves. They have made themselves known widely throughout the food network community.
To get any form of recognition on the food network, one has to go above and beyond for a great chance. And those who have won in the show have done exactly that. So, here are some of the food network stars, and the most famous of them all starts the list (1).
Damaris Lennon Philips is an American chef and a TV figure who featured on the Food Network. She actually won the 9th season of the Food Network Star. Damaris was born on the 8th of December, 1980 in Lexington, Kentucky, and studied at Jefferson community and technical college. She earned a culinary arts degree at this point.
Philips once stated that she decided to take on culinary arts because she had no idea what to do in life. Later on, she became a culinary instructor. She contested on the Food Network Star in early 2013. And she was one of the final three contestants on the show. She finally won the competition later the same year, August 11.
As a reward from the Food Network Star show, which she won, Damaris got to host her own show. The show, southern at heart, premiered on the 27th of October 2013. It ran for 5 seasons in three years, up to 2016. Most seasons had around 13 episodes.
From September 2017, Damaris co-hosted the Bobby and Damaris show on the Food Network alongside Bobby Flay. Later the same year in October, she began co-hosting Southern and Hungry show on the cooking channel, alongside Rutledge Wood.
Damaris equally appears on the Guy’s Grocery Games many times – a show about cooking southern foods. Due to her involvement in different ways with the Food Network, Damaris has gone ahead to become one of the most famous food network star chefs.
Her net worth is $4 million, which is mainly from her career as a chef and from being a proprietor of several eateries. Aside from being a chef and owning eateries, Damaris is equally a celebrated TV host and performer. She’s shown up in some of the blockbuster TV series and posted several instructional videos on YouTube.
Melissa Donovan d’Arabian was born on the 1st of October, 1968 in Tucson, Arizona. She attended a bunch of Christian schools at this time when she was moving a lot. She and the sister were raised entirely by their mother when the parents divorced in her early childhood.
She developed a passion for cooking while very young and still in school. She saw it as a way to show people how much she cared about them. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science while in the University of Vermont. She earned her MBA at Georgetown University.
Melissa is now a cookbook author, chef, and TV personality. She won the fifth season of Food Network Star, which aired in 2009. Her victory led her into hosting the show Ten Dollar Dinners. This show started airing in 2010. The main focus of the show was on meals that cost ten dollars or less to make.
It went on for three seasons before coming to its end. Melissa published her first cookbook still under the name Ten Dollar Dinners. The book grew so much in popularity that it became a New York Times Best Seller.
In 2012, Melissa started to host a show on the cooking channel. The primary reason for the show was to highlight weight loss tips and low-calorie recipes.
Her net worth is $13 million, and most of it came as a result of her cooking career and TV personality gigs. The fact that her book became a New York Times Best Seller is equally something to talk about when discussing her net worth.
Aaron McCargo Jr.
Next on the list of the most famous Food Network Stars is Aaron. He was born on the 22nd of July 1971 in Camden, New Jersey, USA. He developed an urge to cook at the age of four. He began baking cakes using his sister’s oven. By the age of seven, he had already started to cook in his family’s kitchen.
He got most of his inspiration from the parents since the dad was equally a fine cook, and the mum had a deep interest in good food. The first point he started to learn how to cook well is on a home economics class at Pyne Point Middle School in Camden. Later on, he volunteered in the kitchen of Cooper University Hospital.
Aaron became the winner of the fourth season of the Food Network Star reality show. And this is what spiraled his success by a great margin. After he won this season, he went ahead to host Big Daddy’s House. This show’s about big and bold flavors.
Aaron’s net worth is $3 million, and he has made a lot of strides in the culinary niche. This is perhaps one of the main reasons he’s so highly rated.
Guy Fieri was born on January 22nd, 1968 in Columbus, Ohio. He developed his interest in cooking while being a foreign exchange student in France. His association with food began while in grade school, though. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management in 1990.
There aren’t many people around who could claim to be fans of Food Network Star, who don’t know Guy Fieri. He was the winner of the second season. This made him take center stage in the network, to the extent that some people believe he might be the reason for their popularity in the first place. Even though this is up for debate, you can’t dismiss his pivotal role in the growth of the Food Network.
He has a net worth of $8 million, mostly emanating from his television and restaurant empire. He’s attached to about 60 restaurants and receives roughly $100,000 each time he makes a media appearance.
The Hearty Boys
Last, but definitely not least, are the hearty boys. They are a couple comprised of Steve McDonagh (born on the 14th of June 1964) and Dan Smith (born on the 16th of July 1962). They launched their own show after winning the first season of the Food Network Star.
They have been equally running their catering business, which has featured on the Food Network. The couple managed to set the pace for their show, which featured for 13 seasons. They have also crafted their cookbook, which is available for all those foodies out there.
So, if you ever wondered who the most famous Food Network Star winners were, there you go. They got there through hard work, dedication, and resilience. And that’s what every prospective chef should have.