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[08/12/13 - 07:04 AM]
Audience Vote Names Winner of "Food Network Star"
The ninth outing of "Food Network Star" averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 25-54, up +5% from last season.

[via press release from Food Network]

AUDIENCE VOTE NAMES DAMARIS PHILLIPS WINNER OF "FOOD NETWORK STAR"

Kentucky Native Awarded Ultimate Prize: Her Own Show on Food Network

NEW YORK - August 12, 2013 - The ninth season of long-running hit series Food Network Star concluded Sunday night with a viewer vote crowning Damaris Phillips of Louisville, Ky. the winner of the series grand prize: her own show on Food Network. The ninth outing of Food Network Star averaged 1.1 rating (A25-54), up +5% from last season. Damaris' unique charm and modern take on Southern cuisine won over the judges and audience over the 11-episode series, which kicked off on June 2nd with culinary icons Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay leading the charge to discover the best and brightest new faces in food television. Twelve contestants went through the audition of their lives over the course of the season to find out who has the personality, on-camera charisma and kitchen skills to follow in their idols' footsteps and helm their own show. The final showdown came down to three finalists: Damaris, Rodney Henry (Baltimore) and Russell Jackson (San Francisco). Damaris' culinary chops and "Southern food is the food of love" philosophy, along with a side of comic relief, bested her competitors and led her to the grand prize.

"Damaris' quirky charm, along with her natural ability to entertain and teach endeared her to viewers and the selection committee from the get-go," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "Her unique idea of pairing Southern food and romance is fresh and fun, and her love of food shines through and makes her a joy to watch."

Damaris Phillips, a Southern spitfire from Louisville, Ky., graduated from Jefferson Community and Technical College with a degree in Culinary Arts and now teaches at the same school inspiring up-and-coming chefs to follow their dreams. Before returning to teach, Damaris took on various restaurant and baking jobs, working in the front and back of house. One of five kids, Damaris learned to cook at an early age and was responsible for cooking one night a week for her large family. Damaris uses her wit and her traditional Southern cuisine to pack a one-two punch in the kitchen.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers' best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and averages more than 9.9 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine has tripled its rate base and delivers a circulation of 1.5 million. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24 hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (www.cookingchanneltv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country (www.gactv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), and Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com), is the manager and general partner.





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