Food Network Star returns for its ninth season of awkward on-camera crashing/burning with the same judge-as-mentor format adopted by the series last year, featuring, as always, Team Nerds (Alton Brown), Team Cheerleaders (Giada De Laurentiis), and Team Football Players (Bobby Flay).
Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman will be on hand again this season, doing their network exec thing in the Pitch Room. And finally, this year’s crop of Food Network Star hopefuls are:
Nikki Dinki (New York)
Andres Guillama (Waynesville, NC)
Rodney Henry (Baltimore)
Chris Hodgson (Cleveland)
Connie “Lovely” Jackson (Los Angeles)
Russell Jackson (San Francisco)
Danushka Lysek (New York)
Daniela Perez-Reyes (Haleiwa, Haw.)
Viet Pham (Salt Lake City)
Damaris Phillips (Louisville, Ky.)
Stacey Poon-Kinney (San Diego)
Chad Rosenthal (Ambler, Penn.)
Season 9 kicks off on Sunday, June 2nd at 9pm ET.
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