WATCH: And the Winner of Food Network Star Is…

It’s been a rocky season for Food Network Star, but after Alton Brown’s latest Nerdist podcast, even we softened to a couple of the Season 9 finalists. So to whom will Justin Warner be passing down the Food Network Star tiara this year, earning them their own series?

Damaris Phillips!

After a heartwarming post-season wrap-up full of Bobby Flay’s confusing appreciation for Danushka, Viet Pham’s ballsy call-out on the judges, and lots of silly montages, the network execs revealed that you voted for Damaris’ concept for a show that teaches boys how to cook modern Southern meals to impress dates. (We’re hoping that in the end it’s a bit more varied/less sexist than Boys Cooking For Girls To Get Into Their Pants.)

She was also profusely apologetic about and embarrassed by her shimmying shtick on the show all season, so, as a gift to you, Damaris, in honor of your win, we hereby retire our lovable nickname for you: Awkward Sexy.

Check out the big reveal below.

WATCH: This Food Network Star’s Nervous Default Is ‘Awkwardly Sexy’
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