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'Next Food Network Star' Winner Is Melissa d'Arabian

by Kelly Woo, posted Aug 3rd 2009 11:52AM
Melissa D'Arabian Food NetworkDon't mess with Mom in the kitchen. Melissa d'Arabian, a mother of four young daughters from Texas, won the title of the 'Next Food Network Star' in last night's season 5 finale. She beat out frontrunner and fellow finalist Jeffrey Saad of Los Angeles.

In the finale, both contestants debuted their pilot presentations. After viewing them, the judges -- star chef Bobby Flay and Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson -- declared this to be the most difficult decision in the five seasons of the series.


Melissa D'Arabian Food NetworkDon't mess with Mom in the kitchen. Melissa d'Arabian, a mother of four young daughters from Texas, won the title of the 'Next Food Network Star' in last night's season 5 finale. She beat out frontrunner and fellow finalist Jeffrey Saad of Los Angeles.

In the finale, both contestants debuted their pilot presentations. After viewing them, the judges -- star chef Bobby Flay and Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson -- declared this to be the most difficult decision in the five seasons of the series.

However, it was D'Arabian that ended up impressing them the most, and her new show, '10 Dollar Dinners,' will premiere Sun., Aug. 8, 12:30PM ET on Food Network.

Previous 'Food Network Star' winners include: Dan Smith & Steve McDonagh (season 1); Guy Fieri (season 2); Amy Finley (season 3); and Aaron McCargo, Jr. (season 4).


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