Articles for Food Network Star Season 3

Last month, an investigation led by The Army Times determined that The Next Food Network Star’s Josh “Jag” Garcia not only lied about the extent of his military experience, but also his educational attainment.  According to the newspaper, Garcia did not spend nearly two years in the infantry, nor was he ever deployed in a war zone.  The newspaper also reported that he was discharged by the Corps eight months early, and that he never completed his studies at the New York Restaurant School. The allegations surfaced after the third season premiere of The Next Food Network Star on June 3.  When production for the particular season wrapped up early this year, Josh Garcia was among the Final Two vying for the title.  However, a meeting between the series’ judges and Garcia that aired at the end of Sunday night’s episode showed Garcia withdrawing from the competition. Read more »
Earlier axed contestant Amy Finley recovered from the seventh week elimination, got reinstated and ultimately won as The Next Food Network Star yesterday, July 22.  The 33-year-old native of San Diego, California got the most number of votes, consequently beating Rory Schepisi, a 31-year-old native of Vega, Texas.After contestant Joshua Adam "JAG" Garcia withdrew from the competition due to false claims and forged records about his education and military background, Finley, who was eliminated in week seven, got reinstated for the America Vote finale. Read more »
After conquering the third season of The Next Food Network Star, Amy Finley will soon be featured on her own television show. Looking back at her intense journey and the unexpected circumstances that led to her triumph on the competitive reality series, the mother of two from San Diego, California is now very much eager to continue to demonstrate her passion for cooking in front of the camera. In an interview with TV Guide, Finley has hinted some details about her upcoming show and her motivation to take on such an endeavor. Read more »
Now that season three has ended, Food Network is on the look out for The Next Food Network Star winner, following the footsteps of Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh of season one, season two winner Guy Fieri, and recently hailed Amy Finley. Whether professionally trained, self-taught or somewhere in between, celebrity wannabes can now flaunt their cooking and hosting skills as they try their luck for the fourth season of The Next Food Network Star, which is slated to air in 2008. Read more »
Exposure from reality shows doesn‘t necessarily result to fame and popularity.  But for Guy Fieri, who has established a name for himself ever since his exposure on The Next Food Network Star, his achievements are attached with his cooking shows and his currently owned and upcoming restaurants, not to mention his passion for exploring great cuisines. As the second season winner, Fieri has acquired a six-episode cooking show called Guy‘s Big Bite on the Food Network, which was positively renewed for a second season that began airing earlier this year.  He also has a second series called Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, which features a “road trip” concept where Fieri travels around the United States to search for the best drive-in restaurants and diners. Read more »
While Dan Smith, Steve McDonagh, Guy Fieri, and Amy Finley are most likely to have a thriving career as winners of The Next Food Network Star, other contestants prove that life can be as sweet despite losing on the competitive reality series. Confirmation comes in the form of season 2 contestants Jess Dang and Nathan Lyon, who are currently living their dreams while putting their culinary expertise to good use. Read more »

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