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12 Seasons of 'Food Network Star' Winners: Where Are They Now?

Chanel Dubofsky is a fiction writer, journalist and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work on gender, sexuality, religion and reproductive justice has been publishing in Cosmopolitan, RH Reality Check, The Billfold, The Toast, The ...

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Are they still Food Network stars?

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Are they still Food Network stars?

Raise your hand if you're totally missing Food Network Star! Yeah, that's what we thought.

The Food Network finally announced this month that Season 13 of the hit show will return in June. To satisfy our craving, we're taking a look back at winners of seasons past and — surprise, surprise — not everyone turned out to be the star they were cracked up to be.

Originally published May 2016. Updated April 2017.

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Guy Fieri (Season 2)

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Guy Fieri (Season 2)

By now, Guy Fieri and the Food Network are practically synonyms.

After winning Season 2, Fieri hosted Guy's Big Bite and went on to become the current host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy's Grocery Games and frequently appears as a guest judge on Food Network Star.

Fieri has released several cookbooks, done cross-country cooking tours, launched his own line of food products, drafted legislation, entertained troops and opened various restaurants. 

He just announced this month that he's currently casting for his latest Food Network show, Guy's Big Project.

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Amy Finley (Season 3)

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Amy Finley (Season 3)

Finley dropped out of her show, The Gourmet Next Door, after just six episodes aired.

She moved with her family to Burgundy, France, and wrote about her culinary adventures in her book How to Eat a Small Country, published in April 2011. Finley appeared in a 2012 episode of Chopped, which featured past Food Network Star winners. She was eliminated in the second round. 

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Aaron McCargo Jr. (Season 4)

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Aaron McCargo Jr. (Season 4)

McCargo's show, Big Daddy's House, premiered on Aug. 3, 2008, and was on TV for six full seasons.

McCargo makes frequent appearances on Spike TV's Bar Rescue

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Melissa D'Arabian (Season 5)

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Melissa D'Arabian (Season 5)

D'Arabian's show Ten Dollar Dinners was only the beginning of her Food Network career.

She's appeared on Chopped, Guy's Grocery Games, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Food Network Challenge and The Best Thing I Ever Made.

D'Arabian also hosts a show on the Cooking Channel, Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping, and has released two cookbooks. 

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Aarti Sequeira (Season 6)

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Aarti Sequeira (Season 6)

Aarti Sequeira is the host of Aarti Party, where she instructs viewers on infusing American food with Indian flavors.

Sequeira is also a host on the Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games

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Jeff Mauro (Season 7)

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Jeff Mauro (Season 7)

Jeff "Sandwich King"  Mauro won the seventh season of Food Network Star back in 2011. 

Mauro is the host of the Food Network's Sandwich King and $24 in 24He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Sandwich King and became a host of the Food Network's The Kitchen in 2012. 

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Justin Warner (Season 8)

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Justin Warner (Season 8)

Although Warner won Food Network Star, his potential series Rebel with a Culinary Cause was never filmed.

He did, however, film a one-hour special for the network called Rebel Eats. He is currently the host of Foodie Call, a FoodNetwork.com web series and also debuted a live cooking show on the social gaming platform Twitch in Oct. 2016.

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Damaris Phillips (Season 9)

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Damaris Phillips (Season 9)

Kentucky-born Phillips is now the host of the Food Network's Southern at Heart. 

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Lenny McNab (Season 10)

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Lenny McNab (Season 10)

McNab won Season 10 with his "elevated chuck wagon" style of cooking, but a show never materialized due to a series of racist, homophobic and misogynistic blog posts (and some super raunchy YouTube videos) surfacing.

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Eddie Jackson (Season 11)

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Eddie Jackson (Season 11)

Jackson, a former football star, now hosts the Food Network's BBQ Blitz, which premiered on Oct. 9, 2015, and Kids BBQ Championship.

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Tregaye Fraser (Season 12)

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Tregaye Fraser (Season 12)

 

Fraser sure has kept herself busy since winning Season 12! Her show Kitchen Sink premiered on the Food Network in early 2017.  

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