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Meet the Cast of Next Food Network Star 7

Meet the Cast of Next Food Network Star 7

If the conclusion of Top Chef All-Stars has brought about symptoms of foodie reality TV withdrawal, sit tight, because the Food Network's Next Food Network Star is back with a vengeance.

The seventh season, which premieres Sunday, June 5, at 9 p.m., is the network's most star-studded yet and features celebrated figures from Alton Brown to Michael Symon to Ina Garten. Among the challenges? Performing live on the Rachael Ray Show, catering the Guy Fieri-headlined All American Food Festival, and competing head to head in Kitchen Stadium, Iron Chef America-style.

Season seven's challenges aren't the only part of the show that's advanced — the contestants sound like a pretty qualified bunch, too. To see the 15 finalists who'll compete come June, keep reading.

  • Alicia Sanchez, 33, bakery owner and teacher, New York, NY
  • Chris Nirschel, 28, sous chef, Hoboken, NJ
  • Howie Drummond, 40, local cooking show host, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Jeff Mauo, 32, private chef, Chicago, IL
  • Juba Kali, 29, research chef, New Orleans, LA
  • Justin Balmes, 32, farmers market specialist, Marietta, GA
  • Justin Davis, 31, food blogger, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jyll Everman, 31, culinary teacher, Glendora, CA
  • Katy Clark, 34, food and fitness small business owner, Long Beach, CA
  • Mary Beth Albright, 38, food writer, Washington DC
  • Orchid Paulmeier, 38, restaurant owner, Bluffton, SC
  • Penny Davidi, 39, restaurant franchisee, Los Angeles, CA
  • Susie Jimenez, 31, caterer, Aspen, CO
  • Vic "Vegas" Moea, 35, restaurant chef, Las Vegas, NV
  • Whitney Chen, 28, professional chef, New York, NY

Will you tune in to watch another season of Next Food Network Star drama?


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