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Melissa d'Arabian The Next Food Network Star and Mother

The Next Food Network Star Keeps a Kid-Friendly Kitchen

There are barely enough hours in the day for moms to get everything done so some cut corners in the kitchen. But, now that The Next Food Network Star, Melissa d'Arabian, a stay-at-home mother, will be cooking up quick, budget friendly recipes to inspire fellow busy women, we may see more parents tying on aprons. The 40-year-old Texas mama explained that her show, which will air next Sunday, focuses on feeding four people a meal for $10 or less. The competition's self-proclaimed dark horse who had no professional culinary experience, used tidbits about cooking for her daughters (like serving raw brussels sprouts so they have the crunch of an apple) to wow the judges in an unconventional way. Prior to winning, Melissa explained why she wanted to be The Next Food Network Star. She said:

I have four kids (aged four and under), but I think the fact that I'm not "supermom" makes me accessible. I want parents across America to breathe a sigh of relief when they see me on TV and to say to themselves, "if she can do it, then so can I."

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mhg mhg 7 years
I'm so excited she won and look forward to her show. I think it will be excellent!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I am so excited about her show. She was my favorite from Day 1!
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
I love Melissa and I wanted her to win for most of the season. I worry that her show won't last though because it might be a bit too 'Rachael Ray" but she is great! I think Jeffrey was great too and though I'm not sure I would want to watch him cook, I would love if he had some kind of travel/cooking show to talk about all of those cool "smuggled" flavors and spices.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I really like this woman. I cannot relate to the mothering aspect, but it's great that she is accessible to anyone who just simply doesn't have tons of time or tons of experience. But obviously she will appeal to a mom, who has to cook for a family. Totally a different person than anyone else on the food network.
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