Last night, after nine weeks of grueling competition, stay-at-home mom and home cook Melissa dArabian was crowned The Next Food Network Star during the hit reality shows season five finale. Melissa, who recently moved from
Week by week, Melissa proved she had the makings of a true food star, said Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, Food Network. Her expert technique brought sophisticated flavors and ideas to home cooking, and her bright, warm, and down-to-earth personality made her a viewer favorite. We’re thrilled to share her wealth of ideas for making easy, delicious, and inexpensive meals.
On her new series, Melissa shows viewers how to incorporate creative and tasty meals into their budgets by sharing her tried-and-true recipes. With countless tips to save time and money in the kitchen, she keeps her $10 promise in every episode: four people, ten bucks, infinite possibilities. From approachable Parisian and Moroccan menus to sophisticated upgrades for everyday chicken and pork, Melissas delicious budget-friendly meals demonstrate home cooking at its finest. Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa dArabian premieres Sunday, August 9th at /PT. For more information, recipes, and videos, visit: www.FoodNetwork.com/TenDollarDinners
As a wife and a stay-at-home mother to her four preschool-aged daughters, Melissa pairs her varied culinary and life experiences to provide food lifestyle solutions to todays families. Due to her mothers schooling and career, Melissa moved around as a child living in
While enduring countless culinary challenges, the finalists also had to impress notable Food Network stars including Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown, Guy Fieri, Ina Garten, Emeril Lagasse, Gina and Pat Neely, Masaharu Morimoto, Ted Allen, Tyler Florence, Michael Symon and the shows season four winner, Aaron McCargo, Jr. Melissa and Jeffrey competed against eight other hopefuls: Brett August, Katie Cavuto, Teddy Folkman, Eddie Gilbert, Jen Isham, Debbie Lee, Jamika Pessoa, and Michael Proietti. Iron Chef Bobby Flay and Food Network executives Bob Tuschman (Senior Vice President, Programming and Production) and Susie Fogelson (Vice President, Marketing and Brand Strategy) served as this seasons selection committee. In addition to winning her own show, Melissa will also be featured in Food Network Magazine and have a top spot at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival in October.
Casting for season six of The Next Food Network Star, set to air in 2010, is currently underway. For information about open-call auditions, applications, contest rules, and submission instructions visit www.FoodNetwork.com/Star.