After 11 weeks of competition and stressing out celebrity chefs, Bobby Flay, Alton Brown and Giada de Laurentiis the reality series, The Next Food Network Star, came to and end tonight.
Last week the reality series announced the four finalists, Michelle, Evan, Marty and Justin, voting opened to fans to select their favorite pilot episode. Fans turned out in huge numbers, casting over 4 million votes for their favorite and selecting Alton Brown’s team member, Justin Warner, as their favorite.
“I never thought I would be standing here as the winner, ” Justin told Food Network executives Bob and Suzie after the announcement was revealed. Justin’s mentor, Alton Brown, said he felt like a “Proud Papa” after the emotional investment that was this season of Food Network Star.