4/18/2013 12:18:00 PM

The Next Food Network Star Season 9 Premieres June 2, Cast Announced

The Next Food Network Star returns to the air this summer on Sunday, June 2 at 9 PM ET/PT (the series that made Guy Fieri a household name) and the cast list has just been announced. Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown will return as the three guiding mentors and as a new twist, focus groups of Food Network fans will weigh in on the aspiring TV stars' performances. Here are the cast finalists:

Nikki Dinki (New York), Andres Guillama (Waynesville, NC), Rodney Henry (Baltimore), Chris Hodgson (Cleveland), Connie "Lovely" Jackson (Los Angeles), Russell Jackson (San Francisco), Danushka Lysek (New York), Daniela Perez-Reyes (Haleiwa, Haw.), Viet Pham (Salt Lake City); Damaris Phillips (Louisville, Ky.), Stacey Poon-Kinney (San Diego) and Chad Rosenthal (Ambler, Penn.).

Check out the trailer for season nine above.


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