food network star winner damaris phillips rodney 'Food Network Star' winner: Damaris Phillips beats Rodney HenryAfter weeks of competition, southern cook Damaris Phillips beat pie-guy Rodney Henry for the title of “Food Network Star” in Season 9. Her prize as the winner will be a show airing on the Food Network in the fall.

The final three going into the final were Damaris, Rodney and “food rebel” Russell Jackson. While Russell and his confrontational, “sinful” style of cooking were eliminated early-on, Damaris and Rodney had to wait until the bitter end to find out which of them had triumphed.

It was a long wait too. Throughout most of the hour that made up the “Food Network Star” finale, viewers watched recaps and reminisces of the past season. Most of the hopeful chefs were back for interviews and to show reactions when their most embarrassing moments appeared yet again. Interesting enough, but not exactly what viewers might want to watch again.

What sort of a show will Damaris bring to the Food Network? The pilot featured on the penultimate “Food Network Star” episode showed the cooking teacher showing a lovelorn man the way to find the way to a woman’s heart through food.

That could certainly be an interesting show for the channel.

Posted by:Laurel Brown