food network star finale justin yvan michelle 'Next Food Network Star' finale: Did Justin Warner, Yvan Lemoine or Michele Ragussis win?There’s been a clear frontrunner throughout the eighth season of “The Next Food Network Star,” which saw Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis each mentor a crop of chefs as they competed for their own Food Network show. Whippersnapper Justin Warner seemed to capture the competition from the very beginning, but did he manage to win America over for the title?

Yep, the 27-year-old from Brown’s team beat out his fellow Team Alton member Martie Duncan, Team Giada’s Yvan Lemoine and Team Bobby’s Michele Ragussis to win Season 8 of “The Next Food Network Star.”

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The finale was more of a reunion special, with a few cute bits as the Brown, Flay, De Laurentiis and Food Network honchos Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman honored several contestants with superlatives — Nikki Martin is the most competitive, while Malcolm Mitchell is the most cocky.

In the end, though, we were all there for the same reason — to find out who won America’s vote. Warner seemed genuinely moved when his name was announced as the winner, though in a very Justin way his first reaction to the news was “It’s going down like that.”

“Yeah, I feel like a proud papa,” mentor Brown said as his mentee won the crown.

Proving that he’s genuinely excited for his new career as Food Network Star, Warner’s next reaction to his win was “When do we start?”

Did the right chef win? Are you surprised that Justin took home the title? Who did you vote for?

Posted by:Jean Bentley