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Food Network Seeks Another 'Star'

(Posted September 16, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( Cable's Food Network has already found "The Next Food Network Star" -- two of them, in fact. Earlier this year, viewers chose Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh to headline their own show, "Party Line with Dan and Steve," which premieres Sunday (Sept. 18).

But once that show goes on the air, Smith and McDonagh will be current Food Network stars. Thus the search is on for the next "Next Food Network Star."

Following the premiere of "Party Line" Sunday morning, the network will announce an open casting call for a second edition of the show, which looks for undiscovered culinary (and TV) talent in the restaurants and home kitchens of America. Would-be contestants will have until Wednesday, Oct. 12 to submit a three-minute videotape to the network pitching themselves as host of a show on the channel's how-to "In the Kitchen" block (applications will be available Sunday at

The network will choose seven of the eight finalists, and an online vote among other hopefuls will determine the eighth person to take part in the series, which will return in 2006, with Marc Summers ("Unwrapped") serving as host again. Viewers will ultimately pick the next "Star," who will then get his or her own show on the network.

The first "Next Food Network Star" proved to be a ratings success, with the finale drawing more than 2 million viewers.

Source: Zap2it

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