The cooking competition program “Food Network Star” wrapped its season Sunday night and crowned a winner. Food Network announced that Eddie Jackson of Houston was named the winner of the series grand prize at the end of the show’s 11th season.
Jackson will get his own show on Food Network.
“A former NFL player who became a personal trainer, food truck owner and private chef, Eddie proved to be the ultimate culinary champion known for his charismatic personality, charm under pressure and spectacular cooking skills,” the network said in its announcement. “His take on food, which combines his southern background with his passion for rich bold flavors, consistently distinguished him with the judges and audience over the 11-episode season.”
The network noted that the season averaged a 1.0 rating among A25-54, up +15% from last season, going into the finale.
“In the hit series, culinary icons Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay lead the charge to find the next promising face in food television and this year’s finale came down to three finalists: Eddie, Jay Ducote (Baton Rouge, La.) and Dom Tesoriero (Staten Island, NY). The winner’s show will premiere late fall 2015 in primetime,” the announcement notes.
Said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network: “The camera loves Eddie Jackson. He came to this competition with impeccable cooking skills, tremendous on-air charisma and that innate ‘Star’ quality — add in the focus and determination from his days as an athlete, and Eddie was a clear standout among this very talented cast. We are excited to bring his energy, charm and passion for food to the network.”