Bobby Flay Will Judge Next Food Network Star This June

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The fourth season of Next Food Network Star will kick off on June 1. The new batch of smiling contestants are on deck and Iron Chef Bobby Flay will join the show as a weekly celebrity judge.

Do you plan to watch this season? Or after Top Chef Chicago and Hell’s Kitchen will you have had your reality show fill? Last year’s series of Next Food Network Star was Food Network’s highest-rated, most-watched series ever. The full list of contestants is after the jump …

Any early favorites? There’s a wide range of ages in this year’s line up and we always like to see home cooks competing side-by-side with the pros (and a stand-up comic!).

We’re planning to interview contestants from the show. Let us know if you’ve questions for the contestants or suggestions for the show.

Here’s the full list of Season Four contestants, listed in the order they appear in the photo, left to right:
Nipa Bhatt, 35 (Victoria, MN) Marketing manager
Shane Lyons, 20 (Colorado Springs, CO) Private chef
Adam Gertler, 30 (Philadelphia, PA) Former restaurateur, server and actor
Lisa Garza, 32 (Dallas, TX) Owner, Suze Restaurant and kitchenwear fashion designer
Aaron McCargo Jr., 36 (Camden, NJ) Executive Catering Chef, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Jennifer Cochrane, 32 (Woonsocket, RI) Executive Chef, Geppetto’s and Briggs Corner restaurants
Kevin Roberts, 39 (San Diego, CA) Radio contributor, restaurant owner & cookbook author
Kelsey Nixon, 23 (North Ogden, UT) Freelance food writer, culinary class instructor’
Jeffrey Vaden, 43 (White Plains, NY) Caterer and former restaurateur
Cory Kahaney, 45 (New York, NY) Stand-up comic and playwright

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