Turlock native Susie Jimenez has made the top three finalists for Food Network Star!
Food Network Star is a great opportunity for cooking lovers, as the show’s winner is awarded with their very own cooking show on Food Network.
Judging the contestants are some of the biggest names in the Food industry.
Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are two of the judges, both with very successful shows on Food Network and successful careers as chefs.
Completing the judging panel is Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson. Tuschman is the General Manager of Food Network, and has been a key player in discovering and producing stars such as De Laurentiis.
Fogelson is the Senior Vice President of Marketing of the Food Network, she is an important voice on the panel as she strives to find the contestant that has what it takes to be on the Network.
Jimenez, 31 years old, currently resides in Aspen, Colorado where she has been busy pursuing her passion for cooking.
She spends her time teaching cooking classes, is a private chef, and still finds time to have her own catering business.
Her passion for cooking came from her family. She credits her cooking techniques from her grandmother and mother, and she tries to put a healthier and lighter spin to their style.
“I want to succeed,” she said, “I want people to eat better; I want people to open their minds to new things and eat healthier.”
Jimenez brings an energetic and happy energy to the show, and the judges have seemed to notice.
On the last Star episode, General Manager Tuschman said that Jimenez was in the lead ahead of the other three contestants.
“I saw promise in her as a TV personality, I’m very impressed with her,” Tuschman said.
Watch Jimenez battle it out on STAR’s season finale this Sunday, August 14 at 6:00pm on Food Network.
There will be a big party to celebrate her success also to be held on Sunday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Los Gallos in Turlock, where Jimenez may try to join in via Skype.
“My family put this event together so I am very excited that everyone from high school is getting together and supporting me,” said Jimenez.
Click here to view Susie Jimenez’s profile on the Food Network Star website.