Rusty Hamlin, David Rose are locals on 'Food Network Star' season 13 starting June 4

Last year's "Food Network Star" winner for the first time was a metro Atlantan: the vivacious Tregaye Fraser, now a co-host of a Food Network show "Kitchen Sink."

This year for the show's 13th season starting June 4 at 8 p.m., two locals will try to follow in Fraser's footsteps: caterer and Big Green Egg brand ambassador David "Big Swole" Rose and Atkins Park executive chef and Zac Brown's "eat and greet" leader Rusty Hamlin.

A season 5 Atlanta-based personal chef Jamika Pessoa is also trying to get back on the show competing in a spin-off called "Comeback Kitchen" that is airing now and is co-hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence.

I interviewed Rose and Hamlin. Here are thumbnail sketches of each:

Zac Brown and Rusty Hamlin share a love of cooking, highlighted on 'Rusty's RockFeast' on FYI in 2015. Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU

"Food Network Star," debuting Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 8 p.m., Food Network

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.