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