Damaris Phillips

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Damaris Phillips
NFNS chefs at Veggie U Dinner.jpg
L-R: Stacey Poon-Kinney, Phillips and Chris Hodgson at Veggie U (Milan, OH); July 13, 2013 (2013-07-13)
Born Damaris Lennon Phillips[1]
(1980-12-08) December 8, 1980 (age 36)[2]
Lexington, Kentucky, United States[3]
Education Jefferson Community and Technical College[4]
Spouse(s) Darrick Wood (m. 2015)[5]
Website www.damarisphillips.com
Culinary career
Cooking style Southern cooking

Damaris Lennon Phillips (born December 8, 1980) is an American chef and television personality. In 2013 she won the ninth season of the Food Network television series Food Network Star. She hosted the Food Network show Southern at Heart for five seasons from 2013 to 2016. She currently co-hosts The Bobby and Damaris Show on Food Network with Bobby Flay.

Personal life[edit]

Phillips was born in Lexington, Kentucky. She has four brothers and a sister. On June 13, 2015, she married her fiance Darrick Wood in Louisville, Kentucky. Growing up with Southern food, her goal is to teach people globally about Southern cuisine. She was raised in urban Louisville.[5]


Damaris Phillips graduated from Jefferson Community and Technical College, where she earned a degree in Culinary Arts.[4] She has stated that she decided to attend culinary school because she "didn't know what to do in life".[6] Phillips later went on to become a culinary instructor.[7]

Food Network[edit]

Food Network Star[edit]

In early 2013, Phillips became a contestant on the ninth season of the Food Network series Food Network Star.[6] She landed in the top three and eventually became one of the final three contestants, and she filmed a pilot for a potential series called Eat, Date, Love.[8] Phillips was announced as the winner of the competition on August 11, 2013.[4]

Southern at Heart[edit]

As a reward for winning Food Network Star, Phillips got her own show on Food Network, Southern at Heart. The show premiered on October 27, 2013.[9] The first season aired on Sundays at 10:30 am/9:30c and consisted of six episodes.[10] The show ultimately ran for five seasons, from 2013 to 2016, with most seasons consisting of 13 episodes. Phillips posted regular show reviews and updates to her Facebook page.[11] An episode airing on April 19, 2015 was watched by 816,000 viewers.[12]

The Bobby and Damaris Show[edit]

Since September 2017, she has co-hosted The Bobby and Damaris Show on Food Network with her former Food Network Star co-judge Bobby Flay.


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