Justin Warner

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Justin Warner
Born February 11, 1984 (Age 31)
Hagerstown, Maryland, United States[1]
Culinary career

Justin M. Warner (born in Hagerstown, Maryland)[1][2][3] is an American chef. He is perhaps best known as the winner of the eighth season of the Food Network series Food Network Star.

Food Network[edit]

Warner appeared on 24 Hour Restaurant Battle in August 2010 with his then-girlfriend J.J. Pyle.[4][5][6] They won the episode with their brunch restaurant concept,[5] but the restaurant itself never came to fruition.

Food Network Star[edit]

Later in 2012 Warner became a contestant on the eighth season of Food Network Star, mentored by Alton Brown.[7] He did not watch the series before becoming a contestant, because he does not own a television.[4] He eventually became one of the final four contestants, and he filmed a pilot for a potential series called Rebel with a Culinary Cause. He won the competition,[3][8] but he has not confirmed that Rebel with a Culinary Cause will be the final title of the series.[9][10] Alton Brown announced on January 4, 2013, that he will "regrettably" not be producing Justin's show.[11] In March 2013, Justin Warner debuted a one-hour pilot special on Food Network titled Rebel Eats.

Personal life[edit]

Warner was born on February 11, 1984 in Hagerstown, Maryland. His mother, Jan, is a schoolteacher,[1] and his father was a psychologist.[10] Warner was born when his father was 57 years old.[10] His father died shortly after Justin graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 2002.[12]

Warner has had no formal culinary training;[7][12] he was inspired to learn to cook by his father.[10] He is one of the co-owners of Do or Dine restaurant in Bed-Stuy, New York.[8][13] Warner says that the apparent redness on his lips is not from lipstick, but from frequent use of Burt's Bees.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b c Hagerstown native shines as next 'Food Network Star' - herald-mail.com. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Justin M. Warner (EatFellowHumans) on Twitter. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  3. ^ a b The Next Food Network Star: Justin Warner Wins Season 8 Befittingly, But The Voting System Needs The Axe. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Hagerstown native Justin Warner competes on 'The Next Food Network Star' - mcall.com. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Do or Dine's Justin Warner On Why Brunch Sucks: Interview Part 2 - New York - Restaurants and Dining - Fork in the Road. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  6. ^ 24-Hour Restaurant Battle Sort of Looks Like This Show and That Show and That One, Too - TV Watch - Eater National. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Justin Warner : Shows : Food Network. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Do or Dine's Justin Warner Wins 'Food Network Star' - Restaurants – Blackbook. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  9. ^ Justin Warner - Food Network Star Season 8 Winner - Interview | Rickey.org. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d Justin Warner named winner of 'Food Network Star' competition » Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  11. ^ [1]. Retrieved January 4th 2013
  12. ^ a b Justin Warner closes in on victory with 'The Next Food Network Star' - Page 2 - Herald-Mail. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  13. ^ Do or Dine, Brooklyn Restaurant | Local Brooklyn News and Features | The Brooklyn Ink. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  14. ^ ‘Food Network Star’ winner Justin Warner talks food, bullies and chapstick - Zap2it. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  15. ^ - The Daily. Retrieved October 4, 2012.

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