Infographic: What Really Happens for People Who Appear on Next Food Network Star?

A few of the "stars."
A few of the "stars." Photo: Jesse David Fox

On Sunday, Food Network will roll out its eighth season of Next Food Network Star, the reality competition that purports to take members of the general public and transform them into food-television celebrities. That means Food Network has been doing this for seven years running, more than enough time for us to look back and assess just how successful the show has been at, you know, actually creating stars. So, we looked at exactly what’s happened to every person who has ever been a NFNS contestant and turned that data into an extremely scientific, yet still very easy to read, chart.


The unofficial Next Food Network Star alumni chart.Photo: Jesse David Fox and Allison Gore