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Food Network announces annual 'Hot List'


Mon, Feb 5th 2024 04:50 pm

Follow Food Network on social media to meet this year’s group of rising culinary stars

Press Release

Food Network recently announced its 2024 “Hot List,” an annual look at exciting food personalities and up-and-coming culinary rock stars making their mark in the food content space, on the Emmy-nominated daytime series “The Kitchen.” From a self-proclaimed “Duke of Spice” and “Sugar Monster,” to a culinary anthropologist, this year’s dynamic and diverse group of talent bring creativity and energy to their multifaceted culinary endeavors – and they’re making mouthwatering dishes in the kitchen, in restaurants, and across social platforms everywhere.

This year’s “Hot List” members include: internationally acclaimed pastry chef and host Stephanie Boswell; chef and cookbook author Laurent Dagenais; “Bobby’s Triple Threat” “Titan” Tiffany Derry; award-winning private chef and entrepreneur Pyet DeSpain; food content creator Owen Han; pastry chef and cake artist Ashley Holt; chef, restaurateur and “Tournament of Champions IV” winner Mei Lin; chef, restaurateur and model Franco Noriega; James Beard and Michelin-trained chef Martel Stone; and award-winning chef and culinary entrepreneur Claudette Zepeda.

“Food Network is at the forefront of everything food-related, and our team is continuously on the lookout for emerging talent and exciting new personalities in the food media landscape,” said Betsy Ayala, head of content, food, Warner Bros. Discovery. “The ‘Hot List’ serves as a platform to introduce the rising culinary talent captivating audiences with their extraordinary skills, and celebrate this fresh wave of stars.”

Beginning Monday, Feb. 5, one new “Hot List” star a day will be introduced on Food Network's social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter. Each member of the “Hot List” will be featured in various social videos, including sharing their very own culinary “Hot Tips” and favorite recipes.

In addition to daily reveals, all “Hot List” food stars will be showcased in the Food Network digital feature, “Food Stars to Watch in 2024,” and promoted across FoodNetwork.com, Apple News and newsletter.

Fans can also catch up with five of last year’s “Hot List” members, including Gabriele Bertaccini, Esther Choi, Paola Velez, Shota Nakajima and Fariyal Abdullahi, and see what they are up to now. Fans can follow #FNHotList to meet this year’s group of rising culinary stars.

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