In 'Food Network Star' finale, Baltimore's Rodney Henry places second

August 11, 2013|Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore's Rodney Henry did not win the ninth edition of "Food Network Star." The Baltimore-based founder of Dangerously Delicious Pies came in second to Damaris Phillips after an online vote.

Henry, who outlasted all but one of his competitors on the reality competition show, was vying for a chance to host a show on the Food Network. Although he didn't win, he was still in good spirits. Henry watched Sunday night's finale at a party hosted by Angels Rock Bar at Power Plant Live.

Henry's proposed show was "Pie Style," in which he would visit restaurants and bake their signature dishes into a pie. The short pilot, as seen on the next-to-last episode, looked at least as plausible as those of his two competitors, Phillips, a Southern charmer, and Russell Jackson, a swaggering purveyor of sinful foods.

Henry, whose charisma and comfort with the camera were frequently noted by the show's hosts, Food Network veterans Bobby Flay, Alton Brown and Giada De Laurentiis, may still have more time in the spotlight.

The runners-up on previous seasons of "Food Network Star" have hosted shows on the cable network, too.

Season Four contestant Adam Gertler was also a runner-up, but starred in two Food Network shows "Will Work for Food" and most recently "Kid in a Candy Store." 



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