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“The Next Food Network Star” new season features two Atlantans; ‘Worst Cooks in America’ Atlanta casting call May 1

Next-Food-ChallengeSeason six of “The Next Food Network Star” will have its biggest cast yet with 12 wannabes, including two Atlantans:

Brianna Jenkins, 30 (Atlanta, Ga.), originally studied food journalism at Georgia Perimeter College but fell in love with cooking after moving to Atlanta. She graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Cuisine Française in Paris and now serves as the executive chef and owner of her own catering company. In her spare time, Brianna teaches cooking classes and travels the world looking for culinary inspiration.

Herb Mesa, 41 (Atlanta, Ga.), is a restaurant-trained chef who worked his way up from dishwasher to director of catering and assistant general manager of luxury hotels. He has worked as a personal chef since 2003 and adds creative twists on recipes from friends and family. Herb, who works as a personal fitness trainer in his spare time, also attempts to nutritiously enhance any recipe he encounters.

From the press release, a teaser of what’s to come:

This season, the finalists travel to Los Angeles where they are put through the ringer to prove their culinary talent and impress the industry’s biggest stars. Challenges include a crash-course in red-carpet glamour while catering a star-studded MGD 64 after-party with Grammy-winner Colbie Caillat, serving up savory dishes inspired by classic carnival sweets at the Santa Monica Pier, creating and operating lunch trucks on Venice Beach, and using Kellogg’s ® breakfast cereals to cook dinner with breakfast. The contestants must also impress special guest stars Eva Longoria Parker and Todd English by illustrating an “emotion” through a dish at their restaurant, Beso.

Last season, Atlantan Carribean style chef Jamika Passoa finished in fourth place.

The next season starts June 6 at 9 p.m.

And the second season of “Worst Cooks of America” is looking for new candidates. You can come the W Hotel in Midtown at Colony Square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday.

People should e-mail us at their contact information, a picture and why they need help in the kitchen prior to the event! You can pick up the application here at

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10 comments Add your comment


April 29th, 2010
10:37 am

Wow, they actually seem very qualified.


April 29th, 2010
10:42 am

Good luck to both of them..Can’t wait to watch them..

Ms Chelle

April 29th, 2010
10:48 am

I always enjoy cooking shows & great talent of cooking. Enjoy yourselves – have a great day all :)


April 29th, 2010
11:02 am

I really enjoy this show and will watch to support the folks from Atlanta. Good luck Brianna and Herb!

Hindu Elvis Pimp

April 29th, 2010
11:35 am

Eye candy for TV


April 29th, 2010
12:09 pm

Food Journalism is an actual major at GA Perimeter College?


April 29th, 2010
1:33 pm

Herb is a top-notch trainer and an incredible motivator. I’ve never watched the show before but I’ll become a huge fan now that he is a contestant. Best of luck Herb!


April 29th, 2010
7:25 pm

I’ve had Brianna’s food and she Rocks….She can really cook with beauty too, wow what a combo!!!


April 29th, 2010
10:15 pm

Looking at the pic above, Brianna looks like Sunny Anderson from Food Network. Anyway, I will be watching when it airs!! Reading the press release, it seems like this new season will be interesting and fun.


April 29th, 2010
10:18 pm

Hey RJ – do you know Herb? You must because I do, and he is everything you say… I believe he will do well on the show! He is so motivational.