'Food Network Star' Interview: Justin Balmes Admires Michael Symon, Pitches Cool Concept

Over the course of this season's Food Network Star, Justin Balmes always struck me as a very cool-headed, technique-driven chef -- somebody who clearly had an enormous amount of talent and drive, but who faltered in front of the camera almost every time. Although his elimination was inevitable, I was also somewhat sad to see him go, as I felt we hadn't yet seen everything he had to offer. I got to ask Justin Balmes a few questions yesterday about his time on Food Network Star, and he happily obliged. He talked about his admiration for Iron Chef Michael Symon, his dislike of drama and his really neat concept for a Food Network show. Read on!



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