Damaris, a born and raised Southern spitfire from Louisville, graduated from Jefferson Community and Technical College with a degree in culinary arts and now teaches at the same school inspiring up-and-coming chefs to follow their dreams.
Before returning to teach, Damaris took on various restaurant and baking jobs, working in the front and back of house. One of five kids, Damaris learned to cook at an early age and was responsible for cooking one night a week for her large family. Damaris uses her wit and her traditional Southern cuisine to pack a one-two punch in the kitchen.
This past year, Damaris fulfilled a dream to compete on the popular Food Network show Food Network Star. Not only did she impress the judges, but also won over the audience vote and became the season nine winner.
Damaris’ own Food Network show, Southern At Heart, debuted on October 27. In the show, Damaris plays both matchmaker and chef, teaching the kitchen clueless how to impress their dinner dates with her fresh take on Southern cuisine.