Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. has won The Next Food Network Star. Aaron's "Big Daddy's House" pilot was a smashing success. Aaron went back to his roots by creating a wonderful fusion of soul food and Spanish fare.
A perfectly cooked Rib-eye rubbed with a jerk seasoning accented by a rich, bold serving of plantains all sitting on top of a bed of sauteed collard greens. An absolutely perfect culinary construction paired with his BEST on-camera performance all season - pretty much sealed the victory for the chef from Camden, NJ.
A surprise finale party was hosted by Aaron's family and dozens of his closest friends were secretly VIP'd to attend at the Victor's Pub on the Camden Waterfront. The bash was the icing on the cake for the Next Food Network Star champion. The atmosphere was electric as the finale show was shown on at least a dozen flat screen TVs. Chants of "Aaron ... Aaron ... Aaron" accompanied every commercial break or pause. The place ERUPTED when Master Chef Bobby Flay announced Aaron McCargo Jr. as the winner of the Next Food Network Star.
Aaron was congratulated for hours as he embraced his guests one at a time.
It was a night to remember.