Michelle Ragussis falls short of winning title of ‘Food Network Star’

Though she was extremely competitive through the entirety of this season of “Food Network Star,” Rockland-based chef Michelle Ragussis didn’t take home the title – and the TV show – on last night’s final episode.

Ragussis lost to fellow competitor Justin Warner, who will name his show “Rebel With a Culinary Cause.” Warner is a native of Brooklyn, NY, and was on Team Alton Brown during the length of the show. Ragussis and Yvan Lemoine, on teams Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis, were named runners up.

Ragussis – known for her dynamic personality, flair for New England cooking and ingredients, as well as her Sicilian-Greek culinary heritage – will see the season out at The Pearl in Rockland, a harborside restaurant boasting a raw bar, fine seafood dishes and stunning views. With a talent and an attitude like hers, however, this may not be the last what we’ve seen of Ragussis, on the Food Network or elsewhere.

Emily Burnham

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Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a University of Maine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, taken belly dancing classes, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.