At Home with Jonathan Bennett

The Food Network star gives us a tour of his Los Angeles house.

Photo by: Dave Lauridsen ©© Dave Lauridsen

Dave Lauridsen, © Dave Lauridsen

When Cake Wars host Jonathan Bennett moved into his Hollywood home two years ago, he wasn't much of a decorator — and dressing up a 3,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house was a daunting task. So he brought in his friend Willa Ford, pop singer-turned-interior designer, to help. Many months later, Jonathan is practically a design pro: "It was a crash course in decorating," he says. "I would never have paid attention to pillows before, but now I notice them." The finished house is a mix of simple, comfortable furniture and totally unexpected antiques — a style Jonathan refers to as "modern-cozy-weird." The look suits his ever-changing cast of housemates, which includes his stepmom, stepsister, some close friends and a rotation of guests who are in town for shooting (the number grows during pilot season). Jonathan loves that so many people feel welcome and at ease here. "I would never want anyone to be afraid to set a glass down on a table," he says. "It's just a very open house."

Photograph by Dave Lauridsen

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Jonathan Bennett Bio

Before his breakout role as Aaron Samuels in the hit movie Mean Girls, Jonathan Bennett launched his career on the small screen. After getting his start starring in the Emmy Award-winning series All My Children, Jonathan appeared on Law & Order: SVU, Smallville and Veronica Mars. In addition to his work on television, he has starred in many leading motion pictures, including Love Wrecked, The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, Cheaper by the Dozen and National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year. He added executive producer to his resume with the films Authors Anonymous, Pawn and Submerged, in which he also starred. Recently he garnered national attention as a competitor on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, where he won "Fan Favorite." Jonathan currently serves as host of the Food Network series Cake Wars.

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