Hometown Pride: Chris Reps Cleveland with Themed T-Shirts

Finalist Chris Hodgeson cooking for the Star Challenge "Burger Bash" as seen on Food Network Star, Season 9.

Photo by: Eddy Chen ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Eddy Chen, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Just like their culinary points of view, Food Network Star finalists' wardrobes are unique to their individual tastes and styles. You've likely noticed Lovely, the ever-glam personal chef, rocking a red leopard-print blouse and silver-sequined sweater, and "Pie Man" Rodney is always sporting his signature fedora. But have you seen the printed t-shirts Chris has been donning? He's worn several in the last four weeks of the competition, and while they look like everyday graphic tees, they indeed hold meaning to him.

As a chef and restaurant owner in Cleveland, Chris is a figure of his local community, and he's largely responsible for bringing the mobile food culture to Cleveland, having founded Dim and Den Sum, the city's first food truck. He's now the owner of a second food truck, plus a brick-and-mortar hot spot in Cleveland, so it's no surprise that his themed shirts showcase his hometown pride. In episode 2's Burger Bash, he wore a shirt screened with "216," the city's area code. Later in the episode, he modeled a white pull-over with the phrase "Cleveland: It's 'One More' Louder." For the following week's mystery ingredient challenge, he opted for a black-and-white number that read "Clvlnd," a shorthand take on the city.

Want to see Chris' shirts up close? Take a peek at the photos below the jump, then get the first look at what's ahead for Chris next week by viewing the episode 5 preview.

Finalists Viet Pham, Russell Jackson, Chad Rosenthal, Chris Hodgeson, Danushka Lysek, Damaris Phillips, Connie "Chef Lovely" Jackson, Stacey Poon Kinney, Andres Guillama, Nikki Dinki and Rodney Henry in as seen on Food Network Star, Season 9.

Photo by: Eddy Chen ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Eddy Chen, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Keep Reading

Next Up

Caption It: A Star Among Them

We're challenging you, Food Network Star fans, to write your best captions for this sneak-peek photo from Sunday's finale.

Star-a-Day: Chris Hodgson

Get to know Chris Hodgson, one of 12 finalists competing on Food Network Star Season 9.

Star-a-Day: Chris Kyler

Get to know Food Network Star finalist Chris Kyler ahead of the Season 10 premiere on Food Network on Sunday, June 1 at 9|8c.

QUIZ: Which Food Network Show Would You Win?

What would happen if instead of watching your favorite Food Network contests, you competed in them? Take this quiz to find out.

Star-a-Day: Jason Smith

Get to know Jason Smith, a finalist competing on Food Network Star, Season 13.

Caption It: Multiple Mentor Reflections

Caption this sneak-peek photo of Food Network Star, then tune in to the premiere on Sunday, June 1 at 9|8c.

Watch Episode 5 of Star Salvation

The penultimate battle of Food Network Star: Star Salvation kicked off not with a taste of food but with a whiff of it. See how the hopefuls fared this week.

The Early Days of Stardom — Giada De Laurentiis

Learn about Food Network Star judge-mentor Giada De Laurentiis' first show on Food Network, Everyday Italian.

Caption It: A Superstar Returns

Caption this photo of Guy Fieri on Food Network Star, then tune in to a new episode on Sunday, July 21 at 9pm/8c.

Food Network Stars Reveal Their Lessons Learned After Years on TV

Hear from the mentors and other chefs as they reflect on their most-important takeaways from years on TV.