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Star Scrapbook: Jernard Wells

Jernard was a runner-up to the Season 12 crown after a hard-fought battle in the competition. Relive his journey to the finale.
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Jernard's Journey

A father of nine, Jernard came in second place in the Food Network Star competition, as he ultimately fell to victor Tregaye Fraser following an impressive run in the contest. He not only offered multiple standout dishes, but he wowed the mentors with his entertaining presentations.
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From His Perspective

Each finalist was given a journal to use during the competition, and Jernard filled his primarily with recipe notes. But on the very first page, he signed his name and inscribed a meaningful line, "Let my heart be my guide."

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Feeling the Love

Jernard wasted no time in making his POV known, deeming himself "the chef of love" in his first-attempt cold open, and even from the beginning, the mentors were pleased with his presentation skills. "Nice job, especially for a first time," Giada De Laurentiis told him afterward.

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Familiar Sighting

Here Jernard jotted down the ingredients — all 18 of them — needed to make his shrimp-and-grits dish, which he presented to the mentors at the movie theater in Week 1. Though the panel appreciated the flavor in the plate, guest judge Tyler Florence noted its familiarity: "I think it's a really good dish. I've just had it before."

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