Damaris Phillips succeeded in wooing the Americans in the 9th season of the Food Network TV show Food Network Star, for which she was the winner thanks to her extraordinary Southern recipes. She played out her victory in her own Food Network show Southern At Heart, which became very successful and whose last episode was broadcast in February 2016.
In addition to her own show, Damaris also appears in the shows of other Food Network stars such as Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri. Read on to find out more about her rise to Food Network fame, how much she earned, and her personal life.
Damaris Phillips Bio
Damaris Lennon Phillips was born on December 8, 1980, in Lexington, Kentucky, as the daughter of May and Maurice Phillips, and grew up with her sister and four brothers in urban Louisville. A gourmet at heart, Damaris fell in love with the southern cuisine she grew up with.
Not knowing what other career paths to pursue, Damaris decided to go to culinary school. She attended the Jefferson Community and Technical College, which she graduated from with a degree in culinary arts. She then became a teacher of culinary arts.
Damaris Phillips Food Network Fame, Net Worth
At the beginning of 2013, Damaris became a participant in the Food Network Show Food Network Star, which was the winner in August 2013. Two months later, in October 2013, Damaris debuted her own cooking show Southern At Heart, celebrating the relationship between food and love.
In the show, Damaris taught the audience and guests how to win the hearts of their dates with what she calls “the food of love”.
One of the episodes broadcast in April 2015 attracted over 816,000 viewers. After 5 seasons and 53 episodes, the show ended.
Announcing the end of the show via her Facebook page, Damaris said;
“Please tune in tomorrow at noon for the very last episode of Southern at Heart. As they often are, this ending is bittersweet, but I am taking from the experience wonderful memories, life long friendships and an incredible group of fans who have supported me every step of the way. Thank you all for your words of encouragement, kindness, and humor as I sometimes fumble. I look forward to sharing my new projects and will keep you as updated as my inept social media self can manage.”
In 2017, Damaris joined fellow “Food Network Star” winner Eddie Jackson as co-host for the second season of “Kids BBQ Championship.” Also, she began co-hosting new show Super Southern Eats. Thanks to her endeavors on the Food Network, Damaris Phillips has amassed a net worth in the tune of $4 million.
Damaris Phillips Husband, Fiancée, Wedding
Damaris married Darrick Wood on 13 June 2015 and Darrick Wood is an educational consultant. Their wedding took place in Willow Park in Louisville, Kentucky, and was attended by 235 guests.
“I was so excited to marry Darrick, I would have gone to the courthouse, but this was more fun — and a lot prettier,” Damaris said.
Damaris had a DIY yet fancy wedding. From her Brooch Bouquet which she learned to do from Pinterest to the Paper Origami Cranes used to form a backdrop at the gazebo where they exchanged vows… The papers which were 1000 included tickets, receipts, and notes Darrick had saved during the three years he courted Damaris. He first presented them to her when he proposed before using it to form the crane at their wedding.
Guests were gifted with vintage handkerchiefs “for happy tears.” Guests also received a fan that served a dual role as it bore the wedding program for the day.
Since Darrick is a vegetarian, Damaris had to ignore her love for pork to have a completely meatless menu at the reception. The menu included colorful salads and veggie-and-hummus sandwiches on Parmesan focaccia.
The celebration also included an outdoor lounge complete with living room couches and tables, picnic blankets all set for the cocktail hour.
All the cakes at the wedding were homemade by Damaris and Darrick. The cakes included; Chocolate-Covered Strawberry, Caramel Corn, Cherry-Almond, and Blackberry Cobbler.
Damaris Phillips Body Measurements: 35-23-35 inches
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
Eye Color: Hazel
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Damaris Phillips Overview:
Birthday: December 8, 1980, Lexington, Kentucky
Parents: Maurice Phillips Jr., and Mary Phillips
Siblings: Morgan Phillips, Dylan Phillips (4 in Total)
Husband: Darrick Wood
Net Worth: $4 million (estimated)