One-on-One with the Winner of Comeback Kitchen

Food Network Star: Comeback KitchenComeback. Accomplished. After an heated three-week tour upon Comeback Kitchen, a single formerly ousted Food Network Star finalist claimed a crown tonight as well as secured a mark in a expel of Food Network Star, Season 12. With which coveted opportunity in hand, this chairman is set to begin nonetheless another journey, this time to potential Stardom. We're about to discuss with a winner, so if we haven't watched a episode, don't review any further yet.

"The decision we have to make here," Comeback Kitchen mentor Tyler Florence pronounced during a finale deliberation, "is not who's starting to next Food Network Star though who could win it all." Ultimately Martita, a former finalist upon Season 8, was a perfection of a mentors' search, as she rose to a top to beat out runner-up Dom Tesoriero from Season 11. She showcased strong food as well as a energetic appetite upon camera, as well as right away she's ready for a challenges which lie ahead upon Food Network Star.

Read upon below to hear from Martita as she reflects upon this competition as well as looks ahead to what's next upon Season 12.

Food Network Star: Comeback KitchenWhat was your greeting to hearing which you'd won Comeback Kitchen?
Martita Jara: we told everybody upon day a single when we arrived upon Comeback Kitchen. we told wardrobe, we told makeup, we told a producers, we told a sound people, we told everyone. we was, like, Hey, theory what. Theyre like, What? we said, Im starting to win. Theyre like, "Oh, honey, how sweet." And theyre requesting my blush, "Oh, yeah, youre so cute." And each day we would discuss it them, "Im starting to win, Im starting to win." we only unequivocally believed we was starting to win. we knew everybody was unequivocally great we know they have been though no make a difference how great they are, Im regularly starting to be a little bit better, since we feel similar to we worked which most harder.

What was a most appropriate square of feedback which Tyler as well as Valerie gave we which you'll be bringing with we in to Food Network Star?
MJ: Ill discuss it we what a greatest thing was which Tyler pronounced to me. He said, Martita, a world will know your name. And when he pronounced which to me we was similar to [sigh]. Ill discuss it you, it hasnt been easy these last couple of years. we mean, literally Ive only been scrounging, sometimes scrounging up only a couple of bucks here as well as there to compensate for a flight to go do a gig. Theyre not paying me to show up; we have to pay, though we knew somehow it was starting to compensate off. we had to learn these skills, we had to improve, we had to get better. And when Tyler pronounced which to me, we was like, it was all value it. It was all value it.

Food Network Star: Comeback KitchenWhat was your greatest lesson schooled from Comeback Kitchen?
MJ: My greatest lesson, we think, is no make a difference how great we are, we can regularly be better, as well as so we loved which after each challenge we was since records upon how to improve, as well as a more we know, a more we know we dont know. ... So no make a difference how great we are, we can regularly be better. Theres regularly room for improvement, as well as Im only perplexing to be improved each time.

What was your greatest takeaway from your first Star season?
MJ: My greatest takeaway was which we needed to do more work which we wasnt ready, as well as we needed to do more work. And thats only what we did.

Food Network Star: Comeback KitchenHow do we consider your cooking as well as presentation abilities have altered since then?
MJ: Im only more secure in my cooking. ... Giada regularly [loved] my food Bobby, hed go check upon his team, as well as afterwards hed come over as well as representation my food always, since hes unequivocally in to those sharp flavors. And afterwards doing Comeback Kitchen was only such validation for me which not only my food was good, since Tyler as well as Valerie couldnt stop eating it, though which work had paid off, which we had paid my dues as well as we was seeing a results, as well as they saw a results. They were like, "Girl, youre ready." You know, Tyler each right away as well as afterwards would say, You know, we did this unequivocally good, though we only need we to work upon this little thing. Listen. Thats what we regularly discuss it people: Listen to their notes, take it in, since theyre a experts. ... Theyre a professionals. So we only listen as well as we put it to use; we put it to work.

What did we consider of a level of competition among your rivals upon Comeback Kitchen?
MJ: we thought they were all really good. Obviously theyre all veterans, as well as theyve all continued to do this sort of work since their season wrapped, so theyve been precision as well, though no one, from what we could see, no a single had done as most on-camera work as we have. Were all similarly great chefs, though if we cant do it in front of a camera as well as we cant sell it to a people during home thats a whole point of this job, right?

Tune in to Food Network Star upon Sundays during 9|8c.