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Amy Finley (born 1973 in San Diegomarker, Californiamarker) is a chef who was the winner of the third season of The Next Food Network Star and was thus awarded a commitment to host a cooking show on the Food Network. Her program, The Gourmet Next Door, premiered on October 14, 2007 and aired for six episodes.

Personal and professional life

Finley is a married mother of two children, a son named Indiana and a daughter named Scarlett. In addition to writing, Amy also works as a caterer and is a homemaker. Her favorite food is eggplant, and she dislikes veal and bok choy. She attended École Gregoire-Ferrandi in Paris, and is the author of a travel book on Italy, The Adventurer's Guide to the Italian Riviera. Her culinary inspiration is Julia Child.


Finley was the winner of the third season of The Next Food Network Star. She originally attempted to remove herself from the competition following a disastrous five-minute cooking demonstration in Week 5, but was rebuffed by the judges. She was eliminated in Week 7, but after Josh "JAG" Garcia withdrew from the competition for lying about his culinary and military background, Amy was reinstated for the finale in his stead, and she was voted the winner over runner-up Rory Schepisi.

The Gourmet Next Door was named after the theme she adopted through the competition, demonstrating the ease of cooking like a gourmet chef at home. The show aired from October 14 to December 23, 2007, for a total of six episodes, after which it was quietly replaced in its timeslot with reruns of Guy's Big Bite. Following months of speculation, Finley revealed in May 2008 that she had voluntarily turned down the opportunity to return for a second season, citing the stress of the obligations of being a television personality. She currently resides in Burgundymarker, Francemarker with her family.


  1. The Next Food Network Star
  2. NFNS Season 3: Where Are They Now? - Amy Finley

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