Flamboyant Santa Rosa restaurateur Guy Fieri is set to rock America?s kitchens after winning his own television cooking show Sunday night.
The owner of three Sonoma County restaurants beat out seven other contestants from around the country during a reality TV cook-off that ended Sunday night with the airing of the final episode of the second season of "The Next Food Network Star," said Lisa DelColle, a spokeswoman for the show in New York.
?Guy is the winner,? DelColle said. ?I think he has a lot of potential.?
The show?s viewers chose Fieri over fellow finalist Reggie Southerland, a baker from Los Angeles.
Fieri now will get to host his own six-episode cooking show set to air in June.
Fieri?s win was a better kept secret than who made it to the finals. The network mistakenly released Fieri and Southerland as finalists on its Web site two days before that show aired.
Fieri, 38, moved to Santa Rosa from Southern California and opened Johnny Garlic?s on Farmers Lane with partner Steve Gruber in 1996. They later opened Russell Ramsey?s Chop House at that location, but still have Johnny Garlic?s California Pasta Grill in Windsor, as well as Tex Wasabi's Rock-N-Roll Sushi BBQ downtown.