Damaris Phillips | Photo by the Food Network
Damaris Phillips | Photo by the Food Network

Louisville’s Damaris Phillips is still going strong with her show “Southern At Heart” on the Food Network. Phillips was the Season 9 winner of the network’s “Next Food Network Star,” a show that pits chefs against each other both in culinary skills and television congeniality with the winner getting a contract to host a show of his or her own.

In the next episode (airing at noon on Jan. 3 and again Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m.), Phillips and a friend attend an aerial class with Turners Circus. The episode is called “Catch Me If You Can.”

Typical episodes show Phillips and friends enjoying Kentucky — mostly Louisville — and then relaxing by whipping up a Southern-inspired meal. This episode’s dishes are: Sesame Tuna Salad, Miso-Seared Sweet Potatoes, and Sauteed Apples with Ginger Snap Crumble.

Phillips’ show is now in its fifth season on the Food Network. The first episode aired in the fall of 2013.

The network plays up the “Kentucky” in Phillips’ heritage and frequently features Louisville landmarks and local stars in the episodes. On the show she has visited Louisville Stoneware, Slugger Field, and the dear departed Wild and Woolly and WHY Louisville stores.

Phillips graduated from Atherton High, attended the University of Louisville and got her culinary degree from Jefferson Community & Technical College, where she later taught. She worked at Harvest and Wiltshire on Market. She married this summer in Willow Park.

Turners’ six-week session for aerials is $120 for non-members and Turners members receive a 60 percent discount.

Louisville Turners was organized in 1849 on Market Street by German immigrants. The word “Turner” comes from the German word “Turnen,” meaning gymnastic exercise. The first Turners Circus was organized in 1941 to showcase the acrobatic skills of the gym-goers. The organization’s motto is “Sound Mind, Sound Body.”