The Next Food Network Star Season Six: Has an ADHD Cast Member, Chef Alexis Hernández

The Next Food Network Star's sixth season will feature an ADD/ADHD chef contestant, Alexis Hernández.

Friday June 4th - 2:43pm

The Next Food Network Star Season Six ADHD Contestant Alexis Hernandez Courtesy of Food Network

In its sixth season, premiering this weekend, TV's The Next Food Network Star will feature an adult living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Recently-diagnosed chef Alexis Hernández, 40, is competing against 11 other contestants for the chance to land his own cooking show. These foodies will face off in challenges involving the likes of culinary luminaries Wolfgang Puck, Paula Deen, and Rachael Ray -- with celebrity gourmand Bobby Flay passing judgment. The last chef standing will land his or her own six-episode show after the competition's series finale (airs August 15, 2010, at 9 p.m. ET/PT).

Hernández, who earned his culinary degree from Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies, is up for the challenge. He caught up with to talk about the show and how living with attention deficit has affected his work life, family life, and self-esteem.

Continue to read the full interview with the potential "Next Food Network Star."

The two-hour premiere episode airs June 6, 2010, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. To learn more, visit the The Next Food Network Star's website and Alexis Hernández's bio page.

Mary Kearl graduated from New York University with degrees in Journalism and History. She has worked for a variety of online and print publications. Prior to joining New Hope Media, where she serves as the Online Editor of,, and, she was the Community Editor for AOL Health and

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