"Food right now, even though we've been eating forever, is hotter and more fun now than it's ever been. What Food Network needs and food, in general, needs is something that says 'You know, this is fun, let's have fun with it.'"
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Filming for the show is already complete, but Warner can't tell the results.
In the meantime, he has returned to Do or Dine. During the filming of the show, Warner said he wasn't allowed to have contact with anyone, including his business partners. He said it was hard handing his new restaurant over.
"Walking away from your baby that can barely walk and leave it in the hands of albeit your best friends but not yourself. And not being able to talk to my girlfriend. You miss everybody and you miss everything, not to mention the anxiety that baby could fall down the steps or eat paint chips," he said.
After the show, Warner returned to the restaurant and is happy to report that "the baby's great."
"It survived without me. But it remembered who I was and received me with open arms. Baby restaurant arms," he said.
If he is the person to win this season eight's "The Next Food Network Star," he has a simple mission: to make food fun and for people to care about what they eat.
"I want people to watch my show and I want to kind of be the biggest like pain for children for their parents, and for parents and their restaurants, and for grocers and their customers. And I want people to want more. And I want people to want different, and I want people to be so jazzed about food and what they're putting in their body."
More than that, he wants people to think of their kitchen as their own "lab where they concoct new things."
"Everybody's an artist and everybody can have fun with it," he said. "The idea of cooking should not be a miserable thing. The idea of food should not be scary. We should not beat ourselves up because we like to eat. There's a reason we like to eat: It's so we can survive. It's that simple."
If you watch ...
"The Next Food Network Star" appears on the Food Network. Check your local listings.
A casting special will be shown at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
Season eight premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 13.
For more information about the show, go to www.foodnetwork.com/the-next-food-network-star