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Host and designer of HGTV's 'Get it Sold,' 'Real Estate Intervention' and her latest endeavor 'The High Low Project,' Sabrina Soto’s inventive approach to design and savvy DIY style has propelled her into the homes of millions.
Sabrina's success hinges on her innate ability to transform an inexpensive, discarded element into a wow-piece. Sabrina has tips for every home situation--from creating a headboard for less than $25, to staging an impossibly small room and getting a grease stain out of the carpet. She sees possibilities where others see roadblocks.
As Target's Style Expert for Home, Sabrina has established herself as a staple in home design by offering the Target consumer a voice of direction through multiple platforms, including online tutorials and television ads. Sabrina's venture with Target brings high-end design sensibilities to the masses by showing how easy it can be to achieve a polished home aesthetic at a reasonable price.
Sabrina has published her first book, 'Sabrina Soto Home Design,' that offers a layer-by-layer approach to turning your ideas into the home of your dreams. She has been featured in Elle Decor, People, People En Espanol, Time Magazine, InStyle, Esquire, Parade, Variety, Latina, USA Today, The New York Post, and has contributed to 'The Today Show,' 'Rachael Ray,' and 'Nate Berkus,' among many others.
Marc Forgione is the chef/owner of Restaurant Marc Forgione in New York City and American Cut at Revel in Atlantic City. After being crowned the champion of season 3 of ‘The Next Iron Chef,’ he is currently one of the seven Iron Chefs appearing on Food Network's ‘Iron Chef America.’ Restaurant Marc Forgione was recognized with a glowing two-star review in the New York Times, and Chef Forgione is the youngest American-born chef/owner to receive a Michelin star for three consecutive years. In the spring of 2012, Chef Forgione opened American Cut at Revel in Atlantic City, combining his signature take on fine dining with the comforts of the new American steakhouse.
What do you get when you mix construction, comedy and music? Chicago native Eric Stromer, star of HGTV's 'Over Your Head' and TLC's 'Clean Sweep,' and author of 'Do-It-Yourself Family,' and one of People magazine's ‚"Sexiest Men Alive."
Eric's entertaining DIY advice and infectious personality have won the hearts of millions of viewers nationwide. He is a spokesman for Sears/Craftsman Tools and can be heard regularly dishing out home improvement advice to listeners of Adam Carolla's nationally syndicated radio show. Eric will next be seen on the new A&E series 'Worst House on the Block,' which will premiere this May, and can also be heard every week on the nationally syndicated radio show 'Home Wizards' with Cindy Dole.
Prior to joining the HGTV family, Eric starred on TLC's 'Clean Sweep,' NBC's 'Three Wishes' and as a special correspondent for the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine 'The Insider.' Then, in 2009, Eric released his first full-length country music album called 'Fix It Man.' A father to three, television host, construction extraordinaire and product spokesman keep this blonde hunk busy, but just ask Eric; there is nothing else he would rather do!
From his first appearance on Trading Spaces, audiences took notice of the 6'2" carpenter voted People magazine's "Sexiest Man on TV" who looked more like a runway model than the guy who puts shelving in your den. But Carter's talent as a lifestyle expert and craftsman is as genuine as his down-to-earth personality.
Carter Oosterhouse is one of America's most recognized lifestyle experts. As host of HGTV's Carter Can, Red, Hot & Green and a regular contributor to the Emmy® Award-Winning Rachael Ray show Carter's unique combination of skill, passion and charm have given him widespread appeal for families and individuals alike seeking to improve the quality of their lives by enhancing their surroundings.
Carter is the founder of Carter's Kids, an organization dedicated to building and developing community parks and playgrounds in low-income areas in an effort to promote healthy living. Carter’s Kids has brought playgrounds to areas across the country including Los Angeles, New Orleans, Dallas and Miami. Most recently, the Council for Responsible Energy has selected Carter as their spokesperson to help inform the public on the new, efficient ways of using energy resources responsibly and making everyone's home a little more "green".
Sam Talbot is the former executive chef of Imperial No. Nine and the former executive chef at Surf Lodge in Montauk, N.Y. In October 2011 Talbot published his first cookbook, 'The Sweet Life: Diabetes Without Boundaries,' with Rodale Books.
Talbot is at the forefront of the 'integrative kitchen' movement, which seeks to break down the walls between the way we eat and the way we live. When conceiving dishes, Talbot keeps a few simple questions in mind: What is the food? Who's eating it? Where? When? His approach to cooking is understanding how these questions -- and their answers -- interconnect. His outlook on life is the same: Talbot surfs, snowboards, practices yoga and travels widely.
Diagnosed at a young age with juvenile diabetes, Talbot lives every hour with a profound understanding of the impact of food on life, and life on food. That understanding has become a uniquely driving force for his cooking style and recipes. Talbot volunteers extensively with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and uses his newfound celebrity to increase awareness of the disease. To that end, Talbot and JDRF have established an annual series of events to raise money for their fight against juvenile diabetes.
Talbot was a semi-finalist on Bravo's acclaimed series 'Top Chef' and voted the viewers' "Fan Favorite" for the season.
From the Grill Room Curtis proceeded to the Mirabelle as Sous Chef and played a large part in creating the 'Mirabelle Cookbook'. He worked there for a further year and during his time there the restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star. After winning Marco's trust and respect he was made Head Chef at another one of Marco's flagships the critically acclaimed Quo Vadis. It was during Curtis's four year stint at Quo Vadis that he was approached by a publisher to be included in a book about London's finest chefs.
This book 'London on a Plate' led to an agent and a number of opportunities within the media along with an ever increasing waiting list at the restaurant.
Since 2007 Curtis has been based in America hosting the 120 part series of the 'Take Home Chef' for the Discovery Networks' TLC. The show aired twice daily Monday to Thursday and on Friday evenings in prime time. The show is also proving to be an international success being seen in a host of overseas territories throughout Europe and Asia.
Before becoming a judge on HGTV¹s '$250,000 Challenge,' Kristan brought her accessible and affordable design ideas to viewers as host and lead designer of HGTV's 'Design on a Dime.' Kristan, who believes that everyone deserves to "live a little lovelier," encourages people not to be intimidated by a lack of funds or do-it-yourself knowledge when it comes to creating their dream spaces. A schooled interior designer, but self-taught do-it-yourself enthusiast, her energy and can-do spirit encourages people to roll up their sleeves and tackle projects on their own. Kristan studied interior design at the University of Charleston in West Virginia before moving to Los Angeles in 1999. After running showrooms and working with several well-known designers, she landed at a small upscale firm in the heart of Los Angeles' design district. In 2001, a friend invited Kristan to partner up and compete on HGTV¹s 'Designer¹s Challenge' and has since become one of HGTV¹s most recognizable faces. In 2009, she formed a partnership with the third fastest growing U.S. furniture retailer, Raymour & Flanigan, where she serves as a design consultant, developing programs aimed at informing and educating consumers on ways to turn any decorating dilemma into an achievable reality.
In addition, Kristan also can be seen regularly on the Emmy Award-winning 'Rachael Ray' show as the program¹s design expert. When she is not traveling the nation working on design projects, Kristan resides in Venice, California with her fiancé Scott and their dog Floyd.
Kelly Edwards is the co-host and design coordinator for the hit television show, ’Design on a Dime.’ The HGTV star offers dwellers with decorating dilemmas distinctive design tips, bargain-decorating projects and total home makeover transformations inspired by personal style and popular trends. Kelly is well known for her knack in repurposing everyday items into extraordinary collectibles, refurbishing unique home accessories and crafting recipes for creative cleaning solutions.
Most recently Kelly has been seen on ’The Tyra Banks Show,’ in the pages of national magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Life & Style and Midwest Living, and beamed over the airwaves as the "MacGyver of Design" thanks to her amazing ability to turn a simple space into an innovative interior with only a $1,000 budget. Not just another designing diva, this former teen beauty queen is also a do-it-yourself darling with a passion for all things self-created from fabrics to fashions to foods.
Celebrity chef Tyler Florence incorporates innovative and traditional styles of cooking with a unique American perspective. He has championed the idea of uncomplicated recipes, fresh food and rich flavors with a distinct understanding of a real kitchen. Tyler frequently contributes to national television, radio, Internet programs and hosts numerous Food Network Shows.