Nicole Gaffney is a personal chef from Brigantine, NJ and she's landed a spot on Food Network's hit reality TV show 'Next Food Network Star!'

A lot of competitors on 'Next Food Network Star' have originated from the Northeast, including Aaron McCargo, Jr. from Camden, Chad Rosenthal from Ambler, PA and Adam Gertler from South Philly.

According to, Gaffney went to the Academy of the Culinary Arts in Mays Landing and Louisiana State University.

The season premiere of 'Next Food Network Star' airs on Food Network June 19th at 9pm.