South Jersey's very own Nicole Gaffney found herself in the finals for the next 'Food Network Star', that alone was a dream come true.

 

 

The Brigantine native ended up finishing third in the competition, but handled the news well this past Sunday, as she described this a 'a bump on the road to success.'

 

 

Nicole was one of three final competitors, which included gourmet cowboy" Lenny McNab (now winner of Food Network Star) and Italian native Luca Della Casa. Della Casa had been eliminated early in this season's competition, but then earned a place back in the competition during an online contest. He has since emerged as the judge's favorite.

 

Feel free to congratulate Nicole on making it this far in the competition by commenting below....