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DIY Network and Food Network Magazine Surprise Charlotte Homeowner as Winner of Second Annual “Worst Kitchen in America” Contest

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Just moments ago, licensed contractor and host of DIY Networks Blog Cabin, Matt Blashaw, knocked on the door of Charlottes Alan Young announcing that he is the winner of DIY Network and Food Network Magazines Worst Kitchen in America contest. Young, a flight attendant for US Airways, was selected based on a video and photo submitted to illustrating how his current kitchen was cramping his style. The entire makeover will be documented on a one-hour special on DIY Network in January 2012and Food Network Magazines January/February issue. Young also gets a trip for two to attend the New York City Wine & Food Festival, including a meet and greet with Food Network host Chef Anne Burrell.

Young, who has a big passion for cooking, was never able to entertain as his kitchen has no counter space and only two functioning burners. Not only was the flight attendant unable to renovate that space because of his limited time at home and a recent pay cut, but his residence was also recently vandalized. Despite it all, his friends are quick to say that he always puts others before himself, including giving his own furniture to a close friend who was going through a divorce.

The look on Alans face when we surprised him was fantastic, commented DIY Network expert and licensed contractor, Matt Blashaw, Especially after hearing Alans story, I cant think of a person more deserving of the kitchen remodel. I cant wait to get started on the project and get Young into a space for him to cook comfortably and entertain!

Young has described his style as eclectic and transitional while leaning towards sophisticated, timeless and modern. DIY Network and Food Network Magazine will incorporate his aesthetic and put an end to Alans Worst Kitchen in America by providing a brand new kitchen decked out with all of the hottest amenities including granite and glass composite countertops, floating shelving and stainless steel appliances.


DIY Network, from the makers of HGTV and Food Network, is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. DIY Networks programs and experts answer the most sought-after questions and offer creative projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. One of the fastest growing digital networks and currently in more than 53 million homes, DIY Networks programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping. The networksaward-winningwebsite,,is a leader inthe Nielsen Online Home and Garden category and features multiple resources, including thousands of do-it-yourself home improvement projects, expert advice, how-to videos and images, and user-friendly reference guides with step-by-step instructions.