Amy is the President and founder of Finley Design.
Amy is a natural brunette.
-Amy's favorite food is eggplant.
-Amy's favorite restaurant is Tandor in San Diego.
-Amy's favorite Food Network chef is Giada De Laurentiis. Her favorite shows on Food Network are Everyday Italian and Food 911.
Amy has proclaimed herself "The Gourmet Next Door."
Amy is the second oldest of eight children.
Amy graduated from UCLA.
Amy is the mother of two children.
Amy attended Gregoire Ferrandi's Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Francaise, a culinary school in France.
Amy's culinary inspiration is Julia Child and her grandmothers.
Amy's specialty is Indian cuisine.
Amy dislikes veal.
Amy is a fan of Bob Marley.
Amy does Yoga.
The weirdest thing Amy has claimed she has ever eaten was goat head tacos.
Amy released the book The Adventurers Guide to the Italian Riviera in 2005.
Amy's favorite film is Joe Vs. the Volcano.
Amy has a My Space page.
Amy is the first woman to have won The Next Food Network Star competition. Her victory was in its third season.
[On what challenge on Next Food Network Star showcased her abilities]
Amy Finley: I would probably say the Iron Chef challenge. Something just really clicked into place that day. I actually am one of those foodie-type people who has her head stuffed with random knowledge about food. It was the perfect opportunity to be able to put some of it out there.
[On what her show might be about]
Amy Finley: During the show, we started working on each of our individual concepts, and I came up with "The Gourmet Next Door," which is based on the idea of making French-inspired cuisine more accessible for a home cook, which is the way I cook at home. I think we're going to roll with something like that. What the show title will be, I don't know.
Amy Finley: I'm going to help people have more joie de vivre in their lives by illuminating the food culture of the ultimate romantic, glamorous, stylish, foodie city – Paris.