Damaris Phillips Damaris Phillips is a Kentucky-born celebrity chef who can currently be seen on the Food Network, as well as the author of the 2017 cookbook Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy. One of five kids, Damaris learned to cook at an early age and was responsible for cooking one night a week for her large family. Damaris uses her wit and her updated take on Southern cuisine to pack a one-two punch in the kitchen. About Southern Living Southern Living, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, celebrates the food, homes, places, and culture of the South. We reach 7.2 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.