First Look: Meet the New Cast of Nate Berkus's American Dream Builders

Nate Berkus is at it again. The famed interior designer and producer will debut a new reality competition series, American Dream Builders, on NBC on March 23, showcasing the talents of 12 accomplished designers and home builders from around the country. Each week the contestants will be pitted against each other in two massive, transformative home-renovation projects, ultimately competing for a cash prize of $250,000. _header2 We're pleased to be the first to announce the cast of this debut series. Host and judge Berkus is joined by co-founder of landscape architecture firm EDGE and former NFL running back Eddie George, and star of HGTV's Designed to Sell and designer Monica Pedersen. "I knew I had to have judges join me that would not only push our talented designers, but push me as well," says Berkus. "Eddie and Monica are those judges. They have an opinion and aren't afraid to share it." _header1 To meet "magazine-worthy designs," Berkus says, "We had to start with a great cast capable of reaching that level of design. They had to be established -- a group focused on maintaining their hard-earned reputations." To that end, Berkus recruited an accomplished cast of contestants from New York to Huntington Beach and everywhere in between.
_vanessa Vanessa DeLeon Hometown: Edgewater, NJ Profession: Interior designer, Vanessa DeLeon Associates. Cred: TV experience as an alum of Design Star, Generation Renovation, Bang For Your Buck, Restaurant Impossible, and more. Deadliest weapon: She's a Jersey girl: competitive and tough.
_andrew Andrew Flesher Hometown: New York, NY Profession: Interior designer, Andrew Flesher Interiors. Cred: Ranked by House Beautiful's as one of the "Top 25 Young Designers" in 2003 and recognized by Midwest Home as a "Rising Star." Deadliest weapon: Flawless taste.
_dan Dann Foley Hometown: Palm Springs, CA Profession: Interior designer, DANNinc. Cred: A member of American Society of Interior Designers Deadliest weapon: More than two decades of experience.
_elaine Elaine Griffin Hometown: New York, NY Profession: Interior designer, Elaine Griffin Interior Design. Cred: Yale grad. Ranked by House Beautiful as one of the "Top 100 American Designers" in 2005. A contributing editor to ELLE Decor and Better Homes & Gardens. Deadliest weapon: A Yale grad -- with design editorial experience.
_nancy Nancy Hadley Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA Profession: Interior designer and artist. Cred: Furniture designer, sculptor, and muralist for seasons one through five of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and an Emmy Award winner for her behind-the-scenes work on the show. Deadliest weapon: A jack-of-all-trades who can wield a drill.
_tarrick Tarrick Love Hometown: Nashville, TN Profession: Builder, Hart-Love Enterprises and Dream Build Nashville. Cred: Winner of two awards for historic preservation in Tennessee. Deadliest weapon: A builder with a mechanical engineering degree.
_lukas Lukas Machnik Hometown: Chicago, IL Profession: Interior designer and artist. Cred: Featured in Chicago Home & Garden, TimeOut, and more. Deadliest weapon: Nicknamed the "Bad Boy of Design" by Interiors Chicago.
_nina Nina Magon Hometown: Houston, TX Profession: Principal Designer, Contour Interior Design. Cred: The 2013 winner of design awards from ASID and houzz, with features in House and Home and Luxury Portfolio. Deadliest weapon: A former beauty-queen who is used to fierce competition.
_darren Darren Moore Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Profession: Founder and CEO of Ecovations, a sustainable design, consulting, and building firm. Cred: Co-host of Alter Eco on Discovery Channel's sister network, Planet Green. Deadliest weapon: Work experience in over 25 countries.
_jay Jay Riordan Hometown: Chicago, IL Profession: President of Riordan Signature Homes. Cred: Winner of the coveted Crystal Key Award from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago five years running. Deadliest weapon: A family history of building excellence.
_christine Christina Salway Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Profession: Interior designer, ElevenTwoEleven Design Cred: A frequent guest on The Nate Berkus Show, with work featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Better Homes & Gardens. Deadliest weapon: An architectural degree with a commercial design background.
_erin Erinn Valencich Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Profession: Interior Designer, Erinn V Design Group Cred: Designer of an 80-piece furniture line, with features in Traditional Home, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and InStyle. Deadliest weapon: A wide range of industry experience.
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