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Aarti Sequeira is an Indian chef and television personality, best known as the Aarti Sequeira
winner of the sixth season of Food Network's reality television show, The Next
Born August 19, 1978 (age 34)
Food Network Star. As a result of that victory, her show Aarti Party premiered on
the network on August 22, 2010. She had previously worked as a CNN news
Cooking Indian-American cuisine
producer and in 2008 started the online cooking variety show Aarti Paarti.
Contents Education Northwestern University, Medill
1 Early life, education and early career School of Journalism
2 Cookery New School of Cooking
3 Food Network Spouse Brendan McNamara
4 Personal life Television show(s)
5 References Aarti Party
6 External links
Early life, education and early career
Aarti Sequeira was born in Mumbai on August 19, 1978 and raised in Dubai. She graduated from Northwestern University's
Medill School of Journalism in 2000.  After graduation, Aarti worked as a producer for the cable news company CNN until
2003, before moving to Los Angeles, California.
Sequiera trained at the New School of Cooking in Culver City and in 2007 earned a professional certificate.  In 2008, she
started an online cooking variety show called Aarti Paarti. Drawing on the flavors of her childhood, Sequeira uses Indian
ingredients in her cooking, and credits much of her culinary inspiration to her Indian cultural background and her mother's
In 2010, Sequeira became a participant in the sixth season of The Next Food Network Star, a reality series on the Food
Network. She was among 12 contestants participating in cooking competitions and on-camera challenges to determine who
would be awarded their own culinary show on the network. Although Sequeira believed her experience with the Aarti Paarti
online show would give her an advantage with the camera segments, she instead found them to be very challenging. 
Judges and critics were attracted to her bubbly personality, sense of humor, on-screen charisma and strong food. During the
season finale on August 15, Sequeira was selected as winner of The Next Food Network Star beating out two finalists. Her
show Aarti Party focuses on sharing easy ways to enhance American favorite dishes with simple but unique Indian
Aarti Sequeira is married to Brendan McNamara, who went to her alma mater Northwestern University. The two hosted the
online show Aarti Paarti. Sequeira grew up in a traditional Indian Catholic home. 
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Aarti Sequeira's Food Network biography
Aarti Sequeira at the Internet Movie Database
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Dan Smith & Steve McDonagh (Party Line with The Hearty Boys · · Guy Fieri (Guy's Big Bite ·
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives · Guy Off the Hook · Minute to Win It · Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off · ·
Winners & series
Amy Finley (The Gourmet Next Door · · Aaron McCargo, Jr. (Big Daddy's House · · Melissa D'Arabian
(Ten Dollar Dinners · · Aarti Sequeira (Aarti Party · · Jeff Mauro (Sandwich King · ·
Adam Gertler (Will Work for Food · Kid in a Candy Store · · Tom Pizzica (Outrageous Food · · Kelsey Nixon
Other contestants & series
(Kelsey's Essentials · · Jeffrey Saad (United Tastes of America · ·
Selection committee Bobby Flay · Marc Summers · Gordon Elliot · Giada De Laurentiis · Alton Brown ·
Production Food Network · CBS EYEtoo Productions ·
via Aarti Sequeira