Aarti-sequeira-next-food-network-star-320.jpgAfter 10 grueling weeks, Food Network has crowned its next branded sensation.

Aarti Sequeira took home the title of “The Next Food Network Star” on the Sunday (Aug. 15) finale, beating out Tom Pizzica and Herb Mesa. This should please Zap2it readers, who overwhelmingly chose Sequeira to win.

The star of her own food blog brought that passion for cooking in front of the cameras, overcoming more experienced chefs and self doubt. Her culinary point of view is infusing Indian flavors and techniques into everyday American cooking.

The final challenge was taping a three minute pilot (directed by Food Network personality Rachael Ray), which would then be judged by a focus group. Sequeira’s nerves were almost her undoing for a bit there, but after a little advice from Ray, she pulled it together and delivered a charming and upbeat pilot. All three finalists received positive reactions from the focus group, although one person mentioned Sequeira seemed to be rushing.

She won’t get to rest on her laurels for long. In a week’s time, her show “Aarti Paarti” will debut on the Food Network.

We’re not too worried about Pizzica or Mesa. Their high energy personalities will no doubt make an appearance on Food Network or its sister network, The Cooking Channel, before long.

Check back with Zap2it on Monday (Aug. 16) after we interview Sequeira and get her no doubt adorable reaction to her victory.

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Posted by:Hanh Nguyen