Aarti’s After Party: It All Comes Down to You

by in Food Network Star, July 16, 2012

Final Four - Season 8 Food Network StarAarti Sequeira won Food Network Star season 6 and expanded her popular blog into a cooking show, Aarti Party (catch it on Food Network, Sundays at 7:30am/6:30c). As a Star veteran watching from her couch at home, Aarti shares her insider’s take on what went down each week.

Deep breath.

I imagine there are a lot of deep breaths happening in the homes of four particular people this week. As I type, four separate hearts are probably beating wildly. Four minds may be letting their imaginations run wild. Four souls might be praying for four particular outcomes.

An outcome that depends on a click of your index finger.

Oh, the drama of it all!

Sure, we’ve all seen our fair share of reality competition shows, so perhaps the novelty has worn off, perhaps we’ve grown jaded. But having had my own future held in the hands of others, I’d just like to remind you of what you have the power to do right now.

When I was given this treasure of a job, my life completely changed. There I was, the granddaughter of a rice farmer in a small Indian town, catapulted into the living rooms of people across the United States of America, sharing the food that brings me joy. It was the climax of not just my dream but the dream of my grandmother, an amazing cook, who had died before I was even a twinkle in my father’s eye. Just like that, I was given the opportunity to do a job that I had played at doing when I was just a toddler, arranging my cooking set just so. Little did I know that the Play-Doh chapatis I’d rolled out before my pretend camera would be great practice for the real ones I’d be rolling out before six real cameras and millions of eyes 30 years later!

Aarti's Winning Moment

In just one moment, my purpose on earth emerged from the mist that had hidden it from view for so many difficult years, forcing me to believe the lie that since I was purposeless, I was useless. As the sheet fell and revealed my face on the wall next to Giada’s and Rachael’s photos, it dealt a crushing blow to that cursed self-doubt that had plagued me my entire life.

It had all the makings of a fairy tale. Except this is real.

See? This isn’t just a small decision you hold in your hands. This is a big deal. You get to change someone’s life — for good! You get to be the fairy godmother to these four Cinderellas ! So consider this carefully. If you don’t agree with the winner, but you didn’t vote, then you don’t get to gripe about it.

Final Four

Whether it’s a vote for the quirky rebel with a trademark pompadour and rebellious cuisine whose show promises to fill the gap left by a certain Mr. Brown; or a vote for the chatty Southern belle who has dreamed of this job ever since she decided that she would throw her own parties rather than not be invited to any; or a vote for the chef from New England whose passion for that cuisine oozes out of her skin and whose cooking chops promise to teach us a good deal about good cooking in general; or a vote for the charming Venezuelan whose family stories and clever cooking tips might help us all bring our families (natural or chosen!) around the table every night, it’s up to you.

Choose wisely, America! This is your fairy godmother moment. I can’t wait to see what you decide.

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Comments (671)

  1. a mom says:

    Looked to see who won... Justin. Justin? Now really. Except for the quirky factor of just watching to see what he would do, would anyone really use any of his cooking tips or recipes? Fried fish bones? Really? And the spice oil that he kept putting in his food that was so hot the judges could not even eat it. It took their breath away and they were all grabbing their water glasses and THIS is going to be the next Food Network Star? Well, in the past years, Melissa D'Arrabario (sp?) and Guy Fieri are the only ones who have much of a following. Apparently, Aarti's show got cancelled. The "Sandwich King" is on at some obscure hour that you don't really know when his show is on and the same goes for "Big Daddy" (?) whom I just happened upon when I was flipping channels one night. Not sure what time it was. Pretty lame and very disappointing. Didn't really like the format of the show this year. Too much like other shows and for them to be showing the ugliness of the competitors last night. That was beneath Food Network. You expect that junk from Bravo but not Food Network.

  2. FanFare57 says:

    Aarti, This is off topic, but I want to congratulate YOU for becoming a Chopped Champion (for your Charity). I loved when your win wiped that conceited smirk off of Melissa's face when she lost. She left saying that she was proud of her food (although she forgot about the inedible seeds she infused into her main course). You were a very gracious winner. Great job!