All Posts In Behind the Scenes

About Last Night

by in Behind the Scenes, June 6, 2011

What did you think? Pretty good premiere, right? Let’s dive right in to the deep end and talk about my impressions of the finalists. Then, I want to hear yours. Let me warn you – I reveal last night’s eliminated finalist in this post. If you don’t want to know who went home, then youRead more

Where’s “The” and “Next?”

by in Behind the Scenes, June 2, 2011

It seems like only yesterday that we were launching this show called The Next Food Network Star. We premiered the show in the summer of 2005 and immediately you made it a success (you also made a few people big stars). Is it as hard for you to recall that Guy was once a competitorRead more

Keeping Up With the New Star

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, August 27, 2010

You followed her journey through all the Star challenges, marveling as she progressed from early insecurities to a few misses and many hits to a knock-out showing in the series finale. Now Aarti's the latest and greatest addition to our Food Network Family, and her new show, Aarti Party, is gaining fans at lightning speed.Read more

More Reasons to Paarti: Happy Birthday, Star!

by in Behind the Scenes, August 19, 2010

What a whirlwind for Aarti Sequeira. Sunday was her Star win, followed by a busy week of appearances and interviews. And today Aarti celebrates her 32nd birthday. We caught up with her up in Studio B at Food Network's Chelsea HQ with her husband, Brendan, and raised a fluffy-flowered cupcake in her honor. Watch herRead more

In Aarti’s Own Words: Macarena, Anyone?

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, August 16, 2010

Where am I? What time is it? Who am I? All these thoughts are running through my mind this morning. Oh yeah. I'M THE NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR! I've never been able to do a cartwheel or else I'd do one right now. Would you take a round of the Macarena instead? No? Oh, ok.Read more

Bonus Caption This: Coulda Been a Contenda

by in Behind the Scenes, August 12, 2010

Brad, Brianna, Serena and Paul returned last week, brought back after their ouster to aid Aarti, Aria, Herb and Tom. Would you be glad and gracious or bummed and baneful? Ya think they'll watch the finale Sunday? Wish any of them made it to the finale? Vote now for your favorite from among all theRead more

Heading Into the Finale Feeling Good

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, August 9, 2010

This whole experience has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, but all in all it’s been worth every up and every down! Linda and the girls are the most amazing part of my life, and I wouldn’t be here on the show if it weren’t for them. Going into the pilot, I feel reallyRead more

I Just Have To Be Myself

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, August 9, 2010

There aren't enough exclamations to convey my excitement: Leaping Lizards! Jumpin' Jehosaphat (sp?)! Holy Carp! Nope. None of them work. Here it is, our chance to actually DO the thing we've been fighting tooth 'n' nail for! And while I'm nervous (who wouldn't be), most of me is actually calm. It was always the cookingRead more

My Friends Call Me Big Chef

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, August 9, 2010

Oh God, there it is again. You would think with 9 weeks down in this competition this feeling of raw nerves in the pit of my stomach would have diminished a little bit by now. With my hanging-on each week and practically clawing my way through 9 other finalists to reach this: the pinnacle, theRead more

Caption This: Episode 9

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Star, August 3, 2010

Sunday's episode finds the remaining four finalists (Aria, Herb, Aarti and Tom) in New York competing in an Iron Chef America Challenge. Alton, Morimoto, Cat Cora, Michael Symon and of course, Bobby, will all be there inside Kitchen Stadium. In the episode, Alton has an "interesting" exchange with one of the finalists. How would youRead more