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Aarti Sequeira
Born Aarti Lucica Sequeira
19 August 1978 (1978-08-19) (ageĀ 43)
Mumbai, India
Cooking style Indian cuisine
Education Northwestern University
Spouse Brendan McNamara

Aarti Lucica Sequeira (born 19 August 1978) is an Indian American cook and television personality, best known as the winner of the sixth season of Food Network's reality television show, The Next Food Network Star. In 2010, after her victory, her show Aarti Party premiered on the network. Following Aarti Party, she went on to host Taste in Translation on Cooking Channel, in which she seeks out the most popular dishes from around the world. She had previously worked as a CNN news producer and in 2008 started the online cooking variety show Aarti Paarti.

Early life, education and early career

Aarti Sequeira was born in Mumbai on 19 August 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.

Sequeira 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 influence.

Food Network

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 15 August, 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 influences.

Sequeira is also a judge on Guy's Grocery Games.

Personal life

Aarti Sequeira lived in Dubai and when she was about seven, she transferred out of the primarily Indian school she attended to a primarily British school.

Aarti Sequeira is married to actor 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.

Sequeira and her husband have two daughters, Eliyah and Moses Marigold. She suffered from post-partum depression after giving birth and has since become involved in Post Partum Support International.


Year Series Role Notes
2010 The Next Food Network Star Herself Contestant: Season 6 (Winner)
2010-2011 Aarti Party Herself/Host
2013 Taste in Translation Herself/Host
2014-present Guy's Grocery Games Herself Recurring judge
Has competed on the show.
2020 Selena + Aarti Sequeria: Friendsgiving Herself
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