Aarti Sequeira

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Aarti Sequeira
Born Aarti Lucica Sequeira[1]
(1978-08-19) 19 August 1978 (age 39)
Mumbai, India
Education Northwestern University
Spouse(s) Brendan McNamara
Culinary career
Cooking style Indian cuisine

Aarti Lucica Sequeira (born 19 August 1978) is an Indian American chef and television personality, best known as the winner of the sixth season of Food Network's reality television show, The Next Food Network Star.[2] As a result of that victory, her show Aarti Party premiered on the network on 22 August 2010. Following Aarti Party, she went on to host Taste in Translation on the 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[edit]

Aarti Sequeira was born in Mumbai on 19 August 1978 and raised in Dubai.[2] She graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 2000.[3] After graduation, Aarti worked as a producer for the cable news company CNN until 2003, before moving to Los Angeles, California.[4]

Sequiera trained at the New School of Cooking in Culver City and in 2007 earned a professional certificate.[5] In 2008, she started an online cooking variety show called Aarti Paarti.[6] 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.[3]

Food Network[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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

Personal life[edit]

Aarti Sequeira lived in Dubai and when she was about 7 she transferred out of the primarily Indian school she attended to a primarily British school. [9]

Aarti Sequeira is married to actor Brendan McNamara,[2] who went to her alma mater Northwestern University. The two hosted the online show Aarti Paarti.[3] Sequeira grew up in a traditional Indian Catholic home. [10]

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.[11]


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.


  1. ^ aarti sequeira [@aartipaarti] (21 September 2010). "@glutenfreegirl btw, did I tell you that my middle name is Lucica and my gran's name was Lucia?!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ a b c Qazi, Nisa (15 March 2013). "Eats, shoots and blogs: Bona fide celebrity chef Aarti Sequeira talks about how she came to represent Indian food in the US". ft.com. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "BSJ Alumna Aarti Sequeira". Medill School of Journalism. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Holbrook, Damian (16 August 2010). "Watercooler: Who's Our Next Food Network Star?". TV Guide. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "About aarti!". aartipaarti. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  6. ^ MacIntyre, April (16 August 2010). "Food blogger Aarti Sequeira takes Next Food Network Star prize". Monsters and Critics. Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Lynch, Rene (4 June 2010). "They all want to be the next Guy Fieri". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Slezak, Michael (16 August 2010). "'Next Food Network Star' season finale recap: And the winner is..." Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Aarti Sequeira on Courage, Parenting and More | WomenWorking.com". www.womenworking.com. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Aarti Sequeira Bio: Chefs". Food Network. August 2010. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Aarti Sequeira on Courage, Parenting and More | WomenWorking.com". www.womenworking.com. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 

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