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The Next Food Network Star Episode 5: 'Working in a truck is no picnic.'

Aarti does a demo at The Grove (Photo courtesy The Food Network/Used with permission)
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For its sixth season, The Next Food Network Star was shot in Los Angeles, and among the 12 finalists vying for their very own Food Network show are 3 locals, including food blogger and LAist alum Aarti Sequeira. Each week, Aarti will give us her take on the episode, from her unique insider's perspective. Will she be named The Next Food Network Star? We won't know until the finale. Last week the contestants cooked for L.A. chefs Susan Feniger and Eric Greenspan; here's how Episode 5 looked from inside the kitchen...

Dick Bombay’s.

It just rolls off your tongue, doesn’t it? For me, it conjures up images of a Cary Grant-esque private eye trolling through the crowded streets of Bombay in search of his elusive lady.

The name also caused quite a stir amongst the committee. Especially after I made a joke about it that made even Paula Deen blush (only after she doubled over cackling though!).

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The committee had sauntered over to our fantastic food truck for a sample of our wares. Following our hellos and self-introductions, Tom went over to fry up some funnel cake. I remained at the tiny little window to keep the committee entertained.

“So, Aarti,” Bobby said. “How did you guys come up with the name Dick Bombay's?”