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The Next Food Network Star Episode 6: Curry is Such a Tricky Beast

Aarti tames the curry beast in Palm Springs (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 felt the heat of working from food trucks; here's how Episode 6 looked from inside the kitchen...

We head out the door, destined for Frank Sinatra’s house in Palm Springs, dressed as glamorously as possible. We separated: blokes in one car, ladies in the other.

And can I tell you? There’s nothing worse for a bunch of anxious cooking show contestants than a 90-minute drive; it’s just you, them and your paranoia.

See, even though this Star challenge was hard enough (putting a modern twist on retro classics like pigs in a blanket, tuna noodle casserole and deviled eggs), our spidey-senses were tingling. Was yet another twist in store for us?