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The Next Food Network Star Episode 7: 'Girl, your curry was the bomb'

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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 competitors catered a swank dinner party at the Frank Sinatra estate in Palm Springs; here's how Episode 7 looked from inside the kitchen...

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Aarti at the Supper Club (Photo courtesy The Food Network/used with permission)
Talk about being torn.

We’re standing outside the hip event space, The Smog Shoppe, the imminent location for our very first underground supper club.

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It’s also, literally, about a 30-second drive from my house.

My house, where my bed is big and warm, occupied by one loving husband of 7 years who is probably snoozing as I stand here in the cold; where I can cook for as long as I want, without a big red clock counting down the seconds before a crowd of “foodies” judges my food; where I’m safe from the glaring critical eye of the judging committee which ripped apart my food last week.

Sigh. But I must stay here. I have a team to lead.