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LAist Interview: 'The Next Food Network Star' is... Aarti Sequeira

Aarti Sequeira, winner of The Next Food Network Star's 6th season, will host her own show, Aarti Party (Photo courtesy The Food Network/Used with permission)
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We've been following the sixth season of The Next Food Network Star closely--because, not only was most of the series shot in Los Angeles, but among the 12 finalists vying for their very own Food Network show were 3 locals, including food blogger and LAist alum Aarti Sequeira. Each week we brought you Aarti's insider's look at being a part of the show through her weekly episode recaps. Last night we watched her win the title of The Next Food Network Star, and her new series, Aarti Party, debuts next Sunday. We got the chance to talk to her the day after her win was broadcast.Where did you watch the finale last night?
I went to the Village Idiot. I love that place. They have a huge TV in the back, and so they reserved the space for me and some friends. It was awesome to be watching it on Melrose--how L.A. is that?

What was it like watching yourself on the series?
It was good and bad. Every episode I got just a little more comfortable. But the greatest thing about the show is that--you know how in in your life you do things, and you wish you could look at it later to see what that was like--that's what this is: The chance to see it as it was without coloring it. When I saw me in some of the camera challenges I got to see myself as I was, and I thought: "Wow, I really am good on camera!" I'm so visual, too, so [seeing the show] was great...amazing.