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Next food network star... and the winner is.... (spoilers, obviously)

Aarti!
I thought all their pilots were great, and really hope to see Herb somewhere on tv! I would so watch his show, I love mexican food, and would love to make healthy versions!

as an aside - did you see the pilots for Next Iron Chef? yipee! :)

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  1. This is the first time that I liked all the finalists' final performances. They all did great and I could see any of them doing a show. I do think Aarti had a bit of an edge simply because Indian is not represented on Food Network.

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    1. re: mojoeater

      I think she had an edge because all of her food tasted good. It is nice to know that she can cook and isn't just a pretty face. I think she'll grow into the TV Personality role.

      1. re: GraydonCarter

        I thought (as did my wife and son) that she really nailed the pilot -- more carefree and fun. And the idea of blending Indian flavors with "pizza" was inspired.

        Really, all three were much stronger than any of last year's finalists, I thought.

    2. watched tonight with my kids - all 3 chose Tom as the show they'd most like to watch, followed by Herb. I thought they did great, but that Aarti was pretty much the winner from about halfway through the season. I agree that her Indian food gave her an edge. I don't watch much on FN, other than this & Chopped from time to time, and Aarti's is not a show that will have me tuning in any more.

      1. I thought Aarti and Herb did well. Tom was engaging, but I just didn't have a sense of what his show would be about or how it would be anything new.

        1. I wanted it to be any of the 3 except Aarti. Oh well.

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          1. re: smartie

            Was it because your names rhyme? Sorry couldn't resist

            1. re: chris2269

              lol. No because she was the most irritating. And I love Indian food, just wouldn't want to watch her.

            2. re: smartie

              me too! Tom or Herb would have made me happy. Aarti just annoys me. They lost one viewer over here...

            3. I'm glad she won. I liked Tom but to much like Guy's Big Bite or whatever it was.