Aarti Sequeira, TV host and cookbook author, jokes that her love of food began in the womb (she was a 10-pound baby)!
Sequeira began a second career after winning season six of Food Network Star with her trademark combination of infectious cackle and unique food signature: American favorites with an Indian soul.
Since then she has hosted her own shows (Aarti Party, Hidden Eats, Taste in Translation), judged cooking competitions (Guys Grocery Games, Cooks vs. Cons, Christmas Cookie Challenge, Clash of the Grandmas) and competed (and won!) on Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen and Guy’s Grocery Games.
Off-network, she is a colorful, memorable guest on Today Show, The Talk, Home and Family and Dr. Oz.
A gifted writer, Sequeira published her first cookbook, Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul (Grand Central) and wrote a nationally-syndicated column for the Associated Press entitled “World’s Fare” which walked readers through the international aisle via simple weeknight recipes.
After food, Sequeira’s second love is journalism: she holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, worked as a producer at CNN, and went on to make the HBO documentary, Sand and Sorrow about the Darfur genocide. She is an ardent advocate for women battling postpartum depression, having experienced it herself, and loves to speak to women of faith about the sacred nature of breaking bread. She lives in Los Angeles, with her husband Brendan McNamara, and her two daughters, Eliyah and Moses.
Co-Host of the 2019 Golden Foodie Awards