Aarti Sequeira’s appetite began in the womb, and shows no sign of abating! The cookbook author and host of Food Network’s Aarti Party, Sequeira competed on and won Season 6 of Food Network Star with her trademark food signature: American favorites with an Indian soul. Her show grew out of the popular blog and YouTube cooking-variety show, Aarti Paarti, a joint venture with her husband, actor-writer Brendan McNamara, that started in their tiny Los Angeles home kitchen. Food Network then became her broadcast home, where she went on to host Taste in Translation, Drop 5lbs with Good Housekeeping and Hidden Eats. She also competed on – and won – Chopped All Stars and Cut-throat Kitchen. She is a frequent judge on Guy’s Grocery Games and From Duff Til Dawn, and has contributed to Guilty Pleasures, Best Thing I Ever Ate, Best Thing I Ever Made, Unique Eats and Unique Sweets. Off-network, she has been a colorful, memorable guest on Today Show, The Talk, Dr Oz, The Nate Berkus Show and Home and Family on Hallmark Channel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her two daughters, Eliyah and Moses, who promise to have an equally large appetite for food and life.
Mallika Basu is a food writer, Indian cook and cookbook author. She has been featured on Jamie Oliver’s online cookery channel FoodTube as well as cooked with Madhur Jaffrey on her TV show Curry Nation featuring in the eponymous cookbook. She is the Indian food columnist for the London Evening Standard newspaper, writing a regular weekly recipe column, food articles, as well as filming and presenting videos. Mallika is also one of the British Government’s “Food Pioneers”, a group of high-profile food and drink advisors advising on how to promote British food internationally.
A cookbook author, food photographer and recipe developer, Prerna Singh spent most of her childhood in a few small towns in central India – a time she fondly remembers for rotis straight off the clay oven and mom’s cooking with produce plucked right from the farms. She went to business school in India to get an MBA and worked in the advertising industry for a few years before she moved to the US ten years back. She now lives in sunny California with her husband and two gorgeous daughters who make sure she’s on her toes, all the time. Prerna loves traveling, exploring new cuisines and then trying them in her kitchen to later share them with the world. She started her food blog in early 2010 as way to share the recipes she developed and was soon drawn to food photography as a medium to present her recipes. Since then her blog and recipes have been featured on several reputed food sites like Food Network, Yahoo Food and The Gaurdian. Indian Simmer was awarded the Best Food Blog in regional cuisine by Savuer magazine in and also announced as the Best Of Web. Now, through Indian Simmer she is working on creating an international platform for Indian food lovers around the world.
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- All entries must be related to Indian food or draw inspiration from Indian food.
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