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Kardea Brown is the host of Delicious Miss Brown.

Host Kardea Brown, as seen on Cupcake Championship, Season 1.

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Anders Krusberg

Kardea Brown is a contemporary Southern cook born in Charleston, South Carolina. She is of Gullah/Geechee descent, a term used to describe a distinct group of African Americans living in the coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia who have managed to preserve much of their West African language, culture and cuisine. Kardea created the pop-up New Gullah Supper Club, where the menu pays homage to the dishes her grandmother and mother passed down to her. She is host of Food Network’s Delicious Miss Brownn and has appeared on Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped Junior, Cooks vs. Cons, Family Food Showdown and Farmhouse Rules.

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Aarti Sequeira Bio

In August 2010 Aarti Sequeira competed on and won Season 6 of Food Network's number-one series, Food Network Star, landing the ultimate dream culinary job: her very own Food Network show. A dedicated foodie all her life and a journalist by education and trade, Aarti successfully combines these passions in her entertaining blog and online cooking-variety show, Aarti Paarti. Now she takes her food knowledge, love for cooking, and enthusiasm for sharing information to the masses in her Food Network cooking series, Aarti Party. On this show she surprises viewers with unexpected flavors and techniques to expand their palates and culinary repertoire by imparting her knowledge of Indian cuisine and putting an approachable spin on all-American classics. Born in Bombay, India, and raised in Dubai, UAE, Aarti's lifelong appreciation for food began at a young age and was inspired by her faith, her mother, her cultural background and her never-ending food experiments. Growing up in a traditional Indian Catholic family, Aarti spent Fridays dining on fish and Sundays at church. Her fondest food memories include her father's weekly trips to the market for fresh fish and produce, her mother's daily recipe creations, and Aarti's own pretending to host a cooking show — an unexpected glimpse into her future as a Food Network star. After completing Dubai's British system of schooling, including many music-related activities like piano and choir, Aarti moved to Chicago in 1996 to attend Northwestern University. In 2000, she earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism with an adjunct major in International Relations. While pursuing her degree, Aarti gained valuable media experience working at the school's student-run radio and television stations and also spent a short time in Washington, D.C., covering Capitol Hill for a local Fargo, N.D., television station. Upon graduation Aarti worked for about a year at CNN as a production assistant in Chicago before moving to New York in 2001 to work as a CNN producer for two years. In 2003 she married her college sweetheart, Brendan, and moved from New York to Los Angeles to start their life together. In addition to working several freelance gigs in the Los Angeles entertainment industry, Aarti assisted a Peabody award-winning director on Sand and Sorrow, a documentary about Darfur in 2004. Feeling like something was still missing, Aarti enrolled in The New School of Cooking in Culver City, Calif., where she earned her professional cooking certificate in 2007. To further explore her culinary calling, Aarti launched her blog and online cooking-variety show, Aarti Paarti in 2008. In addition to cooking, Aarti enjoys improv theater, music, Middle Eastern dance and visiting art galleries. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Brendan, while her parents and youngest sister live in Bangalore, India, and her middle sister lives in Phoenix.

Rusty Hamlin Bio

Rusty Hamlin is a finalist competing on Food Network Star, Season 13.

Adam Gertler Bio

As a contestant on Season 4 of Food Network Star, Adam Gertler revealed his energetic passion for food and fun-loving sense of humor. Now, as the host of Food Network’s primetime series Kid in a Candy Store, Adam uncovers the best, most outrageous, most innovative and most loved sweet treats as he travels the nation visiting the bakeries, restaurants, food carts and factories where America’s favorites are produced. Adam grew up with a supportive family who encouraged him to explore his many interests, including an acting career that began in fourth grade. In 1999, he graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. From Shakespeare to improv theater, Adam has participated in various stage work, including a role where he spent 24 consecutive hours onstage. In December 2002, Adam moved to Los Angeles for two years to continue his acting career, but his penchant for good food and cooking steered him toward a different career path. Whether he was working as a short-order cook, server, caterer or even doughnut filler and froster, food has undoubtedly played an important role in Adam’s life. He developed a true passion for barbecue while in college and began experimenting with unique ideas and recipes while catering for friends and family. Adam soon helped bring the barbecue experience to Philadelphia as the executive chef of The Smoked Joint — a barbecue restaurant co-owned by Adam’s brother, Keith — from its opening in November 2004 to its closing in July 2006. In 2008, Food Network viewers got their first glimpse of Adam on Season 4 of Food Network Star, where he advanced through to the final challenge. Adam also hosted the Food Network primetime series Will Work for Food in 2009. Adam has also channeled his love for food and acting into volunteer work, from teaching theater to grade-school children to catering for nonprofit organizations like the Philadelphia Red Cross. When not cooking or performing, Adam enjoys an eclectic mix of hobbies, including harmonica, karaoke and a 20-year-and-counting comic book collection. Adam grew up in Commack, NY, with his mother, father and brothers.

Cat Cora Bio

In addition to being a celebrated chef, Cat Cora is an accomplished lifestyle entrepreneur, author, restaurateur, contributing editor and television personality. She made television history in 2005 when she became the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Cat recently joined RWS Resorts to launch her Ocean by Cat Cora restaurant on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Prior to that she opened Cat Cora’s Que, Cat Cora’s Kitchen and Cat Cora’s Kitchen Gourmet Market, and she collaborated with Disney to create Kouzzina by Cat Cora, located at Disneyworld Boardwalk in Orlando, Fla. In 2012 she launched the Cat Cora’s Kitchen iPad app, which simplifies meal preparation for at-home cooks of any skill level. Cat collaborated with MOZO to design two women’s shoe collections, she has two thriving Cat Cora’s Kitchen food lines with both Gaea and Grecian Delight, and she also has a line of versatile cookware, Cat Cora by Starfrit.

David Rose Bio

David Rose is a finalist competing on Food Network Star, Season 13.

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