I love Aarti. I also loved Tom. I think that Aarti fills a kind of ethnic quota that Food Network is lacking. Everyone says they can cook “Asian” style but Indian is a completely different type of Asian style. As much as I hate that ethnicities can be “trendy” it’s true. Gwen Stefani made Japanese a trend, a very fashionable trend. But ethnicities are just part of who we are, we don’t choose to be this way because it would make us cooler. The newest big trend is Indian. There’s Bollywood (the music, the dancing, the colors, the over-the-topness), spices, Henna, etc. India has such an appeal now days that having Aarti as the newest host can’t hurt the company.
However, my only concern and this would be for all of the contestants. That none of the contestants since Guy have made themselves prominent. Aarti has some self esteem issues and I hope that she can overcome that to make herself a star.