It was a feel-good season finale of The Next Food Network Star, and not just because the right person took home the crown. While the contestants of the show's sixth season were often spottier than a herd of Appaloosas, last night found the final three - Herb, Aarti, and Tom - delivering solid pilots under the watchful eye of Rachael Ray. Just as encouraging: Tom's food seemingly matched his ebullient delivery (at least based on Rachael's enthusiastic taste-test); Aarti avoided marinating her food (and herself) in a lukewarm bath of self-doubt; and Herb didn't crush a can of Red Bull over the head of Food Network president Brooke Johnson when he learned he wasn't the winner. Oh, and can I also take a second to express my relief that our fearless finalists didn't shoot their pilots clad in the not-so-star-worthy clothes - Herb's generic black polo, Aarti's rose-emblazoned grandma top, and Tom's gray long-sleeved t-shirt from the rolled out of bed collection - that they wore to the studio?
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