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Meet The NFNS Finalists: Aria, Herb & Doreen

In celebration of Sunday's premiere of season 6 of The Next Food Network Star (9p|8c, June 6, on The Food Network), we're introducing all 12 of the finalists. Pay attention, please. We could have the next Guy Fieri in our midst.


Aria Kagan (left), 30, Hollywood, Fla.
Three foods you can't live without (other than bread or water): Chocolate, coffee (I know it's not technically food, but I just can't imagine my life without it!) and almond croissants from this little French bakery down the street from my house. (I think my tush just got bigger thinking about them). More >>

Herb Mesa (center), 41, Atlanta, Ga.
Three people, alive or dead, whom you'd like to invite to a dinner party, and what culinary delights would you prepare for your guests: Jack LaLanne, Bruce Lee and Celia Cruz. I would make intensely flavorful, clean Latin dishes that would satisfy the greatest fitness guru, the ultimate fighter and the best female Latin songstress ever. More >>

Doreen Fang (right), 38, Los Angeles, Cal.
Foods you can't live without (other than bread or water): I LOVE cheese— anything from simple cheddar cheese to movie nacho cheese to creamy epoisses or buttery brillat savarin. Oh, my Lord, I can't live without cheese. It can be mild or super stinky, give it to me. I love it all, paired with some fruit and bread or crackers. I could live on that forever. More >>