Who Will Be The Next Domestic Diva?

With Martha Stewart mired in legal troubles, a cadre of successors is lining up to take her place. The good thing: perfect is passe. Marion Hume surveys the field of top contenders

Donna Hay slips a silky panna cotta out of a ramekin and onto a snow white plate. A drizzle of espresso syrup and, snap, her food photographer gets the shot. Hay, still unsatisfied with the way it looks, studiously removes a drop of syrup with a Q-Tip. No wonder Martha Stewart once offered her a job. But the 34-year-old Australian, who oversees a Sydney-based multimedia lifestyle business that includes a magazine, best-selling cookbooks and an upcoming line of housewares, declined the homemaking maven's offer.

Like most of the Martha wannabes who have been grabbing the spotlight since Stewart was indicted, Hay...