Lucknow’s Pankaj Bhadouria wins ‘MasterChef India’By IANS
Saturday, December 25, 2010
NEW DELHI - Lucknow-based Pankaj Bhadouria won Star Plus’ cookery game show “MasterChef India” after she dished up a scrumptious meal on the show hosted by Bollywood star Akshay Kumar. She takes home Rs.1 crore as prize money.
The dishes that won Bhadouria the prize are : Drunk Chicken Log, Cheesy Dill Salmon and Cranberry Cheese Blossom.
She was announced the winner after voting by host and judge, Akshay Kumar and his co-judges, noted chefs Ajay Chopra and Kunal Kapoor, in the finale aired Saturday.
Bhadouria, 38, gave up her job as a teacher to be part of the show. Apart from the Rs.1 crore, she also gets a chance to host a cookery show and release a cookery book.
She pipped 24-year-old boy Jayanandan Bhaskar, also from Lucknow, to win the title.
Started in October 2010, the culinary show was a platform to acknowledge and encourage the skills of passionate cooks and groom them to become professionals.
The finale episode was graced by Bollywood filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan and actress Katrina Kaif, who came to promote their film “Tees Maar Khan”, which also stars Akshay.