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Star Plus - Master Chef India Season 1, 2, 3, 4, Junior

Aditya Kochhar andAmul presents MasterChef India is an Indian competitive cooking game show based on the original British MasterChef. It is produced by Colosceum Media Pvt. ltd. and screens on Star Plus. The series is the most watched cooking show in India.



SEASON 1:
MasterChef is a show that celebrates great people who make great food, it is a one of its kind culinary competition series based on the smash hit U.K and Australian format of the same name. On this show, people who passionately cook as a hobby and have absolutely no experience in the food industry, fight for the title of 'best cook of the country'. MasterChef is not just a TV show, it's a cultural phenomena. The show converts the most mundane daily chore of cooking into a life changing experience.


The show is an emotion packed cut throat competition, which is easy to connect with and will keep the viewers at the edge of their seats. International versions of the show have broken rating records in two of the world's biggest markets. It has been successfully running in UK since 1990 and the Australian version became third most watched Australian TV program since 2001, its finale ranking as one of Australia's most-watched programs in a decade. In India where people are defined by what they eat, they are sure to take this show as seriously as the food on their plate. In India it has been a one of its kind nationwide search for the best cook in the country. It's about people who are executives, house wives, home cooks and students, anyone and everyone is a part of the show, all you need is an undying passion to make great food. Contestants are put through the paces with various challenges as they compete head-to-head to create delicious dishes.

Akshay Kumar Akshay Kumar
Role:Akshay Kumar
As a Host
Pankaj Bhadouria Pankaj Bhadouria
Role:Contestant
Winner of Season1
 
These everyday at-home cooks now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their passion and excitement for food as they are put to the trial and judged by India's best. The Indian version of the show isn't just be about food, it is about emotions, pressure tests and extreme culinary circumstances where the finest culinary genius will be put to the test. MasterChef India is being mentored and judged by the Super Star in a new avtaar, Akshay Kumar who in turn is helped by Ajay Chopra, the tough as old boots master judge and Kunal Kapoor, the man who romances with culinary delicacies.

The MasterChef India journey is taking its contestants through the rigors of cooking where tasks and challenges test their very limits, broaden their culinary horizons and hone their cooking skills to the sharpness of a cutting edge knife. The Indian version won't just end with finding the best cook of the nation, it goes a step further. The show offers to set up a winner for life. The grand prize is a cookery show on Star Plus, winner's own cook book and a cash prize of one crore rupees. Rule of the game is just one, Tasty Dish, Warna Game Finish!

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Season 1 of show started airing on STAR Plus from on every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 PM IST. The first episode aired on 16 October 2010, and the season one finale was broadcast on 25 December 2010. The first winner of MasterChef India was Pankaj Bhadouria, a 38 year old Teacher from Lucknow, She runs cookery show on Star Plus. Season 1 Was hosted by Actor Akshay kumar who worked as a chef in Bangkok previous to his acting career, along with chef Ajay Chopra who is working as an Executive Chef at Goa Marriott Resort, Goa, and chef Kunal Kapur an Executive Chef at Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon.


The top 12 contestants were chosen throughout the first week of challenges amongst the top 40. The full group of 12 were revealed on Sunday, 24 October:

ContestantAgeFromOccupationStatus
Pankaj Bhadouria38LucknowSchool TeacherWinner
on 25 December 2010
Jayanandan Bhaskar31Lucknowstall chefRunner-Up
on 25 December 2010
Radhicka Agarwaal28DehradunEvent ManagerThird Place
on 25 December 2010
Joe Baath42DelhiTV Show hostEliminated 19 December 2010
Kandla Nijhowne54ChandigarhFood ColumnistEliminated 19 December 2010
Zebi Zubair28LucknowHomemakerEliminated 12 December 2010
Smita Dugar38HyderabadArtist[12]Eliminated 5 December 2010
Sweta Pareekh28JaipurBankerEliminated 28 November 2010
Ankita Chakravorty19NoidaStudentEliminated 28 November 2010
Pritesh Chothani28MumbaiAsst. ManagerEliminated 14 November 2010
Parul Sukhwani23IndoreRadio JockeyEliminated 7 November 2010
Archana Chouhan39MeerutHomemakerEliminated 31 October 2010


SEASON 2
Season 2 of MasterChef India premiered on 22 October 2011. The second season aired on every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 PM IST. Season 2 was hosted by Vikas Khanna, a Michelin-starred chef Indian chef based in New York City.


True to its brand promise of Rishta Wahi Soch Nayi, STAR Plus launches the second season of Indian television's clutter breaking show, Master Chef India - Season 2. Hosted and judged by world renowned Indian Chef, Vikas Khanna, this season aims to take viewers on a never-seen-before gastronomical journey - Ab Badlo India, Apne "Khaane" Ka Andaaz!  Vikas has achieved what many can only dream of. He is thus the perfect role model for anyone aspiring to be the MasterChef India. His journey from Amritsar to New York has been an unbelievable journey of success!

MasterChef India changed many lives in Season 1 and showed India how a mundane activity like cooking can be a ticket to fame and success. Themed "Ab Badlo India, Apne "Khaane" ka Andaaz", the season aims to bring a change in the way India perceives food. Vikas Khanna's gastronomic philosophy is � delivering innovative & luxurious meals, laying special emphasis on ingredients, taste, flavours and textures, which have won him many hearts.

This year in July, Vikas cooked a Saatvik meal for the Dharmic Seva Conference for Hindu American Seva Charities at the White House. Vikas started his own catering business, Lawrence Gardens, at the age of 17. He is the Executive Chef of Junoon Restaurant, a project written about widely in the New York press.  He has authored several books including The Spice Story of India, Modern Indian Cooking and Flavours First that released on 15th August, 2011.

Vikas will start his journey as a judge on MasterChef India 2 soon alongside Ajay Chopra and Kunal Kapoor - resident chefs from the first season. Besides these, the show will be replete with multiple celebrity guests and glamorous offsite locations.

The aspiring MasterChefs better gear up to cook something divine to appease those trained taste buds!

Vikas Khanna Vikas Khanna Role:As a Judge


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ContestantAgeFromOccupationStatus
Shipra Khanna29ShimlaCook at Leela CompenskiWinner
on 1 January 2012
Salma Shazia Fathima34BengaluruTeacherRunner-Up
on 1 January 2012
Joseph Rozario25SiliguriMartial Arts Trainer2nd Runner-Up
on 1 January 2012
Rajendra Narayan Mane26MumbaiCook, Insurance AdvisorEliminated 25 December 2011
Vijaylaxmi35GurgaonAdministratorEliminated 25 December 2011
Dolcee Pratik Bachkaniwala27SuratJewellery BusinessEliminated 18 December 2011
Shahzad Variava26MumbaiHREliminated 18 December 2011
Jyoti Arora40AmritsarHomemakerEliminated 11 December 2011
Puneet Mehta44HyderabadEvent OrganizerEliminated 4 December 2011
Rajat Nagpal32MumbaiAd Film MakerEliminated 20 November 2011
Hiral Agarwal28GorakhpurLanguage TrainerEliminated 13 November 2011
Devika Narula20DelhiStudentEliminated 6 November 2011

SEASON 3
The third season of MasterChef India (promotional name: MasterChef India: Kitchen Ke Superstar) premiered on 11 March 2013 on STAR Plus channel. Chef Vikas Khanna and Chef Kunal Kapur returned as judges after season 2; however Chef Sanjeev Kapoor replaced Chef Ajay Chopra. The show ended on 14 June 2013 and was replaced by Ek Nanad Ki Khushiyon Ki Chaabi...Meri Bhabhi. Ripudaman Handa was declared the winner of this season.

 
 
Sanjeev Kapoor Sanjeev Kapoor
Role:Judge
Vikas Khanna Vikas Khanna Role:Vikas Khanna

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RankContestantAgeHometownOccupationOutcome
1Ripudaman Handa23DelhiGym InstructorWinner (Season 3)
2Navneet Rastogi29VaranasiCaterer1st Runner-up (Season 3)
3Doyel Sarangi27KolkataHomemaker2nd runner up (Season 3)
4Nisha Verma47MeerutCooking TeacherEliminated on 7 June 2013
5Sachin Naik23MumbaiEngineerEliminated on 19 April 2013
Re-Entered on 14 May 2013
Eliminated on 28 May 2013
6Yasmin Sheikh27MhowTutor & CatererEliminated on 24 May 2013
7Aditi Madan34Currently in Jaipur, From DarjeelingHomemakerEliminated on 10 May 2013
8Devyani Bhati23JaipurHomemakerEliminated on 3 May 2013
9Happy Singh25AjmerDhaba OwnerEliminated on 26 April 2013
10Khoku Patra22DelhiCookEliminated on 23 April 2013
11Jehan Bomi Sarkari28AhmedabadBankerEliminated on 12 April 2013
12Ishrat Ali33KolkataHomemakerEliminated on 5 April 2013

SEASON 4 Coming Soon

SEASON 1 - Junior Masterchef India Swaad Ke Ustaad

Junior Masterchef India Swaad Ke Ustaad will showcase cooking talent like never before. These kitchen stars will churn out dishes with flamboyance, their plates will be a work of art and their knowledge like a food scientist. The Junior Masterchef Kitchen will be their favourite playground ever.
 
In India, a kid cooking fancy gourmet food or exotic desserts or rich Indian food is something which has never ever been seen before. We are now ready to prove that Indian kids can not only sing, dance, and act but also cook better than anyone
Vikas Khanna
Role:Judge
 Chef Kunal Kapur
Role:Judge

 Surjan Singh Jolly
Role:Judge
 
 
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