MasterChef India Season 5!

When I look back at the day, I decided to start my journey as a food blogger – who knew or had anticipated the ups, downs (read: over stuffed tummy), experiences and opportunities this avenue would open up for me as a person, a blogger, an individual, a fan girl and an entrepreneur – yes, I consider myself an entrepreneur not only for what I do during my day job, but also as part of blogging at Foodies of India.

Emotions aside, when I first read the email from team Zomato about being a part of an exclusive luncheon with the Master Chef India judges for an exclusive preview of Season 5 with Chef Vikas Khanna, Chef Kunal Kapoor & Mr. Zorawar Kalra along with Team Star & Zomato and fellow food bloggers; I couldn’t believe my eyes!

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With Chef Vikas Khanna
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With Chef Kunal Kapoor
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With Mr. Zorawar Kalra

On the final day, I landed up at Masala Bay, Taj Lands’ End for a meet & greet + lunch with some of the people, I’ve seen in the new/TV and have been fan girling over for lord knows how many years now. Read below to find out about our experience dining with the Master Chef India judges.

Food:

We started with Tamatar shorba, smooth and creamy soup as we began introducing ourselves and were briefed on what to expect from the evening.p_20161001_150347_hdr

This was followed by a platter of achari broccoli, Karare Aloo, Rajma Ki Galouti and Potohari Paneer Tikka. Beautifully plated – we digged in for the aloo first and it was so darn good. Green chilli pieces with the aloo added a different taste to it satiating our spice buds to the max. The Rajma Galouti, broccoli and Paneer Tikka were delicious, too; but the aloo stole the show for us.p_20161001_151930_hdrp_20161001_151945_hdr

For main course we had Paneer Tikka Lababdar, Guchchi Kumbh, Pindi Choley, Lasooni Palak with Dal Makhani. I don’t know where to begin and which one we liked more! The pindi choley with baked stuffed kulcha were something different and we enjoyed it but the dal Makhani was the highlight of the entire meal. Highly recommended to have the dal here.p_20161001_155759_hdrp_20161001_155828_hdrFor Dessert we had a platter of pan ice cream, gulab jamun and angoori ras malai to wrap the afternoon on a sweet note and both of them were delicious. We were too full from main course but there is space somehow always in our tummy for dessert!p_20161001_164548_hdr

Preview of show:

Food was rolling in through the afternoon and at one point we were so engrossed in the screening we had hardly had a sip of the soup and one bite of the roti! We were briefed on the flow of the afternoon; we started with introduction of ourselves, and went to the preview of the half hour show before it aired on television that evening.

The show is very quick, interesting and without too much drama which keeps you engrossed and anxious as to what’s going to happen on the other side of the break. The contestants are young, enthusiastic, and talented and are guided by the best in the industry to achieve their passion and prove to the world that regardless of age, gender, sex, demographic cooking is #NotJustAHobby!

What I personally really enjoyed and liked was that each of the judges had their own personality and traits on the show in terms of feedback, appearance and expertise. This keeps me anxious and looking forward to hearing their feedback on the dishes prepared by each contestant.

We really enjoyed the preview and have been glued to the season since then and make sure to catch the episode (or the repeat) every weekend.

The show airs every Saturday and Sunday 8pm on Star Plus.

Overall, we were thrilled to be a part of this and haven’t been able to stop thinking and sharing about our experience with the world. If you’ve had a similar interaction or opportunity, do share with us, we’d love to hear from you 🙂

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He brings out the crazy in us!

Masala Bay - Taj Lands End Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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