Indian Television Industry is dominated by Serials which are mostly based on complex human relations and by reality shows based on either the talent of singing and dancing.
Over the last 3 years, there has been the arrival of another reality show which is based on the talent of cooking named as MasterChef India. MasterChef India Season 1 appeared on Star Plus in the year 2010-11, Season 2 in 2011-12 and Season 3 is currently being aired on Star Plus.
MasterChef India is a reality show which tests the culinary skills of the contestants. The sub title of Season 3 is ‘Kitchen Ke Super Stars’ which means the ‘Super Stars of Kitchen. Every home has a kitchen and the kitchen has its own Super Star within the premises of that very family. This programme gives an opportunity to millions of Indian women to showcase their talent of cooking infront on the whole world through the window of the TV screen. There’s another quotation which the judges on the show often repeat and it is that ‘who says that dreams/desires/wishes do not get cultivated in limitations of the kitchen.’
The concept of MasterChef is originally based on the British TV Show ‘MasterChef’. MasterChef India is the Indianised version of the British MasterChef. Amul is the main producer of the show.
Season 1 saw actor Akshay Kumar as the presenter of the show. Akshay Kumar has worked as a chef in Bangkok before embarking on a successful career as an actor in Mumbai. The judges were Chef Kunal Kapoor who works as an Executive Chef in Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon and Chef Ajay Chopra who is an Executive Chef in Goa Marriot in Goa. The winner of Season 1 was Pankaj Bhadouria of lucknow.
Season 2 saw Chef Vikas Khanna as another judge. Chef Vikas Khanna is a highly successful Chef from New York. Chef Ajay Chopra and Chef Kunal Kapoor were also the judges of Season 2, the winner of which was Shipra Khanna of Shimla.
Season 3 has some changes in the timings of the show. It is currently being aired on Star Plus on week days and not like only on week-ends as it was in Season 1 and 2. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor has made entry as one of the 3 judges. Sanjeev Kapoor is the one who has popularized cooking shows in India. His programme ‘Khana Khazana’ was one of the earliest cooking shows in India and has been viewed by millions since a very long time. He is a very popular face on TV among the Indian audience. Chef Kunal Kapoor and Chef Vikas Khanna are the other two Judges.
The participants of the season 3 are:
- IshratFive contestants have already got themselves eliminated from the show. They are Ishrat, Jenan, Sachin, Khoku and Happy.Competition is very stiff. All the present contestants are all equally talented. We have to now wait and watch who wins the title of ‘MasterChef India Season 3’.