Shah wins MasterChef: The Professionals rematch edition

KATHMANDU: Santosh Shah has won the title ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ in the new edition of rematch 2021, which saw former competitors going pan-to-pan for the ultimate BBC crown.

Shah (34), who is the head chef at Cinnamon Collection, an Indian restaurant, was a finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals last year.

The show exists in four formats — MasterChef, MasterChef: The Professionals, Celebrity MasterChef and Junior MasterChef.

Other competitors in the show were Bart Van Der Lee, Philli Armitage-Marttin and Jamie Park.

Shah’s eighteen dish vegan feast impressed the judges of the show — Gregg Wallace, John Torode, Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti.

MasterChef UK posted on Twitter, “We asked for a feast… Santosh served up EIGHTEEN dishes! Exploding head What a performance in the #MasterChefUK kitchen. Missed #MasterChefTheProfessionals Rematch?”

Shah’s dishes were inspired by the food of Nepal’s biggest festival Dashain. His dishes included curried jackfruit steak, green banana curry, rice crackers, onion salad, tempered grapefruit, sesame and chilli pickle, red yam, aubergine, spiced potato and pointed gourd, pilau rice with nuts, and a rice puri, or bread, with smoked tomato and hemp seed chutneys, sun-dried chickpea leaf, mushroom dry curry, and Nepali black lentil daal.

Shah, who hails from Karjanha, in Siraha district, Nepal is also the executive chef of Saffron Circle UK.

Shah was inspired to take up cooking by his brother,  a chef himself, and moved from Nepal to India at 15 to work as a commis in a five-star restaurant for 10 years.

He then relocated from Gujarat to London 10 years ago where one of his first jobs was at Brasserie Blanc. Shah has been a chef for over 20 years.


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