This year, the show has got Chefs Vikas Khanna and Kunal Kapur back together on the judges’ panel, along with Chef Zorawar Kalra. The earlier season featured Chefs Vikas Khanna and Sanjeev Kapoor along with Chef Ranveer Brar.
The initial rounds consist of a large number of contestants from across India, individually auditioning by presenting a dish before the three judges to gain one of 50 semi-final spots. The semi-finalists then compete to gain a spot in Top 12, showcasing there food knowledge and preparation skills. The 12 chefs further compete for the title and to have their own cookery show, the chance to have their own cook book published, and a cash prize. Last year, Nikita Gandhi became the winner, with Neha Deepak Shah as the first runner-up, and Bhakti Arora as the second runner-up.
MasterChef India is an Indian cooking reality show, based on the original British MasterChef. It started in India with its first season in 2010, hosted by the Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Since then, both the chefs, Vikas and Kunal have become an integral part of the show.
This season, restauranteur and food lover Zorawar Kalra, joins the duo as the third judge. We asked what Zorawar will bring to the show, and Kunal replied, “Zorawar brings in the common man perspective. His restaurants are very popular with the aam-admi. I think his voice is the voice of a common, who wants to eat a good food.”