After 11 gruelling weeks of innovative vegetarian cooking and 67 episodes of high-intense drama, 21-year-old Nikita Gandhi, an Indian based in Abu Dhabi, bagged the winner’s golden chef coat and Rs 1 crore on “MasterChef India 4” on Sunday.
Born in Ahmedabad, the young and vibrant food aficionado was chosen as the winner on the basis of viewers’ votes. She pipped Mumbai’s Neha Shah, who walked away with prize money of Rs 10 lakh and a trip for two to London; and the show’s second runner up, Hyderabad-based Bhakti Arora was given Rs 5 lakh.
Elated over her win, Gandhi found the news of her victory hard to assimilate, but she made an emotional point at the finale.
“These four to five months here (in India) thanks to ‘MasterChef’ have made me realise that India is truly my home,” she said, and even thanked channel Star Plus and the show’s three judges — Sanjeev Kapoor, Vikas Khanna and Ranveer Brar — for giving her “a huge platform to portray my culinary talent”.
The trio of judges announced Gandhi as the winner at the finale, calling her a consistent performer throughout the season.
Nikita Gandhi has made greater strides in her career than some even twice her age. A business graduate from the University of Baltimore, entrepreneur, and food blogger is among her numerous titles.
Most recently claiming bragging rights of having her winning dessert featured on the menu of Sanjeev Kapoor’s Signature Lounge in Dubai, Gandhi has proven time and time again that it takes only potent combination of passion and innovation to stand out in the MasterChef kitchen. By being the winner of Masterchef’s Dubai challenge round, she had also received an invitation to participate at the Dubai Food Festival 2016.
The current season of MasterChef India was an all-vegetarian show.
The grand finale featured lively performances by Gurmeet Chaudhary, Debina Bonnerjee, and “MasterChef India 3” winner Ripudaman Handa along with Shivangi.
Bollywood actors Kangana Ranaut, R. Madhavan, Preity Zinta, choreographer Marzi Pestonji and author Chetan Bhagat, judges of the forthcoming reality show “Nach Baliye”, paying a visit on the set of “MasterChef India 4”.
Besides this, the eliminated contestants also came back on the show for the one last time and were seen cheering the three finalists.