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MasterChef India is an Indian competitive cooking show based on the original British MasterChef. It airs on Star Plus. It began airing in 2010.
MasterChef India 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 places.
The semi-finalists then compete in several challenges which test their food knowledge and preparation skills. In Season 1 and 2, the top 50 competed until 12 were left, with the final 12 progressing to the main stage of the show. The winner competes for a prize that includes their own cookery show, the chance to have their own cookbook published, and ₹ 10,000,000 in cash.
Season 1 (2010)
Season 1 of the show started airing on STAR Plus Saturday and Sunday evenings. The first episode aired on 16 October 2010, and the season one finale was broadcast on 25 December 2010. The first winner of MasterChef India was Pankaj Bhadouria, a 38-year-old teacher from Lucknow. Season 1 was hosted by actor Akshay Kumar who worked as a chef in Bangkok before his acting career, along with chef Ajay Chopra who is working as an executive chef at Goa Marriott Resort, and chef Kunal Kapur an executive chef at Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon.
Season 2 (2011/12)
Season 2 of MasterChef India premiered on 22 October 2011. The second season aired on every Saturday and Sunday evenings and was hosted by chef Vikas Khanna with Ajay Chopra and Kunal Kapur as judges. On 1 January 2012 Shipra Khanna from Shimla Nita Mehta also participated in the program. Chef Kunal Kapur was invited to MasterChef USA Season 2 as a guest judge in the semifinal.
Shipra Khanna was the winner in the second season of MasterChef India.
Season 3 (2013)
The third season premiered on 11 March 2013 on Star Plus. Chef Vikas Khanna and Kunal Kapur however Chef Sanjeev Kapoor replaced Chef Ajay Chopra. Ripudaman Handa was declared the winner of this season.
Season 4 (2015)
The fourth season premiered on Star Plus on 26 January 2015. Chefs Vikas Khanna, and Sanjeev Kapoor remained judges from the previous Season, while Ranveer Brar replaced Kunal Kapur.
Finalists Nikita Gandhi became the winner, with Neha Deepak Shah as first runner-up, and Bhakti Arora as second runner up.
Season 5 (2016)
The auditions for the fifth season of MasterChef India began from June 5, 2016, with the first auditions taking place in Kolkata on June 5. The auditions in New Delhi will take place on June 18 & 19 and in Mumbai on June 25 & 26, 2016 respectively. There will be auditions taking place outside India too, with the first auditions taking place in London on July 2 and in Dubai on July 8.
MasterChef India 2016 is being premiered on 1st October 2016. In 5th season judges are Vikas Khanna, Kunal Kapoor, and Zorawar Karla. Kriti Bhoutika is first finalist of MasterChef India. Aashima Arora is the second finalist of MasterChef India. Dinesh Patel is third finalist of MasterChef India. Mirvaan Vinayak is fourth finalist of MasterChef India. Kirti and Aashima cleared the semifinal and became the finalists of Masterchef India Season 5. Kirti wins this season.Kirti Bhoutika is the winner of MasterChef India 5.
Kirti Bhoutika is winner of season 5 MasterChef India
Junior MasterChef India
India's own Junior MasterChef started on 17 August 2013 and aired on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 pm IST. It was called Junior Masterchef Swaad Ke Ustaad. The winner of the show was Sartak Bharatwaj with Sakshi Triphathi as the 1st runner up and Emmanuel Chauhan as 2nd runner up.