MasterChef India (season 1)
|MasterChef India (Season 1)|
Chef Ajay Chopra
Chef Kunal Kapur
|Opening theme||Tasty Dish, Warna Game Finish!|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of episodes||Total 20|
|Camera setup||multi camera|
|Running time||1 hour|
|Original channel||STAR Plus|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Original run||16 October 2010 – 25 December 2010|
|Followed by||MasterChef India (season 2)|
Season 1 of show started airing on STAR Plus from on every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 PM IST. 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, She runs cookery show on Star Plus. Season 1 Was hosted by Actor Akshay kumar who worked as a chef in Bangkok previous to his acting career, along with chef Ajay Chopra who is working as an Executive Chef at Goa Marriott Resort, Goa, and chef Kunal Kapur an Executive Chef at Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon.
on 25 December 2010
|Jayanandan Bhaskar||31||Lucknow||stall chef||Runner-Up
on 25 December 2010
|Radhicka Agarwaal||28||Dehradun||Event Manager||Third Place
on 25 December 2010
|Joe Baath||42||Delhi||TV Show host||Eliminated 19 December 2010|
|Kandla Nijhowne||54||Chandigarh||Food Columnist||Eliminated 19 December 2010|
|Zebi Zubair||28||Lucknow||Homemaker||Eliminated 12 December 2010|
|Smita Dugar||38||Hyderabad||Artist||Eliminated 5 December 2010|
|Sweta Pareekh||28||Jaipur||Banker||Eliminated 28 November 2010|
|Ankita Chakravorty||19||Noida||Student||Eliminated 28 November 2010|
|Pritesh Chothani||28||Mumbai||Asst. Manager||Eliminated 14 November 2010|
|Parul Sukhwani||23||Indore||Radio Jockey||Eliminated 7 November 2010|
|Archana Chouhan||39||Meerut||Homemaker||Eliminated 31 October 2010|
- Akshay Kumar, An Actor who worked as a chef in Bangkok previous to his acting career.
- Ajay Chopra, An Executive Chef at Goa Marriott Resort, Goa.
- Kunal Kapur, An Executive Chef at Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon.
- Aishwarya Rai.
- Chef Rohit Gambhir.
- Chef Manu Chandra.
- Katrina Kaif.
- Farah Khan.
- Sriji Arvind Singhji.
- Rishi Kapoor & Randhir Kapoor.
Episode 1: Fight for the 40 aprons!
Akshay Kumar introduces the other two judges, Ajay Chopra and Kunal Kapur, to the participants. The first contestant, Prableen Kaur, prepares Shahi Hariyali Gosht. Akshay, Ajay and Kunal love the Banarasi Kemami Sewai made by Zebi Zubair. She is taken to the next round. Jaya Nandan Bhaskar prepares his own innovative dish, Spinach Banana. Priyanka Bhatia prepares Bhannu Chicken with a special masala. A huge fan of Akshay, Sonu Tandon, comes as a contestant and is elated to meet him. Kundan Singh Rajput begs for an opportunity. Ajay gives him one only because of Akshay'a request. An angry contestant meets the judges and tells them how her number was skipped and she's been waiting since 3 days.
Episode 2: The final 40
Gurpreet Kaur prepares Mutton Achari and feeds the three judges with her own hands. The judges are amused by the dish made by Charanjit Singh. Sanjay Sharma specialises in making dishes of egg. Suchitra Dwivedi is going through a struggling period at home. She feels MasterChef India will prove good for her. Smitha Duggar prepares Kofta Biryani for the judges and tells them that she is a pure vegetarian. A fan of Akshay gifts him a Kirpan out of respect. The 40 contestants for the bootcamp level are selected. Akshay informs them about the next level.
Episode 3: Khiladi Sizzler
The 40 contestants are welcomed to the boocamp round. The chefs explain the technique of slicing and dicing the onions, which is the first task of the contestants. The contestants are stunned to see the next process of making Malabari Paranthas. The next task is to prepare a perfect 70mm dosa. 10 contestants are chosen to take the maha-challenge where they have to fight with Akki's dish. Akki brings his own invention, Khiladi Sizzler. He teaches the contestants to prepare the dish - Khiladi Sizzler. They are given an hour's time to make it. Akshay tastes each and every one of the dishes. 5 contestants make it directly to the MasterChef Kitchen.
Episode 4: The Final 12!
The first task of the day is Taste Test. The contestants have to taste the dish and name the ingredients of it. The taste buds of the contestants are put to test. The eliminations begin. The remaining 25 contestants will have to face the next challenge - the invention test. The contestants have to invent a dish whose basic ingredient will be paneer. The judges will taste only 12 dishes. The final 12 contestants are selected who will enter the MasterChef kitchen.
Episode 6: Highlights from Episode 6
Pritesh, Joe, Radhika and Ankita go on to the next level. The remaining four contestants are asked to taste a special biryani made by Ajay and Kunal and replicate it. All of them are unable to prepare the biryani on time. They are given 20 minutes’ extra time. Zebi gets emotional when Akshay appreciates her biryani. Shweta's dish is criticised, while Jayanandan's is appreciated. Archana's biryani is also criticised. Zebi and Jayanandan are declared safe. Archana is eliminated.
Episode 7: Starting from scratch
Akshay Kumar clears the pantry entirely. The contestants are asked to start from scratch. The winners of the previous week are asked to choose any two other members to join their team. They choose Jayanandan and Radhika. Two teams are formed - the winners constitute the blue team while the others constitute the red team. Pankaj is selected as the captain of the blue team, while Joe for the red team. Each team is presented with some knives, each of which has a number written on it. The captains are asked to select three knives each. The total of the numbers on the knives would be the team's budget to purchase their ingredients. Each team is given 10 minutes to decide the ingredients and the menu. Two people from each team go for shopping. The members of the blue team arrive first and are given 10 extra minutes for cooking their dishes. The judges express their opinions about the dishes prepared by both teams. Team Red is happy that the judges liked the food that they had prepared. Team Blue is disappointed as the judges do not appreciate their dishes. Team Red is declared the winner, and they are announced to be safe for the next one week.
Episode 8: Aishwarya Rai on Masterchef!
The participants are excited about Aishwarya Rai's impending visit. They are happy to receive retro aprons as a gift from Aishwarya. The participants are asked to taste a dish called Rasgulla Blackforest Cake, and they are required to prepare it. Smita breaks down when she meets with a failed attempt at making the rasgullas. The judges encourage her, and she starts afresh. The participants get frustrated with little difficulties in making the cakes. The cakes finally get ready. The judges taste the cakes prepared by everyone and give their comments. Kandla and Parul are selected in the Bottom Two. The contestants are happy to see Aishwarya Rai arriving on the show. Aishwarya enjoys interacting with the contestants. Aishwarya tastes Radhika's cake and likes it a lot. Kandla and Parul are asked to taste a soup and name the ingredients used in it. Parul tastes the dish and starts naming the ingredients. Parul and Kandla name the ingredients turn by turn. Akshay declares that the first person to name a wrong ingredient would be eliminated. Parul names a wrong ingredient and is eliminated. Akshay and Aishwarya present Parul with some goodies. Parul leaves the show.
Episode 9: The Dhaba Challenge
The contestants are taken to a Dhaba for their next task. Ajay and Kunal explain to the teams that they will have to feed 50 hungry truck drivers, within a limited time. Akshay is disguised as a worker who works really slowly. The teams get irritated due to his slow responses. Kunal and Ajay check what the contestants are making. Akshay makes the job of the contestants tough.
Ajay and Kunal are stunned and proud to see the level of confidence in both the teams. The judges remind the teams about their time limit. The teams start serving the customers. The judgement time is here. Guggi reveals that the slow worker was Akshay. Akshay talks about the dishes made by both the teams. The blue team wins again and is safe. One member from the red team will be eliminated in the next episode.
Episode 10: Children's Day Special
The episode is children's day special. The contestants get emotional thinking about their childhood and families. The contestants start preparing the dishes which remind them of their childhood. Radhicka's fruit tart is loved and praised by the judges. Pritesh's dish is termed to be the weakest performance. Kandla, Smita and Pritesh are in the danger zone. They are subject to invention test where their main ingredient is Oats. The dish will be judged by 5 kids. The three contestants start preparing their innovative dishes. The kids taste dishes made by the contestants and prepare their report cards. Smita is safe, while Pritesh and Kandla are in the danger zone. Their dishes will be tasted by the judges. Pritesh is eliminated while Kandla is safe.
Episode 11: Randhir and Rishi Kapoor are delighted
Kunal and Ajay lead the two teams(blue and red). They will be cooking for Randhir and Rishi Kapoor. The two teams announce their theme and menu for the day. Randhir and Rishi introduce the Golden Apron. Akshay takes the teams through the rules and regulations. The two teams prepare the dishes with the help and support of the Chefs. The starters are served to the guests by both the teams. The teams gear up to serve the main course. The main course is served and the desserts are being cooked. The guests are very happy with the desserts made by both the teams. They ask Kunal and Ajay about the hard workers of their respective teams. The Red Team wins and Radhicka gets the Golden Apron.
Episode 12: Rajbhog challenge at Udaipur
The contestants are taken to Udaipur for the Rajbhog challenge. One team will have two contestants this time. Akshay introduces His Highness Maharaja Arvind Singh to the contestants. They will be given a day's time to decide the menu. The favourite recipe will be recorded in the history of the palace. The participants are invited for a Shahi Daawat on the same night. The next day, the judges explain the rules of the challenge. Sweta is teamed up with Joe. She acts stubborn in cooking a dish and Joe reminds her that they're running out of time. As the time is running out, the teams gear up for their last minute preparations. Smita-Kandla and Jayanandan-Pankaj's plates are chosen to be sent to His Highness. His Highness tastes the dishes chosen. He praises as well as points out the flaws in the dishes. His Highness declares Smita and Kandla to be the safe team.
Episode 13: Competing with Chef Manu Chandra
The unsafe contestants will have to compete against celebrity chef Manu Chandra. The contestants struggle to keep up with Manu's pace. Everybody is under stress. Chef Manu announces Zebi to be the winner. She is safe. The remaining contestants will go through three stages to make themselves safe. The participants have to prepare Rumali Roti. Jayanandan is safe in the first round. The remaining participants have to prepare Macroons, which is a type of cookie. The final stage is to decorate a cup cake. Joe and Pankaj were safe and Ankita was eliminated.
Episode 14: Surprise for contestants
Akshay greets the super 7. He has a surprise in store for them. Everybody gets emotional as well as happy to see their family. Joe's family is not called. Joe is disappointed as Akshay starts talking about the next task. For the innovation test, the core ingredient is brinjal. The contestants prepare their dishes with love. The dishes will be served to the judges and the families. The dishes are served to the families of the contestants, but the contestants are asked to wait in the lounge. Some of the family members were able to recognise the dishes prepared by their family member. Kandla, Radhicka and Zebi are the top scorers and are safe.
Episode 15: Taste Test, Smita eliminated
The participants have to compete with Chef Rohit Gambhir. Chef Rohit is disappointed with Smita as she is going ahead with the recipe and is not following the instructions. Joe's dish is tasted first. A serious mistake appears as Chef Rohit gets the bone of the fish. The judges taste the dishes prepared by the contestants. Pankaj and Joe are safe. Jayanandan and Smita go for the next round of elimination. Smita and Jayanandan face the taste test. They have to name the ingredients of the dish Guncha-e-Bahar, which has 24 ingredients. Jayanandan and Smita name the ingredients turn by turn. Smita names a wrong ingredient and is eliminated.
Episode 16: Pankaj and Joe – First semi finalists
he contestants will be working in pairs today. Zebi has an argument with the others over this. The theme for the day is Oriental. The contestants are shocked to see a pasta/noodle making machine in the Mystery Box. The contestants are allowed to pick up only 8 ingredients for their dishes. The next shock comes in when the cooking counters are exchanged and the contestants will have to prepare dishes according to other ingredients. The participants begin from scratch, that is making noodles. The contestants are ready with their dishes. They are given the next shock, when the judges tell them that only 2 dishes will be tasted and one dish will be disqualified by the contestants themselves. Each pair tastes the other two dishes not prepared by them. Akshay reads out the marks. Zebi and Kandla's dish gets the lowest marks and hence is disqualified. The judges taste the other two dishes. Pankaj and Joe are the first semi finalists. They get Akshay's first tip ever in Bangkok, which was also Akshay's lucky currency note.
Episode 17: Kunal’s challenge, Zebi eliminated
Today's challenge will be tougher for the contestants. Later, Akshay teases Pankaj. Akshay asks Zebi to mimic the judges. Everybody has fun. The contestants are stunned to know that Chef Kunal has challenged them and also to see the Tropical Fruit Ghevar Cake. The contestants start making the batter for Ghevar. Akshay realises that Zebi is lagging behind and helps her. Zebi's ghevar starts breaking. She is worried about her task. The time limit is over and the contestants are ready with their cake. Radhicka's cake is loved by the judges and she enters the list of Top 5. Jayanandan's cake is better than that of Kandla's. He makes it to the Top 5 as well. Kandla makes it to the Top 5. Everybody gets emotional to see Zebi leaving. Akshay promises to change the life of one contestant next week amongst the Top 5.
Episode 18: Pankaj – the first finalist
The contestants are stunned when Akshay tells them about their next challenge. They have to prepare meals in TajSats Kitchen for an international flight. The participants have to choose their trolley and find out what cuisine they have to cook. Ajay and Kunal find out what the contestants are cooking and give them instructions accordingly. The contestants rush for packing their food as the time limit is coming to an end. Kandla gets nervous while packing and drops a few of her trays. She is the last one to reach the judges and hence her dish is disqualified, which means it will not be tasted. The judges taste the Punjabi and Chettinad cuisine made by Joe and Jayanandan respectively. Pankaj's Bengali dishes and Radhicka's Maharashtrian dishes are tasted as well. Pankaj's dishes are chosen to be sent in the flight. She becomes the first finalist and gets a Chef coat.
Episode 19: Kandla and Joe – Eliminated
As a salute to the contestants, the judges prepare the best dishes of the contestants. Akshay gives a cook book to each contestant which is their own. He asks them to write the recipe of their signature dish on the first page. Cooking that dish is the task of the day. Kunal and Ajay are very happy to see the confidence of the contestants. Pankaj stands with the judges wearing the Chef Coat. The time limit for the contestants is over. The judges start tasting the dishes. The three of them are silent after tasting Radhicka's dish. Radhicka is relieved and excited when Akshay gives her a Chef Coat. Kandla is eliminated first. Joe is eliminated. The 3 finalists will face each other at the grand finale.
Episode 20: Pankaj is the MasterChef, Jayanandan gets appointed
The three finalists are brought in the MasterChef Kitchen. Akshay tells them that there are surprises lined ahead. The finalists face one of the toughest challenges from the best pastry Chef in the country, Avijit Ghosh. The tension of the finalists is visible. Pankaj commits a mistake in the simplest of steps. Chef Avijit and Chef Kunal give tips to the finalists and ask them to rush. The most difficult part of the task is to get the croquemboche out of the mould in the right manner. The time limit is over and Radhicka is unable to finish her presentation. Pankaj's dish is tasted by the four judges and is very well praised. Before passing the judgement, Akshay surprises the finalists by bringing in their family members. Radhicka does not make it to the top 2. She is still happy to achieve the title of a Chef. For the next task, Farah Khan will also be one of the judges. Everybody is excited as Katrina Kaif, Raghu and Rajeev are called as guests. Akshay and Katrina end up challenging each other. Katrina and Akshay are to prepare a Spanish omelette. Akshay tricks Katrina and pours a bowl of salt in the mixture. The final task for Pankaj and Jayanandan is to use Amul Gouda Cheese as their core ingredient. The judges are happy with the amount of work and innovation Pankaj and Jayanandan have come up with. The judges taste the dishes made by the finalists and discuss it. Farah withdraws as a judge as she feels both are MasterChefs for her. Akshay, Kunal and Ajay cast their vote as a form of judgement. The judges take the voting box in front of a live audience to announce the winner. Out of 3 votes, 1 is in favour of Jayanandan while 1 is in Pankaj's favour. Pankaj is India's first Masterchef. Jayanandan gets an appointment from Hotel Leela Kempinski.
- "Masterchef starts now".
- "Pankaj Bhadouria".
- "Khiladi Akshay returns to his roots".
- "Meet the 12 finalists of MasterChef India".
- MasterChef India Profiles, List as given in the official site.
- "Pankaj is the first Master Chef India".
- "MasterChef India got me fame and name".
- "Mini celeb Kandla".
- http://www.zebizubair.com. Missing or empty
- "Smita Dugar: Akshay and I will have a sweet conversation".
- "Ankita Chakravorty gets candid".
- "Pritesh Chothani fears cooking South Indian dishes".
- "Archana Chouhan: Akshay Kumar loved my Thai sizzler".
- "Akshay Kumar's cooking days".
- "Ajay Chopra on the hot seat".
- "Cooking isn't a glorified profession".
- "Rapid fire with Akshay-Aishwarya".
- "Chef Rohit Gambhir judges the contestants".
- "Chef Manu Chandra surprises the contestants".
- "Akshay and Katrina compete for the title of MasterChef!".
- "Akshay Kumar invited Farah Khan and Katrina Kaif".
- "Contestants take on a ‘royal’ challenge".
- "Contestants prepare a fabulous spread for some special guests".
- "Contestants prepare for a Dhaba challenge".