MasterChef India

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MasterChef India
Based onMasterChef
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes231
Running time46-48 minutes
Production company(s)Endemol Shine India
Original networkStar Plus
Original release16 October 2010 –
Related showsJunior Masterchef Swaad Ke Ustaad

MasterChef India is an Indian competitive cooking reality show based on MasterChef Australia.[1] Produced by Endemol Shine, it premiered on 16 October 2010 on Star Plus.[2]


MasterChef India initial rounds consist of many 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 Judges No. of episodes First Aired Last Aired Winner
1 Akshay Kumar
Kunal Kapur
Ajay Chopra
21 16 October 2010 25 December 2010 Pankaj Bhadouria
2 Vikas Khanna
Kunal Kapur
Ajay Chopra
22 22 October 2011 1 January 2012 Shipra Khanna
3 Vikas Khanna
Kunal Kapur
Sanjeev Kapoor
70 11 March 2013 9 June 2013 Ripu Daman Handa
4 Vikas Khanna
Sanjeev Kapoor
Ranveer Brar
67 26 January 2015 12 April 2015 Nikita Gandhi
5 Vikas Khanna
Kunal Kapur
Zorawar Kalra
26 1 October 2016 25 December 2016 Kirti Bhoutika
6 Vikas Khanna
Ranveer Brar
Vineet Bhatia
25 7 December 2019 1 March 2020 Abinas Nayak

Season 1[edit]

MasterChef India 1 aired from 16 October 2010 to 25 December 2010 on Star Plus.[3] Hosted by Akshay Kumar, Kunal Kapur and Ajay Chopra, it was won by Pankaj Bhadouria.

Season 2[edit]

MasterChef India 2 aired from 22 October 2011 to 1 January 2012 on Star Plus. Hosted by Vikas Khanna, Kunal Kapur and Ajay Chopra, it was won by Shipra Khanna.[4] Nita Mehta also participated in the program.[5][6]

Season 3[edit]

MasterChef India 3 aired from 11 March 2013 to 9 June 2013 on Star Plus.[7] Hosted by Vikas Khanna, Kunal Kapur and Sanjeev Kapoor, it was won by Ripu Daman Handa.[7][8]

Season 4[edit]

MasterChef India 4 aired from 26 January 2015 to 12 April 2015 on Star Plus. For the first time in the history of MasterChef, a pure vegetarian format was introduced. Hosted by Sanjeev Kapoor, Vikas Khanna and Ranveer Brar, it was won by Nikita Gandhi.[9][10]

Season 5[edit]

MasterChef India 5 aired from 1 October 2016 to 25 December 2016 on Star Plus.[11] Hosted by Vikas Khanna, Kunal Kapur and Zorawar Kalra. Kirti Bhoutika won the competition, with Ashima Arora finishing in the second place.

Season 6[edit]

MasterChef India 6 aired from 7 December 2019 to 1 March 2020 on Star Plus. Hosted by Vikas Khanna, Ranveer Brar and Vineet Bhatia. The winner was Abinas Nayak from Berhampur, Odisha, with Oindrila Bala as the runner-up.

Junior MasterChef India[edit]

Junior MasterChef India aired from 17 August 2013 to 2 November 2013 on Star Plus. Titled Junior Masterchef Swaad Ke Ustaad, it was won by Sarthak Bhardwaj.


  1. ^ "MasterChef India Timings, Judges, Launch Date | All You Need To Know About Season 6". Republic World.
  2. ^ "Endemol Shine Group's MasterChef returns to India".
  3. ^ "Masterchef starts now".
  4. ^ "Shipra Khanna wins Master Chef 2". The Times Of India. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Nita Mehta on MasterChef".
  6. ^ "'MasterChef 2' has helped me reclaim my life: Shipra Khanna – Times Of India". 2 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  7. ^ a b 'Nach Baliye contestants on MasterChef'
  8. ^ My Dream is Too Cook for Gordon Ramsay, says
  9. ^ "'MasterChef India 4' judges to turn into singers for finale". The Times of India. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Nikita Gandhi Wins 'Masterchef India Season 4'; Fans Congratulate Her". 12 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  11. ^ "A short order full of flavour". The Hindu.

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