MasterChef India

Guwahati, April 01: Assam’s Nayanjyoti Saikia has been declared the winner of MasterChef India, the popular cooking reality show that challenged home cooks with delectable tasks over 13 weeks.

Judges Ranveer Brar, Vikas Khanna, and Garima Arora praised Saikia’s skills and declared him a deserving winner of the title. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor joined the judges for the Grand Finale, where the finalists were judged in the “signature three-course meal challenge.

Ashok Singhal, Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs and Irrigation congratulates Nayanjyoti Saikia and said Congratulations to Assam lad Nayanjyoti Saikia, for winning the #MasterChefIndia title! Your culinary skills have made our State proud. Keep shining and inspiring many more aspiring chefs. Best wishes!”

Saikia won the coveted trophy of MasterChef India along with a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh and a golden chef’s coat. Santa Sarmah from Assam was declared the first runner-up, and Suvarna Bagul from Mumbai was declared the second runner-up. Each runner-up received a cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs and a medal from Jayen Mehta.

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Saikia’s journey to the top began with being selected for the Top 36 and then being the first to be selected for the Top 16. He impressed the judges by presenting dishes that represented his hometown, Assam, and playing to his strength as a baker to create scrumptious desserts.

After winning the title, Saikia shared his excitement and gratitude for the opportunities that MasterChef India had given him, including mentoring by the best chefs in the industry and working with state-of-the-art facilities and ingredients he had never seen before.

The judges praised Saikia for his growth as an amateur home cook, his honesty, simplicity, and purity in his food, and his ability to adapt, learn, and transform himself.

They also highlighted the overwhelming quality of talent in this season’s MasterChef India and how Saikia’s win could inspire young viewers to consider being a chef as a profession rather than a hobby.

Chef Vikas Khanna recalled his visit to Saikia’s house in Tinsukia, where he was impressed by Saikia’s vision, creativity, and ability to turn food into art. Chef Garima Arora congratulated Saikia on his win and praised his groundedness, roots in Assamese culture, and willingness to learn.

Saikia’s win is a remarkable achievement that showcases the talent and passion of home cooks in India. His journey to the top of MasterChef India is a testament to hard work, perseverance, and dedication.