It all started with Top 36, then to Top 16, followed by Top 7, Top 3 and now the winner of MasterChef India - Nayanjyoti Saikia from Assam didn't just win hearts on the show with his simplicity but also due to what a fantastic contestant he turned out to be! After passing through a series of challenges, the final one to be given by Sanjeev Kapoor, Nayanjyoti took home the MasterChef India winner's trophy, along with a cheque of Rs 25 lakh.
After days of battle and search for the best homecook, Nayanjyoti Saikia from Assam bagged the MasterChef India winner's trophy and cash prize of Rs 25 lakh. Santa Sarmah from Assam was declared the first runner-up and Suvarna Bagul from Mumbai was announced the second runner-up. Both received a cheque of Rs 5 lakh, respectively.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor joined the grand finale of MasterChef India along with the judges, Chefs Ranveer Brar, Vikas Khanna and Garima Arora where he judged the 3 finalists in the 'signature three-course meal challenge'. In the ultimate test, Nayanjyoti emerged the winner. He, along with the two runners-up also received medals from the Managing Director of Amul, Mr Jayen Mehta.
For the 'Ultimate Grand Finale', Nayanjyoti chose to present Tinsukia on a plate as a part of the signature three-course meal challenge. He started with curried crab, an Assamese-style duck and ended with a mixed berry sorbet. Be it presenting nostalgia for his hometown on the plate with dishes from Assam or playing to his strength as a baker and presenting scrumptious desserts, Nayanjyoti was loved by the judges and audiences.
Talking about his big win, Nayanjyoti Saikia said, "I had a simple dream and that was to go to MasterChef India and cook, but now I feel like all my goals in life are complete. I did not only go to MasterChef, but I also got the apron and winning this intense food competition feels surreal! I had my self-doubts, but the three judges motivated us so much, especially Chef Vikas who has helped me so much since the day of the auditions."
He further added, "The biggest thing is that my father is the happiest of them all; he was against the idea of seeing me cook but today, this achievement makes it all worth it. The opportunities that this platform has given us is unimaginable – being mentored by the best chefs in the industry, working in state-of-the-art food facilities, in professional kitchens and with ingredients that I had never seen before has made me learn so much."
Winning a title such as MasterChef India is no easy task. About Nayanjyoti Saikia winning the show, Vikas Khanna said, "I still remember the timid Nayanjyoti from Tinsukia who I went to meet in his house. I was so impressed by his vision and creativity and how he can turn food into art. He inspired me through his social media posts and so I decided that he was the right fit for MasterChef India."
Further adding, "Nayanjyoti presented us with dishes that were close to his heart, weaving in ingredients from Assam, that reminded him of his home and that representation made him stand apart from the crowd. He had the ability to adapt, to learn, to transform himself and that is what a true Chef is all about. Nayanjyoti has a very bright future – he is constantly working towards his dream, and I am so grateful to be a part of his journey. All the best to little Nayan, he has miles to go and big congratulations for this win."
Chef Ranveer Brar said, "I think Nayanjyoti Saikia is a very well-deserving home cook. He worked behind the scenes, kept giving this season his best and eventually there was a consistency to the dishes he presented us with. Also, there is honesty, simplicity and purity in his food which made him win the show. This win is sure to inspire young viewers who can look at "being a Chef" as a profession and not just a hobby. This season, the quality of talent that was ushered into the MasterChef Kitchen was quite overwhelming and choosing a winner from amongst such talented cooks was tough but we made the right choice."
Chef Garima Arora shared, "Nayanjyoti deserves all this and more. He came to the kitchen as an amateur home cook and the growth that we have seen in him has been exponential, making him the right choice for this win. He is grounded, he is rooted in the culture of his state and he's willing to learn so I hope this experience will give him the chance to grow. Many congratulations to him and all the very best!"
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