Mad­hyama Naswa

Friday - - FOODSHALA -

23, stu­dent at Wol­lon­gong Univer­sity, Dubai

F usion cook­ing is my forte and I hate pre­par­ing ev­ery­day dal chawal (rice and lentils). I love be­ing ad­ven­tur­ous while cook­ing – play­ing around with tastes, try­ing out lit­tle-known recipes...

When­ever I cook, I try to make it a point to in­tro­duce new and dif­fer­ent flavours into my dishes be­cause I be­lieve it’ll give me an edge over oth­ers. That was the rea­son I de­cided on a chilli choco­late gin­ger tart and shahi me­thi (rich fenu­greek sauce) chicken tart as my au­di­tion dishes.

I was re­ally ner­vous when pre­par­ing them as it was the first time that I was putting my food up in a con­test. But the mo­ment I heard the judges’ feed­back, I was sure I’d be a fi­nal­ist.

My fam­ily has al­ways en­cour­aged me with my cook­ing but they never imag­ined I’d make it to a TV show. My dad is su­per-ex­cited and he now wants to in­vest in a restau­rant. As for my friends, they are say­ing, “Let’s go to Mad­die’s house for lunch.”

I’d like to use food to teach people about dif­fer­ent cul­tures and help bring people to­gether.

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