47, works as a housemaid for a Dubai-based Indian family
I firmly believe that when it comes to food, classic dishes rule. enjoy cooking and do not see it as a chore. I came to know of Foodshala through my employer’s friend who knows how much I enjoy cooking. Then, while flipping through Friday, I saw the golden ticket and decided to give it a go.
For the auditions, I made a Bengali thali (an Indian combo meal) that had eight dishes including rice, Indian breads and fish and vegetable preparations. My dessert, sandesh (a traditional Bengali milk-based sweet), was what the judges really enjoyed.
The judges really loved the food. They said they’d selected me just looking at my food without even tasting it. Gaurav told me, “Looking at your food, the love and effort you’ve put into it is evident and we’re literally tasting it through our eyes.” My employer feared my homemade, simple dish would pale before the elaborate cosmopolitan fare other contestants might bring but when she learnt that I am a finalist she was overjoyed, as was I.