31, sales man­ager at Al Za­rooni Group, Dubai

Friday - - FOODSHALA -

L ast year I au­di­tioned for

Food­shala but didn’t make it past the first round. So this time I came with a lot more de­ter­mi­na­tion... and I in­tend to stick around and win.

I pre­pared a dish called bad­maza chicken, which means taste­less chicken, in Hindi. When I men­tioned my plan to some of my friends, they laughed their heads off. “Are you sure?” they asked me, but I was. I de­cided to use in­gre­di­ents that aren’t usu­ally in chicken dishes, such as white pep­per.

What hap­pened at the au­di­tion was in­ter­est­ing – the mo­ment the judges tasted it, they said it was very bad. I was crest­fallen and was about to leave the room when they called me back, say­ing they were only kid­ding and that it was de­li­cious. I was so re­lieved and ex­cited I al­most jumped up and down on the spot.

Be­fore, my mother didn’t con­sider me a good cook, but now she’s con­vinced I’m a star. One of the best things about the show is that I made a lot of friends. That was nice.

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