Armed with nothing but their raw talent, the Foodshala finalists prepare to battle it out in the kitchen
The finalists are revealed, plus the judges’ recipes.
T hey’ve been whittled down from the 400-plus contestants who auditioned for
Foodshala – the hottest TV reality show in the Middle East – and now the final 12 are battling it out in the kitchen. With prizes worth more than Dh30,000 and the coveted title at stake, Friday caught up with 11 of the final dozen to discover how they’re coping with the heat in the kitchen. Let the food wars commence!
46, a financial accountant based in sharjah
I ’m not much of TV person and had never seen any of the previous seasons of Foodshala but my kids, Amy, 18, Hannah, 15, and Aaron, 11, read about it in Friday and suggested I audition. They love my cooking and have been encouraging me to participate in cookery contests. I took along Friday’s golden ticket to fast-track me, so I was the third contestant.
I made a cabbage roll stew that was a variation of a traditional Keralite dish called ishtu. At the auditions, Chef Alexio Pasquali put me at ease with his kind words and once Chef Akshay Nayyar tasted my dish, he stood up and shook my hand. I was very pleased and it was a validation of my culinary skills.
Cooking is a real passion for me and it’s something I don’t take lightly. Although I have a career, I enjoy cooking for friends every weekend.
One piece of advice about food that I cherish was given to me by my grandmom. She said, “If you cook with love and without burning the dish, your food will be nothing short of excellent.” It’s something I firmly believe in and would like to share with others.