A Masterchef Competition at Home

So I’m a big fan of Masterchef Australia. It is the only thing that I sit down to watch on TV religiously. Sometime in the beginning of November, I was watching an episode trying to ignore the ‘I’m going to kill you first, no I am’ games that my 7 year old was playing with his 14 year old brother. My sister-in-law was visiting and we had this brainwave that we should hold a similar competition at home. Then although we had the brainwave together, I ended up doing all the work for it. But it didn’t matter. It was such fun!

We sent off a message to the family group (Thank God for Whatsapp) and then I started bullying people to participate. And I mean actual bullying. We got people to sign up, told them that they had to make one savoury dish and one dessert and bring to my mother’s place where they would be judged as well.

I ran around organizing name cards for the dish and the judges (I chose food lovers from three generations) were to write their scores inside the cards. I ordered certificates from Printo (which unfortunately came after the competition got over) and then even went and got prizes for the winners and participants. Whew. And in the midst of this all, I was also busy going over the final proofs of More than Just Biryani.

So, on the day of the competition I told my husband there was no way I was making breakfast since I had to make the dishes for the competition. Hee. So he went and bought idli vadais for us all. I was making chicken satay and gulab jamun cheesecake. And boy, did I slog over it . Here are some pics from the competition. Go ahead, cover your keyboard or phone with a towel and drool.

Chicken Satay

Chicken Shaslik

Gulab Jamun Cheesecake

Posto Chingri, Arab ka Meetha and a Yummy Chicken Salad
Posto Chingri, Arab ka Meetha and a Yummy Chicken Salad

Will post pictures of the winning dishes very soon. As soon as I bully them out of the winners.


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