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MasterChef India: Nayanjyoti Saikia from Assam takes trophy, cash prize money home 

MasterChef India: It all started with Top 36, followed by Top 16, Top 7, Top 3 and now the winner of MasterChef India – Nayanjyoti Saikia from Assam, who won millions of hearts with his amazing performance and also for his simplicity. After completing a series of challenges, Sanjeev Kapoor’s latest addition, Nayanjyoti, lift the MasterChef India winning trophy along with a cheque of Rs 25 lakh. 

Nayanjyoti Saikia wins MasterChef India Title

After spending days finding the best home cook, Nayanjyoti Saikia from Assam won the MasterChef India trophy and a prize of Rs 25 lakh. Santa Sarmah from Assam was ranked first runner-up, and Suvarna Bagul from Mumbai was ranked second runner-up. Both received a 5 lakh rupee cheque.

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor attended the Grand Finale of MasterChef India alongside judges Ranveer Brar, Vikas Khanna and Garima Arora. Nayanjyoti emerges victorious from the ultimate test. Along with the two runners-up, he also received a medal from the Managing Director of Amul, Mr Jayen Mehta.

For the ‘Ultimate Grand Finale,’ Nayanjyoti decided to plate tinsukia as part of the signature three-course meal challenge. 

What Nayanjyoti Saikia said? 

While talking about his win, Nayanjyoti Saikia told a media outlet, “I had a simple dream and that was to go to MasterChef India and cook, but now I feel like all my goals in life are complete. I did not only go to MasterChef, but I also got the apron and winning this intense food competition feels surreal! I had my self-doubts, but the three judges motivated us so much, especially Chef Vikas who has helped me so much since the day of the auditions.”

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He further added, “The biggest thing is that my father is the happiest of them all; he was against the idea of seeing me cook but today, this achievement makes it all worth it. The opportunities that this platform has given us is unimaginable – being mentored by the best chefs in the industry, working in state-of-the-art food facilities, in professional kitchens and with ingredients that I had never seen before has made me learn so much.”

What do judges have to say about Nayanjyoti?

While talking about Nayanjyoti’s win, MasterChef judge Vikas Khanna told a media outlet, “I still remember the timid Nayanjyoti from Tinsukia who I went to meet in his house. I was so impressed by his vision and creativity and how he can turn food into art. He inspired me through his social media posts and so I decided that he was the right fit for MasterChef India.”

“Nayanjyoti presented us with dishes that were close to his heart, weaving in ingredients from Assam, that reminded him of his home and that representation made him stand apart from the crowd. He had the ability to adapt, to learn, to transform himself and that is what a true Chef is all about. Nayanjyoti has a very bright future – he is constantly working towards his dream, and I am so grateful to be a part of his journey. All the best to little Nayan, he has miles to go and big congratulations for this win,” he further added. 

Chef Ranveer Brar said, “I think Nayanjyoti Saikia is a very well-deserving home cook. He worked behind the scenes, kept giving this season his best and eventually there was a consistency to the dishes he presented us with. Also, there is honesty, simplicity and purity in his food which made him win the show. This win is sure to inspire young viewers who can look at “being a Chef” as a profession and not just a hobby. This season, the quality of talent that was ushered into the MasterChef Kitchen was quite overwhelming and choosing a winner from amongst such talented cooks was tough but we made the right choice.”

Chef Garima Arora shared, “Nayanjyoti deserves all this and more. He came to the kitchen as an amateur home cook and the growth that we have seen in him has been exponential, making him the right choice for this win. He is grounded, he is rooted in the culture of his state and he’s willing to learn so I hope this experience will give him the chance to grow. Many congratulations to him and all the very best!”

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