MasterChef India has been the biggest platform for the new upcoming cooks and food magicians. For the first time in the international cooking show history, the fourth season of Masterchef India came up with all-vegetarian concepts, which gave a lot of people to catch up with their dreams. In Masterchef India, the contestants compete for a prize that includes their own coockery show and a chance to publish their own cookbook. Excerpts from interviews with two of the final 12:

Vijay Sharma

An electrician by profession cooking food is Vijay Sharma’s passion. It was after a long wait of three years that he participated in MasterChef Season 4.

"I always wanted to do something new and different and improvise the dhaba, but due to family circumstances I could not get into the dhaba business and continued my profession as an electrician to support my family," Sharma stated.

How did MasterChef India-4 happen?

MasterChef India-4 is a dream come true. After a long wait of three years I finally participated in this season and I am extremely lucky that I reached the top-12 of this season. This season being an all vegetarian concept, gave me a golden chance to prove myself. I have been a big fan of MasterChef India since its inception. I gave my audtions in Delhi and it’s been a great journey to reach here.

Tell us something about your career.

I am an electrician by profession but cooking s my love. I come from a small village, Baloda Bazar, near Raipur, Chattisgarh. I live in a joint family with my parents, two younger brothers, my wife and a son. My father runs a dhaba and I always tried to cook there since childhood. I always wanted to do something new and different and improvise the dhaba, but due to family circumstances I could not get into the dhaba business and continued my profession as an electrician to support my family. My wife motivated me to participate in MasterChef and my dream is to launch new vegetarian dishes in my restaurant and attract non-vegetarians too.

What are the key factors that make your food "mouth watering"?

The simplicity in my food, my dedication and the love, support and blessings of God and my family. Also, the platform of MasterChef, has groomed me and also introduced me to new flavours and enhanced my culinary knowledge.

What’s your specialty?

It is undoubtedly Dal-Bhaati with chutney and Gulaab Jamun, which I have learnt from my mother. I made Dal-Bhaati for the Mother’s special episode, which was loved by the judges, especially chef Ranveer Brar. My dish reminded him of his mother!

Name an ingredient that you love to play with in the kitchen?

Turmeric powder is my favourite ingredient. It plays so many roles, adding the right flavour and colour to food, and also has health benefits.

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Karishma Sakhrani

Karishma works as a business development executive in an Indian magazine but her passion is to make healthy food. Her dream is to open a café for the health conscious. "I hope to have a quaint little health food cafe, a line of healthy packaged foods available all across the country".

What brings you here to MasterChef?

My love for eating good food, experiencing new tastes, reading about food and above all cooking something for my loved ones!

What are your dreams after MasterChef?

I hope to have a quaint little health food cafe, a line of healthy packaged food available all across the country, a travel food show, write recipe books and hold cooking workshops in studios across the country. My focus being on healthy and easy but fabulous food, I feel people are living a very fast paced life and so don’t take time to eat healthy, or cook!

What is your favourite dish from your creations? From where did you get the inspiration for it?

It has to be my first dish in the MasterChef Kitchen Chai with Mom! It is very special to me since I dedicated it to my mom and the time we spend together over endless cups of tea! The dish also has some Thai tea flavours, which reminds me of our favorite holiday destination!

Who influenced your cooking?

My style is very different. I would have to say my lifestyle and keenness to become fit has influenced my style of cooking. In a general sense, I would say my Mom! She is too special to me. She has not taught me anything particular. But she taught me how to self-learn and that is the greatest gift she could give me!

Any special cooking tip from Karishma Sakhrani?

The more you know about food, and understand flavours and the science behind it, the easier it is! So even when you’re not behind the stove, you can keep improving and become a better cook! I love browsing online and actively follow chefs on Instagram and keep getting inspired by food from around the world!