What was the MasterChef India experience like?
MasterChef has given me the identity I have always wanted; from being a home cook, I've become a chef. So that's the biggest change. And yes, there are more expectations. People think I know everything, but that's not true. MasterChef wants to create a food revolution in the country.
Do you think it is happening?
Yes. For example, in the present season, there's a lot of fusion cuisine happening. I think it works with a lot of housewives including those who like traditional food. It is a programme for the masses, so people can connect to it. Earlier, if you were to tell someone you wanted to be a chef, they would say, "Khansama banega kya?" But now, every kid on the block wants to be a chef. It's the 'in' thing these days. My younger son, who is in class nine, used to tell me he wanted to become a scientist. Now he says 'I want to become a chef!' So, it is a revolution.
How does MasterChef India compare with its American and Australian versions?
Firstly, I would say our judges were very sweet and kind. If they don't like the dish they can be a little tough, but they don't really make you feel horrified the way Gordon Ramsey and the other chefs do there. In India, the chefs are kind and they even come and give you tips. That said, I'm a big fan of MasterChef Australia. I like it anyway.