Nepalese chef Santosh Shah has made the FINAL THREE of the UK’s most prestigious cookery show, Masterchef: The Professionals on BBC One. In tomorrow’s final, he will cook against two others, competing to be crowned Masterchef champion 2020!
In tonight’s show, Santosh wowed esteemed chefs and the judges at the Chef’s Table round. He cooked Jimbu spiced cannon of lamb wrapped in Gundruk (Nepalese mustard greens), fermented and sundried radish leaf, spiced brown soya bean crumb, crispy shallots, mint paratha and a black stone flower and bone marrow sauce. His dish was described as ‘a sublime piece of cooking’.
The next round was the challenge round where the remaining chefs were asked to cook a dish for someone they love. Santosh cooked a meal for his mother, reminiscent of the days when he was 12 years old working at a local canal. At break time, his mother would bring him food in a lunchbox and they would eat together. Santosh recreated these special moments by cooking fried okra stuffed with ginger and fig, a mango and coconut chutney, a potato, fenugreek and pomegranate salad, saffron rice wrapped in rice paper, with a crab curry sauce, and a poori bread with fried green chillis, along with a carrot, chocolate and raspberry pudding in a white chocolate dome with raspberry puree and payan leaf ice cream.
Yet again the judges were blown away with Santosh’s creativity and use of spices. He made it through to tomorrow night’s final, where he will cook against just two other chefs for the title of Masterchef champion 2020!
Chef Santosh says: ‘I am honoured and humbled to have made it to the final three chefs! What I am most proud of is being able to share Nepalese cuisine with renowned chefs I have looked up to my whole life. Seeing Nepali food finally have its moment is a fantastic feeling, and I will make it my mission to continue spreading the world about our wonderful cuisine and culture!’