Masterchef India, a spin-off of the original British version of Masterchef, is going vegetarian for its fourth season.
Co-judge chef Ranveer Brar, known for his culinary expertise on Indian cooking shows such as Breakfast Xpress, Snack Attack, The Great Indian Rasoi and Health Bhi Taste Bhi, discussed how going meat-free in a nation that maintains a heavily plant-based diet has opened up possibilities, both in terms of the variety of dishes prepared and the chefs who will be showcasing their talents.
Brar told Anindita Dev from Zee Media Corp:
“This season is all about inclusiveness. There were a number of people who wouldn’t have even cooked food in a kitchen where non-vegetarian was cooked. And that was the reason they couldn’t join Master Chef.”
Vegetarian cooking may be a rare gem on reality cooking shows in countries like the United States, but Brar insists he’s always impressed connoisseurs with his ability to create dishes from nothing but plants.
“We get the respect outside India because of our ability to experiment and create a variety of vegetarian delights. The whole concept of a vegetarian main course was alien outside of India. So, if there is any best place to bring vegetarian concept of food, then it would have to be Master Chef. Moreover, it is a competition. So it is a good twist to the show. A new challenge, a new change is always good in a show.”
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