Master Chef India : J&K Rukhsar Saeed makes it to final 16

Next time you see Kashmiri Wazwan becoming a household cuisine across India, don’t be surprised.

A Kashmiri food technologist is taking the local cuisines of the valley to the India’s top cooking reality show Master Chef India. Dr Rukhsar Saeed, a food technologist from Pampore has made it among the final 16 contestants of Master Chef India, which is being broadcasted on Sony Liv.

In June, she auditioned for the show and after clearing several stages, she made it to the final 16. Rukhsar said that throughout the show will present the Kashmiri cuisines before the judges in order to promote the local food of the valley.

“In Kashmiri, there are thousands of indigenous vegetables and spices. My cooking style is based on innovation with the veggies and spices. My aim to participate in the shows is to promote the Kashmiri cuisines throughout the world,” she can be heard saying in one of the episodes.

Saeed begins her journey in the Master Chef India with Shab Deg, which is a traditional Kashmiri Kofta Curry dish cooked with Turnips in a heavy-bottomed deg/handi/vessel on charcoal fire.

Chef Vikas Khanna, who is a jury member in the show, termed it one of the best cuisines he had so far. In the promo, Dr Rukhsar said she wants people to know about Kashmir’s traditional dishes.

“When someone eats my food with closed eyes, I want to take him or her to the valleys of Kashmir,” she can be seen saying in the promo. Prominent celebrity chefs including Vikas Khanna, Ranveer Brar, and Pooja Dhingra are the jury members who will judge the cooking skills of 16 contestants.

Dr. Rukhsar Saeed is also an entrepreneur who started the valley’s first ‘Frozen Food’ venture in 2019. She started this venture soon after she completed her PhD in Food Technology. Kashmiri traditional food, particularly Wazwan, is famous across the world. Scores of the foodies across the world relish this multi-course meal during their stay in the valley.


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