Pankaj Bhadouria

The first MasterChef Winner in the world to have an official ‘MasterChef Cookbook’ to her name


Pankaj Bhadouria, a school teacher who quit a 16-year-old job to participate in the first season of ‘MasterChef India’,and shot to fame after winning the show in 2010.

Pankaj started her culinary academy in Lucknow in 2012 where they offer professional courses & certificate courses for amateur chefs

She has hosted multiple TV shows like ‘Chef Pankaj Ka Zayka’, ‘Kifayati Kitchen’, ‘3 Course with Pankaj’,‘Rasoi se- Pankaj Bhadouria ke Saat’ and many others.

She has been associated with multiple brands namely Samsung Smart Oven, Kent Juicer & Pasta Maker, Sensodyne, Reliance Fresh, Kelloggs, among others.

She has previously been invited as a speaker on multiple platforms like TEDx seminar IIT-BHU- Varanasi, Women Entrepreneurship Conference, TEDx IIM- Shillong , TEDxIMT- Hyderabad, TEDx Indus Business Academy, to name a few.

Pankaj created Lucknow’s largest community kitchen for the underprivileged children in 2016. She also hosts  fund raising cookery workshops for Make A Difference, an NGO.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

She won the ‘OSM Kitchen King/Queen of the Year Award’ by Outlook Magazine, 2016 & was featured in the list of ‘9 People Who Made It Big After Participating In Reality Shows’ by Indiatimes. She was also rated as one of the few ‘TV Chefs’ with a great deal of integrity for her thoughtful & meticulous recipes’ by Indian Express.

She is the Author of ‘Barbie- I am a Chef’, ‘Chicken From My Kitchen: The Indian Way’, ‘Uttar Pradesh a Cultural Kaleidoscope’, & ‘The Secret’s in the Spice Mix’

She was invited by Cambridge University to address the South-asian community in Britain and they even gave her the opportunity to demonstrate Indian foods for health conscious people. 

Why PanKaj Bhadouria ?

Pankaj’s all-round experience as a TV Presenter and host allows her to add value to any occasion with her reassuring and professional manner.

Her show made her a household name in the country as her charm and passion for cooking opened varied avenues around the world.

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