Kathmandu, Santosh Shah, a participant in the prestigious ‘Master Safe Professionals 2020’ broadcast by BBC, has become the runner-up.
In the competition held on Thursday evening, 25-year-old Alex Webb from the United Kingdom won the title and became the Nepali chef runner-up. Satisfaction was also among the last three to reach the grand finale of the competition, which was attended by nearly three dozen chefs from different cuisines around the world.
Santosh, who was seen in the Nepali Dhakatopi, became the second in the grand finale episode. Before his presentation, a BBC-produced video about him was played in which he displayed Nepal’s national flag.
In the competition for the grand finale, Santosh cooked boneless buffalo meat, shell greens, lamb giddy and other dishes and put them on a plate of charesh. Along with food, he also served ‘Aila’, popularly known as Sagun in the Newari community. The journey to the finals of the first chef Santosh to participate in the world-renowned BBC Master chef with Nepali food was impressive.
Dozens of original Nepali dishes including sisnu vegetables, bethe greens, yomri, gundruk, corn bread, hemp pickles have succeeded in winning the hearts of millions of Nepalis from all over the world. Santosh of Siraha Karjanha, who entered India at the age of 15, has reached this place after a long struggle and hard work. In this process, he has gained experience from five-star hotels in India and the UK, as well as from reputed Michelin star restaurants.
Stating that his main goal is to introduce the originality and diversity of Nepali food to the world, Santosh said that he will continue to be involved in the promotion of Nepali food in the future. Santosh, who has been getting enthusiastic response from the judges since the beginning of the competition, was discussed by many as a contender for the title.
“I am not sad to lose the title,” he said after the final results of the competition, “because I have never considered Master Safe as just a competition.” This was an opportunity for me to introduce our Nepali food to the world. I am very happy to have the opportunity to make the most of it. ‘
Santosh, who remembers every moment spent on Master chef’s journey, says that the episode of cooking for his own mother was the most special. He said that he will never forget the love and good wishes received from Nepalis around the world.
One of the judges even said that she was happy to have the food prepared by Santosh. Another said, “Santosh, if your mother was here, I would proudly embrace you today.” Now I want to change those days, I want to give happiness to my mother. ‘