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KARACHI: The world’s most loved reality show MasterChef launched in Pakistan on Monday to give local amateur cooking enthusiasts a once in a lifetime opportunity to make their mark.

One of the highest rated shows in the world is launching its franchise in Pakistan. MasterChef Pakistan is set to sizzle your screen this May.

The launch event for the reality show was held at a private hotel in Karachi on Monday where the three judges were introduced. Khurram Awan of Movenpick Hotels and celebrity chefs Zakir Qureshi and Mehboob Khan will be judging the contestants on a variety of cuisines which will be prepared by them on the show.

The talent hunt for short listing the candidates was held in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

The media briefing event was hosted by prominent media personality and food enthusiast Sidra Iqbal. The guest of honor at the occasion was His Excellency Mr. Peter Heyward, the High Commissioner of Australia to Pakistan. MasterChef Australia of course is the flagship success story of this global reality series. Earlier this year, Mr. Heyward’s office was pivotal in bringing the most popular contestant of MasterChef Australia (season four), Amina Elshafei to Pakistan for a well-received fusion cooking tour.

“Food brings cultures and people closer together, I am pleased to be here at the media briefing and wish all the contestants Of MasterChef Pakistan, the very best.”, said Mr. Heyward.

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FIZA, Soho Apr 08, 2014 11:01pm

tt awesome that Pakistani chefs are finally getting the recognition they deserve and not being mis labeled as "Indian" chefs. One objection to Tapu's misguided comment: "Our local cuisine is not fine dining" ?? Come on Tapu, you're kidding right?

With all due respect, Pakistani Mughlai dishes are extremely sophisticated in taste and presentation otherwise they wouldn't be the dishes of choice in many 5/6 star restaurants in NYC, USA. A very famous and popular globe trotting American chef and TV host, Anthony Bourdain, gave a Pakistani Montreal based chef a 10/10 for his highly sophisticated and palate pleasing Mughlai dishes which went above and beyond a "fine dining" (per Tapu) category to a "platinum dining" category. And as many fans of Anthony Bourdain know, he's extremely discriminating and suffers no fools when it comes to "fine dining" standards.

In fact, Pakistan's Mughlai cuisine is far superior to a traditional Indian/Hindu veg based cuisine ( ie, daal,dosa, sabzi, etc.) due to highly sophisticated ingredients such as saffron, cardamom, nutmeg, etc., which enhance the taste of meat based dishes such as Biryani, Nargasi Kofta, Shaami Kebab, quail, partridge, etc. These highly evolved Persian/Mughlai fused meat dishes are no longer part of the today's veggie Indian cuisine and are a lost art in India when it comes to correctly preparing and cooking these classic Muslim dishes. It's very difficult and rare to find Mughlai meat dishes cooked properly in India, with the exception of Hyderabad, India where Muslim chefs are more experienced vs their Hindu vegetarian counterparts. Having been to many Indian vs Pakistani restaurants around the world, I can say for a fact that Hindu chefs can never duplicate a Mughlai dish as well as a Pakistani Muslim chef. It's just not possible - sorry Indian foodies, not happening!

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Ali Apr 09, 2014 02:53am

After man made floods in Sindh the poor peasants and farmers were forced to flee and vacate the inundated farm lands. These very farm lands were sold to multinationals years before the artificial flooding for six months on were created. This has been detailed in weekly column in this very daily paper by Irfan Hussain. So to boost their production, promotion and sales and bring in the manufactured and machine processed food industry, they need such cooking shows for their upscale market clients who have ill gotten money to spend left and right.

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Saqib Apr 09, 2014 11:17am

Hi! I would like to say that the auditions were poorly managed. The organizers informed contestants to arrange for their own heating and cooling systems to keep their dishes hot or cold which is absurd. How can anyone judge a dish which was made many hours ago while standing in line for a long time. Imagine someone making a sweet dish and carrying a fridge along to keep it edible. Auditions should be live and all contestants must be allowed to make the dishes on spot. Otherwise anyone can get it made from any place to enter the contest.

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Ravi Dallas TX Apr 09, 2014 11:51am

@FIZA, Soho: Picking on a small thing. It is Indian Chef not Hindu Chef.

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Muhammad Atif Apr 10, 2014 12:59am

Yaar. kabhi tau apne ideas lao.

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