On July 13, Indian-origin youth Pastor Justin Narayan won the 13th season of MasterChef Australia, pounding out three other finalists to take home the show’s coveted trophy. “It is a very humbling experience and I am absolutely honored to be a part of it. I’m going to be a sponge and try to enjoy as much of it as I can,” the 27-year-old said.

The 27-year-old Narayan has won $250,000 (₹1.86 crore) of prize money, beating out fellow finalists Kishwar Chowdhury and Pete Campbell. Kishwar stood as the second runner-up and took home $20,000 prize money whereas, Pete, the first runner-up, won $30,000. The news of Justin’s win was also announced on the official Instagram page of MasterChef Australia. They shared a video of Justin’s reaction to winning the show.

Narayan hails from Western Australia. His Fijian and Indian heritage has predisposed his cooking. In his MasterChef Australia 13’s journey, Narayan impressed the judges by cooking some Indian dishes like Indian Chicken Curry, pickle salad, Indian Chicken Tacos, Charcoal Chicken with Toum, and Flatbread.

The latest season of MasterChef Australia 13 was much-talked-about this year, especially in India. Apart from Justin Narayan, the show also featured another Indian-origin contestant Depinder Chhibber who was extremely popular with fans. Kishwar Chowdhury, one of the other three finalists, had also created several Indian and Bengali dishes to impress judges during the course of the show.

Well, we congratulate Justin Narayan for his big win. We are really proud of his achievements.

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Joydev Mishra


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