Pankaj Bhadouria is the winner of MasterChef India Season 1. A school teacher who quit a job of sixteen years to participate in the first season of the show, she has hosted the TV shows Chef Pankaj Ka Zayka, Kifayati Kitchen, 3 Course with Pankaj, Rasoi se-Pankaj Bhadouria ke SaathSales Ka Baazigar and Health in 100. She was the first MasterChef winner across the global franchise to write an official MasterChef cookbook. Pankaj has written two more cookery books, Barbie: I am a Chef and Chicken from My Kitchen. Pankaj is the face of the brands Knorr, Brooke Bond Taaza (HUL), MasterChef Travels with Cox and Kings and Eastern Masalas, a leading spice brand from south India. In August 2012, she launched the Pankaj Bhadouria Culinary Academy where she shares her love for the culinary arts with cooking enthusiasts, indulging in what she does best-teaching.