"the three judges motivated us so much."
After 13 weeks of captivating fans, Nayanjyoti Saikia has won the seventh series of MasterChef India.
He beat the likes of Suvarna Bagul and Santa Sarmah to take the crown.
In addition to winning the prestigious trophy, Nayanjyoti also won the gold chef’s jacket and a cheque for Rs. 25 Lakh (£24,000).
Suvarna Bagul and Santa Sarmah were named the first and second runners-up, respectively, and each won Rs 5 lakhs (£4,900).
Together with judges Ranveer Brar, Vikas Khanna and Garima Arora, the legendary Sanjeev Kapoor attended the finale.
In the signature three-course dinner challenge, Sanjeev judged the three finalists.
After winning the cooking competition, Nayanjyoti said:
“I had a simple dream and that was to go to MasterChef India and cook, but now I feel like all my goals in life are complete.
“I not only went to MasterChef, but I also got the apron and winning this intense food competition feels surreal!
“I had my self-doubts, but the three judges motivated us so much.
“The opportunities that this platform has given us is unimaginable – being mentored by the best chefs in the industry, working in state-of-the-art food facilities, in professional kitchens and with ingredients that I had never seen before has made me learn so much.”
Garima Arora shared her thoughts on the winning contestant:
“Nayanjyoti deserves all this and more.
“He came to the kitchen as an amateur home cook and the growth that we have seen in him has been exponential, making him the right choice for this win.
“He is grounded, he is rooted in the culture of his state and he’s willing to learn so I hope this experience will give him the chance to grow.
“Many congratulations to him and all the very best.”
Ranveer said: “I think Nayanjyoti Saikia is a very well-deserving home cook.
“He worked behind the scenes, kept giving this season his best and eventually there was a consistency to the dishes he presented us with.
“Also, there is honesty, simplicity and purity in his food which made him win the show.”
Vikas added: “I still remember the timid Nayanjyoti from Tinsukia who I went to meet in his house.
“I was so impressed by his vision and creativity and how he can turn food into art.
“Nayanjyoti has a very bright future – he is constantly working towards his dream, and I am so grateful to be a part of his journey.”