India’s popular Hindi cooking reality show MasterChef India, based on MasterChef Australia, which itself is inspired by British MasterChef, has successfully ended the seventh season. The first season of the show premiered on October 16, 2010 on Star Plus. The show declared Pankaj Bhadouria as its winner.
The 7th season of the cooking reality show marks its return after almost 2 years. The last season of the show aired from December 7, 2019, to March 1, 2020. It was won by Abinas Nayak.
Season 7 of MasterChef India started airing on Monday, January 2, 2023, on Sony Entertainment Television. This season features India’s top chefs Vikas Khanna, Ranveer Brar, and Garima Arora, as judges.
Who is Garima Arora?
Garima Arora is an Indian chef who features as a judge in MasterChef India Season 7 along with chefs Vikas Khanna and Ranveer Brar. She is the first female chef to judge the show in the history of MasterChef India.
Garima Arora was born on November 9, 1986, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, into a Punjabi family. Growing up in a typical Punjabi food-loving household, her love for food started quite early, when she was very young.
Garima Arora Family
Garima was born to Anil Arora and Neetu Arora. She also has a younger brother, Nauroze Arora. She is married, and her husband works as a pilot for Jet Airways.
Garima Arora Educational Qualification
Garima, after completing her secondary education, joined the University of Mumbai in 2005 to pursue her graduation in Bachelor of Mass Media in Journalism.
After completing her graduation, she moved to France in 2008 to pursue a grand diploma in cuisine and patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu, which is a cooking school in Paris.
Garima Arora Carrer
Garima’s name is now listed among the top chefs in the world, but cooking was not her first choice of career. In fact, before moving to Paris, she worked as a journalist.
In 2013, she applied for an internship at Noma, a famous restaurant in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, where she worked under legendary Danish chefs Rene Redzepi and Gordon Ramsay for three months.
She also worked under Chef and Culinary expert Gaggan Anand at Noma. In April 2017, she opened her own restaurant, Gaa, in Bangkok. The 3-storey restaurant Gaa serves a mix of Indian and Thai cuisine.
Garima Arora Achievements
In 2018, Garima and her restaurant Gaa were awarded a Michelin star, an award that is given to restaurants that go beyond expectations regarding the food they serve. With this, Arora became the first Indian female chef to receive the award.
In February 2019, Garima’s name was named Aisa’s best female chef of the year by “World’s 50 Best Restaurants,” a list produced by UK media company William Reed.
In March 2019, her restaurant made its debut on the list of Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants at No. 16 and claimed the highest new entry award. The same year, in June, Gaa, made its debut on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list at no. 95.
In August 2019, she started a campaign called “Food Forward India” with the aim of putting emphasis on the future of Indian cuisine.
Garima Arora Net Worth
Although exact estimates of her net worth are not available in the public domain, as per media reports, her net worth ranges between USD 5 to 6 million.
FAQs related to Garima Arora
Ans. Garima Arora is the first female judge in the history of MasterChef India.
Ans. Garima Arora owns a restaurant named, “Gaa” which is located in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ans. The Net worth of Garima Arora ranges between USD 5 to 6 million.