I'd like to open my own restaurant: Indian-origin 'MasterChef Australia' winner Justin Narayan

For me, cooking was just a passion, but now it has snowballed and it would be interesting to see where it goes now, said Justin Narayan.

Published: 16th August 2021 03:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2021 03:25 PM   |  A+A-

'MasterChef Australia' Season 13 winner Justin Narayan

'MasterChef Australia' Season 13 winner Justin Narayan (Photo| Facebook)


NEW DELHI: After winning the latest season of the popular culinary show 'MasterChef Australia', Indian-origin Justin Narayan is extremely excited about his future endeavours.

In an interview with ANI, Justin, a Fijian Indian who lives in Australia, spoke about his culinary journey so far and his future plans.

"I would love to be in the restaurant game. That would be a lot of fun. Opening up a restaurant is definitely on my mind, but at this stage, I'm just trying to learn as much as possible. I want to get more cooking experience and then hopefully jump into the food entertainment side. Also, I want to make really some fun cooking YouTube that's the goal for now," he ecstatically shared.

For the unversed, last month, Justin was announced as the winner of 'MasterChef Australia 13', which streamed on Disney+ Hotstar. He defeated finalists Pete Campbell and Kishwar Chowdhury to clinch the coveted trophy.

On being asked whether he expected his win, Justin responded with a big no.

"I never thought that I would win this show. I thought I would just come and learn different things but winning the show definitely blew my expectations. It's a huge honour to win 'MasterChef Australia'," he added.

Justin also shared how he celebrated his victory.

"Hahaha.. I slept for many hours and after that, I spent some time with my wife. We went out for dinner and spend time with family and friends. It was a simple celebration," he said.

Justin has been cooking since he was 13 years old. His cooking skills are heavily influenced by both his Fijian and Indian descent.

"My family has the greatest influence on me. Our family would always have someone who's always cooking. Be it a wedding or some other occasion, my family members always get excited to prepare food for I guess it's something that's always been ingrained in my culture. But then also like growing up in Australia made me watch really different and cool shows such as 'MasterChef Australia' and Jamie Oliver's shows," Justin said.

Justin also revealed how culinary shows sparked his passion for food.

"My grandparents and I used to sit together and watch all those culinary shows...and I guess that kinda sparked my passion for food. I really enjoy cooking food for my friends and family...and they only encouraged me to take my cooking talent ahead and made me apply for 'MasterChef'. For me, cooking was just a passion, but now it has snowballed and it would be interesting to see where it goes now," Justin concluded.


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