Published On: Fri, Mar 16th, 2012

Mauritian Shelina Permalloo Wins BBC Masterchef 2012

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Shelina Permalloo, a young Mauritian woman has won the title of Masterchef 2012 last night. The cooking game show was broadcast live on the British Television channel BBC. She was not expecting to be crowned Masterchef 2012. Shelina Permallo has became only the second woman to win the competition in seven years. Her latest tweet this morning was “On my way to BBC breakfast ! I get to finally be reunited with my trophy after months of waiting! Eeeeeek! Still doesn’t feel real…”. Shelina username on Twitter is “hungrymauritian”.

The final of the big cooking competition was viewed by more than five million people in United Kingdom last night, 15th March.


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Born from Mauritian parents, 29-years-old Shelina Permalloo, lives in the region of Tooting, in the south of London. Her parents settled in London since many years. The young woman is married to Andrea, an Italian.

Since her early age, Shelina is passionate of cooking and she learned from her mother who she described as a brilliant cook. Shelina Permalloo did not hesitate at all to participate at this high level competition. Her competitors at the final were Tom Rennolds and Andrew Kojima.

It is after a suspense of three hours that the young woman of Mauritian origins was crowned Masterchef. The jury was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the Mauritian cuisine. Shelina prepared marinated octopus as starter, the main dish was mutton curry with mustard seed and turmeric-marinated bone marrow; biryani rice; Swiss chard roulade and she made a wonderful dessert of mango cannelloni filled with lime curd, coconut and rum blancmange; white chocolate creme fraiche; pistachio samosa; and mango jelly squares.

The two members of the jury, Greg Wallace and John Torode described Shelina Permalloo’s dish as the the best food they have ever tasted.

Overwhelmed, the young woman said she has not slept since the last three months, that is, since the start of the competition. “I was stressed and i could hardly sleep, at night i was having nightmares, such as i could not complete the dish on time or i had burned them all” I wish my dad was here with me to see my success” she said to the popular British tabloid The Sun. Shelina’s dad passed away when she was 13.

“Now that i have won the competition, i badly need a good rest for one week”, she said that her mother Sheila and husband Andrea have greatly influenced the was she cooks.

Shelina will also participate in the BBC Good Food Show at Glow, Bluewater from April 12-15.

Shelina Permalloo dream is to open a Mauritian restaurant in the UK.

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Our warmest Congrats to Shelina who has made Mauritius very proud by winning this big competition.

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