Titled as the Pastry Queen of India by food enthusiasts across the country, Chef Sanjana Patel is one of the few female chefs who have broken stereotypes relating to India’s dessert culture. An expert in French desserts, Chef Sanjana is famous for infusing classic French desserts with Indian flavours. Chef Sanjana opened India’s first chef-owned patisserie, La Folie. Here is a throwback to the time when Sanjana Patel introduced her signature dish.
Chef Sanjana Patel introduced her signature dish, Naniji’s Kheer Royale, on MasterChef season 5, when the chef was invited as a guest for the elimination challenge. On the show, Sanjana Patel revealed that the dish marks an ode to her late grandmother. Speaking about the details, Sanjana added that the dish is surrounded with a white chocolate dome which is powdered with some organic food colour. Sanjana revealed that a creamy parfe, topped with a lemon-chilly was placed under the dome, which adds a creamy texture to the dish.
On the 10th episode of Masterchef season 5, chef Sanjana Patel was a guest-chef. As per the rules of the show, the least-performing contestants faced the elimination challenge, in which they were given a surprise dish to recreate. In that particular episode, Contestants Mirwaan, Sreelakshmi and Ajay reached the elimination round and were challenged to recreate Chef Sanjana's signature dish. While Ajay and Mirwaan successfully managed to recreate the iconic dish, contestant Sreelaskhmi had to leave Masterchef apron and go home.
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