Exciting Season 13 of MasterChef Australia has finally come to an end with the announcement of the Indian-origin pastor Justin Narayan’s win. We have seen how thrilling and intense the season has been. It has also been in the limelight and created a buzz, especially in India. It is probably because of the three Indian-origin participants’ involvement, including Kishwar Chowdhury, among the three finalists. Besides her, Justin also defeated Pete Campbell in the pressure test and clinched the trophy and $250,000.
Justin’s journey has been a roller-coaster ride. However, with his versatility and passion, Justin Narayan consistently impressed the judges. This win at season 13 of MasterChef Australia makes Justin the second Indian-origin person take home the title and the trophy. The first person was Sashi Cheliah, who was crowned with the title in 2018.
Taking to his unverified IG account, Justin shared pictures from the finale and thanked people.
After his win, the official Instagram page of MasterChef Australia also shared a video of Justin and captioned it, “We think it’s safe to say @justinnarayan’s mind is blown right now.”
Who is Justin Narayan?
Justin Narayan, who has roots in India, hails from Western Australia. Although he seeks inspiration from chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Gaggan Anand, his Fijian and Indian family was enough to influence him to begin cooking as early as when he was 13. He shares at the MasterChef Australia season 13 that his biggest inspiration has been his mother.
Since his adolescence, Justin loves witnessing how his food makes people feel. He often cooks for his fiancée Esther.
In 2017, when he even travelled to India, he fell in love with its culture, history, people, and flavourful cuisines. He believes that his strong understanding of Indian flavours has helped him to an extent to win the title of MasterChef Australia 13.
Justin was one of the constants who could win judges’ hearts on the show with his dishes such as Indian Chicken Tacos, Indian Chicken curry, Charcoal Chicken with Toum, Flatbread and Pickle Salad etc.
Justin dreams of running a food truck or a restaurant featuring Indian flavours that he grew up eating. Whatever profit he generates from these eateries, he would love to donate children dwelling in the Indian slums to go to bed hungry and drop out of school.