Pankaj Bhadouria Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

Pankaj Bhadouria

Pankaj Bhadouria is an Indian chef who became the first winner of the MasterChef India Season 1 Indian cooking show in 2010.

Pankaj receives cash award for winning 'MasterChef India' program

Pankaj receives cash award for winning ‘MasterChef India’ program

Wiki / Bio

Pankaj Bhadouria was born on Wednesday July 14, 1971 (51 years old; from 2022) in New Delhi. Her zodiac sign is Cancer.

Pankaj as a child

Pankaj as a child

He did his studies at Kendriya Vidyalaya, New Delhi. He continued his graduation from Lucknow University. Her educational qualifications include a BA in English, a MA in English Literature, and a BA in Education.

Young Pankaj

Young Pankaj

Physical appearance

Height (approx.): 5 ′ 8 ″

Hair color: Black

Eye color: Black

Pankaj Bhadouria

Family

Fathers and brothers

Pankaj’s father’s name was Vinod Khanna, and his mother’s name was Priya Khanna. They were both cooks. When she was thirteen her father died and when she was twenty-two she lost her mother. She has a younger brother.

A photo collage of Pankaj with his father.

A photo collage of Pankaj with his father.

Young Pankaj with his mother

Young Pankaj with his mother

Pankaj with his brother

Pankaj with his brother

Husband and children

Pankaj married Charu Samarth on April 25, 1995.

Pankaj with her husband

Pankaj with her husband

He has two children, a son, Siddhant Bhadouria, and a daughter, Sonalika Bhadouria, who influences social media.

Pankaj with her son

Pankaj with her son

Pankaj with her daughter

Pankaj with her daughter

Career

A school teacher

Before choosing her career as a chef, Pankaj worked as a teacher for sixteen years at City Montessori School, Lucknow.

Cooking

Pankaj started her career in cooking in 2010 by appearing on the first Indian cooking show ‘MasterChef India Season 1’ on Star Plus. She became the winner of the show.

Pankaj in the MasterChef India Season 1 program

Pankaj in the MasterChef India Season 1 program

In 2012, he opened his own culinary academy ‘Pankaj Bhadouria Culinary Academy’ in Lucknow. The academy offers professional and certified courses.

Pankaj Bhadouria Culinary Academy

Pankaj Bhadouria Culinary Academy

He also opened the Tramp Tree Cafe and Cafe by Default cafes in Lucknow.

Pankaj's Cafe Menu 'Default Coffee'

Pankaj’s Cafe Menu ‘Default Coffee’

Host

After winning the Masterchef show, he hosted TV shows including Chef Pankaj Ka Zayka on StarPlus, Kifayati Kitchen on Zee Khana Khazana, 3 Course with Pankaj on Zee Khana Khazana, Rasoi se- Pankaj Bhadouria ke Saath on ETV and Sales Ka Baazigar on ETV.

Pankaj in the program 'Chef Pankaj Ka Zayka'

Pankaj in the program ‘Chef Pankaj Ka Zayka’

Writer

Pankaj wrote her first cookbook ‘MasterChef India Cookbook’ in 2011. She later wrote other cookbooks including Barbie: I’m a Chef, Chicken From My Kitchen, and The Secret’s in the Spice Mix.

Pankaj's Cookbook 'The Secret's in the Spice Mix'

Pankaj’s Cookbook ‘The Secret’s in the Spice Mix’

Advertisements

Pankaj has appeared in various brand commercials including Knorr, Taaza Tea, Eastern Masala, Samsung Smart Oven, Kent Juicer & Pasta Maker, Sensodyne, Reliance Fresh, Kelloggs, and Tefal.

Pankaj in the Reliance Fresh commercial

Pankaj in the Reliance Fresh commercial

Awards, honors, achievements

  • In 2011, he promoted Indian cuisine at the University of Cambridge in a lecture he gave there.
  • In 2015, her name appeared on the India Times ‘9 People Who Made It After Reality Show’ list.
  • In 2016, he won the Chef of the Year award for the Right Choice Award.
    Pankaj wins Chef of the Year award

    Pankaj wins Chef of the Year award

  • In 2016, it won the Outlook Social Media Kitchen Queen of the Year Award from Outlook magazine.
    Pankaj wins Outlook Social Media Kitchen Queen of the Year award

    Pankaj wins Outlook Social Media Kitchen Queen of the Year award

  • In 2018, she was honored as ‘First Ladies’ by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.
    Pankaj with Shri Ram Nath Kovind

    Pankaj with Shri Ram Nath Kovind

  • In 2021, he won Dainik Jagran’s Impact 2021 award.
    Pankaj wins the Impact 2021 award from Dainik Jagran

    Pankaj wins the Impact 2021 award from Dainik Jagran

  • In 2021, he won the Mission Shakti award from UP Government and Femina.
    Pankaj with the Mission Shakti award

    Pankaj with the Mission Shakti award

  • She was elected ambassador for the promotion of olive oil in India for a campaign called Olive Oil Revolution by the Spanish government.
    Pankaj promoting olive oil

    Pankaj promoting olive oil

Favorites

  • Movie: Bollywood- Jab We Met (2007), Devdaas (2002), Barfi (2012), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995); Hollywood- Love Story (1970)
  • Song: Katy Perry fireworks
  • Holiday destination: New York
  • Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Car collection

  • She owns a Ferrari.
    Pankaj posing with his Ferrari car

    Pankaj posing with his Ferrari car

  • He has a Volvo S90.
    Pankaj posing with his Volvo car

    Pankaj posing with his Volvo car

  • She owns a BMW.
    Pankaj posing with his BMW car

    Pankaj posing with his BMW car

Facts / Trivia

  • Pankaj follows a non-vegetarian diet.
    Pankaj eating chicken

    Pankaj eating chicken

  • He likes to travel and dance in his spare time.
  • According to Pankaj, her parents used to organize parties at home and cook food for them, which led her to take an interest in cooking.
  • Pankaj had to quit her teaching job to participate in the MasterChef India program. In an interview, she shared about this and said:

    I started my career as a school teacher teaching English in ISC classes. The call to audition for MasterChef on television was the turning point in my life; this prompted me to give it a try and then quit my 16-year job. “

  • In an interview, she talked about her journey on the MasterChef show and said:

    MasterChef was a turning point in my life. My first pick for the top 12 was a challenger that awakened the competitive spirit latent in me! From there, there was no going back. I entered the “danger zone” only once during the trip, but I navigated through it. I was more determined to win and with the grace of God, I did. “

  • In 2012, he participated in an event called ‘Be a Hero’, in which he prepared the largest sandwich in New Delhi.
    Pankaj Facebook post on how to make the biggest sandwich

    Pankaj Facebook post on how to make the biggest sandwich

  • In 2015, two Nepalese children, Bahadur and Krishna, alleged that Pankaj’s husband, Charu, had beaten and threatened them.
  • Pankaj has spoken on various platforms including the TEDx IIT-BHU seminar, Varanasi, TEDx Indus Business Academy, Bangalore, TEDx IMT, Hyderabad, TEDx IIM, Shillong and the International Youth Forum for Policy, Change and Development at Sharda University, New Delhi.
    Pankaj during the TED talks

    Pankaj during the TED talks

  • She is often seen doing social work. One time. taught skill development to children at a train station.
    Pankaj teaching children from the train station

    Pankaj teaching children from the train station

  • In an interview, she said that her family has always supported her during her journey on the MasterChef India program. She said,

    It would not have been possible without the support of my mother-in-law. She is like a rock, she manages everything in my absence. Once while filming I missed my family and my mother in law immediately came with my son to Mumbai and spent four or five days with me. My husband is also very supportive; I turn to him for some advice. My children are very proud of me when they hear good things about me from outside and from their friends. “

  • In one of her interviews, she talked about women choosing a career in the kitchen. She said,

    Now if you see, many women can be seen as professional cooks. But, yes, it was a different case before. This is true of all other professions. The previous girls were not allowed to go out for a long time. “

  • Pankaj is a passionate animal lover and often posts photos of them on social media.
    Pankaj posing with her dog

    Pankaj posing with her dog

  • In an interview, she said that when she cooked, she tried the food that led her to gain weight and, to stay in shape, she exercised regularly and often posted photos on Instagram.
    Pankaj working out in the gym

    Pankaj working out in the gym