Our Year 7 students were treated to a visit from MasterChef heat finalist, Moonira Hinglotwala last Friday.
Pharmacist Moonira lives in Blackburn with her husband and children, spoke of her culinary journey which started when she was a teenager.
Eldest of five siblings, Moonira found herself cooking for her family when her mother took an extended holiday to India.
“I always loved cooking and experimenting with food, and I would introduce my family to different recipes from other cuisines from around the world, but add Indian spices to the dishes” she told the students.
These recipe fusions set her on a path which ended up taking her as far as the fifth heat of the popular TV cooking competition MasterChef.
A firm favourite from day one, Moonira impressed judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode with her authentic but modern style of Indian cooking, and the pair were sorry to bid her farewell.
As well as talking about her MasterChef experience, Moonira answered questions from the audience, before meeting Year 8 students Waseem and Nabeel; finalists in the Reg Johnson Young Chef competition being judged by Paul Heathcote and Nigel Haworth.