Episode 119: Shelina Permalloo: Cookery Author and TV Chef on how Masterchef changed her life

My guest this week on Desert Island Dishes is Shelina Permalloo.

Shelina describes herself as a cook, an author and restaurateur.

She grew up in Southampton with her Mauritian parents and siblings. It was only in 2011 that she decided to follow her heart and gave up a career in diversity and equality to enter the MasterChef competition.

Over 6.5 million viewers watched Shelina triumph in the MasterChef final: with her instinctive spicing and intense flavours, she brought Mauritian food to TV for the first time, inspiring legions of home cooks to try out her recipes at home.


Since winning the title, she has written two cookbooks, is a regular on TV and Radio and has opened her own restaurant serving Mauritian food in her home town of Southampton.

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