Interview with Masterchef champion Shelina Permallo
Shelina Permallo, who hails from Tooting, won MasterChef last year and is giving demos at the Foodies Festival.
Alexandra Rucki: We last spoke to you after your MasterChef win last year. What have you been up to since then?
Shelina Permallo: I've been busy getting my first book out ‘Sunshine on a Plate’, doing pop ups, working on my cookery school in Mauritius and getting involved in lots of food festivals and events.
AR: What can we expect to see from your demo at the Foodies Festival
SP: I’ll be doing a few Mauritian ‘Gajaks’, which are small plates of food typically eaten before a main meal.
AR: What are you looking forward to at the festival?
SP: Being around plenty of like-minded food people. The atmosphere is incredible and the team behind it are ace.
AR: Where are your favourite places to eat in Wandsworth?
SP: The Ship, Meza, Lahore Karahi, The Hope.
AR: Where is the best place to source exotic ingredients?
SP: Luckily I live in Tooting and I find VBs particularly great at spices and vegetables - I love the markets too of course.
AR: It is barbecue-time of the year, what should we throw on the barbie instead of the usual burgers and sausages?
SP: As it is so hot, I think something lighter would work - perhaps my marinated prawns with coriander seeds and chilli.
AR: What is your favourite Mauritian dish?
SP: That’s a tough one. Possibly Octopus La Daube, a French inspired octopus stew.
AR: Which chefs do you most admire?
SP: Too many to note but I particularly admire David Thompson.
AR: How did it feel to publish Sunshine on a Plate?
SP: The best feeling since winning MasterChef - it was an incredible sense of achievement.
AR: What else have you got lined up for this year?
SP: My cookery school in Mauritius in October, working with Billington’s on lovely unrefined sugar recipes, working on book two and sorting out my restaurant for next year.
Shelina’s book ‘Sunshine On A Plate’(Ebury Press) is available to buy now.
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