Pankaj Bhadouria is an Indian chef who is known for winning the Indian cooking show MasterChef India on StarPlus in 2010.In an interview, she talked about her MasterChef journey, and said, MasterChef was a turning point in my life. My first selection to the top 12 was a challenging one that awakened the dormant competitive spirit in me! From there on, there was no looking back. I got into the danger zone only once throughout the journey, but sailed through it. I was more determined to win and with Gods grace, I did..Pankajs parents were chefs, and she gained interest in cooking at the age of twelve. Her father died when Pankaj was thirteen years old, and she lost her mother when she was twenty-two years old. Pankaj at the age of eleven.In 2010, Pankaj left her sixteen-year-old job as a teacher at City Montessori School, Lucknow to participate in the show MasterChef India. In an interview, she talked about it and said, I started my career as a school teacher teaching English to ISC classes. The call for the MasterChef audition on television was the turning point in my life; this prompted me to go for it and later to quit my job of 16 years..She has hosted the TV shows 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 as a judge in the show Sales Ka Baazigar.She wrote the first cookbook MasterChef India in 2011. Later, she wrote other cookbooks like Barbie- I am a Chef, Chicken from my Kitchen, and The Secrets in the Spice Mix. Pankajs cookbook Chicken from my Kitchen.On 16 August 2012, she opened her own culinary academy in Lucknow that provides professional as well as certificate courses. Pankaj Bhadourias culinary academy.On 24 December 2012, she created New Delhis largest sandwich in an event called Be a Hero. Pankajs Facebook post about making the largest sandwich.In 2015, Pankajs husband, Charu was accused of beating and threatening two Nepalese children, Bahadur, and Krishna. Amar Ujala.She has featured in many prints and TV ads for the brands that include Knorr, Taaza Tea, Eastern Masala, Samsung Smart Oven, Kent Juicer & Pasta Maker, Sensodyne, Reliance Fresh, Kelloggs, and Tefal. Pankaj in Knorr soup ad.