Last night saw the first part of the MasterChef final travel to Jodhpur to test the culinary skills and spice knowledge of the 3 finalists to the limit. During their stay they had 3 daunting tasks to complete; preparing an Indian breakfast of mutter bhaji, kachori dumplings and spiced gobi paratha for 40 VIP guests in Mehrangarh Fort, cooking dinner for 120 students of a girls school in Jodhpur and cooking a 3 course banquet for Maharaja Gaj Singh II and his family in the fabulous gardens of the extraordinary Umaid Bhawan Palace. Putting the differing cooking styles and heat aside they prevailed, and the Maharaja and his family, considered to be serious foodie’s, loved their fusion of Western and Indian cuisine. Despite the focus of the show being cooking, one could not be affected by the splendour of Jodhpur and the extravagance of Mehrangarh Fort and the art-deco inspired Umaid Bhawan Palace. The Maharaja still resides in the Palace, and he has transformed one of the wings into a luxurious Taj hotel, widely recognized as being one of the best hotels in the world.

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Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur