It all started when I entered the kitchen for the first time to cook for my mom and sister in law when I was in school. They were too tired to cook our dinner, so I got up and prepared a dal and rolled out “Chapatis” for them. They appreciated and encouraged me to try my hands on cooking. And the journey began. I would often go to the “Gurudwara” and make chapatis there to practice making the perfect “Rotis”, I was nothing in life since i was always a turn off in academics, but I was keen on trying new things and experiment with my own food. As a Punjabi to the core, the food prepared at home was always full of Ghee and rich, I always stood apart and prepared my own “Oil-Free” dish. I think there I learnt the healthy cooking and what kind of experiments one can try with innovative ideas with simple Indian cooking.
And then happened “Masterchef – Kitchen ke superstar” which changed the life completely. I learned, inherited, practiced, adopted and invented new things in the culinary art and one day with immense support and never-ending love, WON the title. I always wanted to make my Parents and brother feel proud of me and finally with god’s grace was able to do that.


I would like to thank Star Plus, the Production, Reality and PR team of Master chef, Colosceum Media for the support and learning and giving me a chance to participate and learn so much in the Master Chef kitchen. My Parents Dr V.K Handa and Mrs Savita Handa. My brother and sister in law Vishal & Sakshi Handa for supporting and standing by me always and everytime. Even when I didn’t ask. Love you Bhai and Bhabhi. and my lovely nephew Tanish Handa. and all those who supported, voted, loved and believed in this 23 years boy who came from Delhi with some huge dreams in his eyes. A BIG THANKS to all the Fans and LOVELY PEOPLE who stood by me and supported, loved and blessed me with their blessings and never ending good wishes. Above all – I would like to thank each one of YOU reading this, because YOU, yes YOU are very important to me because it’s because of your endless and pure love, that I am what I am today. Please feel free to write back to me on contactripudamanhanda@gmail.com for feedbacks and suggestions. Loadza Luv — Ripu Daman Handa



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