Forty of the top home chefs in the nation, including Indian American Farhan Momin, have been selected to participate on Season 9 of “MasterChef,” the cooking competition judged by three critically-acclaimed culinary experts who test their palates, knowledge and skills in order to transform the novice chefs into masters.
The 25-year-old will be making an appearance June 6, on the second episode of “MasterChef’s” new season, which premiered May 30 on Fox.
Momin, a dental student at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, was ecstatic while sharing the news on his Facebook page. He also revealed that he has taken a semester off of dental school to pursue his dream of becoming the next “MasterChef.”
“I took a huge leap of faith…,” Momin wrote. “I want to use this platform to share my family’s story through my food. Being a first-generation American there’s oftentimes a social pressure to become ‘successful.’ I want to show the kids out there that it is possible to pursue a STEM education AND chase their creative dreams simultaneously.”
The Georgia native also shared that his culinary journey began 18 years ago when he asked his mom if he could help her out in the kitchen. “Who would have thought it would have culminated to this,” he wrote.
His signature dish, according to a report in Chicago Tribune, is a nihari sandwich, a take on a classic Pakistani curry, which is on the menu at his family’s Tava Indian Bistro in Georgia.
A graduate of Emory University, Momin told the publication that he decided to study dentistry because he believes it would provide a more “stable lifestyle.”
Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich as judges will put the latest group of contestants through a series of challenging elimination rounds, in order to turn one home cook into a culinary master.
The winner will claim the title of “MasterChef,” a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.
Momin told Chicago Tribune that if he wins the prize money, he would give half to his parents for their retirement fund.