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Chef Manish Mehrotra claims the title on 'Foodistan'

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Chef Manish Mehrotra claims the title on 'Foodistan' National, March 22nd, 2012: The verdict is out in what was truly a sizzling finale episode of Foodistan between India's Chef Manish Mehrotra and Pakistan's Chef Poppy Agha on NDTV Good Times. After going through a series of complex team tasks, elimination rounds, individual cook-offs and facing intense competition from both sides of the border, Chef Manish Mehrotra has emerged the winner.

Foodistan was a cook off between highly talented professional chefs from Asia's two most culturally rich countries, India and Pakistan. The show had a total of 16 professional chefs, 8 chefs each from India and Pakistan representing their country's rich and exquisite cuisine.

Chef Manish Mehrotra, a graduate from IHM, Mumbai, joined the Taj President, Mumbai and trained under the expert guidance of master chefs from Thailand, later joining the Old World Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. where he headed the pan Asian kitchens at Habitat World and Oriental Octopus. He has brought his unique vision and created a path-breaking menu at Indian Accent, the fine dining restaurant at The Manor, New Delhi which has been celebrated by food critics and foodies alike and has been crowned 'The Best Modern Indian Restaurant' in the country for many years.

Expressing his excitement on winning the show, Chef Manish Mehrotra said, "I am thrilled! The journey on the show has been amazing, there have been moments of joy, excitement, anxiety, stress, pressure but nothing beats this feeling of winning. My fellow contestants on the show have been wonderful; sharing a kitchen with a bunch of 15 extremely talented chefs has been nothing less than an absolute honour."

Speaking on the success of the show Smeeta Chakrabarti, CEO, NDTV Lifestyle said, "I would like to congratulate Chef Manish on behalf of the entire team of NDTV Good Times, he has truly been the undisputed champion on the show. We are also extremely delighted by the overwhelming response received by the show from the audiences, critics and industry alike."

Hosted by the charming Ira Dubey and the talented Aly Khan, the 26 part series had an esteemed panel of judges that includes Vir Sanghvi, avid traveller and gourmet at heart, Sonya Jehan, Bollywood actress of French-Pakistani descent and Merrilees Parker, popular British Celebrity Chef and TV show host.

About NDTV Good Times

NDTV Good Times is the flagship channel of NDTV Lifestyle, part of the NDTV Group.

Launched in September 2007, NDTV Good Times quickly became India's top-ranked English-language lifestyle television channel - rapidly drawing in its target audience of socially upbeat, well travelled, cosmopolitan viewers who live in style, adore fashion, are adventurous about food and travel and want more out every moment in life with both back packing and high flying budgets.

NDTV Good Times presents world-class, aspirational lifestyle programming that advocates living large - giving its viewers affirmative mantras for how to enjoy food both Highway and Michelin star, find good health through salsa and yoga, fashion on ramps both Indian and global and how to relish Travel and Luxury from both far and near. The lineup of shows covers every aspect of the lifestyle genre to portray and cater to an increasingly global India.

The programming offers fresh, original content while constantly working with new engaging out of the box formats. The channel's presenters each draw in a loyal fan and viewer base who they can even engage through blogs and social networking.

NDTV Good Times has won several programming awards at the Indian Television Academy Awards, Indian Telly Awards & World Media Festival for key shows & interstitials like Highway On My Plate, No Big Deal and Making of the Kingfisher Calendar. Judged as the 'Best Fashion & Lifestyle Channel' at the ITA (Indian Television Academy) Awards for the last two consecutive years, NDTV Good Times is beamed directly across international markets such as US, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Maldives. Content from NDTV Lifestyle is played not only across several ethnic, third party platforms in Africa, Middle East & Europe but also on the mainline lifestyle channels like The Wedding TV in UK. The Channel is present across all major analogue cable markets & all six DTH platforms in India. It is also available on emerging new media platforms (VOD/IPTV) across the country like Big Flix and My Way.

For further information, please contact:

Megha Bhatia | + 91 9899820599|
760 Udyog Vihar | First Floor | Phase V | Gurgaon - 122016 | India | Phone: +91 124 4229300-7 |

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