Milkmaid "Dhe Chef," the cookery reality show telecast on Malayalam entertainment channel Mazhavil Manorama, has come to an end with bus conductor EK Lijo winning the title in the first season of the series. Mollywood actor Dileep declared the winner of the show, which was aired on Sunday, Aug. 7.
A cash prize of Rs. 50 lakh has been awarded to Lijo. Mahima Simon and Anita Maria Joseph bagged the second and third positions, winning Rs. 20 lakh and Rs. 15 lakh, respectively. The other contestants who participated in the grand finale of the show were Indira and Joshy. The contestants were asked to prepare a starter and a main course for the final round, which was hosted by RJ Mathukutty and actress Jewel Mary. The episode was judged by chefs Damu, Anjali Ramaswami, PV Pradeep and Amrit Jose Appadan, among others.
Lijo was the first contestant to get a direct entry to the final round of "Dhe Chef" after he impressed the judges with a crab preparation. He was followed by Mahima and Anita, who entered the finals after winning two tasks.
The reality show, which began with 20 contestants, featured various rounds to test the culinary skills of the participants. Many pressure tests, tasks with time restriction, and twists in every rounds comprised the various stages.
Check out photos of the grand finale episode of "Dhe Chef" here:
Watch the video of the finale episode here: