It’s his first time in India, but Australian chef Michael Weldon is already wowed by the flavors and aromas of Old Delhi. During his three-day stay in the capital, he tried butter chicken and roomali roti at Aslam’s chicken, seekh kebabs and mutton korma at Karim’s and chai at Munna tea stand near Khari Baoli. In terms of gastronomy, the 36-year-old tasted his first golgappa as part of Indian Accent’s tasting menu. Incidentally, this coincided with the delights of Onam and sadya.

Weldon’s relationship with cooking has grown from a hobby to a passion, he says. In 2011, he joined MasterChef Australia for “a crazy reason”. The reluctant chef was kicked out by a friend, causing him to rush out at the last minute to enter the competition before the deadline. The bet was the start of a dream – forging a career in the kitchen. Since his first cook in front of the camera, he has never looked back.

Michael Weldon has also set his eyes and heart on the food sustainability movement. (Instagram/Michael Weldon)

A two-time contestant on the show (2011 and 2022), Weldon – originally from Adelaide but now living in Melbourne – runs catering businesses, has worked as a chef, hosted cooking demonstrations, co-hosts the Network 10’s cooking show ‘Farm to Fork’, and is the ambassador and chef for Coles Supermarkets in Australia.

From MasterChef Australia to Karim’s in Old Delhi – Michael Weldon’s Tasty Journey

Besides Delhi, during his month-long trip to India, Weldon makes pit stops in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru for a series of interactive food and drink demonstrations, masterclasses and hosted dinners, “featuring Australian culinary delights with a touch of Indian flavours”. .