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Suzy Singh from "MasterChef" is one of the top 18 contestants in Season 2 of the FOX reality cooking competition series. She is a 27-year-old neural engineer from Chicago, Illinois. Her signature dish is Tandoori Cod en Papillote with Chai and Saffron-infused Couscous.

Q&A with Suzy Singh ("MasterChef"):

Who was your first cooking inspiration?

My dad is known for making amazing Punjabi food and is definitely a savory home chef. My mom studied Home Science in college and is definitely more
Suzy Singh in "MasterChef"
Suzy Singh MasterChef
of the pastry home chef. My parents taught me from a very young age to appreciate both the savory and sweet side of cooking. Since I could remember, I always saw my mom carrying around a bag of flour and a spice tray in the kitchen that was passed down from her mom, which came from generations before. When I was 18 and heading off to college, my mom gave me my first spice tray that I still carry with me today. My dad has this passion for cooking and has taught me from the young age of 4 to have integrity in the kitchen by respecting the ingredient, keeping the kitchen clean, and cooking from the heart. Since I am a first generation South Asian, my parents wanted to keep the Punjabi cuisine alive and active in our kitchen at home. I know how to cook traditional Punjabi food on the simple fact that my parents always made it in the house. My parents are not only my inspiration for cooking, but also keeping the passion alive in the kitchen!

What is the first dish you ever mastered?

Applesauce. It's a tradition in my family. My aunts chopped and peeled the apples, my uncles tended the pot and I would stand on my stepstool and taste the mixture to make sure we had it just right.

What is your favorite thing to cook?

I am obsessed with cooking Punjabi food! I also love mixing eastern and western cultures and cuisines! So my ultimate dish that I can make every day for the next two years is definitely Butter Chicken Tacos! I make the butter chicken in a very traditional manner by using a ton of butter, homemade tandoori masala, and lots of love. I reduce the butter chicken so that the sauce is very concentrated. Then I make the tortillas using dry masa harina and flour. I press the tortillas using a tortilla press and use a traditional Indian tava to cook the tortillas. I then stuff the tortillas with my butter chicken concentrate. I add in thinly sliced onions dressed with salt and lemon juice and topped with cilantro! Super simple, made from scratch, and completely innovative Punjabi cuisine. It's seriously delicious!

What did you learn as a contestant on "MasterChef"?

To keep it simple, Suzy Singh! You can have very simple ingredients and elevate them by using technique and making the ingredients shine! It's such an easy concept that I have now ribboned throughout every other aspect of my life. Keep the cooking simple, add a dash of love and you have a great dish! I now make food that uses very simple ingredients, but elevated to a whole new level of execution. I am finding a ton of inspiration from India, Dubai, and Chicago street food. I am cultivating the essence and simplicity of this food into my every day cooking. Delicious!

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Age: ∼32 years old
Hometown: Chicago, IL

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kathy says:
Do you have any idea how ridiculous you looked saying that it was Esther's fault that you lost the challenge on tonight's episode (7/11)? She lost by a slimmer margin that you did. It took BOTH losses for your team to lose. Lucky you're a cook (sort of) and not an accountant.

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