From making laddoo in second class, becoming a tattooist in Ajmer to MasterChef contestant and now multiple restaurant owner, Happy Singh’s Journey from Ajmer.
Remember Ajmer lad, Happy Singh, who was made us all proud at the MasterChef India? Singh was the contestant at the cooking reality show MasterChef India. He was featured in the season 3 of the show that aired in 2013, and he was the first contestant on the show from Ajmer. Singh used to be a tattooist in Ajmer and also had his restaurant at the Kesarganj area. After MasterChef, he did many shows like Renault Duster Journey on Bindass channel, Rasoi Se on ETV and more. Not just that, now the celebrity chef owns 36 restaurants across the country.
Due to work requirement, Singh had to move to Indore. But the love for his hometown keeps pulling him back to his city, Ajmer. He was recently in Ajmer and made sure to relish all the delicacies in the city. “Ab Ajmer aaye to malpue toh khane hi hai, kachori bhi khani hi hai,” he shared in a tete-a-tete with The City Column. The chef also visited Pushkar and Dargah Sharif.
Singh believes that the show has changed his life. “It feels good when I come to my city, and people recognize me. They appreciate me for making Ajmer proud. It’s altogether a different feeling,” he shared.
“I was a tattooist because that was my passion, but I was also passionate about cooking. I used to make besan ke laddoo when I was in 2nd grade, and I did hotel management. One day a journalist friend of mine told me that MasterChef is conducting their auditions in Jaipur. I immediately decided to try, and I got selected,” shared Singh while talking about how he decided to be a part of the show.
Like we say, you can take an Ajmeri out of Ajmer but you can never take Ajmer out of an Ajmeri. Chef Happy organizes Ajmer food festival in his restaurants. “During the food festival, we offer kadi samosa, malpue, mirchi bada, shahi samosa, dal pakwan and a lot more that you find on the streets of Ajmer,” he revealed.