Shelina Permalloo

'MasterChef normally favours erratic, eccentric mad scientist types, but Shelina was happy to stick with making the delicious Mauritian dishes that had John and Gregg raving [...] the food she served was exceptionally vibrant and elegant.'

Shelina Permalloo grew up in Southampton with her Mauritian parents and siblings. Inspired to cook by her mother and aunt, preparing and cooking traditional Mauritian food made her feel close to her family and her heritage. It was only in 2011 that she decided to follow her heart and gave up a career in diversity and equality to enter the MasterChef competition. Since winning the title, she has cooked at the Good Food Shows and now plans to open her own restaurant serving Mauritian food. She lives in London.

Books by Shelina Permalloo

Sunshine on a Plate

Rights : Ebury (World)

The best food always brings you back home - and for MasterChef winner Shelina, home is Mauritius, a land of sea and surf, warmth and sunshine.

Shelina's dazzling food is inspired by her Mauritian heritage, and Sunshine on a Plate showcases a stunning array of simple, subtly spiced dishes - from street food like chilli cakes to comforting curries; from fresh fish dishes such as spiced red snapper to rich stews like beef with papaya; from succulent vegetables to enticing desserts, including mango, rum and lime syllabub.

With 120 family-friendly, time-saving recipes and beautiful location photography, Sunshine on a Plate takes you on a voyage of discovery to an exciting new world of flavours and tastes.