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Born in Mexico, and then moving to India when he was four years old, Dhruv Baker’s childhood had a huge influence on his passion for food, and fostered his appreciation for layered, spicy flavours that he now uses in his cooking.

His delight in spicy, colourful food with a strong eastern influence made its impact on the judges, with Gregg Wallace describing him as having the ‘palate of an angel’. Thrilling the judges with his unique Indian and western fusion food, plus his complex use of spice, Dhruv won the competition with a final menu that included a trio of desserts; one of them being the unforgettable masala tea ice-cream.

Dhruv’s next challenge is using his food expertise and local knowledge to lead tours for MasterChef Travel - both in Mexico, where he was born, and India, where he spent his childhood. Join him as he ventures through a myriad of spices and explores the layered, fragrant flavours of both countries.

'Flavours of a vibrant land' 12 days/10 nights departing 14th November 2014, from £3,225 per person

Dhruv was born in Mexico and is looking forward to introducing you to the culinary legacy that has had such an influence on the way he cooks today. After your stay in vibrant Mexico City, he will join you for two days in Oaxaca. Together you will visit vibrant markets, experience traditional cooking that dates back thousands of years and discover the exciting flavours of Mexico’s modern gastronomy. You will then continue to the whitewashed city of Merida and the glorious sights and flavours of the Yucatan Peninsula before a final stop at the magnificent Mayan city of Chichen Itza.

Join Dhruv for:
  • A walking tour of Oaxaca, including a visit to Abastos Market & an introductory talk on the food of the region.
  • A cooking class & lunch at Café Crespo.
  • A visit to Monte Alban.
  • Dinner at Restaurant Los Danzantes.
  • A visit to the local market & interactive Zapotec cooking lesson with lunch at Teotitlan del Valle.
  • A cooking demonstration & dinner at Casa Oaxaca or Restaurant Origen.
'Splendours of the North' 9 days/7 nights departing 16th October 2014, from £2,315 per person

Join Dhruv in Jaipur for two days where he will introduce you to the spices and heady flavours of some of his favourite dishes.

Travelling around India’s Golden Triangle in the company of local guides, not only will you experience the history of Delhi, the sheer beauty of the Taj Mahal and the vibrancy of Jaipur, but you will also be introduced to India’s street food culture and learn the secrets of Indian home cooking. Discover the flavours of Mughal cuisine and dine in the opulent surroundings of forts and palaces, not forgetting to allow plenty of time to browse the colourful stalls in the bazaars and markets.

Join Dhruv for:
  • A visit to the City Palace in Jaipur for a tour of the private rooms & a traditional thali dinner.
  • Visits to the spice bazaar & produce markets in Jaipur.
  • A cooking demonstration & Rajasthani dinner amid the surroundings of a former palace.
  • Cooking demonstration & lunch at a sumptuous restaurant within the Amber Fort.
For more details on itinerary, information on tour extensions or to book one of these tours, please call John Ferguson on 01473 610666.

Holmes Travel have teamed up with MasterChef Travel. We hope you're enjoying the latest series of Celebrity MasterChef. It's not too late to join some of your past MasterChef favourites on a MasterChef Travel holiday this year. There are still spaces on several trips to destinations around the world. Here's a selection of what's available and if you need more information please contact John Ferguson at Holmes Travel on 01473 610666.
Flavours of Italy with Sara Danesin Medio Join Sara Danesin Medio (2011 finalist) to discover the gastronomy of the Amalfi Coast, departing 9th October, or venture with her into the Italian culinary heartland of Tuscany on 13th October.
Turkey and Morocco with Keri Moss If souks and exotic spices are more your thing then why not meet Keri Moss (joint winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2012) in Turkey, departing 12th September, or in Morocco on 23rd September.
India and Mexico with Dhruv Baker Join Dhruv Baker (MasterChef winner 2010) for a fascinating foodie exploration of Northern India, departing 16th October, or spend a few days with him in Oaxaca, Mexico, departing 14th November.
Vietnam with James Nathan James Nathan (MasterChef winner 2008) uncovers the 'lush & fragrant land' of Vietnam, departing 8th November.
Spain with Ash Mair Join Ash Mair (MasterChef: The Professionals winner 2011) in San Sebastian on 14th October where you can learn more about the cuisine of the Basque country.


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