Here's how Oindrila Bala cooked her way to be India's next top chef

Updated: Mar 04, 2020, 17:52 | Sunny Rodricks
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    A former tax consultant from Kolkata, West Bengal, 32-year-old Oindrila Bala carved a niche for herself in Masterchef India Season 6. Not only did the chef from Kolkata win hearts, but was also termed as the 'Dessert Queen' of the show.

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    Although she lost the Masterchef India Season 6 trophy to Abinas Nayak, Oindrila was declared the runner up of the show. On Instagram, Oindrila describes herself as Masterchef India Season 6 Finalist and an avid traveller, lover of pups, food & drinks. Her gram bio read: A pretty sane person in general!

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    Did you know? Oindrila Bala quit her nine-year job as a tax consultant with an auditing firm to pursue her passion for cooking. In the past, Oindrila made many attempts to join the Masterchef India journey but could only make it to the top 60 in her last attempt.

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    In photo: Oindrila Bala poses for a picture with her co-contestants from the show as she captions this one: Some friendships never change!

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    Besides being a tax consultation and chef, Oindrila Bala is also an excellent baker. The 32-year-old baker from Kolkata started 'The Sweet Spot' - a dessert boutique in Kolkata in January 2019. Since then, there has been no turning back for Oindrila.

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    Although she didn't win any task, Oindrila became a household name when she impressed Chef Ranveer Brar, Chef Vikas Khanna, and Chef Vineet Bhatia on Masterchef India Season 6 show with her baking skills and her knack for all things sweet. From being in the top 30 contestants to become a part of Top 5 to eventually losing out the championship to Abinas Nayak, Oindrila has come a long way on her Masterchef India season 6 journey.

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    In photo: Oindrila Bala shares a candid moment with her Masterchef India Season 6 co-contestants as they visit Amul chocolate factory.

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    Oindrila Bala and Varun Sood, a drummer by profession have been best friends for a long time. Varun shared this candid picture with Oindrila on his Instagram. While sharing the picture, Varun wrote: We be trippin’

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    After her Masterchef India Season 6 journey ended, Varun took to Instagram and shared a heartwarming post for Oindrila. Varun wrote: From talking about it for the 8 years I've known her, to applying twice for MasterChef and not getting through, to quitting a very comfortable job and in the same year becoming the runners-up in Masterchef India season 6. You're nothing short of an amazing inspiration. So lucky to have known you and have you in my life. Keep cooking and only wonderful things will happen!

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    Varun shared this candid picture of Oindrila where she can be seen eagerly waiting to cook in the kitchen. Oindrila, who is seen smiling for the lenses was captured minutes before she started to show off her culinary skills. Varun captions this one: Food is always on her mind. Don't know about competitions and TV shows but you are certainly my Masterchef!

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    In photo: Oindrila Bala enjoys coffee and pie as she enjoys her trip to Macleodganj, Himachal Pradesh.

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    Oindrila Bala is also a doting daughter and a responsible pet mother. The Masterchef Indian Season 6 finalist loves dogs and considers them as pure joy. Every now and then, Oindrila shares adorable pictures with dogs where she can be seen playing and bonding with them.

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    Oindrila shared this picture from one of her pet moments. In the picture, Oindrila can be seen cuddling her pet dog as the two take rest on a bean bag. While sharing this awww-dorable picture, Oindrila captioned it: Love is..a warm doggo! Meet Miaow.

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    In photo: Oindrila Bala is all smiles for the lenses as she captions this one: Food does make me really happy!!

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    Chef, pet mother, baker are few of the facets of Oindrila Bala's illustrious yet colourful career so far. The 32-year-old baker from the 'City of Joy' is also a wanderer. Oindrila often shares inside pictures from her travel journeys where she can be seen exploring local life and trying adventure sports.

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    Sharing a leaf from one of her travel journeys, Oindrila Bala can be seen enjoying paragliding on her trip to Himachal Pradesh. While sharing the picture, Oindrila showed her fans her witty side as she captioned the picture: Me after the narrow elimination escape!

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    In photo: Oindrila Bala enjoys being amidst nature as she beliefs that the best thing one can do for one's your soul is travel!

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    Oindrila Bala shared this throwback picture from her childhood days. While sharing the adorable picture with her fans, Oindrila wrote: See...I always knew I m going to be a baker! She ended her caption with a winking face with tongue emoticon.

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    Sharing a leaf from her Masterchef India Season 6 shoot, Oindrila Bala can be seen rocking the colour of love - red. In the picture, Oindrila can be seen in a candid pose as she is all smiles for the camera. She captions this one: Red is definitely my colour...!

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    In photo: Oindrila Bala enjoys a glass of wine as she stares at the camera with her scary eyes. While sharing this picture, Oindrila wrote: Yessss...I m watching you.

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Kolkata-based baker Oindrila Bala quit her high profile job as a tax consultant to pursue her dream of being India's top chef. From impressing judges with her baking skills to being designated as the dessert queen, Oindrila's journey on Masterchef India Season 6 has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Here's a look at her life in pictures.

(All photo: Instagram Oindrila Bala and Varun Sood)