Born into a Punjabi family in Delhi , Chef Kunal Kapoor started cooking at home as a young kid . He always had the passion for food and loved experimenting with his food . Kunal Kapoor joined the Institue of Hotel Management , Chandigarh to pursue his dreams while getting ready to be a banker . He began his career at Taj Group of Hotels . Thereafter he worked in many luxurious hotels across the country . Kunal Kapoor has been awarded for many of his endeavors and even set a record to his name . Some of his achievements include , ‘Gourmet Guru Award’ by Food and Nightlife magazine , Silver medal at ‘Aahar’ and a bronze medal in ‘HORECA’ , Kuwait . Kunal Kapoor was also awarded the prestigious , ‘Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship’ in the field of Food & Beverage by the Government of New Zealand . He is one of the main chefs at restaurant , ‘Diya’ , Leela Kempinski. The restaurant has won the ‘Best Indian restaurant award’ three times in a row in Gurgaon for the years 2009-2012 by Times Food Guide . Kunal Kapoor also has a record in the famous Limca Book of Records to his name for creating India’s largest chocolate tower . As far as television appearances are concerned , Kunal Kapoor was invited as a guest judge on one of the episodes of season 2 of MasterChef USA . He was also a guest judge in one of the episodes of ‘Chef Pankaj ka Zayka’ on Star Plus Television . But Kunal Kapoor rose to fame and became a household name in India only when he hosted and judged , ‘MasterChef India’ Season 1 on Star Plus Television . He went on to be the host and judge in ‘MasterChef India’ for season 2 and 3 as well . Currently he is hosting ‘MasterChef Junior Swaad Ke Ustad’ alongside Chef Vikas Khannaand Chef Jolly and is the Executive Chef at the Leela Kempinski in Guraon . In an interview chef Kunal Kapoor says that the food industry in India is growing by leaps and bounds . There are new food channels coming up along with new food shows . Kids who were earlier engrossed with dancing and singing due to the television are now exposed to this art as well . Generally with the television exposure the new generation is much more exposed to the food industry . Food shows have become means of entertainment for many . He goes on saying that the food industry is growing by thousands of crores each year and contributes a good chunk of the economy . Kunal Kapoor says that this is partly due to the growing demands of people across the country . People now pay much more attention to their food and are much more conscious when making decisions regarding their food . They are no more satisfied with the simple food and want to explore more . When asked about his favorite type food , Kunal Kapoor says he generally loves all kinds of food but he still prefers his Desi food and loves to experiment with it . Apart from being engrossed with food , Kunal Kapoor is a big movie buff and loves watching Hindi and English movies every week .