It’s true what they say - ‘winning MasterChef can change your life’.


Shelina Permalloo wowed TV judges of BBC’s MasterChef in 2012 and won the TV show with over 6.5 million viewers with her spicy and exotic street food dishes of Mauritius.


Alongside her husband, Rachid, and mum, Shila, she now runs the award winning  ‘Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Kitchen’ in Southampton, UK. Already in the top 12 on Tripadvisor of 750 restaurants and Number 1 for Street Food in Southampton and was commended by the Hampshire Food and Drink Awards as Best Newcomer Restaurant 2016 and Shortlisted for Southampton Star Awards best Restaurant. 


A Southampton girl at heart Shelina is the Charity Champion for Southampton’s Children’s Hospital, leading a fundraising campaign to raise valuable funds to build a new A&E ward for children in the City, as well as the Charity Ambassador for Saint’s Foundation Football Club Charity working with disadvantaged groups across the city.

Every year viewers see Shelina return to MasterChef as a guest judge and regular appearances on many other TV cookery programs such as Sunday Brunch, Lorraine and This Morning.  She has also published books on African Cookery and the Sunshine Diet as well as appearing at many food festivals and hosting cooking classes such as Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Chewton Glen, BBC Good Food Shows, Foodies Festival, and locally both the Eastleigh and Southampton Mela.