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BHAKTI BAPAT MATHEW
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CHAT Masterchef USA’s Indian-American contestant Sheetal Bhagat says the show helped her overcome a broken relationship and led her to a music career

EXPLORING NEW VISTASSheetal Bhagat
EXPLORING NEW VISTASSheetal Bhagat

Says Masterchef USA ’s Indian-American semi-finalist Sheetal Bhagat, “ Masterchef did change my life, but not in the obvious way. I was struggling with a personal situation. I was brooding and was isolated from everyone I knew, my family and friends. I was struggling to maintain a relationship that I knew wasn’t right for me. Once that relationship ended, I found it difficult to find closure and move on with my life. The Masterchef opportunity gave me the tools to make some changes. It kept me busy and fulfilled at a time when I needed to. Being on Masterchef was a gift that turned me around in the best way possible.”

While Sheetal takes up the occasional catering assignment, she also has a parallel, thriving music career.

She says, “I spend my time working in Chicago as a recording artist and stage performer. I sing with several groups, including pop, jazz and classical. I released an album back in 2004 called Love of Ages . It’s time to start working on a new album, and I’m hoping to get connected with the right producer to collaborate on this!”

About her Indian connection she adds, “I was recently in India. In December last year, we went on a whirlwind tour to some places in Kerala, Mumbai, Agra, Delhi, Vadodara and Ahmedabad. I’d love to work as a singer in Bollywood, given the right opportunity. I feel western music production in India is something I can contribute to. I’d love to work with a producer on a new album. ”

And how about ‘catering’ to her roots in India? Sheetal says, “Though I do love food, and took a couple of cooking lessons with chefs while in India, my heart is really in music.”

BHAKTI BAPAT MATHEW

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