Saira Hamilton

Saira is a chef, food presenter and author best remembered as a finalist in MasterChef 2013. She won high praise from judges John and Gregg for her Bengali-inspired food. Gregg has praised Saira “This lady understands ingredients, she knows food. She can do delicious.” Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar said, “Saira has a gift for spicing.”

Narrowly finishing fourth, Saira was inspired by MasterChef to leave behind a 20 year career in law enforcement and embark on her dream of a new vocation in food. Saira now cooks for private clients all over the country and hosts supper-clubs and runs cookery masterclasses at several venues Saira’s presentations are notable for her infectious enthusiasm and passion for good food as well as her easy-to-follow recipes.

Saira’s first cookbooks Kitchen Favourites with Saira: Chilli, Ginger and Garlic were published in February 2016 and showcase these 3 amazing ingredients. The user-friendly books are designed for home cooks and contain simple, no-nonsense recipes packed with flavour. Saira is now working on a new book of authentic Bangladeshi cuisine (Anness Publishing) due to be released in March 2018.