Occupation: Stay-at-home Dad
Cooking alongside his grandmother as a child in Chennai, India, Loki remembers crab masala and preparing prawns as the flavours and fragrances of his childhood.
Born in Mysore but relocating to Chennai, Loki says culture and food were the core ingredients of his childhood. Meals were hot and peppery, full of the smells of coriander and routinely influenced by street food.
In early 2004, after completing a computing degree in Chennai, Loki moved to the Gold Coast to continue his studies.
In 2014 he decided on a whim to attend a yoga retreat. It was there he met his now wife, Ishani. Loki describes his step-son Indryaan (Indy), aged six, as his best friend and the biggest turning point in his life, crediting the pair with convincing him to follow his culinary dreams and apply for MasterChef Australia.
Describing his signature dish as a prawn stir-fry and biriyani, Loki says his greatest kitchen strengths are his knife skills and his ability to blend spices in the kitchen.
One day he hopes to run a children’s cooking school, a therapeutic and imaginative environment focused on street foods and street food flavours.
When he is not cooking he loves hanging out with Indy, trying new restaurants with Ishani and taking photographs.