Sashi Cheliah

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Sashi Cheliah
Sashikumar Cheliah

(1979-06-10) 10 June 1979 (age 40)
ResidenceAdelaide, South Australia
EducationSwiss Cottage Secondary School
Alma materITE College, Yishun
OccupationTelevision Cook
StyleSingaporean, Indian, Malaysian
PredecessorDiana Chan
SuccessorLarissa Takchi
Rabicca Vijayan (m. 1997)
AwardsWinner of MasterChef Australia 2018

Sashikumar Cheliah (born 10 June 1979) is a Singaporean-born Australian cook. He was a contestant on the tenth series of MasterChef Australia in 2018, eventually winning the show.

Early life[edit]

Cheliah was raised in Singapore where he attended Swiss Cottage Secondary School and ITE College, Yishun. He is the eldest of seven children.[1]

For 12 years, Cheliah worked for the Special Tactics and Rescue (STAR) unit of the Singapore Police Force, where he trained in tactics, rescue operations, counter terrorism, kidnappings and high-profile protection in the riot police.[2]

Cheliah is married to a nurse, Rabicca Vijayan. They have two sons.[3] The family moved to Adelaide in 2012.[4]

Cheliah's interest in food began by watching his mother, a cafe owner, and aunties prepare family meals. His interest in cooking piqued after moving to Australia.[4] His goal is to open a fusion restaurant featuring Indian and South Asian flavours.[5]

MasterChef Australia[edit]

Cheliah was selected in the Top 24 to contest MasterChef Australia in 2018. He reached the finale on 31 July, which he won with a record 93 points out of 100.[6][4]

After MasterChef[edit]

Cheliah started a pop-up restaurant named "Gaja by Sashi" in the Melbourne CBD, serving Singaporean dishes.[7]


  1. ^ "Sashi Cheliah". tenplay. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  2. ^ "9 Sashi Cheliah Facts As Singapore Celebrates His MasterChef Australia Victory". Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Singapore-born Sashi Cheliah crowned MasterChef Australia champion". Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Singapore-Born Home Cooks Wins MasterChef Australia S10 -". 1 August 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Sashi Cheliah is winning hearts with his smile while cooking at MasterChef - The Indian Down Under". Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Highest score ever: Sashi Cheliah crowned 2018 MasterChef winner". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  7. ^ "MasterChef winner Sashi Cheliah is opening a pop-up restaurant". Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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