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MasterChef's Sarah Todd takes on India

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Danielle McGrane

Sarah Todd thought going on MasterChef would be the most stressful thing she had ever done.

Two years ago, the Queenslander got to the top 10 on the reality cooking show.

"I was constantly anxious and I was thinking `this is probably the craziest thing I'll ever do'," she said.

But then a trip to India brought a completely new opportunity, as Todd got the chance to open her own restaurant in Goa, India, last year.

"To think I upped it a notch, what was I thinking? I didn't think it could get more stressful than that (the TV show)," she said.

She visited the country because of the popularity of MasterChef there but after she flew home, Todd received a call from Indian restaurateur Ashish Kapur.

"He said `Sarah I've got this property in Goa, it's stunning, it's overlooking the ocean and it's huge and I want to do it, but I want to do it with you' and I said `You're crazy. I'm not opening a restaurant'."

But Todd decided to fly over to look at the property and immediately fell in love with it, and signed the contract before she could even think about it.

"It all moved too quickly for me to realise what I was getting into," she said.

But the romance of the venture wasn't lost on SBS who decided to make a six-part documentary about Todd's restaurant.

The series follows Todd as she tries to get to grips with managing staff, pulling everything together, and essentially learning to be a boss.

"It was just like a constant battle each day was something new. You feel like you're moving forward and actually making progress, and then you just go back," she said.

For Todd, a self-confessed optimist, she almost reached breaking point

"I remember riding my scooter ... one day and I was crying and thinking `what am I doing?' I was averaging about four hours' sleep a night between filming the documentary, running the restaurant and menu-testing," she said.

But then she was shown some footage, which captured more than just the creation of the restaurant; it captured the essence of India and how beautiful Goa is.

"Just seeing that little clip gave me enough energy to finish with. I knew it was all going to be worth it at the end."

* My Restaurant In India airs on Thursday at 9pm on SBS

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