What inspired you to become a chef?
My Culinary journey began from the inspiration I drew from my Father. He was working with Hotel Sea Rock Sheraton at the time. I remember the smile that would light up his face when he would cook something new for us at the home. Everything he learnt from observing the Chefs in the kitchen at work, and was always learning new techniques and evolving his skill-set. Looking at the joy and happiness cooking brought to his life, I started my culinary journey by replicating the dishes he made for the family.
What is the one cuisine that you are most comfortable cooking? Enjoy the most.
Being a proud Indian, I have special love towards Indian Cuisine. India has 29 states & 7 union territories and each region has a different culture and cuisine. You will find different spices, culture, food and flavour across the country, which make our culinary heritage incomparable. Hence the love for Indian Cuisine.
Is there a chef you admire the most? Who and why?
The Chef I admire the most would be Chef Gordon James Ramsay for his unique way of preparing food and incomparable work ethic and his love for the culinary arts. Though my cuisine does not connect with the cuisines he excels in, his work ethic and the masterpieces he creates are something I try to emulate on a daily basis. A famous quote states that “the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach”.
When are you happiest at work?
I am always happy at work! That being said, I am most happy when the Restaurant is sold out and people love the food that I prepare. Also when a guest makes it a point to compliment me on the food. This Excites & Inspires me to reach greater heights in the culinary world!
What have been the key drivers for the success of your journey?
The key to success is to never stop learning and take constructive criticism! Working together as a team to make the restaurant run at its maximum potential is another aspect. I also thrive on challenges, such as being creative and exploring new ways to prepare a masterpiece.