Know Your Chef
What inspired you to become a chef? Tell us your story!
I had to start cooking at the age of 12 forcefully as my mom was ill but started enjoying it steadily. I would make kid friendly food for my younger brother, non-veg delicacies for my dad and healthy diet-restricted food for my mom.
My dad didn't allow me to pursue a degree in hotel management as back then it was considered a man's job but I was too determined and kept reading books, watching food shows and cooking. When I moved to The US I started a homemade food tiffin service which I successfully ran for 3 years till I moved back to India and participated in MasterChef India 2.
Holachef happened and I am extremely happy with this unique platform and the progress I have made in the past one year. I will always share a special bond because I was the chosen as a chef on the very first day of Holachef.
Which celebrity chefs do you admire the most?
Rachael Ray and Tyler Florence from The US and Chef Sanjeev Kapoor from India who I think brought about a major food revolution in India.
Which are your favorite films? Who / what entertains you?
My favourite films are Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Life in a Metro and 50 First Dates. I love travelling and seeing new places, love experimenting fusion food and writing down recipes.
Do you like to travel? What are your favorite / dream travel destinations?
Love...love travelling. I have a bucket list of all the places I want to see. What I like most about travelling is trying the local flavours. My favorite destination is any countryside in Europe and my dream destination is New Zealand.
What do you love the most about Mumbai?
Mumbai never sleeps, love the vibrancy of the city. I am born and brought up here and share a special bond.
Do you read? Which are your most favorite books?
I am not much of a reader and don't indulge in reading much other than just browsing through recipe books.
Have you tried food from Holachef (made by another chef)? How was your experience?
Yes, have frequently tried food from Holachef. My daughters love to order every week.