Know Your Chef
What inspired you to become a chef? Tell us your story!
My biggest inspiration behind becoming a chef, without a doubt, is my father. Observing him at the kitchen workbench while preparing meals for the entire family was my initiation into the culinary world. I landed my first job at a restaurant in Haridwar as a chef’s assistant when I was 14 years old. I had always dreamt of exploring food in the big city and creating globally inspired dishes. It was in 2003 that I finally made my big move and arrived in Mumbai with all the money I had saved up to that point. I have since then lived, worked hard and grown as a chef in Mumbai city. I have been fortunate enough to work in various restaurants with chefs from different backgrounds. Today, as I look back on my life and remember the very first dish I had prepared - Hare Pyaaz Ka Paneer - back in Haridwar, I can honestly say that it has been a wonderful journey indeed.
Which celebrity chefs do you admire the most?
I do not actively follow any celebrity chefs. I do occasionally read about what they have to say in certain magazines.
Which are your favorite films? What entertains you?
I love watching Discovery Channel in my free time and as far as movies go, my favourite is the Bollywood classic, Mughal-E-Azam.
Do you like to travel? What are your dream travel destinations?
I have travelled to quite a few places in India including Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. Switzerland is a place that I dream of visiting someday.
Do you read? Which are your most favorite books?
Except the occasional cooking magazines, I do not read or rather, do not have the time to read much, owing to my busy schedule.
Have you tried food from Holachef? How was your experience?
Chef Ravi Saha's Saag Wadi is a dish that I absolutely relish.
Which cuisines/dishes do you love to cook and why?
North Indian cuisine, Punjabi food in particular, is something I love to cook and devour. Among all the dishes, Punjabi chole and dal makhni is what I prepare the best.
A cooking tip/secret that you always follow.
To remove the odor of garlic from your hands, rub your hands on a stainless steel sink for 30 seconds and then wash them.