Know Your Chef
What inspired you to become a chef? Tell us your story!
My husband and children have played a pivotal role in encouraging me to cook. My husband is an equally good chef and started cooking at the age of 13. While he has continuously motivated me to improve my culinary skills and cooking methods, it was my mother-in-law who taught me the basics of cooking. I started out professionally as a chef by providing a tiffin service from my home for the local community. After this picked up momentum, and I gained some belief in myself as a professional chef, I invested in kitchen equipments and began catering to parties. Today, I operate these two services under the brand name Sonica's Kitchen. My journey as a chef so far has been nothing short of amazing and I can say that it's one of the best decisions I have made in my life.
Which celebrity chefs do you admire the most?
Chef Kunal and Chef Vivek are my two favourite chefs.
Which are your favorite films? What entertains you?
I like watching films and can watch Nine Months and Tare Zameen Par over and over again.
Do you like to travel? What are your favorite travel destinations?
Yes, I love travelling and my dream destination is Melbourne, where I would like to go on a holiday with my husband.
What do you love the most about Mumbai?
The people that you work with here have a commendable proffesional attitude. I also love the fact that I live in a city that never sleeps and there is always something happening around.
Do you like to read?
I am not an avid reader, but I do like reading blogs by other chefs I admire and keep up with the latest in the culinary world.
Have you tried food from Holachef? How was your experience?
I am a huge fan of Chef Archana Vohra and order her dishes whenever I can.
Which cuisines/dishes do you love to cook and why?
Punjabi cuisine is my most favourite cuisine in the world. Pindi chana and butter chicken are my top two dishes.
A cooking tip/secret that you always follow.
When making kheer, add sugar only at the end so that the rice is cooked properly.