Chef Sonica Khanna has for years mastered the authentic Punjabi flavours ranging from pindi chana and bature to the traditional kathal ki sabzi. Excelling in a cuisine so rich in spices and herbs, Chef Sonica’s secret to scrumptious platters lies in knowing the perfect quantities for the perfect taste. In this interview she reveals a little more on her journey towards culinary perfection.
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, he started cooking at the age of 13. While he has continously motivated me to improve my culinary skills, my mother in law taught me the basics of cooking.
Which celebrity chefs do you admire the most?
Chef Kunal and Chef Vivek are my favourite.
Which are your favorite films? Who/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 / dream 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 professional attitude of the people and the fact that the city is always on the move.
Do you read? Which are your most favorite books?
I don’t read regularly.
Have you tried food from Holachef (made by another chef)? How was your experience?
Chef Archana Vohra and Chef Mohit Chotrani are too good and their food is amazing.