Please take us through your culinary journey?
My culinary journey is full of fun and nostalgia. I started cooking at the age of 8 at my home under my grandparents’ guidance. They have been an inspiration for me since the beginning of my career; they influenced me to explore Indian cuisine in its myriad dimensions. It is because of my grandparents that I am today a head chef at Gola Sizzlers, a unit of the Naresh Gola Group.
What are your key strengths as a chef?
As a chef, I love to try different dishes and work on accentuating the flavors of that dish. My key strengths are that I try to innovate with food and make new dishes. I am passionate about cooking food and it is my most important life activity.
In your opinion, which are the hallmarks of a professional chef?
The role of a modern-day chef is to try and invent new techniques of cooking, keeping his/ her roots in mind. The hallmarks of an outstanding chefs are: organized attitude, calm nature, passion towards cooking, great stamina, knack for creativity and honesty.
What is the one thing that is going to change the way food will be promoted in future?
In the future, the promotion of food will be dependent on the personalization of customers’ preferences and the use of digital mediums for reaching out to consumers. Instagram has become the most important platform for showcasing food. Managing the data and productively using them will also help in attracting potential customers.
Does India have enough trained chefs to meet the demands in foodservice industry?
Yes, India has enough quality, trained and qualified chefs as they have to meet the demands of their customers in the food industry. India is developing every industry and sector and F&B is not the market where Indians should be lagging behind. There is an emerging demand for quality food and different cuisines. With the changing trends in food, it is essential to keep upgrading according to the demand and the chefs are sufficiently innovative to meet all these targets.
Which particular cuisines do you focus on?
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