Baking Is Full of New Discoveries - Chef Nupur Agrawal

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I started baking when I was 11 years old. I was fascinated when I saw my aunt baking! I liked mixing ingredients, pouring that in a mould and waiting for the delicious surprise! Baking is my source of happiness! I use to steal dough and make different figures!

2. What led you to take up this career path?

My parents always encouraged me to persue a career that gave me absolute happiness and so there was no alternative to baking. My nana was a chef too! He inspired me. Even my father loves cooking and I have their traits! Besides, I love drawing designing, modeling, but I get bored and tired too soon! Baking is something I can do anywhere, anytime with all my heart tirelessly. Its all about what you create. I like experimenting, making mistakes and learning from them!

3. What does your typical day looks like?

I own a home based bakery named Nupur’s The Dough Knot. I wake up and make a list of all the orders to be completed. By the time I give the last delivery the day ends! If I get some free time I cook for myself! I love treating myself with a good yummy dish.

4. Does one’s approach change when cooking professionally and at home?

According to me, there’s no difference . To cook or to bake is to show love in a way. But when a mom cooks she cooks because she loves her family whereas a chef cooks for his love for food!

5. Is there a dish you particularly associate yourself with?

I love any dish which has a lot of vegetables!But I can relate myself with my mumma’s chole tikki. And I love papad alot.

6. Can cooking be learnt at culinary school or a natural talent is required?

Yes! Natural talent is a must but interest is superior to talent. An artist is both born and created. Both of them need a professional training to shape their skills. So a great chef is blend of both.

Interview By - Suhani Mangleek

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