Chefs Don't Make Mistakes; They Make New Dishes - Chef Arjun

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1. Tell us about your background and journey

Arjun here. I see myself as a person from a middle class Indian family, not so brainy, strong willed, adamant and born to a lovely couple. There were no shortcuts to where I stand right now, I had to earn it. I'd describe my 'journey' as struggle some, hard and exhausting. I gave it my all and it was all worth it. This tedious journey however, helped me to make my dreams into my present (reality) fuelled by ofcourse the obvious passion towards food.

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

As I said earlier, I was always excited and curious of the art behind culinary. The looks and the taste, yes, lured me to the dish at first later the curiosity drived me to wonder and to learn the process behind these happy bites. This later turned to a passion which I learned to perfect and plate day by day. This inturn led my career as a chef.

3. What does your typical day looks like?

A typical day of mine looks pretty much of an epic. Looking at my life as another I'll say it looks like the film of Troy and Sparta. Highlighted with efforts, hardwork, passion, love know the rest. But at the end of the day everything blends perfectly and becomes all worthwhile.

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

I believe when one becomes a chef he is always a chef everywhere , be it at a professional kitchen or even at one's home kitchen. The passion is same, the effort is same and the preparation and quality is same. 

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

We let the dish talk who we are;  how the dish looks, the aroma, the texture, all gives it away. There is no single dish, everything we cook is a mirrored image of what we are, and what we love. 

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

Cooking is an art, which is gained in time and effort. Everyone can cook, but not everyone can be a chef. It take tons of hardwork , knowledge, passion and belief to master a perfect dish. 

7. Which is your favourite book and why? 

All the books which are written by Marco Pierre White, all of them are my favorites. His writings emphasise  what we are, just plain and simple as that.

- Chef Arjun

Interviewed by- Harsha

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