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Abhijeet Thakre – Executive Sous Chef (Taj Hotels)

Abhijeet Thakre ChefAbhijeet Thakre – Age – 38, has been in the industry for the past 14 years. An IHM Mumbai alumnus, he holds a Diploma in Hotel Management and Catering Technology since 2001. He has been part of opening teams for three 5 star category hotels and a convention centre. He is essentially a multi cuisine chef, with interests in Italian, Indian and Oriental cuisines and can whip up a mean risotto, pastas and pizzas. He has worked in all corners of India and is a self professed expert on Indian street food and believes that one should live to eat than other wise.

Recently, we had a candid interview with him. Below is the conversation with him

Q: If you were not a chef, what you would have been?

A: A barman or sailor or actor

Q: A dish you think you still need to expert?

A: Too many dishes to list

Q: A dish you like to cook but would never consume?

A: Barbequed Pork Spare ribs – coz i am off red meat

Q: A dish you think you are best at ?

A: Wild Mushroom Risotto

Q: What other quality do you posses?

A: I can mix drinks really really well.

Q: Do you nag your wife / mother cooking?

A: I DON’T DARE…

Q: What bond do you share with your kitchen mates?

A:  Cordial, friendly and respect

Q: What all can we see in your fridge?\

A: Lots of green vegetables, bottles of wine, herbs

Q: What food you are craving right now?

A: Chinese ………always

Q: What is your favourite cuisine to cook?

A: Italian

Q: What is your favourite dish on your menu and why?

A: Camembert Cheese Souffle at Orient Express. Easy and difficult to make at the same time.

Q: Tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of in your career?

A: Being Executive Sous Chef at Taj Palace, New Delhi

Q: What do you do to keep yourself updated about new treads?

A: Books, Blogs, Social Media, Friends, Colleagues, Television

Q: How involved are you in the beverage aspect?

A: Drinking??? WHY NOT??? Its always 7 O’clock somewhere in the world.

Q: What is the most exotic dish you ever ate?

A: Beluga Caviar

Q: Who in the food world do you most admire?

A: Chef Willi….

Q: What do you most love about your profession?

A: FOOD!!!

Q: What is your speciality and why do you chose it?

A: I don’t have a specialty coz I think specialty has its limitation. I love to dabble in variety of cuisines. I love being the Jack of all trades.

Q: Other than creating good food what are the most important qualities that make a successful chef?

A: Patience, Approachability, Fitness, Good digestion capabilities, Being adventurous

Q: What are your long term goals as a chef?

A: Own a restaurant with a minimal menu made with freshest possible ingredients

By Meghna Arora.

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