FOOD FAVOURITES

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TOP IN­GRE­DI­ENT

Salt; it's the most im­por­tant. Sec­ond, the pas­sion to cook.

MOST VER­SA­TILE IN­GRE­DI­ENT

Oil. I like flavoured oils; you can add any­thing and make your own flavoured oils. It's very ver­sa­tile with mul­ti­ple pur­poses; tem­per, cook, shal­low fry, deep-fry.

MOST MEM­O­RABLE DISH

There are so many, but when I close my eyes and I think, I think of my mother's Sun­day haddi wala mut­ton with aloo and lachcha pyaaz comes to mind.

MOST MEM­O­RABLE DISH YOU HAVE CRE­ATED

Choco­late samosa, home smoked tan­doori salmon, white but­ter chicken

MOST ESSEN­TIAL KITCHEN GAD­GET

A knife

FAVOURITE CHEF

Alain Du­casse, Nobu Mat­suhisa, Joël Robu­chon

FAVOURITE RESTAU­RANTS AROUND THE WORLD

Ch­esa Veglia, Badrutts Ho­tel in St Moritz; it was a 16th cen­tury barn and I was sit­ting there with my wife and two sons, and we had the most amaz­ing pizza with blue cheese and lob­ster, paired with a glass of Borello red wine. It was snow­ing out­side and it was mag­i­cal.

TOP SOURCES OF IN­SPI­RA­TION

In­spi­ra­tion is all around you. Peo­ple in­spire me. Travel is in­spi­ra­tional. Vi­su­als in­spire me. The win­dow of an air­craft, where you can see in­fin­ity and beyond, of­fers the best in­spi­ra­tion. Mu­sic in­spires me to think of food. The mu­sic which in­spires me the most for In­dian khana is Pink Floyd. You can put on Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and sit in the cor­ner, close your eyes and en­joy the beau­ti­ful mu­sic and al­low it to el­e­vate you. A R Rah­man’s ge­nius is an­other game changer.

FAVOURITE FOOD DREAM

Any yel­low dal (moong, ma­soor mix, with a tadka of jeera and green chill­ies gar­nished with fresh dha­nia) and served with a bowl of dahi—sim­ple but very sat­is­fy­ing.

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