Did you al­ways want to be a chef?

Friday - - Leisure -

Chef Rais: Al­ways. I come from a small town in north In­dia called Am­roha, which is known for its man­goes and cot­ton. I re­mem­ber my fam­ily be­ing to­tally against my de­ci­sion to be a chef as they didn’t think it was a re­spectable job. But I had made up my mind. I was fas­ci­nated by the tan­door (clay oven) and wanted to mas­ter the art of cook­ing in it. My fam­ily came round later on, of course, once I was recog­nised for my tal­ent. Chef Sa­neesh: I come from a south In­dian fam­ily that has been in the cater­ing busi­ness for gen­er­a­tions. My 90-year-old grand­fa­ther still goes in the kitchen to su­per­vise the food be­ing cooked for any ma­jor event such as wed­dings or fes­ti­vals.

I didn’t want to be a chef ini­tially. For some rea­son I wanted to be a banker, but af­ter grade 12 I was home for the hol­i­days and spent time with my grand­fa­ther in his busi­ness. Be­fore I re­alised it, I was help­ing

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