Did you always want to be a chef?
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