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May 17, 2012

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Alyona

Sanjeev Kapoor has made Indian food global. The celebrity chef is no doubt the most cele­brated face of Indian cuisine today. This chef extraordinaire is an author of best-selling cook­books, a TV host, a restaurant con­sultant, co-owner of a TV channel and winner of several culinary awards!

Apart from fulfilling his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one cuisine in the world, Sanjeev has played an instrumen­tal role in empowering Indian women through cooking to become self-sufficient.

Since his growing up years, Sanjeev was ambitious and that ambition translated into his quest for culinary greatness. It was dur­ing his tenure as Executive Chef at Hotel Centaur in Mumbai that he received the offer to host Khana Khazana, a first of its kind ‘cook­ery show’.

Sanjeev’s smiling face, easy

going and approachable nature, along with his simple presenta­tion of food made him an instant hit and a household name. Currently, Sanjeev managesFoodFood,India’s first 24×7 food and lifestyle channel owned by a chef.

If that wasn’t enough, Sanjeev has authored more than 150 titles. With successful restaurant brands like ‘Khazana’ and ‘The Yellow Chilli’, it is no wonder why Sanjeev Kapoor had been hon­oured with the national award for ‘Best Clief of the Year 2008’ by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor








THE FAMILY THAT COOKS TOGETHER, BONDS TOGETHER

Sanjeev and his wife Alyona met inDelhi. The chemistry sent sparks flying and their 20-year-old marriage is estimate of that. “The women in my life are my biggest fans and the strongest critics! I love to cook for them on a holiday. We enjoy bringing up our two teenaged daughters, Rachita and Kriti. My mom stays with us and

even she is fond of cooking. She makes yummy ‘kadlii’ and pickles. To be honest, there is nothing bet­ter than simple homemade food. I make it a point to keep a balance between work and family life. And on the weekends when I am home, I ensure that Alyona gets a break and I get a chance to try out something new. Sometimes, we even cook together as a family. We try and have dinner together most days of the week when I am not travelling. This helps us bond together,” informs the super chef.

MY WIFE, MY DRIVING FORCE

“We travel together as much as Alyona’s schedule with the kids allow, in fact, we used to take the kids along at the slightest pretext when they were younger! Being together, travelling, learning, enjoying is the high of our rela­tionship and I feel blessed! We share the same passion for food, and lhal, loo, is a plus point as I am where I am because Alyona has been my con­stant

source of inspiration and support,” adds Sanjeev.

Alyona, being the driving force of her better half, has provided both moral and emotional support during every of her husband’s endeavours. Ever since the incep­tion of the ‘Khana Khazana group’, Alyona has borne the duty of handling the accounts and administration. “I am proud of my husband’s success. Wherever we go, people praise him and thank him as they have learnt some amazing food recipes either from his book or from the show. His fans range from 10-80 year olds,” smiles Alyona.

THE PERFECT WEEKEND

For this celebrity chef, a day off from work means being hundred percent with his family. “I love lounging around in the house, watching movies back to back; I enjoy cooking new dishes for them (family) and ask diem what they would like to eat, be it Indian, Chinese, Thai or what­ever their mood is.

We sometimes go out for a meal or even cook at home together with everyone pitch­ing in. My wife is an excellent cook and now my daughters have also started experimenting with food. All this strengthens our bond!” states Sanjeev. Table ten­nis, cycling or just travelling to new places with the extended family joining in, is something that the maestro enjoys.

MY FIRST LOVE AFFAIR — FOOD

Sanjeev states that his father has been the driving force throughout® his life. Sanjeev remembers, “He was interested in food, not only in eating but also in cooking. I inher­ited his passion for food. So that’s why I could start many things including a TV channel because 1 have never been scared of getting into big things. I am what I am because of my father’s values ingrained in me. In his thinking, inhere was never any gray – either black or white. I was always

encouraged to think out of the box.

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SWEET MEMORIES

The Kapoors are fond of eating ice cream. Alyona states, “When we were young, k ice cream and kulfi was homemade with fresh fruits like chikoo, mango strawberry and so on. Today, a variety of ice creams are available in the A market, though sometimes we do make kulfis at home.” Also, chef sanjeev ■ loves to create new dishes using ice cream as the base. “Take vanilla put H some chilli flakes! Take butterscotch, put some cherries, and make a nougat ice cream or a gulab jamun ice cream. How about a Tiramisu ice cream cake W or then a rose flavoured ice cream this summer? Nly daughters go for Chunky ^choc flavour anytime. The younger one simply loves It the most,” concludes sanjeev, the man who lets his food speak!

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