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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor In a Quick Chat With T2

(05/28/2012)

Khana should be kitchen recipes but with a professional touch,” said chef Sanjeev Kapoor on Thursday, in town to promote the edible oil brand Sweekar, along with Tolly actress Rituparna Sengupta. t2 caught up with him for a chat at HHI.

When did you decide to become a chef?

I was 16 years old. I wanted to do something different... something nobody in my family, relatives or neighbourhood had done.

Three qualities a chef must have...

A chef must be open-minded... it helps in creativity. He must be willing to write his or her own rules. Third, he must be passionate about cooking and he must be hard-working.

A dish of yours that your family swears by...

Ah! They all have different preferences. My wife loves my chicken biryani... my elder daughter Rachita, 17 years old, loves Laksa, which is an Indonesian noodle soup. My younger daughter Kriti, who is 14, loves chocolate muffins.

Are your kids as passionate about food as you are?

Yes, they are. In fact, Kriti is my biggest critic. I, however, won’t force them to take up any particular profession. Rachita wants to get into law and I will be supportive.

Any plans to bring any of your other restaurants to Calcutta?

We just opened Yellow Chilli on Jessore Road. We have Khazana in Dubai and other places. We plan to bring it to Calcutta as well.

What do you suggest we have to beat the heat?

Stir-fried vegetables, phuchka and mixed fresh fruit juice.

A vegetable you resemble: Mirchi. Yellow mirchi!

Your favourite Calcutta dessert: Mishti Doi.

Your comfort food: Curd rice.

Your favourite food stop in Calcutta: Yellow Chilli on Jessore Road.

Your favourite food stop in the world: Noma (two Michelin star restaurant) in Copenhagen.

A common food myth: Fish and milk products should not be eaten together.

The best cook according to you: My father! He is no more but he was a very good cook.

A recipe you learnt from him: Mutton curry with shalgam. I learnt how to prepare Punjabi kadhi from my mother.

The celebrity you last cooked for: (Laughs) I cooked for Rituparna Sengupta just a couple of minutes back!

Source: The Telegraph

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.