TCB: There’s always someone who motivates someone’s success, who has been your motivation?
CHEF: There have been many people who helped me get to where I am today. My family, of course, was my biggest source of support and motivation. Then there were my teachers and senior chefs that I learned from.
My family, of course, was my biggest source of support and motivation.
TCB: The food industry keeps growing every day. Many people call themselves “chefs” just after a few courses. What do you have to say about that?
CHEF: There are a lot more opportunities for young people now, men and women, in the food industry. We are ready to help them learn and train. But there are no shortcuts to becoming a professional chef. It takes a lot of time and effort as well as hard work.
TCB: What is the difference between a “Chef” and a “Cook” according to you?
CHEF: A cook is someone that can cook skillfully but in his particular field whether it is dessert or main course. He is only responsible for the recipes in that certain area of expertise. But a chef is someone responsible for everything that goes on inside a kitchen. It is not just about cooking but everything related to it. A chef is not only an expert of all areas of cooking but he also takes care of every aspect of a kitchen.
One of the best things about it (Aryoop) is that for every packet that you buy, Aryoop donates a percentage of it to the impoverished people living in Thar. I, myself, went to distribute it to them and saw the extremely tragic conditions those people were living in.
TCB: Last time we spoke, your company had just been starting out. Any new projects?
CHEF: Recently, I have been honored by Aryoop the brand as their brand ambassador and it has been quite an exciting journey. It is so fun to create and develop new recipes using their premium quality rice. Their quality of rice is something I haven’t seen yet with any other brand, and as a chef, the quality of the ingredients I use matters most. Aryoop provides with four different types of rice that adhere to all kinds of recipes and cuisines. The types of rice they offer are Khaas, Awami, that are both premium quality basmati, then there is Zarnigaar that is sela which means it is perfect for desserts like Zarda, and lastly there is the Double-Steam which is the quickest and easiest to cook. It is perfect for Chinese and other Continental food. They are also easiest to cook since all you have to do is wash and then cook. It is especially perfect for those who are not as good at cooking or are fairly new to cooking rice. One of the best things about it is that for every packet that you buy, Aryoop donates a percentage of it to the impoverished people living in Thar. I, myself, went to distribute it to them and saw the extremely tragic conditions those people were living in.