Editor: Tell us about your journey .How did it all start?
After doing my Hotel management form IHM Panipat,I started my career with TaJ Mahal Hotel, Man Singh road. New Delhi. I worked 1year. And joined as cookery Instructor at the Institute of Hotel management, Panipat Haryana.
But I realized very quickly after one year it is to early to be a teacher. So I joined back at Hyatt Regency Delhi as Commis in 1983 and worked there for 29years. I left Hyatt when I was Executive Sous Chef. I joined as Executive Chef at Hotel Mapple Emerald Rajokri. I have traveled a lot e.g. Chicago, Japan. Shanghai China, Singapore, Seoul, South Korea.
Editor: What do you think it takes to succeed in this industry?
You need a passion for serving the guest, creativity and hard work.
Editor: What are the attributes you look for while selecting or hiring?
The person should have a positive thinking, passion and willingness to learn new things.
Editor: What according to you can trainees do while they are training at hotels to make it a win-win for them & the hotel/unit?
They need to learn the things practically with their own hands.
They can develop the eye for detail, creativity, need to learn planning the day to day job , need to learn working sometimes in the adverse conditions. Editor: Tell us a little about your average day Ans. A chef has to work at least 12 hours a day. I start my day with morning meeting and then it continues kitchen inspection, food tasting, training, menu planning, market list, design new menus, try new recipes, meeting the guests’ etc.etc.
Editor: How do keep abreast of all that is happening in hospitality?
You may find that the most useful forums are on community websites, magazines, cook books and you may need to pay a subscription to access these. it's important to stay on top of industry news and trends – you'll build your expertise, you'll command the respect of your team, and you'll be better placed to identify and exploit opportunities in the industry.
Editor: Two reasons why this industry is awesome!
1. You always meet happy people.
2. You get good opportunity to travel and see the world.