My Breakfast: Cheese sandwiches
My Knives: Global
Most Overused Spice: Cumin
Favorite Foodie Destination: The Wok, Dubai
Favorite Kitchen Gadget: Thermomix
Favorite Food Aroma: Thyme, lime, basil leaves
Q: Why did you first get into cooking?
When I was a child, I always watched my parents when they cooked, and since then, I realized that I had a passion for cooking. I was interested to learn more about the culinary world so that I could learn how to create my own recipes. After I finished my studies, it was my aim to work in a restaurant near my home town and I really enjoyed cooking and learning different recipes.
Q: Where were you before you came to Kuwait?
Before I came to Kuwait, I worked for different companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) including The One & Only on The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. I worked there for three years at the restaurants ZEST and STAY under the guidance of starred chef Yannick Alléno.
Q: Describe your favorite dish from your home country.
Brinjal Eggplant – this dish involves cooking eggplant with salt, oil, soy sauce, and sugar until it becomes tender and falls apart, and the sugar begins to caramelize.
Q: Name three ingredients you can’t live without in the kitchen.
Salt, garlic, and butter, because I regard them as essential for cooking. Salt is a white granular food seasoning, while garlic is most often used as a flavoring agent but can also be eaten as a vegetable. Butter is generally used as a spread and condiment, as well as in cooking, baking, making sauces and pan-frying.
Q: What is the most important part of a sandwich?
For me, all parts of a sandwich are very important because you can only deliver a good result by using the very best ingredients.
Q: How does your personality differ inside and outside the kitchen?
Inside the kitchen, I work under pressure until I have finished my duties. Outside of the hotel, this is the time I can think and clearly analyze what is needed for the growth and success of the company and myself.
Q: When you’re not cooking, what do you do for fun?
When I am not cooking or working, I go to the gym to exercise. I also love reading novels, as well as watching educational and comedy movies.
Q: If you weren’t a chef, what would you like to be?
If I wasn’t a chef, I would like to work in the Government where I could serve people who needed help.
Q: If you could choose, what would your ‘last supper’ be?
If I were given the chance to choose my “last supper”, it would consist of my favorite cuisine such as French, Indian, Mexican and Thai. This is because I love to prepare and cook great dishes with just about anything.