The Story Of A Little Boy Who Grew Up To Be A Celebrated Chef : Ranveer Brar, host/judge for TV shows and food stylist
Updated on: 13 May 2016
Born in a family of zamindaars, Ranveer Brar was only five years old when he had to help cook langars in a gurudwara. Ranveer who disliked the idea of cooking then, became quite fascinated with food while he was in Lucknow. After completing his education at IHM, Brar began his career at the Taj Mahal Hotel. He also became the youngest executive chef of his time in the country at the age of 25. Ranveer has judged MasterChef along with Sanjeev Kapoor and Vikas Khanna, apart from opening a few hotels in the country and hosting some cookery shows. In an exclusive chat with follo, Ranveer talks about everything right from how cooking happened and to his worse kitchen disaster.
How did you venture out in the arena of cooking?
When I was precisely 5-years –old, I was forced to go to the local gurudwara to help cook the langars every Sunday and I really disliked the idea of cooking back then because all my friends used to sit at home and watch tv on Sundays and I was there helping in the kitchen. However, after a few trips to Lucknow I started taking interest in food. I actually tried to understand the culture of Lucknow, how different was it food from rest of the country. While in Lucknow, I frequented this fantastic kebab waala named Munir Ahmed, from whom I resolved to learn making kebabs. Munir Ahmed was my first ustad. My first kitchen experience was drying charcoal and grinding spices in Munir Ustad's house. That's all I did when I started. When I was 16, I left home and stayed with him. Initially my parents brushed this aside as 'just another thing' but since I sincerely pursued it for 6 months, they gave in to my desire to do hotel management. My first job was in Taj Mansingh Delhi as a management trainee. My big break came when I opened the Radisson, Noida as an executive chef.
Who all have inspired 'Ranveer Brar' over the years?