A Conversation With : Atul Kochhar, Michelin Starred Chef shares his comeback to India
Updated on: 23 Jun 2016
Who has ever thought of a soft spoken boy from Jamshedpur would made waves in global lands. Growing as a chef who has always preferred an ingredient based cooking rather than a cuisine based cooking, Chef Atul Kochhar was first Indian to get the Michelin star as a head chef at Tamarind in UK. He has cooked food for some of the great personalities, set up two Michelin star restaurants in UK, authored four cookbooks and is a familiar face on TV. More than 20 years later, the Michelin Star chef has returned back to India opening his two restaurants in Mumbai- Lima and NRI. "I don't know what's early ad what's late. A lot of people told me you came very late to England, Indian food has already made waves here. I believe there is always room for a cuisine. I am kind of a person who looks at a glass and say its half full and not full," laughs Kochhar who remembers cooking for Amitabh Bacchan as an unforgettable memory.
His early stint with food
My food journey started from home as my grandfather had a bakery and being Punjabi's we migrated within in India. We moved to Jamshedpur which was in Bihar, now Jharkhand. Grown in a strong Punjabi household and when move out of the house we dealt with a world that was different. It was quite learning and I used to feel that whole of India is like that, until I left for Chennai and realised that world is very different there. We think differently, we live differently; we cook differently in each of the region. It was learning in terms of how palate has developed and I think it became a very curious study for me.