CEO Lifestyle Magazine, Titan Talk with the Master of all Chefs..
A CEO, a national awardee, photographer, reality TV show participant and now, an aspiring singer - you would never guess that we were talking about Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. The man behind Khana Khazana, Kapoor knows how to add spice to life, fi nds Rekha Shanmugham. WWe sat at The Yellow Chilli amidst admiring glances, about to begin the conversation when a three-woman party comes up to the table to request for an autograph. Mother, daughter and granddaughter alike are fans of the chef and introduce themselves, utmost love and respect evident in their eyes. The effect Kapoor has had on people and especially women is unquestionable. Gently signing the note, he begins, "Growing up was simple and idyllic." He is said to be quite a mischievous child but never really got into trouble. "The logic then was you could get away with anything as long as you were good at studies," smiles Kapoor. Even as a child he was multifaceted and his thirst for exploration was hard to quench, a trait that has clearly survived the strings of complacency that age and time bind a person with. He wielded the willow, performing exceptionally in school, and even managed to raise funds to erect a 25-foot tall Raavan for the school drama club and try his luck with the drums. "There is nothing such as a person's domain," states Kapoor. "Limitations are created by the human mind." Kapoor grew up in several places by virtue of his father's profession. His father, though a banker, was a curious and passionate cook at home. He vividly remembers how his father would draw inspiration from dishes served in restaurants and whip up something similar for the family, experimenting with his own ingredients. His brother also pursued cooking as a hobby. Back then, the idea of men entering the kitchen was almost unheard of, making the Kapoors pioneers in their own right. Kapoor is also a rebel by nature and never ceases to be lured by the 'impossible'. In fact, it is this very trait that made him what he is today, a chef par excellence who got conferred with the prestigious 'Best Chef of India' award by the Government of India. Post school, the boy who scored 99 percent in Math was headed towards architecture when circumstances and the idea of challenging the impossible propelled him in the culinary direction.
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