Its Padmashree Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s birthday today, Here is the entire team of Khabar Samay wishing him a very happy birthday, lets revisit out favourite moment with him.
My mother was a home cook, one of the first to start giving culinary lessons in this small town. It is perhaps her love for cooking and her passion that rubbed off on me.When I was a child, I remember tuning into ZEE network around noon to watch khana khazana. I would be mesmerised by the way chef kapoor would create the masterpieces out of simple ingredients. For a ten year old, it was visual poetry. His smiling demeanour and ‘namak swaadanusaar’ is etched in my memory.
Born in a small town of Ambala, Chef Kapoor graduated from Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa. He began his career under their kitchen management scheme. After working in many hotels, he became the Executive Chef of the Centaur Hotel in Mumbai.
In 2010, he launched Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khana Khazana which is his line of ready-to-cook meals.In January 2011, he launched FoodFood channel, dedicated to food with its headquarters in Mumbai.In 2013 he hosted and judged the show, Sanjeev Kapoor Ke Kitchen Khiladi, which went on air on Sony India. He was also a celebrity judge on MasterChef India Season 3.
He is the recipient of the Best Executive Chef of India Award by H & FS and the Mercury Gold Award presented to him by Indian Federation of Culinary Associations at Geneva, Switzerland. In 2012, Chef Kapoor was nominated by the Spain India Council Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain as one of 10 future Indian leaders.
But In january 2017 came the crowning glory of his career, when he received the Padma Shri from the President of India.
In 2001, he unveiled his first restaurant, The Yellow Chilli, which is now present in many major cities across India. The unusual name comes from one of Chef Kapoor’s travels. He was in meerut when he came across a spice called yellow chilli which made the chats there so unique. He loved the idea and thus the name was born. The menu at the restaurant bears his mark, and most of the recipes Such as shaam savera, shahi tukdan and one of my personal favourite, the lalla mussa daal, are his creations.
Chef Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian Cuisine. He is a chef, a host, an author but most of all, an inspiration to the millions of aspiring home cooks including myself. It gives me great pleasure to wish my childhood hero Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, A very very happy birthday.