I am Suraj Ghosh! A 20-year-old Amateur Chef from Hyderabad, India. Although I have had a very nomadic life since my dad was in the Armed Forces. I am natively from West Bengal. Although I just go during Summer Vacations so kind of lost all my Bengali touch. I have a small family that includes my mom, dad, and my younger sister.
The Nomadic Life
Every two years I got to see a new place and explore its culture along with food. Except for the fact that I had to leave my friends behind every time I moved, I loved my army brat life. Food was one of the major things I got to explore every time we moved to a new place. I have lived in different places like Delhi, Kolkata, Allahabad, Guwahati, and then Hyderabad. Because of all this moving around I have changed 6 schools. And finally, in Hyderbad I started with my college life as well.
So in 2014, I moved to Hyderabad. The day I came here I fell in love with Biryani ever since. I have tried Biryani from all over India. Still, this was the best I have ever had and in the coming years, I explored a lot in Hyderabad. It was soon enough that I realized that it is the true food heaven.
My love for food always pushed me toward the kitchen. I don’t exactly remember what I cooked for the first time. Helping my mother was a major part of my time in the kitchen. She was like my first mentor in the kitchen. And she would tell me all kinds of tips and tricks to execute the whole process of cooking.
In 2017 I finished my schooling and there was this confusion inside my head regarding what to pursue next. I always knew I wanted to be a chef but my dad wanted me to get into the armed forces like him. Still, I was very stubborn enough to argue with my dad several times. I got into the Institute of Hotel Management, Hyderabad. From that point in time, there was no looking back and every day has been full of new things to look up to.
It was never easy but I had a point to prove to my dad, that I can do this by myself. I had a 4-month training in a Hotel and that made me realize that being a chef is so much more than what we all think. The kitchen demands dedication, time, hard work, and maybe everything you’ve got. Criticism becomes a daily routine in your day to day life. When you are in the kitchen, but you still have to keep going.
Today here I am, still learning, still trying to be a chef!
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