In conversation with S.Pellegrino Award finalist

Etihad Airways chef Sanjay Thankur is one of the two top ten finalists from the UAE for MENA region

One of Sanjay Thakur's culinary creations.
One of Sanjay Thakur's culinary creations.

Etihad Airways chef Sanjay Thankur is one of the two top ten finalists from the UAE for S.Pellegrino Young Chef Awards 2015 from MENA region. We spoke to him to find out about his culinary journey and aspirations

How did your culinary journey start?

I earned my diploma and training in food production in Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, and then moved to Australia for further studies. I completed my hospitality studies on side and started working with Langham hotel in Melbourne on live cooking counters

Did you like this story?
Click here for more

Where have you worked until now?

In the last six years, I have worked at crown casino banquets, Nobu Melbourne, Belluci's, Cafe Vue and few others. I have worked alongside star chefs like Atul Kochhar, Shannon Bennett, Geoffrey Zakarian and David Burke. I also represented India in Bocuse d'Or Asia pacific 2014.

Why did you participate in S.Pellegrino Young Chef Award 2015?

Participation in S.Pellegrino was my opportunity to showcase my journey through food and a platform for me to shine as an individual.

What was the inspiration for your dish?

Inspiration was my travel experiences and my addiction to spices.

How does it feel to make it through round one?

I was very happy to go through the first round as it's not easy to put across your feelings and experiences in a dish. But I managed to, and am very happy about it.

Why do you think you will win this award?

I think I can win this competition. My dish has a unique approach, not just in presentation but also in terms of taste and balance of spices. I want to show the wonders a perfect combination of spices can do.

For all the latest hospitality news from UAE, Gulf countries and around the world, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page.

Most Popular

Newsletter

Reports

Human Capital Report 2017

Human Capital Report 2017

The second annual Hotelier Middle East Human Capital Report is designed to explore the issues, challenges and opportunities facing hospitality professionals responsible for the hotel industry’s most important asset – its people. The report combines the results of Hotelier Middle East's HR Leaders Survey with exclusive interviews with the region's senior human resources directors.

Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016

Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016

The Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016 provides essential business insight into this critical hotel function, revealing a gradual move towards the use of automated management and a commitment to sustainability, concerns over recruitment, retention and staff outsourcing, and the potential to deliver much more, if only the industry's "image problem" can be reversed.

From the edition

From the magazine