Ranveer Brar | Indian Master Chef | TV show Host & Judge
Ranveer Brar is a highly acclaimed Indian chef, TV show host, judge and food stylist. His television shows include Breakfast Xpress, Snack Attack, Homemade, The Great Indian Rasoi, Health Bhi Taste Bhi, Ranveer’s Cafe, Food Tripping, Thank God It’s Fryday, Global Cuisine, Raja Rasoi aur Andaaz Anokhaa, Station Masters Tiffin and many more. He was also one of the judges for season four of MasterChef India. What I loved most about my interview with Chef Ranveer is his gentle way of going about life and his craft, his love for his country, India, and his willingness to see obstacles and seemingly failures, as merely seasons to learn from and push through.
I Am Driven By | The diversity of my country, its cuisine, culture, its people and how intricately cuisine is bound with the culture is what drives me. And that diversity is not limited to geographical divisions, but from one sub-region to another even, the food, practices, ingredients, there’s that subtle shift which I find extremely intriguing and unique.
My Life-Mission | To explore the connect between the cuisine and culture of India and express and interpret the same in my dishes and to the world at large.
The Difference Between good And Great | The difference for me, is the attention to detail. It’s the ability to run a concept over and over in the head and iron out every detail. And that brings out the perfection in whatever great people do.
My biggest life-learning so far | My restaurant in Boston shutting down was the biggest failure and also a learning experience. That’s when I realised that food is always a 2-way process. It does not come from the chef alone but also comes from a sense of respect for the culture, community and palate that you are cooking for.
The Characteristics Of Success | Perseverance as a characteristic has always helped me. During the lean times too, I remind myself that I may be down but not out. Humility has kept me grounded and it has also helped me soak in knowledge and experiences. At action level, a balance of thoughtful action and impulsive action, when to change gears, has worked for me. Gratitude is a healthy habit that I definitely follow. I learnt that from my grandparents as a child. Also, inclusive behaviour has worked for me, that helps me identify my strengths and weaknesses.
How I Use My Mind | I typically boost my mind in spurts. I meditate for a while in the morning. But then it’s a continuous process throughout the day. I treat every conversation as unique that needs its own approach and requires full attention. That brings out the most from that moment and the person.
Lessons I Have Learnt | The Simpler the better! Over-complicating things might seem fascinating, however, be it food or life, over complications don’t ideally work. Another thing that I’m mindful of is to come from the viewpoint of others rather than start with one of my own.
The Best Advice I’ve Received | The best advice that I have received is – “This too shall pass”. During my time in Boston, when it became difficult to sustain and continue my restaurant, my partner Chef Peppino told me – it might seem like the end of the road but this too shall pass. And it did! So, whenever life presents me difficult moments, that’s what I remind myself and it works.
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