From an Actor to a Chef, Amrita Raichand has made her mark as the perfect working mum and a brilliant chef. She has proven to be an inspiration for all by maintaining the perfect work-life balance. Driven by her passion for cooking, she aims to shape the foundation of the society thus helping parents build healthier children.
Get to know her better as Your Chef Story interviews her by delving into the impressive story of her journey so far.
- It’s been a long and a successful journey for you in this industry. How has your transition from being an actor to a successful chef changed your life?
It’s definitely changed my life for the better. My acting career used to be very hectic and I had quite an erratic schedule! Running for auditions, being called urgently for meetings too far off places (I live in Colaba, so anything used to be far) well all of that has now finally stopped. Life is far more scheduled and organized and this is the biggest and the most welcome change that happened after I became a chef.
- What is that one special aspect in your life that has that has inspired you in taking up cooking as a career?
When Chef Sanjeev Kapoor had asked me to do the show ‘Mummy Ka Magic’, I was in the thick of my acting career. So even though I did take it up, initially, I was a bit reluctant. I enjoyed it but a couple of years down the road; I realised that Mummy Ka Magic had made me a household name again. People started knowing me by my name which had never happened before. People started looking up to me for their food solutions. I got a sense that knowingly or unknowingly I had reached a position where I was being looked up to as an inspiration for mothers which I must confess was very satisfying. It gave me a sense of pride and made me want to get really serious about this profession, more dedicated so that I could eventually go on to actually contribute to the society in my own small little way. I want to contribute towards the health and nutrition of children by giving their parents quick and easy yet wholesome meal ideas, as I believe, children are the foundation of our society and healthier children means healthier society.
- What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career as a chef and how have you overcome it?
One of the biggest challenges happened when I started shooting ‘Mummy Ka Magic!' the first episode took 3 days for me to complete. I was struggling as juggling cooking and talking on screen kind of threw me off. I was then given a pep talk by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor who told me that I should just be myself. I should try and be the mummy that I am who loves to cook for her child. That's when I decided to bring the love and passion for cooking and the passion of motherhood into the show and The rest, as they say, is history.
- Is there a Chef that inspires you the most and why?
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor has inspired me the most because he's the one guy who has single handedly changed my life for the better. He is an inspiration to not just me but I think the entire fraternity of chefs. Hopefully many years down the road I will manage to achieve a minuscule of the vast knowledge, popularity and good will that he has achieved.
- How has your experience as a Chef been so far?
Oh, fantastic! It’s been a beautiful journey and I’m loving every single bit of it.
- Do you have any extended knowledge or suggestions that you would like to share with other aspiring chefs out there?
I genuinely believe that to excel in any field, one has to keep learning and practicing every day. You see, the the food space is so large, it can sometimes get really intimidating. However, the thing to do is to decide what you really want to do and then focus on mastering that. If you try and do too much by just getting influenced by the plethora of work that one is surrounded by, it will get difficult to succeed. It’s better to do little and give it your best.
- What is that one mantra that keeps you going every day?
I want to really be that "one stop shop" for every parent in the coming years and offer every food related or parenting related solutions to all. From anyone who is a parent or is going to be one, if ever one is stuck with a problem or a child related issue, the first name that should come to their minds should be mine. That’s what I am working at and I hope to succeed some day.
- What is your favorite cuisine and what makes it so special?
I love Japanese food but I don’t know how to cook it. And that's what makes it my favorite. Just knowing that I can't have really good Japanese food very often because A) I can't cook it, B) good quality Japanese food in India is quite expensive. Anything one can get easily, kind of loses its essence after a while. So till I don't master the art of making the same, it will always be mysteriously special to me.
- Do you have a favorite recipe that you would want your fans to try out? If yes, do share a link for the same.