Ranveer Brar Quotes

  1. Essentially, for me, the whole point of being a chef is to have your own restaurant.
  2. The food and culture of any place go hand in hand.
  3. If you’re a happy person around food, you can be a professional chef. It’s fueled by passion.
  4. I’ve never chased a dream. I believe in living in the present, so I see myself happy and cooking. That’s all.
  5. As chefs, a lot of the times we lose sight of the fact that we are in the food business and that it needs to make money to survive.
  6. My learning from my travels is that taste is objective. If a thing is tasty, it’s universally tasty. Or, just not.
  7. I think we shouldn’t buckle up our creativity. You’ve got to experiment!
  8. I grew up in Lucknow, which is famous for its street food and kebabs. It was the street food and Lucknowi kebabs that inspired me. The culture of the varieties of food that I tasted as a child inspired me to be a cook.
  9. If not a chef, I would have been a painter maybe. I have interest in painting, and I do it well.
  10. I don’t believe I dislike any ingredient.
  11. With fame comes the responsibility of what you say. If the country is watching you, there ought to be substance, something worthwhile to speak about.
  12. Like a musician expresses himself through music and a writer’s expression is in his writings, cooking is my mode of expression.
  13. Men are more mechanical when we cook. Women are more attached. They cook it with feelings. From personal experience. The feeling a female chef puts in the food places her way ahead of men chefs.
  14. My life lesson is just to be patient and everything will fall in place. Most of what’s happened in my life is not to do with me but good people and the way things happened. So I feel it’s no use stressing over anything. Let things simply happen.
  15. The thing about innovation is, where do you stop? There are movements across the world where people are asking restaurateurs to bring back the regular plate. So, yes, we are fed up of drinking out of shoes and eating out of hats.
  16. Being a Punjabi, it is very hard to say this, but Punjabi food is very overrated.
  17. We are reaching a stage where the source of food has become markets and supermarkets. On a sub-conscious level, we are becoming unaware of the original source, which is land.
  18. Cooking is an expression that crosses boundaries.
  19. I found most of my learning has taken place after culinary college, when I travelled and met chefs and non-chefs.
  20. When I was growing up, Chef Charlie Trotter inspired me a lot.
  21. I won’t say there’s disrespect for the Indian home cook, but I was never exposed to that. Even in a semi-urban Indian family, you will find a maid. And once you meet these people, you realise they cook purely out of passion or love for the family.
  22. I believe that ‘Food is a giver.’ It gives you nutrition, health, and at times can give you recognition, like it did in my case, and you got to treat it with that kind of respect.
  23. Apparently, in the olden days, nawabs would get bored with their cooks very quickly and throw them out. All of them set up shop in a place called Bawarchi Tola. That’s how royal food came to the streets. I started hanging around there. That’s when I realised food is a lot more than just cooking on Sundays.
  24. My recipes aren’t classic recipes; they’re all fusion recipes inspired by all the places I’ve been to.
  25. Anywhere in the world, there is royal food, and there is commoner food. Essentially, eat at the restaurant or eat on the street. But Indian food evolved in three spaces. Home kitchens were a big space for food evolution, and we have never given them enough credit.
  26. I am not very convinced with having a signature dish. The whole point of being a chef is going to a new place, adapting and curating a new menu as per the culture and community.
  27. Food should flirt with the palette. If the food doesn’t flirt with your palette, then it’s not fun enough.
  28. Restrictiveness is not synonymous with food.
  29. You have to respect the culture you are cooking in, yes, but you have to respect the palate you are cooking for, too, and you have to adjust to that palate.
  30. There are few relationships that give as unconditionally as food. I have opened and shut down restaurants and slept on the streets, but I have always bounced back because my belief in the relationship has been strong.

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