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Chef Mrinmoy Acharya And The Value Of A Good Mentor

Chef Mrinmoy Acharya is the Culinary Head at Ciclo Cafe. In conversation with Explocity, Chef reveals that he had no interest in being a chef, that is, until he encountered his mentor who moulded him into a die-hard chef who won’t ever take the easy way out with processed foods.

Where did you grow up?

Bombay. I find it hard to say Mumbai.


What led you to becoming a chef?

Accidentally. I was looking for a job in service but was a offered a position in the kitchen which I actually hated. But luckily landed up with a great chef who mentored me.


How long have you been a chef?

That’s like me telling you my age. Let’s see. I have been in the kitchen for 20-odd years.


What do you enjoy more? Cooking or creating?

Creating all the way. Sourcing ingredients is the key to it.


Do you feel there is a virtue in preserving the authenticity of cuisine?

It is very important. That’s identity for each one of us.


What dish do you like eating the most?

Street food and meat.


What’s your least favourite dish?

Packet pasta.


How long have you been in Bangalore?

One month.


Do you like it here?

I love Bangalore. Great weather, beautiful people, fab F&B scene.