Chef Padmanabhan Anand Treats Every Dish Like A Mother Treats Her Children
Corporate Executive Chef Padmanabhan Anand at Banjara Melting Pot thinks it’s hard to pick a favourite dish. Just like a mother can’t pick a favourite child. In conversation with Explocity, he talks of his journey in being a chef.
Where did you grow up?
My childhood days were in Kerala where my father was working with the Kerala Government. Childhood and college days brings a lot of sweet memories and also a lot of food memories as every part of Kerala the cuisine is unique and different. I have been fortunate to live in 12 out of 14 districts in Kerala.
What led you to becoming a chef?
Let me be honest- It was a momentary decision. During childhood days my Appa wanted me to be an Engineer and so did I. But yes, things changed after my 12th. Though I cleared Engineering entrance, I could not join as I was below the prescribed cut off marks. I took up Hotel Management as it was a professional course and Front Office was my favourite department due to my flair for guest interaction. It was during my Industrial Training my perception changed about chefs and that was the time I decided and discovered the chef in me. From that time there wasn’t looking back.
How long have you been a chef?
It has been 23 years in the industry and even today I enjoy every moment.
What do you enjoy more? Cooking or creating?
A chef is an innovative artist - Cooking is a regular process and creating is an ongoing process which makes you stand out. I do both.
Do you feel there is virtue in preserving the authenticity of cuisine?
Yes there always is. A cuisine is the signature of a generation or a culture. It’s their creativity and surely needs to be preserved.
What dish do you like eating the most?
Honestly I have tried almost all cuisines across the globe. During my recent Europe tour, I got to taste varied cuisines and also signature dishes of renowned chefs. The dishes I like the most is, of course, my mother’s food. I miss it a lot and every possible chance I would love to savor it.
What’s your least favourite dish?
Any dish has its individuality. Like a mother cant say which child she likes the most or dislikes I won't be able to tell any dish as my least favourite.
How long have you been in Bangalore?
This is my second innings in Bangalore & it’s been close to a year now.
Do you like it here?
Bangalore has changed over time and now has got crowded. But yes this city had something special that keeps everyone happy and going. I also am one among them.