Chef Paul Besra Has Evolved His Cooking With Technology
Chef Paul Besra is the Pastry Chef at Bengaluru Baking Company, JW Marriott. Being a chef for 17 years now, the upgrades in technology are changing the culinary field as well. He’s constantly changing with it too, while still preserving authenticity of cuisine. In conversation with Explocity.
Where did you grow up?
Sahebganj, a town and Municipality of Sahebganj district of Jharkhand state which is sandwiched between the banks of holy river Ganges and the famous Rajmahal hills.
What led you to becoming a chef?
During college days it was always my seniors who were in culinary field that stood out of the crowd and were really talented in terms of knowledge and skills. I was really inspired by them and took up the chef carrier. Being a chef means lots of dedication, passion and of course long hours involved with it which my mentors and teachers in college help me build my confidence towards my culinary goal.
How long have you been a chef?
I’ve been cooking for almost 17 years and with technologies upgradation every day so many things are constantly evolving in cooking too.
What do you enjoy more? Cooking or creating?
Cooking is an everyday affair and is set with process and procedures whereas creating is something where you got out of the box to create or re-create new items from the existing one. Since creating involves lots of thoughts and ideas I enjoy more over cooking.
Do you feel there is virtue in preserving the authenticity of cuisine?
Food is an important part of our culture which is passed from one generation to another so it’s really important to preserve the authenticity of cuisine without any changes.
What dish do you like eating the most?
Nothing particular as such but moms cooked food is always preferred above all dishes.
What’s your least favourite dish?
Nothing in particular as being a foodie I like anything and everything which is cooked in right way and with fresh ingredients.
How long have you been in Bangalore?
Almost 9 years now. Still more to come.
Do you like it here?
With almost all my best buddies and even my classmates staying here I never felt out of home.