Chef Raphael Szurek Says Your Last Memory Of The Meal Is Dessert
Even though Chef Raphael Szurek is not a pastry chef, he focuses on the dessert course. Because it the last memory that sticks with you. In conversation with Explocity, Chef Raphael Szurek of Silvester’s is the visiting guest chef at JW Marriott.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a little town, not far from Paris, surrounded by nature.
What led you to becoming a chef?
I have, from a young age, always been around the kitchen watching what was happening, tasting and helping where I could. It is a passion that slowly grew but the moment I knew it would be my job was when I started my first shift at 16 in a local restaurant near home.
How long have you been a chef?
I have been a chef for almost 15 years now. It is a fantastic learning and discovery journey that took me from France to China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Australia and finally India.
What do you enjoy more? Cooking or creating?
One cannot be separated from the other. The exciting thing of being a chef is the entire process from thinking and imagining a dish to its final plating.
Do you feel there is a virtue in preserving the authenticity of cuisine?
Of course, authentic cuisine is important and is what sets the base. You cannot be creative and innovative if you don't know your basics. I enjoy, as much, making classic French cuisine as inventing a new recipe.
What dish do you like eating the most?
I love desserts. Even Though I am not a pastry chef, I give a great importance to desserts in my restaurant. It is the last memory guest will have before leaving so it is extremely important.
What’s your least favourite dish?
I haven't found one yet. Paul Bocuse used to say "there is only one cuisine, the good one". I love to try and experience everything and looking forward to discover many things in India.
Have you been to India before?
Nope it is the first time and I am really looking forward to my collaboration with the team at the JW and discovering the local cuisines.
Do you like it here?
So far it has been great. I am very excited to discover more but I have been very impressed by the great welcome and hospitality people in India have shown me.
I love spending time with my family, playing music and doing some photography.