Meet Chef Alexandre Seince, Kitchen Executive Chef at Cafe Noir. After working at various restaurants in France, Chef Alex brought the traditional French cooking to Bangalore. He talks to Explocity about his inclination to be a chef as well as his food likes and dislikes.
Where did you grow up?
I am from Angers, North West of France. I grew up there in small town but with strong culture for wine and farm produces.
What led you to becoming a chef?
I actually wasn’t interested in cooking in the beginning. As a kid I always wanted to be a fireman. My grandfather is the one who introduced me to the cooking realm. I used to visit him during my vacations and noticed that he used to do all the cooking by himself. He and I used to fish in the nearby river or collect clams from the sea and then poach them. And this is how I developed the interest and love for cooking and eventually becoming a chef.
How long have you been a chef?
I have been living my passion for 13 years.
What do you enjoy more? Cooking or creating?
My passion is cooking, but I enjoy more when I am creating.
Do you feel there is virtue in preserving the authenticity of cuisine?
Yes of course, and I myself like to preserve the authenticity. More when I cook in other countries, because I share the flavours and richness of French cuisine. Sometimes it is not easy, but I try every day and that is a great challenge. But I being a new generation chef, I wish to keep the authenticity with touch of modernity.
What dish do you like eating the most?
I like a lot of sweet and salty mix. As we find this taste in Asian food it’s dear to me. I also like Mediterranean food.
What’s your least favourite dish?
I am not a great fan of dishes with lots of spices.
How long have you lived in Bangalore?
It’s been a year now.
Do you like it here?
I like Bangalore. But I still have to explore many places in this country.