Meet high tea caterer Nithya Sunil, and owner and pastry chef at Sugarcraft. She is also about to open Blackboard Bakery on Lavelle Road. Scheduled to open in April, the bakery aims to do different desserts that are currently available in the market. In conversation with Explocity.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Bangalore
What led you to becoming a chef?
Just an honest passion to eat really good food. I switched careers to follow this path. I've never looked back since.
How long have you been a chef?
Five years and counting.
What do you enjoy more? Cooking or creating?
It has to be a combination of both. Technical cooking gives you immense pleasure when you get it right each time. Consistency is key. Creativity comes more like an added bonus because you can't play around if you don't have your basics right. So at this stage I do enjoy both.
Do you think there is any virtue in preserving the authenticity of a cuisine?
Absolutely. It is the only thing that makes you fall in love with it and crave it all the more. Even though there has been such a transition in the food culture and there are an increasing number of fusion food restaurants popping up, you still mostly remember food for its hardcore traditional flavour and want to go back to it. I think that's what gives every cuisine its charm.
What dish do you like eating the most?
A really good coconut fish curry and rice.
What’s your least favourite dish?
Nothing in particular but I really don't like food that has not been flavoured well. Even a simple dal can taste so amazing if it's got the right ingredients.
How long have you lived in Bangalore?
Do you like it here?
I wouldn't like to be anywhere else. Bangalore is home and heart for me.