You'd probably recognise the name from the show Vicky Goes Veg on NDTV Goodtimes. Vicky Ratnani, chef, traveller and TV host has made a name for himself as a charismatic, lovable, chatty and witty cookery show host as well as Head Chef of Aurus, one of Mumbai's premier restaurants.
Recently, we caught up with him during a fun cook-off at Godrej Nature's Basket, where he faced-off with Ajay Chopra from Masterchef 2012 fame and Mayank Tiwari from Olives, to ask him about his journey in the food business.
What do you love most about food/cooking?
Food and cooking is a living thing which can make a soul happy and content.
What is your earliest memory of cooking/being in the kitchen?∙
Standing in the kitchen every Sunday afternoon waiting for mums biryani.
Can you name a recipe that inspired you to take up a career in the food industry?∙
I was very proud of my first ever lasagne bolognese which I made in college from scratch, right from the pasta to the sauce. This gave me a good feeling about a chef.
When did you know food was your calling?∙
Same as above.
Your favourite childhood recipe/dish?
Mutton biryani, sindhi mutton, aloo tukk.
Your favourite cuisine and restaurant?
Love a lot of cuisines…but I love Gajalee.
If not a chef, then what would you be?
Travel and food photographer.
What’s next? Future plans?∙
There is lots happening.
When making yourself a snack in a hurry, what would you make?
Masala omelette egg white sandwich.