IS COOKING YOUR PASSION OR PRESSURE GIVEN BY YOUR CHEF FATHER? By: Khatibah Rehmat.

Read the interesting question and answer session with Rising Chef Hridyesha Sharma.

1) Tell us about yourself, stating your family, education and rewards you have received in cooking or baking.

RISING CHEF HRIDYESHA: My name is Hridyesha Sharma. I am 8 years old and was born in Jaipur—Rajasthan, but currently living in Gurugram. I am in grade IV and am studying at K.R. Mangalam World School. My father is a chef and mother is a teacher. I have a 2 years old younger sister named Fiyanshi.

REWARDS WHICH I RECEIVED ARE:

a) Few of my cooking videos have been published online.

b) Interschool competition organized by Vega School where I reached top 10 in all India cooking competition organized by Asahi Kasei India Private Limited.

c) Stood 1st. in 'COOK FOR MOTHER' on Mother's Day, organized by Rigveda.

2) When did you first start cooking and baking and how was your first experience?

RISING CHEF HRIDYESHA: One afternoon, I was really hungry and wanted to eat something interesting. When I opened the refrigerator, I found some boiled potatoes, mayonnaise and some sprinklers. That day, my creative mind and a hungry stomach got me into making my first ever dish: Aaloo Monaco Sandwich.

I showed it to my parents and got praised by them. My father decided to post it on social media. I was praised by my friends, family members, my school principal Mrs. Sunita Nagpal and my class coordinator Ms. Kamika Bansal.

All these appreciations has encouraged me to try more recipes. Along with helping my parents at home chores like washing vegetables, fruits and setting the dining table. So far I have tried a lot of recipes such as Som Tam Thai, Carrot Mango Cheesecake, Russian Sandwich, Kit-kat Gems Cake and many more.

Hridyesha preparing Carrot Mango Cheese Cake.

3) Is cooking your passion or pressure given by your chef father?

RISING CHEF HRIDYESHA: No, my father has never imposed anything on me instead, I find interesting myself. He loves cooking for me and is the one I look upon and hence, I do try to copy him sometimes. I love how he delivers with confidence and that is all I wish to learn from him. Rest I love to follow my heart.

4) Is cooking a hindrance in your studies, if no then how do you manage both simultaneously?

RISING CHEF HRIDYESHA: Whether it comes to cooking or any other passion of mine, I have always kept my studies as my priority. A timetable lets me manage my time efficiently. I try to stick to it as strictly as possible.

Recently I have joined DDS Dance Academy to learn dance and also started polishing my painting skills. A well-defined timetable makes it possible for me to enjoy a lot of fun activities without compromising with my studies.

5) Give one recipe of your choice to our readers and viewers.

RECIPE by; RISING CHEF HRIDYESHA:

ALOO MONACO SANDWICH 

INGREDIENTS:

Boiled Potato............................2
Mayonnaise..............................2 tbsp
Monaco biscuits.......................1 packet
Chaat masala............................1/2 tsp 
Cumin Powder...........................1/2 tsp 
Chilli Powder..............................1/4 tsp
Cherry tomato............................5 no
Coriander sprig..........................few
Salt..............................................to taste 
Sprinkler and Gems.

METHOD:

1. Peel boiled potato and grate it in a bowl.

2. Add all the spices and mix.

3. Apply mayonnaise on the inner side of Monaco.

4. Stuff the potato masala between Monaco.

5. Apply sprinkler and gems on the sides of stuffed Monaco.

6. Garnish with half of cherry tomato and coriander sprig.

READY TO SERVE!

THE RAPID FIRE ROUND WITH RISING CHEF HRIDYESHA SHARMA:

Q1) Which is your favourite dish?
A1) Lasagna

Q2) Its from which country?
A2)Italy

Q3) Whose food you like more,  Mom or Dad?
A3) Mother's dish.

Q4) Your favourite ingredients?
A4) Butter

Q5) You like Chocolate or Pizza?
A5) Chocolate

Q6) Which is your next dish you cooking?
A6) Fruit Jelly.


INTERVIEWED: Rising Chef Hridyesha Sharma.
INTERVIEW TAKEN BY: Khatibah Rehmat, Senior Journalist.
Picture Courtesy: Rising Chef Hridyesha Sharma.
EDITED BY: Shruti Bhushal.

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