Chef Shipra Khanna started working in the kitchen when she was nine. It was her love for food and passion that made her enter into Master Chef in 2012 where her family and friends supported her to showcase her talent on the show. In an interview to Restaurant India, she shares how cooking has changed her life in last few years.
Joining the entrepreneurship bandwagon
There were so many acknowledgements and achievements including working with different chefs, doing varieties of menu and learning from others. I believe that nobody knows it all, the more you explore cultures and human beings, the more you understand the human cycle as people have varied options. In entrepreneurship you need to open to talk to people because then you understand the human angle and you interact with all sources of people. Masterchef definitely gave me a platform to give my passion a profession but it doesn’t end anywhere it is always like what do I do next?
I started cooking at the early age of nine. I started learning from my grandmother but the true stint begins when I had to cook for my daughter. I started cooking outside food at home keeping health and taste at one time. It was in way back 2004. Masterchef happened after 8 years in 2012.
Shining with opportunities
After winning Masterchef I started working with different tourism board as chef. I started doing consultation for restaurants, private dinners etc. It all started with Masterchef.
I am 34 years old. Doing everything at a time is very tough. There were already many people doing well in the food industry and so I have to come out very well to match that standard. It is good to start small and then grow from there. You have to grow with people and that’s where the whole success lies.
I am doing lots of shows on Food Food, Star Plus. I have done few international shows in the US and UAE. I have also launched by digital channel called Shipra’s Kitchen where all my work lies. I am talking about various types of cuisines, desserts and health foods on the channel. I am also the face of cooking on Tata Sky DTH. It is a lot of fun when you start cooking.
I am planning to launch my own restaurant. I am working on around seven cookbooks. Since, starting a restaurant is tough it will another few years. My two books are already out. I always had in mind to write a book. It was about sharing my recipes and learning with people. My Four cookbooks will be regional and three will be health cookbooks.
On food trends
I love cooking and everything related to food is close to my heart. I do a lot of global food, fusion food and desserts. I don’t want to stick to a cuisine rather I want to explore everything. I am really happy to see that the food has evolved and thought process has evolved amongst diners in India. People love to eat out, they understand food, and they are accepting global changes.