"Always be a student, there is never a time when you are perfect" - Ankur Kumar; Executive Sous Chef, Centara Grand Maldives

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How did it all start? Share your culinary journey with us

Actually, It started since my childhood, I always wanted to do something out of the box. During my school days, BTech in Engineering was best study option but it was out of my league. Eventually I joined I.H.M Hyderabad, which was ranked as n.o 3 Hotel school that year.

During collage days I was dedicated to learn as much as I can about cooking techniques. During those years I read Larousse Gastronomique many times. This was the time when I really grew my passion into cooking.

I started my career with Leonia Holistic destination, Hyderabad as a Management trainee, worked there for more than an year and then got Golden opportunity of my life to work with P&O cruise lines.

Since then there is no come back, I grew my passion in cooking and I believe this is what you required to be a successful chef, mere interest in cooking will not help, you need to be passionate about it