(From The Indian Express)

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. Aarthi Sampath, now Chef de Cuisine at Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna’s Junoon restaurant in New York, was once a dreamer. The kind that Roosevelt talked about. And she saw delicious dreams.

The way to American cooking reality show Chopped, which she won, was not easy at all. The audition process that Sampath went through to compete in the show, was rigorous, complete with endless interviews and questionnaires that led to her selection. When she first came to the US in 2013, Sampath’s roommate got her hooked on to watching the show. “I would watch these chefs compete and it inspired me to be a better, faster and smarter chef,” she said. Read more

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