Getting behind the scenes with Michelin trained Consultant Chef, Sudha Saha. In this interview I find out more about the chef’s accolades and achievements, which have led to him running multiple successful Indian restaurants across the West Midlands.
Tell me a little bit about how you came to own or work in your business?
I am a creative person, my passion for cooking was ignited back when i used to watch my grandmother cooking, later I was graduated in hotel management and catering technology and took cooking as my profession which is my passion.
What achievements awards or accolades are you proud of?
I have won numerous national awards in this trade, stating from reality TV cookery competition in ITV1 and channel 4 to good food guide, and awarded AA Rosette and listed in the Michelin guide.
Any new announcements or events that you would like new and existing customers to be aware of?
Currently working on an Asian twist seasonal menu to gastro pub – A very unique concept
What makes your business unique?
Continue to be creative, push the boundaries, embrace the progressive styles, offer good value for money and soulful cooking.
Favourite restaurant to visit if you get a night off?
My local pub in Harborne
Last thing you watched on TV?
Unfortunately, I hardly get the time to watch TV, so I can’t really comment – such is the busy life and long hours that I work as a Chef.
Which person in your life do you admire and why?
My parents, I learned the work ethic and discipline from them.
What was the last gift you gave to someone?
Feeding a homeless man in my restaurant and bought new cloths for him.
What is your favourite smell in the world?
The smell of spice while cooking. It is very appetising.
What is your favourite kind of sandwich?
Smoked salmon, capers and vegan mayo on brown bread
Who would you want to cook your last meal on earth and why?
Omg there are too many on my list. I guess having cooked a final meal for my family and friends would be the perfect way to leave this world.
What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
Disorganised and Pretentious
If you could eat only three foods for the rest of your life, what they would be?
Seafood, fruit and fresh salad
What’s your claim to fame?
When I won Culinary Hero in London, organised by Craft Guild of Chefs
Which food and drink business (other than your own do you wish you had created?
The Hand and Flowers in Marlow – Tom Kerridge has re-defined pub food to next level.
What is the best piece of advice you ‘ve ever received?
Success never comes from staying in your comfort zone. Consistency is what transfers average into excellence.
If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
I’d love to be in New York City.
Name a product or services you love so much that you’d happily be that company spokesperson
KoppertCress UK – They produce the most exciting micro herbs, which just compliment the presentation of my progressive style of cooking.
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
I studied a lot and was academic, so I wanted to study medicine.
What is the perfect combination of pizza toppings?
Bell peppers, gherkins, pepperoni, jalapenos and mushrooms.
What was the worst job you ever held and why?
When I was completing my management trainee programme after finishing my Degree in Hotel Management, as part of my job, I was sent to the engineering department of the hotel to train across all areas – needless to say it was very boring.
What was the last thing you ate?
Grilled Loch Fyne salmon loin, tender stem broccoli and mixed veg cous cous.
Favourite cut of steak?
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
I guess after years of practice I have perfected balancing the flavours with the use of local and seasonal produce. I like to hope that I present my dishes in the form of a kind of artistic culinary masterpiece.
What do you hope never changes?
My passion for cooking and pushing the boundaries of Indian cuisine. I like to create something exciting, different; a revelation of flavours on the palate of my diners.
Entouraj is a true celebration of flavour, with the finest local produce taking centre-stage to create an East-West love affair like no other.
Owners Shah Hussain, Ameer Hussain, Murshed and Ahmed Tuhin take pride in every element of entouraj; from the restaurants welcoming atmosphere and customer service to an impressive food and drinks offering. Pushing the boundaries of traditional flavour combinations, award-winning chef Sudha Saha is at the helm of the entouraj kitchen, creating dishes that celebrate taste, texture and the very best Indian cuisine.
Located in Cutnall Green, the restaurant aims to bring Indian dining into the 21st Century, fusing traditional cooking methods with innovative techniques to create a menu that leaves a lasting impression. Entouraj’s chefs take the time to prepare, cook and present their dishes in a way that truly defines Entouraj. Passion is at the heart of everything they do, and they take pride in every element; from their welcoming atmosphere and customer service, to an impressive food and drinks offering.
With over two decades of experience in the restaurant industry, Sudha Saha is one of the UK’s most celebrated Indian chefs; an award-winning chef, he has been recognised by both the Michelin and Hardens Guides. He works tirelessly to push the boundaries of Indian cuisine, fusing local and seasonal produce with global influencers, in order to refine his predominantly Indian fare.
“Great chefs are passionate about their food; taking the time to understand each individual ingredient to cook and create something truly wonderful. I hope you all enjoy our brand-new dining experience and fall in love with the food in the same way that we have.” – Consultant Chef, Sudha Saha
Find out more about Entouraj in the Food & Drink Directory.
Shukur’s at The Queen’s Head is a village pub and restaurant located in Sedgeberrow, serving up the finest Indian flavours. The team at Shukur’s take pride in every detail, from their welcoming atmosphere and customer service to an impressive food and drinks offering.
The team is led by the award-winning celebrity Consultant Chef- Sudha Saha and Head Chef- Shah Hussain. Stemming from his love for authentic flavours, and innovative techniques of cooking, Shah is truly passionate about being able to share a fresh perspective on the cuisine. Offering a modern approach to traditional cooking, he takes inspiration from his native subcontinent, while continuously researching regional dishes. Shah has combined his heritage with his love of British ingredients to create a unique dining experience.
Find out more about Shukur’s at The Queen’s head in The Food & Drink Directory