Engineer turned Super-Chef
I pursued cooking. It was the only other constant in my life.
Imagine this: You are enrolled in the world-famous Columbia University in New York for a Ph.D. But you are having trouble with your advisor. You do not agree on certain decisions pertaining to your research. What do you do? Most of us would do the follow the popular advice --
- Swallow your pride
- Your advisor is your 'guru', so he must be right
- Just complete your Ph.D. and then think about it later
"(Along with my studies), I pursued cooking. It was the only other constant in my life."After quitting his Ph.D., the going was not easy from the get go. In fact, Rahul had to go through many tough years. But when he got his break, he made it big. He always knew that he was passionate about owning a restaurant. Now the entire world knows him for his culinary excellence.
Here's a brief bio (may be a bit dated):Rahul Akerkar has a Masters in Biochemical Engineering from the US but is better known as a celebrity chef and owner of Mumbai’s fine dining restaurant, deGustibus Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. Born in Mumbai to a German-American mother and an Indian father, Akerkar cofounded deGustibus Hospitality with his wife, Malini, in 1996. They operate six restaurants in Mumbai, including the much acclaimed Indigo, a bar, an event/banqueting space, and a catering business.