My family barbecued a lot; good barbecue is more complicated than you think.
I love India so much. It's sort of the most chaotic but also disciplined place at the same time. Every time I go there, I feel like I'm ready to rock and roll.
I remember once being told by a casting person, years ago, that I shouldn't pursue a career in the business because of the color of my skin. The fact that I remember it today means it stuck with me. I thought that was really stupid advice and advice nobody should ever give someone.
Definitely, I think I fulfill a very funny Indian stereotype because I love technology. It's something I've always been interested in.
I actually wanted to first direct and produce, but then I got this very cool opportunity to be in front of the camera once.
I didn't act in school. I didn't study acting, either. I learned everything when I got to New York.
I learned how to handle myself in the kitchen - where to stand and how to be out of people's way and how to function like a machine.
I think I've always been somebody to break rules.
My aunt and uncle would come over when my mom was making this, or we would go over there when they were making that. That's what food is.
When I was in college, I studied business because I thought I wanted to be a director and producer.
Working with Lasse Hallstroem was like a rollercoaster, because he doesn't have one specific vision. It changes daily, or it's always evolving.
I don't know about the whole song-and-dance thing. But if India will have me, the independent cinema scene there is something I'm really interested in.
I studied business and also studied film, then I graduated, and I worked at a network. I was able to use my business skills there - I was an associate producer for a little bit.
In an Indian kitchen, the focus is on getting the job or dish done right in whatever way possible; however, in a French kitchen there's a clear hierarchy, and a chef has to know where their skills are and not go beyond them.
One really interesting thing for me was learning about kitchen etiquette, and the differences between an Indian kitchen and a French one. They're different in atmosphere, and also in how chefs maneuver within them.
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