‘Tasty’ passion becomes a career

2015-09-15 06:00
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Antonio Sewak, Sibaya Casino chef.

Photo: Supplied Antonio Sewak, Sibaya Casino chef.

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ANTONIO Sewak is not your average Joe, his love for cooking and flair for experimenting with flavours has made him one of the most sought-after cooks in Durban.

Sewak said he had dreams of becoming a pilot­ however, his passion for cooking got the better of him and became his career.

“From the time I was child I wanted to become a pilot, but as years went on I developed a love for cooking and knew it was the field for me. I spent many hours in the kitchen with my mother baking cakes and cooking south Indian dishes,” he said.

“After passing matric with great results, I studied at Christina Martin School of Food and Wine where I graduated and came first in my class.

“While at campus I had the opportunity to cook with celebrity chefs, including the 2011 Masterchef Australia winner Alvin Quah. I also worked with Ainsley Harriot, the famous TV chef, and Willy Wonka from the chocolate factory­ at the Good Food andamp; Wine Show.”

Sewak began his chef career at Sibaya Casino in February 2012 as a commis chef.

“At Sibaya I worked in all outlets - Salon Prive, Africa 2 Asia (one of the biggest buffet restaurants in the southern hemisphere), Royal Court Grill House, Sibaya Lodge - and opened the Eastern Delights restaurant in 2013. While working at Sibaya I gained lots of valuable skills from working with talented chefs and managers.”

Sewak’s philosophy on food is that one has to respect the routes of the basics in cooking and the techniques used in classic dishes and styles of plating.

“That being said, I’m not afraid to add my twist in any classic dish to make it a modern work of art by using different styles of cooking and modern equipment.

“As a chef I spend many hours reading books by Gordon Ramsey, always checking out videos on the net regarding styles of cooking and how different types of equipment can be used in different ways as well as watching videos pertaining to molecular dishes which teaches you how to transform the taste and texture of food in different ways. My favourite cuisine is Italian, because I love cooking pasta and pizzas.”

Sewak said as a young chef his ambition is to become a great renowned chef.

“My mentor is Chef Suresh Dawlat, who has been in the industry for over 33 years. He always inspires me to do my best in everything I do. He shares all his years of knowledge with me and guides me through the management side of stuff in the kitchen.”

Sewak’s message to aspiring chefs: “Never give up on your dreams.” - Supplied

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