Actor Pratik Gandhi plans to hone his culinary skills
Actor Pratik Gandhi wants to sharpen his culinary skills and make perfect Handvo
Actor Pratik Gandhi‘s culinary skills are so dismal that he is capable of even spoiling a Maggi! Or at least that’s what he claims. Gandhi confessed the same in a free-flowing chat on the sidelines of You Got Chef’d Season 3, a culinary show that airs on Gobble’s YouTube channel. This is the Scam 1992 actor’s second culinary reality show and he says that he is on a mission to improve his cooking abilities until he makes his favourite Gujarati dish with perfection. Excerpts.
What was on your mind when you joined You Got Chef’d?
When I was joining, I had two thoughts in mind. One, I wanted to explore my culinary skills and second, Chef Ranveer Brar. I am a huge fan of his and I wanted to stand beside him in the same frame and cook something good.
How was the experience?
It was a mind-blowing experience. Initially, I was nervous because to date I have been just a helper in the kitchen and under the strict supervision of my wife, mother and at times even my brother. I am someone who can goof up even while making something as simple as Maggi! Even the tea I brew is never consistent, I am that bad. But the chef and the team made me feel very comfortable.
And then you ended up making one cocktail and a Singaporean savoury dish?
Yes! I surprised myself and made a Singaporean pancake. All the credit goes to the chef who did not underestimate my skills. Also, he broke my myth that I cannot cook anything even if it were to save my life.
So now, which dish you would want to perfect?
During the lockdown, I did try my hand at making roti and though there is still time to achieve that perfect round shape, I can knead the dough properly. I want to master making an entire meal – daal roti, sabzi… Also, I would want to make my favourite Gujarati dish, Handvo.
What is your comfort food?
It’s anything home-cooked. I am a desi when it comes to food. However, I don’t mind being adventurous. Also, I am crazy about Bengali sweets, especially baked rosogolla.
Since you have a strong sweet tooth, how did you manage to stay away from them while losing weight post Scam 1992?
That was a tough task indeed. I motivated myself by saying, ‘if you want to enjoy these kinds of sweets for a longer time in your life then get back to shape!’ I did not eat them for almost three months. Now, I eat everything.
Your future projects?
There are a couple of exciting projects including a few web series and three Hindi films and one Gujarati film. I am ready to explore different characters and I love playing complex roles. You Got Chef’d is streaming on YouTube