Two minutes with Huzefa Sajawal, Fatt Pundit

Published 13 November 2019

In this week’s Q&A we hear from Huzefa Sajawal of Fatt Pundit. He speaks about how his grandmother cooking Lucknow food made him realise he wanted to work in hospitality, getting his start in Mumbai and why Dubai is the most exciting city for hospitality. 

When did you realise you wanted to work in hospitality?

My entire childhood was spent watching my grandmother cook delicious Lucknow food and how she would serve with so much love and care which made me realise my passion for food and service industry. I completed my degree in hospitality from Mumbai and later moved to London to complete my master’s in hospitality.

Where and how did you get your start?

I started as an intern at Taj lands end Mumbai. I got my first job at JW Marriott Grosvenor House London where my professional schooling was done and where I learnt everything I know about restaurants.

Sum up your current work life in one sentence.

Exciting !! full of possibilities

Who has been really influential on your career and why?

Chef Ollie Couillaud, he’s most well-known for his French brasserie Bord’eaux situated in Grosvenor House. I had the opportunity to work under him for a while. His passion for sourcing ingredients and cooking techniques was inspirational. They joy he got from hosting people and serving them had a huge influence on my career.

What’s next for you?

India has always been a land of cultures. With 29 states and a variety of cultures my next step would be to locate more hidden gems and bring them to London.

What’s your one piece of advice to someone starting out?

Always believe in yourself. As cliché and bookish it sounds it’s also true and extremely important. At all times you must believe that you can achieve something only then shall all the power is in the world help you achieve your goal. Never compromise on your dream. Once you have a vision, work hard and accomplish it.

Where did you last have a great meal?

A few months ago, I had the chance to travel to Turkey for a mini holiday.  I visited Cappadocia – a historical region famous for its fair chimneys and culture. There I had a home cooked meal by a chef who runs a restaurant from his home kitchen. The entire experience was absolutely magical

Are there any openings you are looking forward to?

Wilder on Redchurch Street I’ve been hearing good things about

Where is the most exciting city for hospitality (aside from London)?

Dubai – people are so excited to host you. They are so warm and welcoming to new cultures and cuisines which makes the entire experience a pleasure and memorable.

Who would you identify as a rising star?

Meedu Saad Head Chef at KILN in Soho with head who previously was a senior sous chef at Smoking Goat, Shoreditch is a very special talent.

This Q&A was first published in the Careers Bulletin. To subscribe, click here

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