TALENT: Raj Gupta
Culinary Olympian Raj Gupta is a Hotel Management graduate from Pusa Institute in Delhi (India) and from Cornell University, New York (USA)
Raj has now moved to his 12th country of residence; his sixteen-year stay in Canada is preceded by stints in Bahrain in the Middle East, where he received his formal training in the culinary arts, also Australia, China, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Ask Chef Gupta about his culinary philosophy and he will answer with passion “I believe 100 percent in culinary harmony by combining food and wine; the interplay of those two is an integral part of any dining experience. He compares his job to that of a symphony conductor “I see tradition as a base to start and the flavors of the world add the high notes and the low tone.”
Chef Gupta’s most recent culinary dreams were realized when he revamped elements on hollis, the restaurant in the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. Elements on hollis has an ambitious local menu, in partnership with the Seaport Farmer’s Market and using the 50 mile benchmark. All products used in elements are garnered from within 50 miles of the hotel, bringing “local” to a whole new standard. The seasonal menu at elements is progressive, creative, and expertly executed, garnering awards and accolades locally and internationally.
Raj has been awarded both Gold medal in Culinary Olympics in 1988, Gold in Middle East and Asian Culinary Competition ( Mefex ) in 1982, 1984 and 1986, and Sheraton Culinary competition in Boston, Mass. United States in 1987, as well as Gold and Silver in Atlantic Provinces Culinary competition in 1998 and 1999
Before moving to Canada 20 years ago, Raj never spent more then two years working in one country. But the father of two children has now decided to stay put. “I love Halifax and its people,” says Raj.
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