IFCA founder gen-sec chef Soundararajan P passes away from a heart assault at the age of 64, remembered by legions of cooks he mentored
Chef Soundararajan P was in uniform when we missing him, taking part in a culinary webinar. Founder general secretary of the Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA), he was energetic all by his vocation, teaching and inspiring chefs, and devoted to the hospitality sector until the incredibly conclude.
Hailing from Coimbatore, the 64-yr-old chef, who handed absent from a coronary heart attack, did his Bachelors in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Madras, and then received a degree from the Institute of Resort Administration in Chennai.
I was government chef in a person of the Accor hotels in Mumbai in 1999 when I to start with fulfilled him. I however recall a tall chef walking into my kitchen to ask for me if he could use it for a VIP function. Despite the fact that he was previously a effectively acknowledged chef, I was charmed by how humble he was, and I soon identified out how motivating it was to function beside him.
We talked about forming a chefs’ association in the western component of India, and went on to organise a conference with cooks from throughout Mumbai. This is how the Western India Cooks Affiliation was fashioned.
Pleasant and effectively-connected, he performed a terrific job together with notable chefs from throughout India to kind the IFCA. He was also founder normal secretary of the South India Cooks Association (SICA), and put with each other an Indian delegation, encouraging us to participate in the Intercontinental Planet Culinary Congress.
Above four a long time, chef Soundararajan remaining an affect in the hospitality business: he started his profession with the Taj group of accommodations, and then worked as company govt chef at Club Mahindra Vacations and Resorts. He received the Golden Hat Award (2004) and SICA Golden Star Chef Award (2008) from the South India Chefs Affiliation for two decades of continual contribution to the career.
When he was not functioning, he spent a lot of time and electricity bringing persons with each other.
When I moved to Chennai from Mumbai in 2003, as govt chef at Le Royal Méridien, I sought chef Soundararajan’s aid in familiarising myself with the city’s culinary landscape. There was a SICA government board meeting following working day, for which he invited me, and released me to most of the town chefs, who had been all at the event.
He was a fantastic mentor not only to me but a lot of senior and junior chefs all over the place. His demise has still left a excellent vacuum which will be incredibly complicated to fill.
Chef Jugesh Arora is director of the Chef’s Table Studio, and honorary president of the South India Chefs Affiliation.