I am from Mumbai, India. I am currently pursuing bachelors in Hotel Management from one of the top colleges here (IHM Mumbai). Culinary arts and technology is one of the core subjects and that is where my interest lies. I will complete my course by April '17 post which I wish to work abroad under one of the best chefs.
The reason I do not want to take the standard route of getting a job at a Restaurant or Hotel here in India via the college campus interviews is due to the Work culture, Pay Scale, Knowledge and other factors over here. Also, I cannot financially afford to do another course or a master's' abroad unlike few of my batch mates who will be joining CIA, LCB and other top institutes. So, this is how I have figured out I can perfect my skills by training under the top chefs. My aim is to explore classical cooking methods and redefine the Indian cuisine that has not been explored yet.
In the past, I've done an apprenticeship during my last summer break for 2 months under Chef Alex Sanchez at 'The Table' who is quite famous out here and hails from California. Also, I have done a month each in the Italian and Chinese kitchens of Grand Hyatt Hotel Mumbai. Currently, again during my summer break I'm working under Chef Mukhtar Qureshi in a classical Indian restaurant 'Neel'
Also, I am a practicing Muslim and bound by the Halal dietary law and would prefer working at a restaurant where there is minimal use of wine and pork in the menu as I would not be able to taste such dishes.
So, I would be really thankful if you guys could suggest me a few chefs/restaurants where I could begin my journey as I need to start figuring out visa process and other formalities for the respective country. Thanks in advance.