Revelations: Sameer Taneja, executive chef, Benares, Mayfair, London

17 April 2020
Revelations: Sameer Taneja, executive chef, Benares, Mayfair, London

What was your best subject at school?


What was your first job in catering?

It was at Rajvilas in Jaipur, part of the Oberoi hotel group

What do you normally have for breakfast?

Beans on toast

Beans on toast
Beans on toast

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Pujol in Mexico City, Sabor in Heddon Street in London and Bombay Canteen in Mumbai

What's your favourite hotel?

Chewton Glen in Hampshire

What is your favourite drink?

Nimbu pani (fresh lime water)

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

Shrimp paste

Shrimp paste
Shrimp paste

What flavour combinations do you detest?

Fish and cheese

What do you always carry with you?

Energy and a smile!

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Pierre Koffmann

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

A comedian

What irritates you most about the industry?


Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?

A bottle of water

When did you last eat a hamburger?


What's your favourite film?


Who would play "you" in a film about your life?

Dev Patel

Dev Patel
Dev Patel

What's your favourite book?

The Whole Fish by Josh Niland

What is your favourite prepared product?

Ramen noodles

Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade?

I would like to work with Thomas Keller, Fergus Henderson, Michel Bras, Imitiaz Qureshi and Nathan Outlaw

If you had more time, what would you do?

Spend more time with family

Photo credit: Shutterstock

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