What was your first job in a kitchen?
My first kitchen job was when I was 13, bussing tables and serving coffee at a local diner. I was told I was too young to work in the kitchen, so I would go into work early and watch the kitchen for a few hours before my shift started. Sometimes they would let me help if they got backed up. That is when I knew I was meant to be in this industry.
What is the first dish you ever mastered?
Tandoori chicken on a homemade smoker that I made. I was just playing around and had an idea that might just work...and it did.
What is your signature dish?
Rack of Lamb
Any stories of triumph from the kitchen? Disaster?
My greatest triumph was becoming a chef, overcoming all the negative feedback I got from family and friends. After graduating culinary school, I packed a bag and moved to Asia and worked for a hotel where I was the only female amongst 79 males. This was hard, but instead of making them accomodate me, I accomodated them. I took a lot of crap, a lot of talking behind my back, but I proved myself through my hard work and dedication. And what started off as what I thought was the worst disaster of my life became one of the best experiences that built the foundation of my career. Something I will always remember.
Who was your first cooking inspiration?
I don't know if I really had one. I just knew from a very young age that I loved to cook, even before I knew what a chef was.
What's the one piece of advice you took away from Hell's Kitchen?
Apart from all the drama and the cameras, if you are focused and dedicated you will learn a lot. I went into the competition really wanting to make it as far as I could. A lot of the time, I forgot it was a show. For me, it was a challenge to myself. Made me stronger and made me realize that the choices I have made in life are the right ones.
FOX Broadcasting Company - Roshni Gurnani - Hell's Kitchen on FOX - Official Site