“Pravin's recipe stood out a mile, not least because of its bewildering array of spices. He'd cleverly woven ideas from his culture into what was, in essence, a recipe whose central ingredients were western. ”
Pravin Sharma won in 2006 and did his stage at The Fat Duck, Bray and Les Maisons de Bricourt, Cancale, France. Very sadly, he passed away in 2007.
Pravin Sharma was sous chef at Silk, the fine dining restaurant at the Courthouse Hotel Kempinksi, Great Marlborough Street when he won the Roux Scholarship in 2006 at the age of 28.
Pravin grew up in Bombay and learned to cook when his father died because both is grandfathers were chefs. When he entered the Roux Scholarship, he immediately impressed the then-judge Heston Blumenthal with his originality. Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, Heston said: “Pravin's [recipe] stood out a mile, not least because of its bewildering array of spices. For someone like me, with a background in European food, this was especially intriguing - how on earth could they all work together? He'd cleverly woven ideas from his culture into what was, in essence, a recipe whose central ingredients were western. This was a dish I really wanted to taste.”
As part of his stage, he spent a month in the kitchens of three-star Michelin The Fat Duck in Bray, where he and Heston formed a good relationship. He then spent two months in Brittany, at Les Maisons de Bricourt, in Cancale, which won its third Michelin star in 2006.
He was liked and admired by everyone who met and worked with him and he was destined for great things. Very sadly, Pravin was diagnosed with leukaemia in April 2007 and died less than four months later at the age of 30.