Chef Ruk

I believe that the food that I cook / prepare should not only touch the hearts but also the souls of the people relishing it.

My Contributions

I am presently working as a Speciality Chef with www.Percept Knorigin.com , www.cinecurry.com and Oxygen Infotainment, and as a Food Author with www.pioneerchef.com , theurbanspice.com www.pinksworth.com , www.tanyamunshi.com, http://www.mangobunch.com/ and Hospitality and Food Consultant, Speciality Chef and Food Author at www.plattershare.com, Blogger at THE BETTER INDIA http://www.thebetterindia.com/

Chef, Food Author & Food Expert at http://womenpla.net/ ( From 7th September, 2016) http://womenpla.net/author/reetu-uday-kugaji/

I own my personal website : http://www.chefreetuudaykugaji.com/

I run a Facebook page “Food For Thought by Chef Mrs Reetu Uday Kugaji”. https://www.facebook.com/chefreetuudaykugaji/

I am a member of Western India Culinary Association (WICA)

Also, I am into writing recipes both Desi that’s Indian & Videshi that’s International and articles for various online and offline publications.

In the past, I have also contributed as an Associate Professor at D. Y. Patil University, School of Hospitality and Tourism Studies, Navi Mumbai. At the D.Y.Patil University and Stadium, I had been into the menu planning and have prepared the most delectable and exotic cuisines for the Former Hon. President Of India Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Tai Patil, “The God of Cricket”Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, “The Great Wall of Indian Cricket” Mr. Rahul Dravid and various other dignitaries and eminent personalities. Intricately prepared cuisine designed to capture a delicious and exciting range of flavours, textures and aromas. Handled Special Food Preparations for IPL matches, T 20-20, International Cricket Matches at the D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai. So I have cooked the most delectable cuisines for small to very large numbers.

With 20 years of experience in the world of culinary, I believe that food is like oxygen to me. Food for me is God. As my profession demands cooking and tasting Non-Vegetarian foods & in spite of me being a pure vegetarian, I perform my duties religiously as I understand the cause behind it is holy and noble. I profoundly believe that food whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian, if cooked with utmost love and positivity touches the heart of a person relishing it.

In the past I have worked a Speciality Chef at www.chefsutra.com

I am privileged to be a Chef and a Mentor.

If I have to say what my biggest achievements are, those are shaping the careers and motivating thousands of students, especially the budding Chefs of tomorrow, mentoring them and I am indeed blessed to see my students excel in their careers and holding immense respect, gratitude and love for me.

I am a complete foodie, love to experiment with foods, innovations and fusions in foods and beverages, passionate about exploring new places tasting and knowing about different types of cuisines. I totally adore Food Styling and Food Photography. I have an insatiable curiosity for new foods and love pairing, flavours, foods and ideas from different parts of the World. It feels great to share my knowledge and skills with everyone. Enjoy Cooking!!!!

Received Recognition for the best Food photographer of the month April’2015 – Fruit Jellies - Food Photography Group on Face book

Winner in Healthy Recipe Contest - Grilled Chicken, Strawberry & Spinach Salad with Roasted Poppy seed Dressing on www.betterbutter.in in August ‘2015 - http://www.betterbutter.in/contest/healthy-recipe

Best Food Story Contest- Winner “My culinary journey to Istanbul”on www.plattershare.com on 13th Sept ‘2015 - http://www.plattershare.com/article/My-Culinary-Journey-to-Istanbul

Winner for the best Food photographer of the month Sept’2015 - http://www.affimity.com/

Wild Card Winner in Your Best Dinner Party Recipe Contest – Murgh Gilafi Seekh Kebab at www.betterbutter.in in October‘2015 - http://www.betterbutter.in/contest/dinner-party-recipes

Winner in the Fourth Week- www.plattershare.com for Best Recipe in the Weekly Recipe Contest from 21st September, 2015 to 18th October, 2015- Crispy Risotto Bites with Marinara Sauce

Compliment by Celebrity Chef Nita Mehta- “Very nicely used the sauces with Risotto Balls”.

Winner in www.plattershare.com with Highest Votes -333 Votes for Weekly Recipe Contest- Khubani Ka Meetha with Paan Shots

Special Appreciation by Celebrity Chef Nita Mehta- “A Special appreciation to Reetu Uday Kugaji as her recipes are very innovative. Good work done”. - http://www.plattershare.com/recipe-contest

Wildcard Winner in Diwali Delight Contest – Palak Karanji at www.betterbutter.in in November‘2015 - http://www.betterbutter.in/contest/diwali-delight

Article Published on ART ON A PLATTER at Url: http://www.dailypioneer.com/avenues/art-on-a-platter.html Wednesday, 25 November 2015 | Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji

Winner -Second Prize- KitchenAid India Diwali Giveaway - Recipe of Angoori Rabri Contest date 01st November ,2015 to 30th November,2015. Date Announced:02nd December,2015 https://www.facebook.com/theurbanspice/

Interview published at www.plattershare.com on 7th December,2015 http://www.plattershare.com/article/rendezvous-with-chef-reetu-uday-kugaji

Winner in Flavors of the world Contest –Chicken Karaage with Wasabi Mayonnaise at www.betterbutter.in 06th January, 2016 http://www.betterbutter.in/contest/worldcuisine

Winner in Holiday Recipe Contest at www.indiansimmer.com- Palak Karanji 16th January,2016

Recipes published in Fab Living Magazine , a décor magazine by fabfurnish.com Jan-Mar ,2016 Vol 2 : Issue 1 http://m.fabfurnish.com/magazine/january-2016

Interview published at www.goyano.com on 7th March,2016 http://www.goyano.com/2016/03/07/interview-with-chef-reetu-uday-kugaji/

Interview published at www.indiansimmer.com on 18th March,2016 - http://www.indiansimmer.com/2016/03/face-behind-food-holiday-recipe-contest-winner-chef-reetu-uday-kugaji.html

Interview published in the Magazine- Better KITCHEN in the March-April ,2016 issue which features Women Power , Ability and Multi-tasking. http://betterkitchen.in/BK%20M-A%202016.pdf

Winner in the Campaign WOMAN AT WORK, published in the VOL VOL 2/ ISSUE 5 /May 2016 Edition of the Magazine. Page 14 AND 15 http://issuu.com/womanatworkmagazine/docs/may_16_finl_digital?e=17767369/35411184

Article published on Spirituality and Food at http://womansera.com/ http://womansera.com/16343/food/spirituality-and-food

Article on CULINARY ARTS Beyond Cooking published in WOMAN AT WORK in the VOL 2/ ISSUE 6 / June 2016 Edition of the Magazine. Page 36 & 37 http://www.womanatwork.in/#!june-2016/e2oml

Interview published at http://wearethecity.in/ on the 7th June 2016 Inspirational Woman- http://wearethecity.in/inspirational-woman-reetu-uday-kugaji/

Article on How to be a successful hotel entrepreneur?published at http://www.indiainfoline.com/ on 12th May 2016.

http://www.indiainfoline.com/article/article-latest/how-to-be-a-successful-hotel-entrepreneur-116051200606_1.html

Article on Sprituality and Food at http://womansera.com/ on 15th June 2016 http://womansera.com/16343/food/spirituality-and-food

Recipe published in the Cookbook by EC on 15th June 2016

Regular Blogger at THE BETTER INDIA http://www.thebetterindia.com/ from 16th June 2016

Article published at HospiBuz Make your Restaurant Succesful With These 5 Quick Tips on the 17th June 2016. http://hospibuz.com/make-your-restaurant-succesful-with-these-5-quick-tips/

Interview published at HospiBuz on 18th June 2016 http://hospibuz.com/reetu-uday-kugaji-in-conversation-with-hospibuz/

A dish prepared by me along with the Food Prepared Photograph was featured in an article “Oranges: Bright, Bold and Tangy” in the Free Press Journal by Mrs. Gita Hari on 25th June 2016 on website and 26th June 2016 Sunday in Hard copy http://www.freepressjournal.in/food/oranges-bright-bold-and-tangy/877928

Article published at HospiBuz Traditional Authentic Recipes of India requires a renascence on 27th June ,2016 http://hospibuz.com/traditional-authentic-recipes-of-india-requires-a-renascence/

Recipes published in Perfect Woman Magazine June2016

Interview published on 15th July 2016 at http://www.turquoisedreems.com/ http://www.turquoisedreems.com/2016/07/15/the-pure-vegetarian-who-is-taking-the-culinary-world-by-storm-chef-reetu-uday-kugaji/

Recipes published at http://www.mangobunch.com/category/food-wine/ in July 2016

Interview published at http://conflatingvisions.com/ on 10th August ,2016 http://conflatingvisions.com/2016/08/chef-reetu-uday-kugaji/

A dish prepared by me “Jardaloo Salli Marghi” along with the Food Prepared Photograph was featured in an article “” in the Free Press Journal on Parsi New Year Special: Khavanu, Pivanu, Majja Ni Life! — By Farhana Madar | Aug 13, 2016 03:39 pm on website and aug 14th in Hard copy.
http://www.freepressjournal.in/topic/jardaloo-salli-marghi
http://www.freepressjournal.in/food/parsi-new-year-special-khavanu-pivanu-majja-ni-life/910009

My Article on Indian Digestives was published at http://hospibuz.com/ on 19th August 2016 http://hospibuz.com/indian-digestives/

I was featured as a DYNAMIC CHEF MENTOR in Perfect Woman Magazine August 2016

My views on Homemakers Turn Pro to Slake Your Hunger Pangs by Tanya Munshi were published at http://baysidejournal.com/wp/homemakers-turn-pro-to-slake-your-hunger-pangs/ on 24th August 2016

Recipe of Murgh Aamras Kebab with Mango-Garlic Paprika Sauce published in the Magazine- Better KITCHEN in the July -August ,2016 issue http://betterkitchen.in/BK%20J-A%202016.pdf

My Article on The Divine Modak was published at http://hospibuz.com/ on the 3rd sept 2016 http://hospibuz.com/the-divine-modak/

Recipe of Paneer Peas Masala published at http://www.mangobunch.com/ http://www.mangobunch.com/food-wine/paneer-peas-masala-recipe/ on the 6th September,2016

Recipe of Sitaphal Rabri published at www.womenpla.net http://womenpla.net/recipe/sitaphal-rabri/ on the 7th September,2016

Interview published at http://www.storified.me/ http://www.storified.me/reetu-culinary-artist/ on 11th September, 2016

Recipe of Eid Special Shahi Tukda published at http://hospibuz.com/ http://hospibuz.com/eid-special-shahi-tukda-by-chef-reetu-uday/ on 13th Sept 2016

Recipe of Onam Special Pasi Parrupu Payasam published at http://hospibuz.com/ http://hospibuz.com/onam-special-pasi-paruppu-payasam-moong-dal-payasam/ on 15th Sept 2016

Interview published in Being Woman Magazine Sept 2016 Issue.

Recipe of Dhungari Lasooni Dal at http://www.mangobunch.com/
http://www.mangobunch.com/food-wine/recipe-dhungari-lasooni-dal-khichdi/ on 16th September 2016

Top 100 Shortlisted in Rising Stars India 2016 on 26th September, 2016 WeAreTheCity India recently announced that it is launching a new Awards Recognition Programme to highlight the achievements of the female talent pipeline across India. Nominations open on 01 August 2016. 50 women in non-managerial positions from a range of industries will be chosen as a Rising Stars in recognition of their achievements.

By highlighting the accolades of inspirational female talent, WeAreTheCity hopes to encourage organisations and business leaders to invest in and recognise women as leaders of tomorrow and individual contributors within their respective industries. Recognising that careers for women may follow different timescales, the Top 50 Rising Star India awards will not have any age restrictions included within the criteria. WeAreTheCity feels it has a responsibility to ensure that female talent, regardless of age and background, receives the necessary support and skills to transition into key decision-making roles within our organisations.

Recipe of Rajgira Halwa published at http://www.allaboutwomen.in/ & http://www.allaboutwomen.in/recipe-rajgira-halwa/ on 7th October,2016

Recipe of Sago Balls with a twist was published at http://www.mangobunch.com/ & http://www.mangobunch.com/sago-balls-with-a-twist on 9th October,2016

Recipe of Badami Besan Ladoo published at http://womenpla.net/ http://womenpla.net/recipe/badami-besan-ladoo/ in Oct 2016

Recipe of Gajrela was published at http://www.mangobunch.com/ & October,2016

Recipe of Palak Karanji published at http://womenpla.net/ in Oct 2016

Recipe of Aloo aur Gulab Ka Halwa, Sitaphal Shahi Tukda, Malpua and Chickoo aur Anjeer ka Halwa have been published in the New Woman Magazine-Nov 2016

3rd prize in Homemade Diwali Recipes- Sitaphal Shahi Tukda –Announced on 9th November,2016 at http://www.betterbutter.in/ http://www.betterbutter.in/contest/homemade-diwali-recipes

My recipe Punjabi Pakorewali Kadhi and my views on Food Related New Year Resolutions and eating out were published / featured in the magazine “THE WEEK SMARTlife- LIVE HEALTHY, STAY FIT” December -2016.

Extremely proud for shaping the careers of thousands of Budding Chefs and students and witnessing them being so successful as Human Beings first then a Chef. As a mentor to them, I ensure that this quality of being extremely Humble and be proud of your roots is inculcated in my students, as I want them to be good humble humans first and then Chefs.

As a Kid I have grown up seeing my mother cook the most delectable cuisines for the entire family. That gave the first kick in my mind that, Yes food is such an interesting and enormous art. I guess that I have got it through my genes.

My accomplishments:

My accomplishments are to see and witness my Students grow in their careers and to be well renowned is a pat on my back , I feel extremely proud of that. As a mentor to them , I ensure that this quality of being extremely Humble and be proud of your roots is inculcated in my students, as I want them to be good humble humans first and then Chefs. The Noble profession that I am in itself inspires me to give my best to the Budding Chefs of tomorrow. I feel that I am indeed privileged and blessed to mentor so many students and the brightness of their success in their eyes and also of their parents, keeps inspiring me.

Would love to do:

Doing a lot of research on Lost Recipes of India. I am so proud to be an Indian, its rich Food, Culture and Heritage. As a Chef we owe to the generations coming in to bring back the Lost Recipes of India.

I keep myself updated with the latest trends of the Hospitality Industry by attending a lot to Faculty Development Programmes ,Seminars and Conferences.

In addition to the above

Letter of appreciation from Vice Chairman and MD of CIDCO for cordial support and participation in Navi Mumbai’s First ever Wellness and Spiritual Youth fest held on 15th January, 2016.

Handled Menu Planning & Special food production for Former Hon. President Of India Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Tai Patil. , various other dignitaries and eminent personalities.

Received Letter of Appreciation from the Vice-Chancellor of the D.Y.Patil University for Handling and providing excellent Special Food Production for the Former Hon. President Of India Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Tai Patil.

Menu Planning and handled Food Production for eminent personalities like “The God of Cricket” Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar , “The Great Wall of India” Mr Rahul Dravid and many other renowned personalities.

Handling special food production orders for IPL matches, T 20-20, International Cricket Matches at the D.Y. Patil Stadium.

Recipes on various cuisines publications in DNA (DNA of Navi Mumbai)

Recipes on Indian food dishes publications in The New Bombay Times (The Times of India)

Received Certificate of Appreciation from American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute for service as an Instructor of Food Production Principles in recognition of contributions to the advancement and support of training and education in the Hospitality Industry.

Received Certificate of Appreciation from American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute for service as an Instructor of Security and Loss Prevention Management in recognition of contributions to the advancement and support of training and education in the Hospitality Industry.

Organized theme dinner / lunches Event Co-ordinator & Food Production Incharge for the S.Y.B.Sc.H.M.C.T.O – Dawaat-e-Khass, Sanjha Chulha & Dhola-ri-Dhani.

Worked as the Public Relations Officer and Décor In charge for the T.Y.H.M.C.T Miharjan-E-Arab and S.Y.DEGREE Pakeezah , Choki Dhani and Annam theme dinners and theme lunches.

Worked as the Public Relations Officer and Décor In charge for the Craft Course Cookery Theme Dinner ( Kabila ).

Event Co-ordinator of Cultural Festival “Akanksha 2000”

Constant dedication and hard work in academics -Prestigious Medal and Certificate of Merit in 1995 from His Excellency Honorable Dada Saheb Padmashree Dr.D.Y.Patil, Former Governor of Bihar and West Bengal and the President of Padmashree Dr. D.Y.Patil University , Dr. Vijay D. Patil.

Received Certificate of Appreciation from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh for teaching the various modules to the Culinary Students.

My Educational Qualifications are as mentioned below:

  • 2012 – Masters in Human Resources Development & Management from Sikkim Manipal University, Directorate of Distance Education – Gangtok.
  • 2011- Awarded Certificate “Diploma in Chocolate Making” from Callebaut Chocolate Academy, Mumbai.
  • Level-I Introduction to Chocolates 27th April 2011
    Level-II All About Chocolates 28th and 29th April 2011
    Level-III Chocolates Beyond Basics and Expertise.14th and 15th November 2011
  • 2008 - M.T.M (Masters of Tourism Management) from Madurai Kamaraj University, Directorate of Distance Education, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
  • 2006 – B.A (Bachelor of Arts) from Mumbai University.
  • 2001 – Diploma in Personnel Management from Wellingkars Institute of Management, Mumbai.
  • 1997 – Three Year Diploma in Hotel Management and Catering Technology from Dr .D.Y. Patil Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, D.Y.Patil University, Nerul, Navi Mumbai.
  • I have trained extensively at The Leela Kempinski, The Ambassadors Sky Chef and The Trident, Mumbai in the Food Production Department.

My readers may get in touch with me at : ruk@chefreetuudaykugaji.com or chefreetuudaykugaji@gmail.com

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