A name which needs no introduction in the food circle of Hrderabad. Known for his delectable food photography, Mohd Zubair Ali, influences us all through his hearty blog, Hyderabad Food Diaries.
Let’s have some chit-chat with the gastronome himself.
- Tell us a bit about yourself. What’s the story behind ‘Hyderabad Food Diaries’, how did it all start? While doing my graduation in hotel management I came across many famous chefs of Hyderabad and was spellbound to see their culinary skills. It was the initial days and my first exposure to Food and Beverage Industry. The simple ingredients that you get in the market were being transformed into an art by beautiful procedures of cooking, plating and presentation. I was then inspired and motivated to venture out in the open and explore more with regards to food and its cooking.I Have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who loves to eat. And hence Hyderabad Food Diaries was started to let people be updated on what is happening in Hyderabad on daily basis. Hyderabad Food Diaries is a one stop destination for your food related queries, reviews, videos and night life.
- What comes to your mind when you hear the word food?
I think of two things: Experiencing art and skill.Art because of the creativity of good dishes, reflected in the novelty of combining ingredients or the passion that went into securing the best ingredients and bringing them forth in unique yet recognizable way. Skill because the art doesn’t matter if the dish is over or under cooked, over or under seasoned or too hot or too cold.
- What do you hate & love about your job?
Its been a blessed and loved journey so far. Yes, criticism and online bullying does happen but it doesn’t affect me much. I love meeting new people over food and know their stories.It’s an absolutely amazing experience when you meet total strangers, build up a relation with them and listen to their incredible life experiences. And when you get to listen these kinds of stories on a daily basis you tend to find more fascinating facts about other’s lives and of course you turn into a good listener too. Food has connected me to some of the wonderful people who are now a family. One thing I hate about my job is, sometimes you get invited for so many events at the same time that you need to make tough choices which to attend and which to skip.
- Share some funniest experiences you had during your journey till date?
Its an amazing feeling when people recognize you at parties and dinners. One such funny incident happened with me while I was on a date with this pretty girl. We were having our dinner at one of the most famous restaurant in Hyderabad. It was just the soup and a starter that we began with and there were atleast 12 people who came up to me and said “hey you are zubair right ? from Hyderabad food diaries?”. I was happy and she surprised/annoyed ! we literally had to leave the restaurant and eat pani puri at a bandi. Talk about a date night with street food !!
- Which are your favorite food destinations in India?
Hmm now this is an interesting question. To be very frank I still haven’t explored the travel guy in me. There are so many pending places that I need to visit across India. Indian food is different from rest of the world not only in taste but also in cooking methods. It reflects a perfect blend of various cultures and ages. Just like Indian culture, food in India has also been influenced by various civilizations, which have contributed their share in its overall development and the present form. But if you ask my top places that I would like to visit would be Kashmir , Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Lucknow.