Imad Hasnain takes the spotlight at FUCHSIA this week for being a Pakistani chef at a 2 Star Michelin restaurant in New York City at just 22 years of age! Keep on reading to get an insight into his journey till now.
Imad Hasnain is a Fish Roast at a 2 Star Michelin restaurant The Modern MoMA in New York City. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and stayed there till he was 11 years old. After that, he moved to Saudi Arabia for 7 years where he attended high school. Eventually, he moved to New York to attend the Culinary Institute of America.
At just 22, he is working at a Michelin Star restaurant, that too, in one of the most culinarily competitive cities in the world. FUCHSIA reached out to him to have an in-depth conversation about his journey, what inspired him to choose this career path, and more.
Scroll down to read our conversation with him.
How Did You Get Into Cooking? How Did This Interest Develop?
We all have hobbies that we give hours to (sometimes at the expense of our studies) but very few are lucky enough to turn those hobbies into full-blown successful careers. Iman Hasnain is one of the lucky ones. He has always had a knack for cooking so he made a career out of it! This is how he narrates his journey,
Everybody Has Someone Who Inspires Them To Pursue Their Passion. Who Was Yours?
You derive inspiration from the people around you, and for Imad, it’s the feeling he got after feeding his friends and family!
Imad also credits the inspiration behind his food to the chefs he has had the opportunity to work with at the Culinary Institute of America.
Whats Your Favourite Pakistani food? If You Could, Which Desi Dish Would You Like To Introduce In Your Restaurant?
Imad must have an all-time favourite Pakistani dish, being a Pakistani, right? So of course, we HAD to ask him about his favourite Pakistani food. We were also intrigued about which Pakistani dish he thinks would fit into a 2 Star Michelin restaurant’s menu.
This is what he had to say,
Chai toast in a non-Pakistani NYC restaurant? We can totally get around that! What do you think?
How Was Your Experience At The Culinary Institute Of America? Were You The Only Pakistan There?
“Luckily, I was not the only Pakistani at school so I always had someone to relate to when it came to missing home, but you could still count the number of us on one hand,” he expressed.
However, he sees this in a positive light as his experience at the CIA is irreplaceable and has brought him much joy.
What Are Your Future Plans?
So what does the future hold for Imad? In his own words:
Do pay a visit to get a taste of his food at The Modern MoMA if you happen to visit New York City. We wish him all the luck and good wishes for his future endeavours.
And although you don’t plan to open up a restaurant in Pakistan anytime time soon, if in the foreseeable future you do, we’ll surely be looking out for that chai toast on the menu, Imad!