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In Conversation with Samaira Bhasin

Samaira is an eleven year old little girl who has been recently very active on social media entertaining the audience with her cooking skills, catchy expressions and naughtiness. Her father Chef Ashish Bhasin who is the Executive Chef at The Leela Ambience Gurgaon mentions that she was five when she developed the interest while watching him bake cakes in the kitchen and various ‘no flame’ cooking sessions at school. Her first dish was a chutney cheese sandwich, a recipe she learnt at school and lovingly made it for him at home. The interest and sincerity of her efforts made him decide that she can carry his legacy forward in her own way. He cooks and bakes with her on his off days. She decides the dishes she wants to cook, googles the recipe and posts it on her recipe board. Chef Ashish occasionally also makes a video of a few of the dishes and posts it online which encourages her to keep pursuing her passion. Apart from cooking, Samaira is an ace classical dancer of Bharatnatyam and an avid reader.

Executive Chef Ashish Bhasin with his daughter young chef Samaira

How did you get interested in cooking, and when did you decide to start cooking?

During a school DIY where we had to make a cheese chutney sandwich, I developed an interest in cooking. Afterwards I would made the same sandwich for my dad as his breakfast and didn’t let him have anything else. Since then, I have helped my dad and mum while they cook at home and that’s how I got extremely interested in cooking!

Where do you get your recipe ideas from?

Usually, while I am playing a game, or doing something online I stumble upon various foods that get me intrigued. My creativity would never let me take it casually so I would generally look up the recipe on the internet and try to recreate it in my own style !

How do you keep yourselves updated about the latest cooking trends?

Watching videos or surfing the internet generally does the trick, but I am not really one to keep up with trends, I usually just do whatever I want to.

What is your advice for aspiring young chefs?

Be careful with an oven and a knife ! I got a burnt once unfortunately, it was pretty bad.. oh and follow recipes !

Who’s your favourite chef and your favourite restaurant to go out for a meal?

My dad, and my favourite restaurant would probably be Domino’s, pizza all the way!

What’s your favourite comfort food?

Probably just some chocolate to munch on. I count chocolate as a food.

Have you created a recipe which will strengthen the immune system for children? If yes please share a recipe with us.

No, I make what I love to eat, and it is usaully desserts and chocolates.

Which is your favourite ingredient?


What would you say is the key/winning feature of your cuisine?

I usually do desserts, so probably the chocolate, again.

What do you love most about being a chef? future plans?

I don’t have any future plans yet, but the best part about cooking and being a chef, is eating the food later.




  1. Seema Krishnan

    Samaira Baby, I’m so proud of you and your achievements at such a young age. So happy to see your passion and love for everything you do. May you continue to rise and shine with your amazing talent. And may all your wishes and dreams are fulfilled. God bless you. Lots of love from Seema Aunty. 😘❤️❤️🤗

    • Sonia sarpal

      Good job Samaria . You are so creative in cooking . Continue your passion of cooking. Whatever you do ,do with determination and give your best. Whether you want to be a chef or something else be passionate to get the best result. So proud of you 👍 May all your dreams come true and stay blessed.

    • Raghav Sinha

      What a classy breakthrough in life,
      Do better and better and…
      …..and …..

    • Prem Nakra

      Samaira has her father’s genes and cooking skill as well, from DIY to publishing, congratulations, proud moment for parents

  2. Sanjeev Bhandari

    You are sooooo cute and talented also ….I am really jealous of your father for being blessed with an extra ordinary daughter……touch woods…..God bless you always!!!

  3. Ashish Jain

    Great Samaira. Keep rising and make us proud

  4. Krishnan Raman

    Dear Samaira,

    I love your honest responses. It reflects your self confidence and clarity.

    Very inspiring to see your talent and passion. Keep going!

    Krish Uncle

  5. Anshu Bhardwaj

    Keep it up Samaira , Little chef … cooking is in your blood and surely you are going to carry forward the legecy …stay blessed


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