Lamin Jarju


"When someone works hard, they go the extra mile to do the best they can with what they have. "


What made you want to become a chef?

I didn't make the decision to become a chef. It just kind of happened. I've worked in restaurants and Hotels all my life and its what I do. I never made a conscious decision to choose this as my career. I got my culinary degree after I had been in the industry for awhile. 


Who has influenced your cooking style or your philosophy on food?

Cooking style has been influence my chef who is an Italian, he encourage and tech me to work as cook when I was a steward. His influence has helped me a lot in achieving my dream to be successful chef.

What inspires you or where do you get your inspiration from?

I get inspiration from an Italian Chef who was my boss then.


What is your favourite method of cookery or preparation?

My favourite method of cooking are followings: sauces , grilling, roasting and porging.  


What is your favourite ingredient?

My favorite ingredients in cooking are aromatics. I especially like lemongrass, ginger and perprica. These ingredients add a distinct dimension to a dish and enhance food in a very subtle yet unique way.


What is your favourite kitchen tool?   

oxo cookie scoops, shun knife, glass bowl set, oxo measuring cups, lodge cast-iron, oxo scale and cutting board.


What is your favourite section in the kitchen to work on during your apprenticeship?

Hot and Ala carte


Where you like to eat out?

In the Restaurants to find out different food flavour 


Your advice to young chefs:

There  are alot of lists of what yourg cooks  should know orhaw cook should act just wented to put in my two cents bleow isa list.

Sharpen your knife skills

know your basice 

research the great


What do you look for when hiring staff?

Professional Experience – A quality job candidate is going to have relevant experience that relates to the job opening. Add in a touch of on-the-job training and they’ll be ready to work hard.

Skills Tests – Anyone can lie about their skill sets. If you are hiring someone for a skilled position, test them on their ability to do the job.

Portfolios – For the creative niches, ask for a professional portfolio and website where you can learn more about a candidate’s talents.

Passion – Ideally the person you hire will be passionate about both the job and the company. When you hire a passionate person they are focused on the bigger picture and they’re always willing to get the job done.

Knowledgeable – See if the candidate did their research. They need to know about the company, the industry, the products & services, the team, the management, the job, the wages, and so much more.

Likable – You spend a huge part of your day with the people you work with. You better like them.

Checks & Tests – Always take the time to run the appropriate checks on a new candidate. Background checks, reference checks, and drug tests can tell you a lot.

Responsiveness – No matter what line of work you are in, communication is key. Monitor how quickly and professionally candidates respond to you.


What would you like to see change in the industry?

The experts I talked to feel that technology will need to evolve to keep up with future work trends and that flexible schedules and the ability to collaborate will be even more essential in the future workplace than they are now


How do you deal with awkward guests?

1. Get control of yourself: Never argue with customers when they are angry, displeased or complaining. ... 

2. Listen and let the customer vent: Tune in to the customer; don't look for the nearest exit. ... 

3. Show the customer you care: Show concern for the customer's feelings

What is your first memory of food that blew your mind?



What is your favourite escape to relax?

This the time when I sneak from the work place and find my way to the Atire vous(brewing Chinese green tea) under the mangoe tree or on the beachside under the coconut tree.


What drives your ambition?

Have you ever wondered what drives a person’s ambition? First off, there is a difference between working hard and being ambitious. When someone works hard, they go the extra mile to do the best they can with what they have. Someone who is ambitious always wants more whereas a hard worker may be content with what they have. Very few people are truly ambitious in the worldly sense, beyond simple hard work that is. This article will examine what really drives human ambition as well as look at how a commitment to personal growth can serve to enhance our natural ambitions


What is your signature dish?

Chicken Choko Chukka Curry 


How do you motivate your team?

1. Pay your people what they are worth. ... 

2. Provide them with a pleasant place to work. ... 

3. Offer opportunities for self-development. ... 

4. Foster collaboration within the team. ... 

5. Encourage happiness. ... 

6. Don't punish failure. ... 

7. Set clear goals.


How do you think restaurants should be rated?

I also think with a more mobile workforce—and more people moving jobs within shorter periods of time—companies are going to have to think more seriously about their onboarding processes, both in terms of office procedures and policies, and technology.”

Two things I would like to see: 1. an easier view that shows all tasks I've completed, chronologically. 2. A view for each task where all updates across all subtasks are shown on one screen, so I don't have to hunt through each different subtask to locate a particular comment. Perhaps these features exist, and I just don't know where to find them

If you had to build the best kitchen team who would be in your kitchen all stars?

The prize for this season was a Head Chef position at the Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, african Columbia.

This season features several unforgettable punishments including: cleaning firetrucks, cleaning the dorms, and driving a Conference Bike to get groceries.

hand. This season features several unforgettable punishments including: cleaning the This season features several unforgettable punishments including: prepping food for service, eating cow's tongue, and organizing trash dining room, cleaning up livestock, and making pasta