18-Jun-2018
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Sweet homecoming for BBC Masterchef contestant Suresh when he bids adieu to UK

Suresh returns to Indian as Executive Chef of Raviz and will also be giving a guest lecture at Bahamas University

By Balagopal
 
If you ask a migrant what would be his utmost desire he is sure to say that he would fulfil his desire for what he migrated and then would return back to his homeland. Many never make it back. Not because he didn’t achieve and fulfil his desires but he still endures his desire to ensure that his children and family never fall behind in their journey. He is happy to forgo his happiness just to see that no more in his life he sees his children go through what he had to endure. He waits around  even if his children didn’t want him to. Such is what life has taught him to be and it will never change for many of those early migrants.
 
Here we have a story of one of the rare and fortunate one to return home triumphantly. After having to fight back severe bad times he returns home without losing anything which he has built up in his life. 
 
The final homecoming has come for Suresh with him being lured with minboggling offers from back in India which he couldnt turn down.  Suresh is now appointed as the Executive Chef of The Raviz Ashtamudi Kollam and Head of Indian Cuisine at The Leela Raviz Kovalam, The Raviz Kadav and The Raviz Calicut which he will be taking up in April 2018.
 
Before flying out to India Suresh will also be giving a lecture on Indian food at The Bahamas University. Suresh will thus become the first Indian chef to do a lecture on Indian food in The Bahamas University.
 
Suresh will also be giving a demo of Indian cuisine and will also be helping the university to organise a fundraising dinner which will be open to the public with a menu that Suresh provides.
 
Photo - Sooraj Venugopal

Early Childhood
 
Suresh Pillai had a very difficult childhood with his parents finding it difficult to make both ends meet. Suresh realised the shortcomings at home and he always yearned becoming a breadwinner for his home. It all started when he was studying for the pre-degree in Kollam when he thought he should earn while he studied so that he didn’t have to put on any further burden on his financially struggling parents.
 
He slowly trudged the streets of Kollam town gazing at the big shops and restaurants thinking how he will make his mark and finally one day ended up walking into a restaurant named Chef King, located in Bishop Jerome Nagar in Kollam. They could only offer him a job of a table attendant. Any job for him was a god gift those days and he embraced them with both arms. He slowly started to help out the cook at this restaurant. His culinary skills got noticed and Suresh realised that herein lies what god has gifted him to succeed in life.
 
Life takes wings
 
Suresh's life began taking wings when the first big call came from the famous Coconut Grove Restaurant in Bangalore and then onto the famous Bangalore Leela Palace.  From there he moved to Kumarakom Lake Resorts.  
 
While working at Kumarakom Lake Resorts there were a group of tourists who arrived and had to taste the food which Suresh had cooked and they wanted to meet Suresh and they straightaway offered him an opportunity to come to the UK to work at the landmark Indian Veeraswamy restaurant. 
 
From there Suresh started to learn the Western food culture and habits. Suresh then moved onto Gymkhana Restaurant and then to Hoppers Indian restaurant where he is the head chef at present.
 
London limelight
 
Suresh continued to hog the limelight among the major chef's in London while working for such big names in London. However, the biggest moment came to him when he was selected from around 65 chefs from around the country to be a contestant in the internationally acclaimed MasterChef the Professionals competition on British television. 
 
BBC Masterchef television programme has millions of viewers in the UK and around the globe and it can be classed as the final word in the food industry with the judges being internationally acclaimed chefs. 
 
It was the peak of his life when he got the call from BBC to be a contestant. Suresh's culinary skills caught the attention of thousands who took onto Twitter and other social media to affirm their love and affection towards him. His followers who have tasted him cooking skills too affirmed to follow Suresh wherever he went. Big names in the food industry kept out a look for where Suresh is leading to. Soon came the calling from across the globe including from India.
 
After all the offers which came around the globe and taking into consideration all what he got offered Suresh sat down to make the biggest choices in life. Finally he realised it was homecoming time. He has achieved all what he wanted, he was able to get a good schooling for his children, did all for his parents who are today proud of their dear child who went on to become a success in life.  Finally he decided. I am returning home to where my grassroots are where I will be able to be close to my ageing parents.
 
Suresh has been head hunted by the noted Raviz Group of Hotels in India and he will be joining them as their Executive chef. Suresh will now be romping through the streets of Kerala and criss-crossing Indian towns in 'company car and executive accommodation' offering Keralites and Indians the gift to taste the skills he has acquired from around the world.
 
Photo - Sooraj Venugopal
 
Suresh's family, residing at present in Housnslow in London, consists of wife Remya Suresh and children 11-year-old Aiswarya and nine-year old Sreehari are all excited about the prospects of  returning to hometown Chavara in Kollam.
 
The kids will be joining a noted school in Kerala and with the freedom for them to return to the UK at their freewill when they wish to. Suresh and Remya will lead a content life by looking after their parents. Fairytales happen but not so often and let us wish all the best to Suresh Pillai, who not just with his culinary skills made it big but also through being a magnanimous individual and no one who has come across him will say otherwise.