IN MEMORIaM MetroPlus remembers its association with Chef Jacob Sahaya Kumar Aruni
Just last week, MetroPlus carried an article on Chef Jacob Sahaya Kumar Aruni. This was not the first time. Before that, in December 2008, we did a cover story on him for our newly-launched Coimbatore MetroPlus Weekend. He was gung ho right through the interview and the photo shoot. It was raining. Still, he posed gamely with a mortar and a pestle, and laughed his way through the session. In between, he debunked the myth that Biriyani was a north Indian dish, spoke of how idlis in the ancient times were made only with urad dal, and that sambar dated back to the 3rd Century.
K. Ananthan, our photographer, remembers: “It was one of the most satisfying shoots I have had. Since the story was largely about his interest in traditional food, I asked him to sit on the floor with the mortar and pestle, and he did, uncomplainingly! We needed more photographs and despite his busy shooting schedule for his television show, he obliged.”
Despite his the extensive research in he did about ancient cuisine, Jacob was not averse to experimenting and putting a modern twist to dishes. Chef Jacob has cooked for APJ Abdul Kalam, been a consultant chef for many restaurants and has also been director of the Catering Department at the Sankara College of Science and Commerce, in the city. He had his television show Aha Enna Rusi and held a Guinness Record for the longest barbecue marathon. Friends of Chef Jacob who always received SMSs for festivals will miss hearing from him this Deepavali.