The Cambridge High School
Meet GEMS Grown Aamir Hashmi and read his flavorful story from Cambridge High School to cooking in a Michelin 2-Star restaurant!
Aamir joined CHS as a young boy in Year 4 and completed his IGCSEs there. He immediately joined an entry program at Herriot Watt University in Dubai to study Business Administration; but he quickly realized that he didn’t see himself in an office but in the kitchen. So, he joined the International Center for Culinary Arts in Dubai and did a short, 3 months course in French basic cooking. This allowed him to work in hotel restaurants.
At 20, I worked as a chef at Ritz Carlton JBR. When I look back, that’s where I built all my techniques and foundation. I worked in 8 out of 9 restaurants on the resort. It allowed me to work with different chefs and different cuisines,
My first competition was in Hong Kong. It was a cold buffet for 500 people and we had under 24 hours. We were judged by restauranteurs and hospitality heads from different Marriott establishments in Singapore, Germany, Thailand, you name it! After 37 hours of nonstop working, we came at 2nd place. This was a surreal moment for me.
If there’s something you’re never bored of doing, pursue it. At least try it. I’ve never seen my job as “work”, I see it as I’m being paid to do what I love and learn what I love.
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