What's Cooking in Business Realm? Top Five Favourite Cuisines of Business Leaders



Robert Downey Jr. often brought food to movie sets without forewarning and those scenes are improvised. As a seasoned actor Downey Jr. knows that staying on movie sets for long hours could get tiring and it’s not easy to take a break for food or even quick bites. But a guy’s got to eat and he decided to shoot scenes with the addition of snacks. There are also a lot of videos of the US’ former President Barack Obama casually stopping for cheese burgers, even with his then Vice President, now President, Joe Biden.

Although it’s a hassle to manage an entire organization, leave alone a whole country, having a meal or a snack in between is not going to cause mistakes or delays in work. Here are the favorite cuisines of top five business leaders today. 

Japanese Cuisine - A Bento Box of Freshness, Variety and Exploratory

For the Japanese Cuisine the takers are Yezdi Nagporewalla, Chief Executive Officer, KPMG India and Sunjae Sharma, Managing Director, India & Southwest Asia, Hyatt India Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. Outside Japan, the cuisine is usually remembered for small number of meals such as sushi and ramen. Yet, it has a huge variety of possibilities and culinary skills that result in delicacies of highest quality, satisfying all aspects of dining.

Themed Restaurants, Cafes and Bars

Mobile food booths, historic ryotei, evocative bars, summer terraces over rivers, low-cost chain stores, and specialty eateries with ninja and robot themes are all types of restaurants you may find in Japan.

Sense Tingly Streetfood

Find the freshest cut-offs served atop a donburi (rice bowl dish) in Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. Enter the Ebisu Yokocho food arcade in Tokyo to find a collection of quaint shops providing mouth-watering street fare like yakitori and sashimi. Dotonbori, Osaka's renowned restaurant district, is a foodie's heaven.

Tea and Dining Culture

One cup of Japanese matcha, a finely powdered green tea powder, is said to be equivalent to 10 cups of normal green tea. When visiting the tea farms in Uji from Kyoto, sample the delicacy.

Indian Cuisine – Example of Food Brings People Together

The takers are Raghavendra C Swamy, Managing Director, Concentrix, Manikandan Bala, Senior Vice President, Elekta, Sunil Badesra, Country Head, Sungrow India and Sunjae Sharma, Managing Director, India & Southwest Asia, Hyatt India Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.

Indian food is cooked to be consumed communally in small groups until everyone is completely satiated. Indian food has been around for about 5000 years and has been influenced by a variety of cuisines, including Persian, Chinese, and Mongolian.

Platter of Different Tastes Striking the Same Chord

Although Western India is more diverse, it is nonetheless known for its traditional, hot curries. The region's hub metropolis of Mumbai, once known as Bombay, is teeming with residents, tourists, and workers. While each culture has its own distinct traditional foods, the most common ones include seafood and curries, hot and spicy sausages, and snacks with chai tea. The main ingredients of East Indian cuisine are rice, milk, and vegetables that are simply cooked and curried with yogurt, seeds, and spices.

Nutritious Desserts

Kheer is a sweet rice pudding, made with basmati rice, milk, raisins, sugar, cardamom, and almonds, resembles rice pudding in America. For ice cream there is kulfi  made with milk and flavoured with mango juice, rose water, and sugar. Other well-liked desserts include the carrot-based Gajar Halwa, coconut soufflé, mango mousse, and Gasgase Payasam. 


Tea is more popular than coffee, while roadside booths and kiosks provide sugarcane, mango, guava, and coconut milk drinks. Jal Jeera, water, and cumin may satisfy your craving for saltiness.

Chinese Cuisine - Each Dish Serves History

Jasleen Kohli, MD & CEO, Digit Insurance and also Sunjae Sharma, Managing Director, India & Southwest Asia, Hyatt India Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. Chinese cuisine's evolution and variety serve as another testament to China's vast history. The 'Four Flavors' and 'Eight Cuisines' evolved as a result of the diversity of location, climate, attire, and goods, but the dynamic cooking art, keeps the number of sub-varieties growing. Chinese cuisine combines color, redolence, flavor, shape, and the quality of the tools in a harmonic way.

Regional Variations

In contrast to South China, where rice is a favorite, North China favors wheat-based accoutrements like noodles and steamed buns. Southern China produces an exceptionally delicious short-grain sticky rice. Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan, and Zhejiang cuisines are some of the most well-known regional specialties in China.

Similar to Chinese Medicine

Good food has the ability to extend life, support the constitution, and promote vitality, and in this way it is similar to Chinese medicine.

Parsi Cuisine – More than Dhansak

KPMG India’s CEO, Yezdi Nagporewalla favourite food is the Dhansak.

As a reflection of the Parsi people's varied history and with roots in the Zoroastrian community of India, Parsi cuisine is a combination of Persian, Indian, and European influences. 

Each Ingredient is Symbolic

Eggs stand for new beginnings, birth, and fertility. Another representation of fertility and prosperity is rice. Sali Boti, also known as the Sali, stands for the transience of life and the delicate balance between indulgence and acceptance of it. The Parsi community's adoration for peace and environment is demonstrated by the frequent serving of Patra ni Machhi during auspicious events.

Unity of Parsi and India

The savory stew Dhansak, which is cooked with lentils, beef, and vegetables, is regarded as the national cuisine of the Parsi people.

This dish represents how Persian and Indian influences have blended to create Parsi cuisine.


Time Consuming Techniques

The preparation of traditional Parsi dishes often involves time-consuming techniques and recipes handed down from one generation to another. By sharing these recipes and cooking methods, the Parsi community ensures the continuity of their cultural heritage, strengthening their sense of identity and belonging.

Italian Cuisine – Synonymous to Conviviality

Again Sunjae Sharma, Managing Director, India & Southwest Asia, Hyatt India Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., is the taker for Italian food.

Who has not heard of pizza, lasagna, spaghetti, or gelato? These are just a few of the mouth-watering foods that originated in Italy and are loved all over the world. Long before the country was united in the 19th century, in the 4th century BC, the origins of Italian food may be found.

Origins of Each Food

Mozzarella cheese is a common food in the south whereas Tuscan beef is native to the north. Risotto is a Milanese meal, tortellini is from Bologna, and pizza is from Naples. Ancient Greek, Roman, and Arab cultures all had an impact on Italian food, which also included exotic ingredients from other countries like spices, wheat, and wine.

Occasional Serves

In the busy metropolitan areas, street meals like panini sandwiches and gelato are also very popular. But pizza is the most widely consumed street meal in Italy. Dessert is occasionally provided at the end of a special meal, although it is more frequently eaten alone as a midday snack. Holiday-specific treats include panettone, a buttery egg bread flavored with dried fruit and candied citrus that is popular during Christmas. Making this well-known Milanese confection requires a lot of work and can take up to a week. All year round, gelato is a preferred dessert.