When Rushad Wadia, the owner and chef at The Greedy Man Pizzeria started his own pizzeria soon after graduating from the International Centre for Culinary Arts, Dubai, little did he know what success had in store for him. It was more than a surprise to him when his “one little idea” like how he refers to the pizzeria, managed to bag the Times Food Noteworthy Newcomer Award for 2016. Let’s find out what Rushad has got to say about his experience with the pizzeria, award and his journey so far as a chef and an entrepreneur.
Q. How does it feel to be a successful entrepreneur at a very young age? We know it is a cliché question, but stuff like this doesn’t happen every day so it has to be asked.
Haha! Honestly, I don’t know if I am there yet to being successful. There is so much to learn in this industry and I have just started off with one little idea hoping for it to transform into something magical. I guess the moment I have that magical feeling is when I can call myself a successful entrepreneur.
Q. How did your experience at ICCA Dubai help you after graduation?
In a fantastic way, I would say! You need to be on your toes every single second during your service time. ICCA helped me with achieving a good speed in the kitchen, and most importantly the confidence and a free mentality to take some small little risks and that Little Risk I took then is called “The Greedy Man Pizzeria” today.
Q. Who/What influenced you the most in your decision to go ahead with a pizzeria?
When the plan of starting a food joint came along, my mind said Persian Cuisine, but my heart said PIZZA! I honestly don’t know why we decided to get into the pizzeria but I am glad we did. I felt it’s a beautiful art that needs to be shown in its true form, that is from making the dough from scratch to hand tossing them. But not many pizzerias are doing it in the right way here.
Q. Could you please tell us something about your journey from ICCA Dubai to Greedy man pizzeria?
ICCA Dubai was a blessing in disguise for me. Throughout the course ICCA taught me to be focused, organized, to understand how a kitchen is and also to have a little fun now and then.
Q. How is food sourced at Greedy man pizzeria? Are you a farm-to-table kind of chef?
Yes! All our vegetables & Meat cuts come from the morning market here in Pune, India every single day. Everything is ordered as per the number of pizzas we are making every day. We believe in Quality over Quantity and that’s why we limit our selves to only 60 to 65 pizzas a day. We are soon going to start making our own buffalo mozzarella, so we are really excited about that.
Q. Which is that one dish/drink of the pizzeria people come over and over asking for?
Our Famous Nutella Freak Shake!
Q. Tell us about your Times Food Awards experiences. Did life change after your win?
“We were kind of shocked because it had been only three months into opening the restaurant and one fine day we get a call saying that The Greedy Man has won the Prestigious Newcomer award at the Times food awards! I think I went blank for a few seconds. Yes, life has changed in the most beautiful way for us after winning the award. We started getting recognized for the different Neapolitan style of pizza that we were doing and people have now started to accept our style of pizza over the other pizzerias in the city which in itself is a huge accomplishment.
Q. How much are you in touch with your alumni network?
I am in touch with everyone. You become a family in those 3 months. We had our stupid fights during our college time but when you graduate, you come out as one batch, as one big Chef family and I am so proud of where everyone is and what they have achieved so far.
Q. What would you look for if you were in the position to hire new graduates from ICCA Dubai?
Someone who has free thinking, who is ready to take some risk and with good speed.
Q. Do you have any advice you would like to give the students who want to become entrepreneurs like you?
Believe in yourself but most importantly believe in your product. People will come running down to criticize you but it is important that you believe in your product that you are serving.
We are extremely proud to know where our alumni, the pride of ICCA Dubai stands in their professional lives today, and we are glad we could be a part of their culinary journey. On this note, we are wishing Rushad more success, just the way he wants it to be with that magical feeling.