We had the good fortune of connecting with saransh oberoi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi saransh, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
giving up, for some may seem like a negative and to some it appears to be their everyday approach to life. i think there is a line as a business owner and chef that is between not giving up and taking a wise decision. i apply the same philosophy in life. i was doing well as the sous chef for the campton place in san francisco, ca. We earned our second michelin and life was looking good until an old injury got worse and i was partially paralyzed . but i didnt give up then , i started Masala Street La jolla, and earned fame and recognition for my work. ofcourse as the economy did take its toll on everyone , i fell victim to covid as well and we closed the doors to the restaurant. but that in turn opened new doors for me and i got to be on food networks chopped (knocked out in round 2 thanks to poor timing) and then i went on to be on beat bobby flay ( I nailed that one). now im a father of a gorgeous baby boy and am looking forward to new ventures in life. but am very sure closing one door, will open more and giving up on anything , even past mistakes isnt really giving up but moving forward. its not good to give up, but fight for the best outcome. if you are in a business where you think a few more months would get you back on track then make a point to give yourself a time frame and then work on a plan B as well. be grateful for what you learned and for the experience, take the best of it and leave the worst behind, for even a car isnt locked till the door is shut, so dont blame someone else for stealing it. life is long and beautiful make each day worth it and count your blessings
What should our readers know about your business?
As a chef and restauranteur, i have almost 20 years experience working for others and 6 years running my own. there is a huge difference that we do not see as employees but as they say the grass is always greener. but never give up and never not be open to listening to others. i have face multiple challenges in life and business. im most excited about working with family as we have my father chef Hemant Oberoi , who is a world renowned chef and i have my in laws Sunil and sahil malhotra who are pros of the industry right here in San Diego. im always happy by achieving best restaurant or beating bobby flay etc, but the pride you feel when your staff likes to come work everyday for you is the best feeling. its not easy to be a boss and run a business, i had to overcome failures , business partner betrayals and the worst of all ‘Ego’. Its best to keep everything simple and make notes as you go. to really be successful you must listen to your gut and do the ground work yourself. I cannot emphasize this enough but respect everyone, but dont trust anybody, keep you head up , but keep your ground on the feet and be grateful for everything.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
since its covid, and things have changed (including me not getting out much) but from my simple ( and maybe boring) experience I would start with a day in oceanside, plenty of good spots to eat along the 101 and a great place to just relax. make your way along the coast to encinitas and carlsbad – jeune et jolie, handlers etc. i have to take everyone that visits to the zoo as i love the work they do there and i am so proud to say we have such a wonderful zoo. liberty station has much to offer for night outs and so does mira mesas beer hopping experience. would be great to catch the waves in la jolla but i dont surf so i aint gonna make that up, lol. the nights are pretty along the dowtown harbor side and ofcourse good way to end the week is to get a cocktail some place in north park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Gratitude is a simple gesture with a infinite vibration that reflects and comes back ten fold. im not here to go on about positivity and s#&^. but i have gone through a lot and been defeated by life. but i think many for guiding me and inspiring me. firstly my wife, Megha Oberoi. shes not only a gorgeous lady but an amazing soul and my reason for wanting to do more and staying on track in life. I would recommend a lot of books and people but two that really stood out for me were Esther Hicks and Steve Harvey. i believe in energy and us being worthy of more, so i hope these people may guide others as they did me.
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