New Delhi, May 12 -- From soaring the skies as an Israeli fighter pilot to sauteing vegetables for a delicious Shakshuka, Israeli chef Gil de Picciotto's journey has been nothing less than a fiction novel. After all, it isn't easy imagining that one man would serve two roles, both so distinct, in a single lifetime. But, the chef, food technologist and an entrepreneur feels this was destined. In town for the grand Israeli National Day celebrations that took place on May 8, the chef talked to us about his journey, the parallels between Indian and Israeli food and more.

Ask him how his tryst with food began, and Gil immediately says that food was a family thing for him. "My grandparents come from Syria, Egypt, Romania and Germany, so you ca...