New Delhi, May 12 -- From soaring the skies as a fighter pilot in Israel 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 such distinct roles in a single lifetime. But, the chef, food technologist and entrepreneur feels this was destined. In town for the grand Israeli National Day celebrations that took place on May 8, he talked to us about his journey and the parallels between Indian and Israeli food and more.

Ask him how his tryst with food began, and Gil says that food was a family thing for him. "My grandparents came from Syria, Egypt, Romania and Germany, so you can imagine the cuisine we...