BLENDING PASSION WITH PROFESSIONPosted On: April 22, 2019 By : AutoLife Team
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
An inspiring quote that seems to perfectly suit the man we’re going to talk about. In summary he’s a man who’s passionate about the culinary arts and motorcycling which he happens to be proudly doing for a living. We decided to interview him for this month’s issue and upon hearing what he had to say about himself, we couldn’t help but feel inspired. We introduce to you, Mr. Ateet Shrestha, co-owner at Genesis Cafe.
Mr. Ateet lives an adventurous lifestyle in which he spends a good deal of leisure time riding motorcycles and when he’s not on the saddle, then you’ll find him in kitchen preparing something that’ll have your mouth watering should you get a whiff of. We knew most of that from his social media pages so we decided to get in touch with him to hear about the different aspects of life from the man himself.
IN THE GARAGE AND ON THE ROAD
When it comes to motorcycles especially for us 80s kids, I’d say that most of us get goosebumps when a nice bike passed us from a young age, which was the case for me. I still remember sitting on Dad’s motorcycle tank and later when I was tall enough, I used to just kick start the motorcycle. My passion for motorcycles just kept snowballing from there.
Currently I own a 1992 Honda XL 50, 1979 Rajdoot GTS 175 (also known as Rajdoot Bobby), 1979 Suzuki A90, Honda CG (which is actually my fi rst project bike for customization and named it Genesis), I also have a 1972 Yamaha YB 125 2 stroke, Ducati Hyperstrada, Suzuki TS 185 two stroke from the 80s, Honda CRF 250L and a Ford Ranger which is a recent bought. Back in Australia I had a CBR 1000RR.
I used to go on solo rides but I don’t really have the time for those these days. The solo rides however, doesn’t show up on my social media pages, I keep those to myself. It’s when I go solo that I can enjoy myself and go there at my own pace.
Then during the group rides, I take people to the locations I find during my solo ride and usually then I can be their leader. And If you were to ask me what kind of bikes I prefer, I’d have to say that I’m more of a sports bike person but ironically I still don’t have one. I mean I’d love to get one but I think I’ll take my time in getting one. But whatever happens, you really should not worry about what others ride. I mean people tell me that they don’t own a super bike to be a part of a riding community. Actually even if you ride a small bike, try to enjoy it because it will give you a sense freedom. Just put your gloves, helmets and gear on, ride away and forget about the world.
IN THE KITCHEN
However, my love for the culinary arts came later in life. It was during the +2 days when for some reason I picked the subject of hotel management; I wasn’t really that passionate about cooking but I was really fond of eating! After +2, I went to Australia to study hospitality with the focus being on commercial cooking. Over there, I was exposed to an abundance of factors that added to my cooking skill such as the college kitchen, college restaurant and bar, production kitchen, hours working with experienced chefs, while I was both at work and college, I was being groomed towards being a chef.
One day, I realized I needed to do something about the cooking field in Nepal. There are many things in Nepal that are good. At the moment we’re proud of things like “Buddha was born in Nepal and we have Mt. Everest” but none of which we’ve worked to achieve. There are many things that we’re good at like sports but we just haven’t come to appreciate them. With that being said, even though we have so many delicacies that are delicious, it’s not something we’re known for worldwide. And I want to change that and that’s the very reason why we opened Genesis Café.
Cooking is like a philosophy for me and I feel I can express myself in the kitchen. That’s what I know and I’m proud of it. I read about it all the time, spend time practicing it and I work with kitchen gardens and I always look forward to doing those things. I try to teach the people in my kitchen the basics of cooking where I try to keep it simple. I mean I like to do things like outdoor cooking and I have the tendency to cook anywhere. This one time I went to my friend’s place at Solu and with the locally grown potatoes and cheese from Solu, I made Gnocchi and I also made chicken stew with the timur from Solu for a little boost. I’m trying to do a fusion of elements from two different countries. Don’t try to jump around and mix everything which is the current scenario of Nepal. The main reason why Nepal’s delicacies are not popular is because of that. Did you know that there are actually more people celebrating International New Year than Nepali New Year? And that is exactly what’s happening in the food sector which is what I want to change.
BEHIND THE HELMET
See, to be able to follow your passion will ask you for a lot of sacrifice. Actually, I don’t live on Instagram; there are a lot of things I don’t really post from my personal life. What you see there is only 2% of it. My parents don’t like what I’m doing so I don’t really have much support from them but my friends do support me a lot. For me to be able to do all this, the first thing I needed was guts. Then came the part where I had to sacrifice many things like my opportunity to settle in Australia. Travelling wasn’t an issue and I could go to which ever restaurant I liked. I also had a good career going on for me and I was living in a community where everyone liked me. Even till now I get called to come back again.
What keeps me going is my ability to inspire myself. You need to be able to tell yourself every day to move forward and push yourself through all the hardships. My life looks easy on Instagram and I try to do that on purpose so I can try to convince and encourage people staying abroad to come back. I keep telling them “Let’s do something here! We may not have the same standard of living here but the satisfaction you get form contributing to society is incomparable to anything.” To have the opportunity in making a change; having to face it, fight for it and smile at the end of the day when I go to bed makes me feel lucky. Yeah, I guess I am living the dream.
It’s not really common to see people around us pursue their passions with pride. There are many that succumb to societal pressures which ask them to disengage from anything that isn’t in the mainstream. With that being said, Mr. Ateet has gone through his fair share of struggles and sacrifices fighting the status quo to live the life many of us envy. Now, he lives with a mission to put Nepal into the world map with his love for motorcycles and the culinary arts and we wish him the best for that mission.