Down Syndrome Doesn’t Stop This Chef From Breaking Stereotypes
A tiny restaurant inside a mall in Navi Mumbai has been creating quite a buzz. Aditi’s Corner has seen the likes of MasterChef Vikas Khanna drop by. What makes it so special? Head chef/owner Aditi Verma takes lunch orders, makes bills, and takes care of the customers simultaneously. What makes her popular with her customers is her warm smile.
Aditi Verma, 23, also happens to have Down Syndrome.
Aditi’s parents recall a not so happy time. As a child, neglected by school and the neighbourhood children, Aditi was often upset.
“Why don’t children play with me?,” was her common refrain, her parents recall.
Aditi was sent to a special school where she was taught special skills and was groomed, but one question always bothered her parents: “What after us?”
Aditi’s favourite show on TV was Masterchef India, and she was a big fan of Chef Vikas Khanna. Aditi’s parents noticed her skills in the kitchen and encouraged her to set up a restaurant.
Today Aditi runs her restaurant with with a lot of confidence. And talks about taking it big.
Camera: Sanjoy Deb
Editor: Kammaljiit Kainth