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Elle + Riley Father's Day || Sid Sahrawat

This Father's Day we celebrate some of our amazing Elle + Riley Cashmere family.

We sat down with some of our favourite New Zealand Dads, asking them what Fatherhood means to them.

 

Sid Sahrawat || Chef + Restaurateur and Father of 2 

Chef and restaurateur Sid Sahrawat has spent more than 10 years making his indelible mark on the Auckland dining scene as owner and executive chef of acclaimed restaurants Sidart, Cassia and Sid at The French Café.

 While Sid manages the kitchens with precision, wife and business partner Chand manages all facets of the business operations, making them a formidable team with their three independently owned, locally operated Auckland restaurants.

Sid is dad to Zoya (9), Roan (4) and Oscar the dog (20), with an extended family of 60 team members working across the three restaurants.

Sid is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's most talented and innovative chefs and has been consistently recognised with numerous awards and accolades over the years including the Metro Peugeot Restaurateur of the Year (2019), with Sidart in Ponsonby recognised as Cuisine Magazine’s national Restaurant of the Year (2019).

Sid wears the Harrison V Neck in Camel

 

Favourite things to do with your kids?

Bike riding at our local park, taking my son to soccer, going out to eat as a family so they try new dishes and cuisines.

Best piece of advice your father ever gave you

Only expect people to do what you would be comfortable doing yourself.

The one thing you want your children to learn that you didn’t

Swimming, I never learnt as a kid and it’s such an important life skill to have especially when you live on an island.  I also want them to have a passion for reading something.

What have your children taught you?

To relax and let go… so many times recently have been very stressful but to just watch them run around without a care in the world has been refreshing and relaxing. They force me to forget the world and play monopoly or uno.

 

 

The most important thing you personally have learnt since you became a father

To expect the unexpected from your kids... from losing all your averseness to anything gross when they are babies to now when our four year old son surprises us by doing complex math word problems or using the iPad more deftly than I can. They surprise you all the time.

One piece of wisdom to pass on to your children

Love yourself before you fall in love with someone else. I hope they grow to be the best versions of themselves and love who they are and therefore find partners who love them for who they are.

What’s the one thing your father would let you do and not tell your mother about? 

When it was time to come home from playing cricket in the neighbourhood, I would make a fuss and he would let me have an extra half hour but tell my mother that I was running an errand for him or at a friend’s studying. He let me get away with it because he thought sports was important.