The Food Philosopher- A Day with Dr. Roger Haden

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I woke up this morning with a rather fresh mind (trust me that doesn’t always happen). Why? That was because we were finally meeting Dr. Roger Haden,Manager-Educational Leadership, Le Cordon Bleu Australia, today and each one of us was looking forward to it. Everyone’s shirts had been neatly tucked, the ties properly adjusted and the last strands of hair were put back tidily in hair buns in preparation for our long-awaited meeting with Dr. Roger Haden.

Dr. Haden’s vitality left us glued to our seats. The smile on his face never seemed to go away. He took us into his world – a world in which he connects food to politics, environment, geography and every human experience. He discussed about the food industry now and the food industry a few decades back and how things have taken a new turn and how opportunities await us. After working in the food industry for about thirty years his passion and enthusiasm still remain. Dr. Haden’s speech exuded immense knowledge and experience. We could feel that he was in a very happy place in life; working with subjects he loves most foodand philosophy.

This made me realize that if you are really passionate about something, you should do it and when you do it there is no stopping you.  Being totally cerebral isn’t always right. In Bollywood style I would say, ‘Listen to your heart sometimes!’ I also hope to achieve this contentment in life and do what I love the most.

After this thought-provoking talk by Dr. Haden we realized that food has a larger responsibility – ofnourishing people, educating people, bringing a smile to one’s face, changing a person’s mood and more. He taught us to look at food from a ‘holistic’ viewpoint.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Roger Haden for taking time out of his busy schedule and spending it with us. Before signing off I would like to share something Dr. Haden shared with us and truly lives by “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

Lubaina Sarfaraz
BHM

 

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