With his extensive experience, there are more ways than one of collaboration with Chef Mural. His love for his craft has its basis in its mutability. “I have never been bored in the kitchen. Playing with ingredients, colours, flavours, presentation and garnishes makes me happy. I like the constant thinking it requires, and the way we can modify the cuisine, and shape it according to local demand, while still ensuring diners know it is Indian cuisine,” says Mural, who names fellow luminaries Vikas Khanna (whom Manju collaborated with in 2012 as part of the World Gourmet Summit), Vineet Bhatia and Atul Kochar as his culinary influences.