July 29, 2015
With new Sons + Fathers books in all Park Hyatt guestrooms, our Park Hyatt colleagues share the family advice and lessons they will continue to pass down. Don’t forget to post your own story to Instagram using #SonsandFathers.
“My father came to Australia from Germany in the late 1960s and did not speak a great deal of English. Australia was a very welcoming country and allowed him to be accepted and have a go of making his life and future. My father has always been very grateful for the opportunity he was given by coming to Australia. My father has always been there for me through good times and the bad.
My father has always taught me to be accepting of all people and that family always comes first in your life. I want to make sure that I pass on the same values to my son Zac.”
“Chef Nitin Kumar was born and raised in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow has always been known as a multicultural city that flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub, with strong Persian influences dating back to Mughal rule in the fourteenth century. Modern day Lucknowites are renowned for being the most polite people in India!
Nitin’s love of cooking comes from his mother Indra. Growing up Nitin and his father Lal would look forward to special occasions like Holi and Diwali when Indra would make Goat Yakhni for the family. This recipe has been passed down from his grandparents, and Nitin has taught his wife Priyanka to make the dish as well. This tasty rice dish is a North Indian classic with definite Persian influences, and it gets its name from the Yakhni (meat stock) it is cooked in.
Since leaving India, Kumar and Priyanka have lived in New Zealand and Australia. Especially when the All Blacks rugby team are playing a big match, they will gather friends and for a feast, including Goat Yakhni, and to watch the game!
Nitin looks forward to teaching his daughter Chhanak and son Dev, who was born last year, to make Goat Yakhni, continuing his family tradition.”
Christian Wurn, general manager at Park Hyatt Chennai, said his father’s passion for the environment created a special bond between them. Today, Christian continues to pass the values on to his children.
“He always made sure that my brother and I had a good bike and ride it whenever possible to school, work, shopping and other activities. A real environmentalist and avid cyclist!
His dream was to see his grandchild riding a bike was his passion! Unfortunately he passed away the year after this picture was taken, but he made sure that his wife (Leah’s grandmother) gifted the first bike to Leah.”
His father’s advice is: “Love Nature. It inspires and nurtures!”
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