Born and raised in South India, Basha arrived in the UK in 2009.
I remember the day very clearly. It was a September day and pouring with rain. I couldn’t speak the language and all I had with me were two bags. I got completely soaked and with no friends or connections in the country, it was a challenge. I made my way to the Ealing Hammersmith College in London to learn English and from there the opportunities came.
With no permanent address and the prospect of sleeping on the streets the college kindly found a hostel for Basha to stay in whilst he got on his feet.
Making my way to the college was a struggle. I had no money and after a kind woman gave me enough change for an Oyster card, I was able to start my journey. She also gave me a travel book too which I still have to this day.
His reasons for starting a new life in the UK were quickly proven by the generosity he received during his first days in London.
British people are kind and welcoming and the country offers great opportunities, particularly in the hospitality industry where my passion lies.
Upon completing intense English and Hospitality courses he was ready to find his career and headed to the New Forest, taking on his first role as Assistant Restaurant Manager at The Montagu Arms Hotel.
I love the New Forest, it’s very beautiful and so quintessentially British.
Basha left The Montagu Arms in 2015 and began working at The Chewton Glen as Deputy Restaurant Manager before beginning his new role as Restaurant Manager at Cambium in March 2016.
Basha has recently completed his ITEA (International Tea Education Institute) with Camellia’s Tea House but his goals and aspirations don’t stop there! His next challenge will be beginning his journey to becoming a Wine Sommelier and completing the Court of Masters, the hardest exam for a Sommelier to take.
If you think Basha is great, vote Cambium to win ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2016.
If you would like to book a table at Cambium restaurant, call 01590 623551.