Arvinder Aulak

Co-founder and co-managing director 
of Mindi’s on Horsegate, gazelles, Robert De Niro and Richard Branson

What was your first ever job? In retail. I was 16 and really keen to make my way in the world.

What’s been your worst job interview? For a famous toy shop. I remember it well; I had just finished my GCSEs and my dad let me borrow one of his ties for the interview. I didn’t get the job as they said I was overqualified for the role.

What was your first music single you bought? I’ve Got the Power by Snap!

How would you describe your job to your mates? To me, it’s not a job. It’s a dream that I’m making come true.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? Getting my mum’s food - gluten-free and made without ghee - out there and knowing people have tried Mindi’s.

What is the least rewarding part? Being time-poor, the hours can be very unsociable.

What is your motto in life? Dream big, work harder.

If you were allowed one dream perk, what would it be? Seeing every person’s reaction to trying Mindi’s for the first time.

Do you have any phobias? Heights.

If you could change one thing in grocery, what would it be? Given the horsemeat scandal, I’d say transparency; people need to know where their food is coming from.

What luxury would you have on a desert island? My mum’s special blend of herbs and spices because they make anything taste delicious.

What animal most reflects your personality? A gazelle - one of the fastest-running animals, a born survivor.

What’s your favourite film and why? Raging Bull - as Robert De Niro is my favourite actor. It’s a fascinating exploration of the mind of an emotionally disconnected man. It’s brutal, crass and impossible to look away - much like a real boxing match. A timeless film, with my favourite movie tune of all time, too - Pietro Mascagni’s Intermezzo.

What has been the most embarrassing moment in your life? It was the first day of secondary school and I fell down running for the bus. Needless to say I didn’t get on that particular bus. I was mortified.

Which celebrity would you most like to work with and why? Richard Branson. He’s inspirational and such a great businessman.

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