Former French Open Player turns chef at Amritanandamayi Mutt

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014,17:55 IST By metrovaartha A A A

For years Remi Nouet spent his time on  clay and grass courts smashing aces; but he finds himself  equally at home in a soup kitchen serving up dishes for hundreds  of people every day.    This 37-year-old disciple of Amma, who has played in the junior French Open and other ATP tours, is now at Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt (MAM) as a chef serving gourmet French dishes to Amma’s disciples from all over the world, a task he finds far more pleasurable.
He says his stay at the ashram and guidance from his spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi have been a life-changing experience.
‘I have played against Russian legend Andrei Chesnokovand has even defeated French star Oliver Mutis. Though I have cherished such moments in my life, it is now that I think I am truly enjoying my existence in the world,’ he said, while preparing a sandwich at the kitchen.
It was in the year 1997 that Remi Nouet came to know about Mata Amritanandamayi Devi and her spiritual ideology. Moved by the teachings of Amma, he started learning more about the spiritual leader and her ashram. In 2000, he flew down to Kerala to be a resident of the Matha Amritanandamayi Mutt.
An ardent devotee of Amma since then, Nouet finally decided to quit his tennis career and devote all his energies to Amma’s movement in the year 2009.
Nouet, who played the 1996 French open junior Championship, ranks spiritual stability in life much above his career. ‘I joined here because I sense true life here; the rest is all secondary,’ he added.