Nitisha Patel’s Modern Indian Kitchen


by ASJAD NAZIR THE HEAD CHEF AND AUTHOR ON HER FLAVOUR-FILLED JOURNEY AND HOW TO CONQUER COOKERY CHALLENGES BEING attached to the toy kitchen at nursery as a three-year-old was the beginning of a lifelong journey connected to cooking for Nitisha Patel. Growing up, she was surrounded by good food, home recipes and relations who loved to cook, in­cluding a grandmother who taught her how to make traditional Gujarati food. That flavour-filled childhood led to her breaking through into a male-dominated industry and be­coming a head chef. She later developed dishes for leading retailers and released her acclaimed cook­book My Modern Indian Kitchen. With big plans for the future, the master chef plans to continue her lifelong passion of cooking and good food. Eastern Eye caught up with Nitisha to talk about food inspirations, cooking tips, her book, the importance of ingredients and more… What made you want to turn a love for cooking into a career? I strongly believe that if can turn your passion into a career, you’re winning. For me, food is my whole life and I can’t really imagine working in another industry. My journey just kept taking me to new heights – from A-level to a degree in culinary arts management, to a career in product development, to creating my own food consultancy business. How do you look back on your journey working with food? With pride. Sometimes when I have a bad day or things don’t go to plan, I remind myself of how far I’ve come. I’m from a small city that had a lot of bad press, especially for the food and hospitality scene. I grew up at a time when there was no social me­dia and food wasn’t as trendy as it is now. But my love of food and cooking…

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