The Cooking Academy teaches people in a fun and enthusiastic way how to prepare and cook food that they can share with family, friends and work colleagues. The emphasis is placed on creating delicious nutritious dishes for a wide range of occasions and for all levels of cooking ability.
The school was founded in 2007 by Kumud Gandhi. Kumud’s inspiration has its roots in both her mother’s family, who are chemists in India, and her father’s, who are spice merchants. This blend of science and an appreciation of spices stimulated her unique approach to food, which led to her expertise in cooking with herbs and spices for nutritional and medicinal benefit and, what she calls, her ‘Alchemy of Food’.
Her initial business was a successful up-market specialist catering business, through which she built her reputation by catering for many well-known clients including The Prince of Wales, Madonna, The Royal Academy and Fashion TV, to name but a few. Her status as ‘The Spice Queen’ (a nickname coined by Nick Hoffer at the BBC) and the fact that many of her clients asked about cookery lessons for themselves or for their chefs was the impetus to create The Cooking Academy.
Our teaching chefs’ background and understanding of food is a combination of professional training, a passion for food and a desire to share their knowledge with others. They include Pam Lalbachan, Amrit Panesar, Kristen Staines, Gavin Maureemootoo and of course Kumud Gandhi.
The Cooking Academy has a worldwide reputation for specialist food teaching and highly authentic cookery classes. We also teach in schools, run specialist cookery classes for children and young adults, provide amazing corporate cookery events, teach specialist cuisine to other professional chefs, and provide a consultancy service for food manufacturers.
We hope to share our love of food with you at The Cooking Academy sometime soon.