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"A Brilliant cookery class - completely hands on, thorough explanations and great pace all day. Couldn't have been more enjoyable. Thank you" Judith Wootton
"I gave the cokery class to my husband with trepidation but I was over the moon to see how much he enjoyed it and was motivated to come home and cook - he wants to come back for the advanced class." Kerry Castello
"Hi Kumud, Thanks again for a lovely day yesterday, I have to say I don't often rave about things, so Lindsay - my wife was surprised and pleased as it was her gift to me, that I came back so enthused by the day. I have surprised myself with how much I got out of the day and how much I am looking forward to re creating the dishes. Well done! You have a gift!" Don Booth - Feb 2011
"Thank you - I had a wonderful day, really enjoyable, very friendly, making learning very easy and interesting. The class has given me lots of ideas for both simple evening dinners but also dinner parties. Its really opened up a whole new style of cooking for me. Brilliant - highly recommended" Steen Riisberg
"I recently attended your one day Indian cookery class and I wanted to let you how much I enjoyed it. I had to say I didn't quite know what to expect but the whole day was enjoyable, friendly group and teacher, very approachable (I had loads of questions - I've obviously been doing wrong so far). Most impressive was the spice trail and the knowledge of the teacher, and the information was relayed in such a practical way so that we can act on it. I've been to India and I have to say the most authentic food outside of India - thanks for keeping it real! Good luck" Nick Timms
"Even when I follow a recipe it doesn't work out, so having hand on experience was a great way to learn to cook. I actually found it very relaxing and good fun! I'd go again to get some more recipes!" Rupen Chudasama

About Us

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.