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Kumud Gandhi is a renowned food scientist, keynote speaker, published author, food writer, broadcaster, and founder of The Cooking Academy. Her unique approach to food, which blends science with the functionality of food, has made her an expert in cooking with herbs and spices for nutritional and medicinal benefits. Kumud’s passion for great tasting food with high nutritional value has led her to combine her expertise in food and nutrition with public speaking, cookery classes at The Cooking Academy, corporate events, and seminars.
Kumud’s inspiration for The Cooking Academy comes from 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 she calls her “Alchemy of Food.” With over a decade of professional experience in food and nutrition, Kumud works daily to educate others in the ways of creating vibrant, flavoursome, body-benefiting foods that both replenish our immune systems and keep the heart healthy.
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Kumud graduated from the London School of Economics and started her career in the corporate world at The Bank of England as a fast track graduate, working in banking and international finance. However, food was always at the forefront of her daily life and interests. In 2002, with two young children, Kumud decided to leave the world of grey suits and city offices and took the opportunity to combine her love of cooking and tasty, healthy food by studying food science at The London Food Centre.
Kumud built her reputation by catering for many well-known clients including The Prince of Wales (now King Charles 111), Nelson Mandela, Madonna, The Royal Academy, and Fashion TV. Her status as ‘The Spice Queen’ (a nickname coined by Nick Coffer at the BBC) and the fact that many of her clients asked about cookery lessons for themselves or for their personal chefs was the impetus to create The Cooking Academy.
At The Cooking Academy, Kumud is joined by a team of expert teaching chefs who have a passion for food and a desire to share their knowledge with others. Their background and understanding of food is a combination of professional training from world-renowned culinary schools such as Leiths and Le Cordon Bleu. They include:
With Kumud’s expertise and her team of expert teaching chefs, nutritionists, and food scientists at The Cooking Academy, you’ll learn how to create vibrant, flavoursome, and body-benefiting foods that both strengthen and replenish your immune system and keep your heart healthy. The Cooking Academy offers a range of wellness and team-building services in the corporate sector as well as classes and nutrition events. Come and share our love of food at The Cooking Academy!