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THE BACKGROUND STORY

Kumud Gandhi is a Keynote speaker, published author, food writer, broadcaster and founder of The Cooking Academy. The school was founded by Kumud Gandhi in 2010 and her inspiration for the school 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’.

 

Kumud graduated from the London School of Economic and started her career in the corporate world at The Bank of England as a fast track graduate - working in banking and international finance, yet 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 suits and city offices and took the opportunity to combine her love of cooking and tasty, healthy food by researching food science at The London Food Centre, putting her life’s passion into practice. Now, with over a decade of professional experience in food and nutrition under her belt, Kumud works daily to combine the benefits of great tasting food with high nutritional value through her public speaking, cookery classes at the Academy, corporate events and seminars with her team of chefs.  Her aim is to educate others in the ways of creating vibrant, flavoursome, body-benefiting foods that both replenish our immune systems and keep the heart healthy.

 

Kumud built her reputation by catering for many well-known clients including The Prince of Wales, 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.  Now Kumud’s expertise is not only shared with class attendees and radio listeners, her food and teachings can be found regularly on national television and press! Our teaching chefs’ background and understanding of food is a combination of professional training from world renowned culinary schools such as Leiths and Cordon Bleu.  Most of all, like Kumud they have a passion for food and a desire to share their knowledge with others. They include, Pooja Nagendra, Sarah Leary, Xenia Murray, Becky Szczpka, Michelle Grancaric, Charlotte Vinken, Anna Pulaska , and of course Kumud Gandhi. We hope to share our love of food with you at The Cooking Academy sometime soon.

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THE BACKGROUND STORY

Kumud Gandhi is a Keynote speaker, published author, food writer, broadcaster and founder of The Cooking Academy. The school was founded by Kumud Gandhi in 2010 and her inspiration for the school 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’.

 

Kumud graduated from the London School of Economic and started her career in the corporate world at The Bank of England as a fast track graduate - working in banking and international finance, yet 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 suits and city offices and took the opportunity to combine her love of cooking and tasty, healthy food by researching food science at The London Food Centre, putting her life’s passion into practice. Now, with over a decade of professional experience in food and nutrition under her belt, Kumud works daily to combine the benefits of great tasting food with high nutritional value through her public speaking, cookery classes at the Academy, corporate events and seminars with her team of chefs.  Her aim is to educate others in the ways of creating vibrant, flavoursome, body-benefiting foods that both replenish our immune systems and keep the heart healthy.

 

Kumud built her reputation by catering for many well-known clients including The Prince of Wales, 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.  Now Kumud’s expertise is not only shared with class attendees and radio listeners, her food and teachings can be found regularly on national television and press! Our teaching chefs’ background and understanding of food is a combination of professional training from world renowned culinary schools such as Leiths and Cordon Bleu.  Most of all, like Kumud they have a passion for food and a desire to share their knowledge with others. They include, Pooja Nagendra, Sarah Leary, Xenia Murray, Becky Szczpka, Michelle Grancaric, Charlotte Vinken, Anna Pulaska , and of course Kumud Gandhi. We hope to share our love of food with you at The Cooking Academy sometime soon.

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“The class today was excellent and it left me with confidence. Kumud was brilliant – calm, patient, helpful and knowledgeable – a lovely person!”  Martin Clarke “The course today was very relevant – it introduced me to many things I would never have tried. Your teaching chef’s knowledge was much appreciated and she delivered the class beautifully.”  Sandra Allagapen “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

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