Tastes of India

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A delicious evening of food and conversation with leading chefs and food-writers, celebrating the breadth of India's food cultures

This event takes place at the British Library. 

Food-writer Maunika Gowardhan leads a series of chefs in conversations on culinary history, community influences, spices and cooking techniques. She is joined by chef and food-writer Romy Gill on the culinary world she discovered in Kashmir for her latest book On The Himalyan Trail, chef patron of Mayfair’s BiBi Restaurant, Chet Sharma, Kavi Thakrar of Dishoom sharing ways the food of Bombay shaped Dishoom's journey, and St John Bread & Wine's head chef Farokh Talati on Parsi food culture.

Each conversation is paired with a tasting supplied by the chefs. Tickets include two free drinks per person. .
Romy Gill is a British/Indian chef, food writer, author and broadcaster. She was the owner and head chef at Romy’s Kitchen. In 2016 she was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list. Romy is now one of the chefs on the new series of Ready Steady Cook on BBC One. She is a regular on Steph’s Packed Lunch and has been on BBC’s The One Show, Countryfile, Celebrity MasterChef, The Hairy Bikers’ Comfort Food, and many more. Romy is also a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. She is the author of ZAIKA – Vegan recipes from India, and regularly contributes to BBC Food, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Guardian and international publications. Romy has also finished filming a small series of films with BBC Food in collaboration with Countryfile – cooking with seasonal vegetables.

Maunika Gowardhan is an Indian chef and bestselling author, with a career that stemmed from her love for authentic flavours, cooking techniques and being able to share a fresh perspective on the cuisine. Through her work in food she creates and shares traditional Indian dishes with exciting flavours and ingredients that are reflective of her heritage and upbringing in Mumbai. Her approach to cooking is simple and enticing with the use of earthy spices, fresh herbs & blends that are synonymous with India, based around dishes that are accessible and recipes that are cooked from communities across India; many of which have been part of her own family for generations. Maunika is a popular contributor to titles including The Telegraph, olive Magazine, BBC Food and BBC 1’s Morning Live, and her much-anticipated second book, Thali was released in the UK last October. In Thali, Maunika explores the regional diversity of Thalis across communities of India with family recipes, history of spices and how they are eaten. She is celebrating the variety of Indian cuisine by sharing recipes that you can recreate in your own home. Thali has recently been chosen as the Book of the Month for the Waterstones Jamie Oliver Cookbook Club, and reached the bestseller list.

Chet Sharma is chef patron at BiBi. Having worked as a development chef at restaurants like L'Enclume and Moor Hall, Chet employs advanced techniques to create dishes inspired by traditional Indian fare and is the winner of SquareMeal 2022 Best Restaurant in London.

Farokh Talati is the head chef at St John Bread and Wine, the classic nose-to-tail restaurant in Spitalfields. Of Parsi descent, Farokh has been hosting Parsi supper clubs in Soho for many years and has written a book of classic and contemporary Parsi recipes due to be published at the end of this year.

Kavi Thakrar co-founded Dishoom in 2010. Before Dishoom, Kavi lived in Washington DC where he worked for the World Bank and also held various roles in the food industry for several years. Dishoom now has five cafés in London, one in Edinburgh, one in Birmingham, one in Manchester, and employs over 1,300 people. Kavi and the Dishoom team care enormously about creating beautiful and democratic shared spaces which pay homage to the old Irani Cafés of Bombay. They also care deeply about creating a company which is an awesome place to work.

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Name: Tastes of India
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £25.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546