06:08PM, Tuesday 24 May 2016
An award-winning Indian chef has helped launch a new cookery school at BCA.
Food writer Mridula Baljekar was at the college on Wednesday, May 18, to launch the school.
It will be run out of the site’s recently refurbished kitchen suite, which was unveiled by Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry in November.
The course, which has been devised by Mridula, was set to have its official launch on Tuesday, May 31, with a demonstration evening, with the first lessons scheduled for Saturday, June 4.
The foodie, who describes teaching as her first love, was born in Assam, in north-east India. She is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme and has also appeared on Channel 4, BBC2, Sky One.
Speaking about the new venture, she said: “I want people to take away my vast knowledge of real Indian cooking, which is becoming increasingly popular around the world, but particularly in Britain.
“But I want to introduce proper Indian food to people – not just what you get in a curry house.
“I will be showing people how to bring the very best out of their spices, as well as educating people about the health benefits of different spices.
“And I want them to be able to take proper Indian food into their homes.”
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