Monisha Bharadwaj

Monisha Bharadwaj is a chef, an award-winning author of 17 books and is based in London. Awarded ‘Cookery Writer of the Year’ in 2003, Monisha is a food historian, a food writer and has won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award UK 2020 for ‘Indian in 7’.

Her other books include ‘The Indian Kitchen’ about 100 ingredients of the Indian kitchen, ‘India’s Vegetarian Cooking’ and ‘The Indian Cookery Course’, an encyclopaedia about the how-to of Indian cooking that have sold almost a million copies in 8 languages. Monisha’s next book, ‘Indian Cooking for Dummies’ (part of the ‘For Dummies’ series, Wiley Books, USA) will be published in the Autumn of 2021.

Monisha has appeared in BBC’s ‘Food and Drink’ show and ‘Inside the Factory, she has cooked on TV for Great Food Live on UK Food, Fat Families’ on Sky One and ITV1’s ‘The World’s Best Diet’. She is regularly heard on Radio 4’s ‘Food Programme’, their programme about ‘turmeric’ won the Fortnum and Mason Award in 2018.

She was invited to give talks at SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies) about the ‘History of India through its Food’ and the British Council invited Monisha to give a talk on ‘How the British fell in love with curry’ In 2019.

In 2004 Monisha started a successful Indian cookery school in London, ‘Cooking With Monisha’,

As a freelancer, Monisha has created and taught her simple but delicious Indian courses at several renowned cookery schools – Divertimenti London (2004-2019); Bertinet Kitchen, Bath (2005-2019); Ashburton School, Devon (2013-2018); Bristol School of Food and Wine (2015); Seasoned, South Derbyshire (2017-2019) and at Borough Market, London.

Monisha has been a guest chef at several events including at the Michelin starred restaurant Benares in Mayfair.