MEET THE CHEF
Namaste. My name is Shilpa. Born and brought up in the colourful, beautiful country India, I now reside in Melbourne with my family.
A techie by profession, my passion lies in cooking, photography, and travelling. I love to prepare food for family and friends, and most of all my biggest fan – my little daughter and my food critic – my husband
“Cooking is love made edible”
My little girl who is just three years old is a foodie by heart, just like her dad. She absolutely loves and enjoys eating and never hesitates in trying out new food. It is soul satisfying to watch her lick her fingers after finishing her plate of food.
“People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia Child
My better half is a big foodie and he absolutely loves his food. He introduced me to lots of new cuisines and inspired me to try them out at home. Cooking for him gives me so much joy and happiness.
MY COOKING STYLE
“A recipe has no soul. You as a cook must bring soul to the recipe” – Thomas Keller
My cooking style is mainly influenced by Indian cuisine – Karnataka (from where I am) and Bengal (from where my better half is). Staying strong to my roots, I try to simplify and modernise traditional cooking, along with trying new form of culinary art.
Having lived most of my life in the beautiful state of Karnataka, I cook lots of regional food from the state. My main style of cooking is influenced by Mysore and the north Karnataka region. Living in Calcutta for a few years introduced me to a new culinary world apart from the Karnataka cuisine. Not only did I learn heaps of new vegetarian dishes, I learnt the art and science of cooking meat and sea food.
“A party without cake is just a meeting” – Julia Child
Back in time when my Ajji (grandma) didn’t have an oven at home, she would whip desserts and sweets up and send it to a bakery near our home for baking. I can proudly say that love for baking is in my genes. After moving to a country I call home now, this love just grew more and more. Be it cake, cookies, pies or tarts, I am always in for trying it out.
Come join me in my culinary journey as I cook, learn, master, enjoy, live and love the art and science of cooking great food.