Anjula Devi | Speaker | Cookery
Chef and TRS Brand Ambassador Anjula Devi is the UK’s most exciting Indian chef. A winner of a prestigious BBC Good Food Show Bursary Award, her enthusiasm for cooking and her knowledge of spices is catching. You can actually taste the food just from hearing her talk about it. Anjula’s father taught her how to cook at the age of 10 and she loves making authentic Indian dishes which are healthy and full of flavour. She is also a great speaker who shares her amazing back story which includes some truly incredible highs and lows.
"Students who attend a course at Leiths have high expectations; it is our aim to find the most inspiring and authentic guest teachers to complement our range of courses. Anjula’s enthusiasm, passion and dedication shine through from the first moment you meet her. Those who attend her courses leave with far more than a recipe pack; the tips and anecdotes, the simple but revelatory information about using spices, and the hands-on immersion ensure an experience that will live on well after the class is over."
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Anjula Devi grew up in a house with eight siblings, a hard working mother and an alcoholic father who was a culinary genius. When she was aged 10, he not only taught her how to cook, but educated her about spices with such a passion that she fell in love with them too.
During her childhood in 1970’s Southall, her family were the only Asians living on their street. Anjula’s father often forged new friendships through sharing his amazing food. He even made the next door neighbours their first Indian food – a beetroot curry which they loved.
Like many of his dishes the main ingredients often included home grown produce; rhubarb and potato curry, blackberry and cumin chutney, as well as lamb and gooseberry curry were amongst the family’s favourites. And throughout those years Anjula was by his side, learning everything that she could.
In recent years Anjula has become one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs, founded her own cooking school, been appointed Brand Ambassador for the world’s largest Indian food company TRS Foods, won a prestigious BBC Good Food Bursary award and created her own brand – ‘Route 207’. The brand is named after the bus journey Anjula and her father used to make from Southall to Shepherds Bush Market to buy spices, vegetables and fresh fish.
She has been involved in recipe design work, participated in corporate videos, blogged and written inspirational, food and life-story articles for a number of high profile websites and magazines. A recent Mail Online feature about the spices she credits for her appearance, was swiftly translated into 32 other languages
Anjula is currently appearing as a guest chef at the prestigious Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. She features at many high profile food events and demonstrates in the main theatres, is currently working on product development with a major UK retailer and her first cookery book ‘Spice for Life’, is due for publication in spring 2017.
Her knowledge of spices is truly impressive and she is passionate about the considerable health properties in spices so not only does she cook with them but she uses them in a variety of face masks, and looks amazing.
Anjula also uses her culinary skills to work with primary school children with special educational needs, and has achieved tremendous results
Anjula is married with two grown up sons.