So, tell us about your grow­ing up years.

Friday - - Leisure Food -

I am the mid­dle of three kids. My par­ents came to the UK about 50 years ago. Be­ing true blue Pun­jabis, they love their food and love to show off their culi­nary tal­ent.

Mem­o­ries of my par­ents, es­pe­cially my fa­ther, throw­ing loud, fun-filled par­ties, cook­ing for friends and rel­a­tives are etched in stone.

As far as I was con­cerned, I used to love the happy times and help­ing my mother in the kitchen but never thought I would choose cook­ing as a ca­reer.

Also, my mum used to tell me that older gen­er­a­tions of In­dian women were al­ways ex­pected to cook; and since we were grow­ing up in the time and place where we could do any­thing and be any­one we wanted to be, cook­ing was not on my short­list. I earned a de­gree in busi­ness stud­ies and helped my fa­ther set up his fur­ni­ture busi­ness but there was al­ways this sense of dis­sat­is­fac­tion, as if there is some space else where I want to be.

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