So, tell us about your growing up years.
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.