Anita has a passion for cooking beautiful vegetarian and vegan food, developed since her childhood in Kenya and from her family roots in India. In the UK, Anita presents on Simply Good Food TV and is a Food Revolution Ambassador. She works with schools to promote healthy eating, runs demos at food shows and holds cooking classes. Her highly anticipated book, 'Flavours of Kenya' will be out in late 2018, and she is currently working on an exciting new series for television called 'Return to Kenya', which will be out in September 2018.
Bhavi has always loved mehndi and started when she was just 8 years old. What was once a hobby, became increasingly popular with family and friends during times of celebration. At just 23 years old, Bhavi is now regularly booked for events and has a growing fan base. Her unique gifts include beautiful candles, cakes, wedding favours, charger plates and a range of personally decorated home décor.
Binny - a Kenyan living in London blogs about food, lifestyle and travel. She recently won Highly Commended in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards, 2015 and is a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2016. In 2015 she used her culinary skills and innovative imagination to find new and unusual ways of raising money for Curry for Change.
Look out for new recipes in her blog for even more inspiration to make a dinner with a difference!
Chintal Kakaya of Chin's Kitchen runs an Indian bakery business, specialising in making handmade nankhatai (spiced Indian shortbread) using a blend of spices to create modern and classic flavours. Chintal is from Mombasa, Kenya and moved to the UK at a very young age. As a child age was surrounded by a close knit community who shared the same passion for food. Following in her mother's footsteps she started creating a range of cakes, bakes and desserts.
Chintal hosted her first supper club in aid of Curry for Change in 2015 raising vital funds to change lives. In November 2015 she baked an amazing array of Indian inspired desserts for guests at the campaign's biggest fundraising event of the year 'An Evening of Flavour'.
The jet-setting, yoga-practising, health-retreat-hosting author of cookbook Saffron Soul, Mira Manek is determined to give Indian food a total facelift, accenting the traditional recipes passed down from her mother and grandmother with a wholesome yet contemporary twist. Through dishes such as beetroot coconut curry, masala-grilled aubergine and saffron-lime cheesecake, Mira is all about making Indian spices and seasonings more accessible to all. In London, you’ll spot her delicious creations at the likes of Raw Press, Detox Kitchen and Holborn Dining Rooms.
Mira has also launched her Soulful Retreats in 2018.
Nisha Parmar appeared on BBC1’s MasterChef 2018 and finished as a Semi-Finalist. She wowed the judges and Michelin Star chefs with her flavour combinations.
Nisha learnt to cook from her mother who told her “no one will marry you if you cant roll round chapattis!” Since learning the basics, she’s self-taught and travels the world for her inspiration. Nisha loves experimenting with fusion foods. As well as her mother being from India, her father is from Mombasa, Kenya, so she takes these influences and blends them seamlessly with her British born roots.
Sanjay and Shashi (son and mother) are a family run artisanal spice and tea company. Shashi was born in Kenya, grew up in India and has lived in the UK for over 30 years. She has 50+ years of cookery experience and is an oracle when it comes to using spices. Together they specialise in producing small batch, freshly ground spice blends and tea blends. They source the freshest raw spices from around the world, hand-blend, hand-roast and hand-grind them to authentic recipes, and then send them every day to customers and stockists around the UK.
They are especially well known for their spice tins and have various collections including a very popular Indian set, Moroccan set, African & Middle Eastern set, Chilli set, Sea Salts and Loose Tea set!
The Painted Peacock was created to enable a dream to become reality; it is all about combining positive vibes with guilty pleasures.
Based in London, Yugna and Deepa are collaborating on this venture to combine their quirks and culture from India, East Africa and England. They share a deep connection which inspires their love of playing with colour and food, creating handcrafted chocolates and desserts to ignite the taste buds; with a touch of the unexpected.