Behind The Chef’s Station With Anjali Pathak At Flavour Diaries | Indie Eats
Coming from the family that brought Indian food into homes around the world – Patak’s – Anjali Pathak is a dyed-in-the-wool foodie and a passionate chef and teacher. She has been running the popular Khar West food studio Flavour Diaries for three years now, offering hands-on cooking classes using fresh local produce, spanning across Mediterranean, European, American and Asian cuisines. We chatted with her about her food journey, her brand story and her experience working as a teacher at Jamie Oliver’s cooking school. Read on for all the deets!
1) What was the idea behind Flavour Diaries?
I wanted to bring the fun back into the kitchen and encourage positive food habits and Flavour Diaries is a result of that thought process. It’s an interactive food events space where we share recipes over hands on cookery classes, host chef’s table experiences and offer British Afternoon Tea. I use flavours from my childhood, techniques learnt from culinary school and recipes I’ve created from my experiences and travels to infuse Mumbai with tastes from around the world. I want India to look at food through my eyes.
2) Growing up, were you always very passionate about food and cooking?
I’ve always loved food and cooking became an integral part of my life from a young age. I grew up spending most of my time in the kitchen with my mother and grandmother, doing my homework on the kitchen table and learning the tricks of the trade from my family. I fell in love with the kitchen and it has brought me so much joy. I wouldn’t know what I would do without it!
3) What makes your cooking classes so different from the rest?
Flavour Diaries is one of a kind as we offer fully hands on masterclasses in a luxury kitchen. My teaching style is informal and I ensure everyone has fun during their time with us. We take you on a journey through the international culinary world as we transform raw ingredients into delicious dishes, personalised by you as you have your very own cookery station.
4) You have worked as a teacher at Jamie Oliver’s cooking school. What was that like?
I loved working as a cookery teacher for Jamie Oliver in London and my experience inspired me to build Flavour Diaries. Amongst the many happy memories and learnings I have taken away from my job with him, I learnt how important organisation must be if you are to run a successful kitchen. It is a value I teach my chefs and students. If you are organised, you won’t get stressed and all your dishes will turnout wonderfully.
5) Which course at Flavour Diaries would you recommend to a beginner who is perhaps just learning the multiple uses of an egg? Alternately, what course would you suggest to a practiced cook?
All our classes are designed for all skill levels, whether it is your first time in the kitchen or if you cook regularly at home. I even have professional chefs visit me for our classes! One of our most popular classes, and perfect for the novice cook, is our Italian Pasta Making masterclass. You’ll never forget the first time you create your own pasta shapes using fresh pasta dough. Not only is it truly remarkable, but also great fun! If you cook regularly, I highly recommend learning the nuances of French cooking in our French Bistro masterclass. You’ll learn skills you can use across all cuisines and create a fabulous 3 course meal that’ll bring out your inner chef!
6) How do you feel about the way things have worked out for you & your brand?
I’m overjoyed with Flavour Diaries and how it has grown. It has been a long and tough road. Being an entrepreneur is never easy, but I feel proud to know that my brand has been embraced by Mumbaikers. We’ve been shown such love and I can’t help but smile at how much happiness Flavour Diaries has brought my students as well as me.
You can learn more about Flavour Diaries and sign up for classes at https://www.flavourdiaries.com/