We've watched them whip up dishes in front of the camera. Donning the chef's apron, these Indian women chefs and food aficionados prove that they love what they do! Check out some of our favourite food goddesses who rule the television and urge us to cook.
Padma Lakshmi: Born in India, Padma Lakshmi's love for Indian food needs no introduction. Watch her go back to her roots in south India, and relive her childhood through food stories in one of her many TV shows. Padma is also a cookbook author, and her cooking style is inspired by her travels across the world.
Madhur Jaffrey: Madhur Jaffrey has been in the food scene for the past 40 years! She has written over 15 cookbooks, and hosted several TV shows focusing on Indian food. She is known as the Indian cookery guru in the western world as she was one of the first ones to take curries to the world. We love Madhur's TV shows for her genuine love for desi food, and of course that grandmotherly tone.
Ravinder Bhogal: This gorgeous TV chef, known for her sense of style, is settled in London and has a show called Ravinder's Kitchen on TLC. With roots in Punjab, Ravinder took her knowledge of Indian food to Britain and recently launched her first restaurant. We are hooked to her cheery floral outfits!
Ritu Dalmia: She is the diva of Italian cuisine. Her restaurant was one of the firsts to serve Italian food in the capital at a time when people were unfamiliar with international cuisine. Staying true to her love for Italian food, Ritu went on a tour to understand the nuances of the cuisine through the TV show, Italian Khana. Her travels across the country interspersed with unique stories of food make us fall in love with Italian food.
Amrita Raichand: The former Whirlpool girl became a household name with her interesting kiddie recipes on TV. Known for making food interesting for children especially fussy eaters, Amrita is still the mum-next-door for many young mothers.
Shilarna Vaze: Fondly known as Chef Chinu, the chirpy Shilarna Vaze got her training from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. Her show on a popular food channel instantly became a hit with many who found her cooking style and recipes relevant.
Anjum Anand: Born and raised in London, Anjum Anand is known for her love for Indian cuisine. Her TV show, Indian Food Made Easy, has seen ordinary British folks play with Indian ingredients with her guidance in the kitchen. Anjum is now a British household name, and in India, we love watching her recipes.
Maria Goretti: We have been a fan of Maria Goretti ever since we were in school, read MTV days. Her passion for cooking is well known and her TV shows are testimony to that. Maria's warm-hearted nature on screen can make anyone cook we feel.