Masterclass spices up vegan cookery for college chefs

Thursday 6 December 2018

Chefs from a Cambridge College have recently been expanding their knowledge of vegan cookery by attending a Masterclass led by a celebrity television chef who specialises in Indian cuisine.

Joe Dean, Head Chef and David Correia, Sous Chef, both from Murray Edwards College, attended the one-day training course at Café Spice Namasté, in London, led by Chef/Proprieter Cyrus Todiwala OBE.

The day comprised demonstrations and practical sessions, showcasing Indian Vegan Cookery and including dishes that can be created in University kitchens for students, staff and conference guests. A particular emphasis was using specific ingredients such as lentils and demonstrating how many different dishes can be made from the same base.

Joe said: “The Indian Vegan Cuisine Masterclass appealed to us as we were keen to learn more about different styles of vegan cooking. At Murray Edwards we have seen a huge increase in demand for vegan and vegetarian dishes and want to keep our offering fresh and appealing.

“We definitely plan to bring back some of the ideas from the day and try them in our own College kitchen.

“The course was very interesting, not only from the point of view of cooking, but also having the opportunity to learn more about the history of the ingredients and dishes and their origins in India.”

Cyrus Rustom Todiwala OBE, DL, is an Indian British Chef Proprietor of Café Spice Namasté and a celebrity television chef. He trained at the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces chain in India, and rose to become Executive Chef for 11 restaurants within those hotels.

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