It was at the launch of Wedding Wishlist at Flavour Diaries that I met chef Anjali Pathak first. I was early at the event and had the opportunity to see her at work. I was taken away with the passion and the finesse with which the food was prepared and presented!
Over a cup of coffee a week later, Anjali explained where her passion for food comes from and how her India venture Flavour Diaries came into being.
The Patak Story
For Anjali, food and flavours run in her blood. It all started when her grandfather Lakshmishankar Pathak, a gujarati food entrepreneur migrated from Africa to London. The Pathak’s started with selling Indian food like samosas and jalebis all over London, slowly moving to importing Indian spices, herbs and vegetables into Britain and eventually manufacturing pickles and spice pastes.
Soon Patak became the largest Indian food manufacturer in the world. The ‘h’ dropped from the brand name for ease of pronunciation. Anjali’s parents too were part of this business. Her father, Kirit Pathak, had been part of the Patak story since childhood while her mother, Meena, blended perfectly into the family with a degree in Food Technology and Hotel Management.
Anjali Pathak’s journey from the food kitchen to the global platform
Anjali was brought up surrounded by great cooks in the family. Food, flavours and various cuisines were part of her daily life. She jokingly shares how she would sit in the office sticking labels on the jars as a child. With training from the renowned Leiths School of Food & Wine in London, a distinction in wine from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, a diploma in nutrition and work experience under UK’s most famous chef Jamie Oliver, Anjali was ready to rule the world of food.
Anjali is not only a renowned chef today but a food writer and cookery teacher who has been featured in leading newspapers and magazines like BBC Good Food India, The Times (UK), Hello magazine over the last decade. She has also done many shows on primetime TV at UK, Canada and Australia, where she taught recipes.
Her books The Indian family Kitchen and Secrets from my Indian Family Kitchen are popular in UK and USA. She’s been a celebratory chef demonstrator at food shows like BBC Good Food Show London, Good Food & Wine Show in South Africa, and Fancy Food Fair in New York. Anjali has also won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for her book.
While sitting at Flavour Diaries, I could see a wall with all her achievements, pictures with the chefs she has trained with and her articles in leading publications. What I loved about Anjali was how she stood firm to her roots and how proud she was of her legacy, the sheer passion for food evident on her face.
Flavours galore at Flavour Diaries
After exploring international flavours and mastering them, Anjali decided to come up with a startup in Mumbai, India to unwrap, explore and devour international flavours and spread her knowledge with the launch of her venture FLAVOUR DIARIES. Located at Khar West, Flavour Diaries has a warm ambiance with a beautiful open kitchen, a dining area, cookbook library and food foyer. To add to this, the place has a beautiful view, as it is surrounded by glass on all sides.
Why Flavour Diaries ? I asked Anjali “I wanted to bring international flavours to India. I have worked with the best chefs in the business and it’s time to bring those ingredients and techniques to India now. The food scene in India right now is exciting and it’s the perfect time to be a part of it”.
What does Flavour Diaries have to offer:
- Love learning – Classes and courses in international cuisines (French, Italian, British, European and Asian)
- For kids – Cookery classes for kids
- Experience Events–
- You can also host parties, get-togethers, launch events and private dinners at Flavour diaries.
- Private cooking classes and corporate team building and events.
- Visit Flavour Diaries for a cup of English tea with flavourful British scones topped with homemade jam.
What better way to learn, than from Anjali herself! When she’s not taking classes, she’s either busy writing a recipe or planning the menu for the next booking of an event at Flavour Diaries. She selects every ingredient that goes into the food herself. So her day starts with a visit to the Pali market each morning, where she’s always using her creativity to experiment with new ingredients.
It’s been 6 months since the launch of Flavour Diaries and this truly is a one of a kind concept in Mumbai.
Have you visited it yet ? Foodies, you must drop by to this potpourri of flavours ! It’s the perfect place to kick back, relax and get foodie.
P.S – If you know absolutely nothing about cooking, you can still join the class and Anjali will ensure you master the class you’ve selected.