Meet Nisha.

Watching Nisha Parmar work her
culinary magic, it’s hard to believe she
ever doubted her talents.

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“Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated by cooking and food. My mother always told me: ‘If you can’t cook, no-one will marry you!’. By aged 8, I had learned my first signature dish: vegetable lasagne. It took me 3 hours to make, but my family loved it! That was it; I was addicted. I had fallen in love with cooking.”

But although she found pleasure and escapism in cooking from
an early age, Nisha never believed she could turn her passion
into a career.

Thankfully, others recognised her potential and in 2018, Nisha was crowned semifinalist of MasterChef UK. From there, her life changed forever. Nisha left her corporate banking career and dived headfirst into the world of professional cooking — and she hasn’t looked back.

Since then, Nisha has launched her own London café, gathered a large online following, and built a glamorous book of celebrity clientele. But for Nisha, cooking has always been firmly centred around home and family. Even today, nothing makes her happier than creating delicious meals to enjoy with her husband and two boys!

From a very young age food and cooking fascinated me

I remember watching cookery shows when I was about 6 and then pretending I was actually on TV teaching people how to cook! My mum would always say to me I need to learn how to make round chapatis by age 8 otherwise no one would marry me! I didn’t want to cook Indian food, I wanted to learn all this different food I’d seen on television. In the 80s the only exposure I got to different food was school dinners! I loved my school dinners.

My first taste of roast chicken, sausages and mash and Pasta! I was hooked, I was intrigued. Then it began. I started to cook simple dishes I would have at school and realised I could eat whatever I wanted if I cooked it myself. My signature dish aged 10 was a vegetable Lasagne! It would take me 3 hours to make but the family loved it and then I was addicted, I had fallen in love with cooking.

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