Gordon’s a fan, and now you can learn to cook like Kaushy

Matthew Benson-Smith, principal chef at the Cookery School, Dean Clough with Kaushy Patel from Prashad restaurant in Bradford.

Matthew Benson-Smith, principal chef at the Cookery School, Dean Clough with Kaushy Patel from Prashad restaurant in Bradford.

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AN INDIAN chef who wowed Gordon Ramsay and made it to the final of his Best Restaurant show is coming to Calderdale to share her tricks of the trade

Kaushy Patel’s vegetarian eaterie Prashad, in Bradford, was a runner-up in the latest series of the popular Channel 4 programme.

The celebrity chef described her traditional Gujarati and Punjabi cuisine as the best vegetarian food he had ever eaten.

Now, Kaushy has pledged to reveal the secrets of her award-winning dishes as she leads her first class at The Cooking School at Dean Clough, Halifax.

Manager Barbara Govan said she was delighted to be welcoming Kaushy into the kitchen.

“It’s really exciting - she is a character through and through,” she said.

“She promises to reveal all of her secrets. Every Indian chef has their spice tin, but the one thing that is their closely-guarded secret is their garam masala.

“It’s their signature spice and how you put that together gives the signature to your dishes - but she has promised to reveal how to make hers.

“She thinks it’s time to pass that knowledge on.”

Kaushy and her husband Mohan set up Prashad in 1992, selling traditional Indian snacks and sweets and have since developed it into an award-winning restaurant.

Mohan and the couple’s eldest son Bobby work front of house, and Kaushy works with Bobby’s wife Minal in the kitchen.

Bobby, who appeared on Ramsay’s show with his mother, said she was excited to turn her hand to teaching.

“It is very much about getting people into cooking and she loves that idea,” he said.

“Her cooking is all about emotions, and how she cooks for home is how she cooks for the restaurant.

“That’s what she’ll be showing people how to do.”

There are only a handful of places left on the first Secrets of Prashad class on Saturday July 2, but more sessions could be in the pipeline as it has proved so popular.

The full-day course costs £140 and all profits will be donated to The Cooking School’s healthy eating charity Focus On Food.

To book a place, visit www.thecookingschool.co.uk, email admin@thecookingschool.co.uk or call 01422 383192.