Guest Chef Full Day: Southern Indian | £135

Full Day Cookery Course | 10am – 3pm | Saturday 18th June

Padmaja Kochera at The Food Hub… 

Padmaja is a Civil Engineer by profession and also a Chef and food writer. Paddy (as she is known) loves home cooking and has an infectious enthusiasm for authentic Indian cuisine. In 2008, she was a winner on the BBC 2 programme ‘Step Up to the Plate’ which challenges the talents of upcoming chef against Paul Rankin and John Burton Race.

Paddy spent her childhood eating authentic Indian food. Her cooking style is simple, authentic and flavoursome. She has an experimental style, which incorporates trying new techniques and methods to provide her own twist on traditional Indian recipes.

Course Details…

Recreate a full South Indian feast on this course with Padmaja. You will learn how to use ingredients such as tamarind, coconut, curry leaves and a variety of spices that make the food of this region so fresh and delicious. You will cook foods from southern Indian states including  Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, each state has different varieties of dishes and methods of cooking. South India is known for its varied range of spices, it most notably produces cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves and pepper. So many people love an Indian curry but don’t know how to cook it or recreate that authentic Indian flavour at home. Padmaja will introduce you to Indian spices and give you a hands-on experience, so you can learn how to cook simple, yet delicious Indian dishes in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Example menu:

  • Lentils with chilli and coriander
  • Chicken Masala
  • Coconut Rice
  • Bombay Potatoes

The course will run from 10.00am until 3.00pm and includes practical and demonstration cookery sessions, lunch and refreshments. All the ingredients, equipment and the recipes for the day will be provided.

Gift vouchers cannot be redeemed through our online booking system, to book a place please call 01728 862062 or email

  • Southern Indian June 2022